I’m not sure how this slipped by me, but Wired published a very interesting development in March “Adobe Tackles Photo Forgeries“. It’ll be interesting to see how this is used in the future to detect altered photojournalism photos. As we’ve seen repeatedly particularly with the high profile case of Allan Dietrich, previously noted in my post “Ethics of Photography: Career Suicide by Photoshop“, Photoshop continues to tempt well talented photojournalists.
I’ll be curious also if this technology is developed into a stand alone application or if it will end up as an online service with an API. Considering Adobe is pursuing a SaaS model for Photoshop, see my post “Photoshop In A Software As A Service (SaaS) Model?“, there is the potential for this technology to be integrated into photo critique sites who want to focus on minimally altered photos. I could see this as particularly useful for Nature oriented sites.
Then again this type of technology opens up a key debate…
Is photo manipulation a bad thing and if so where is the line drawn?
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