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Monday, January 29, 2007

Reuters Will Fire Photoshopping Photographers

Reuters has realized that using Photoshop (or any other image editing software) to alter the content of photos in the news is an ethically questionable practice in the least, as evidenced by their current rules and guidelines for photographers. Here's the money quote amidst the technical details:

Materially altering a picture in Photoshop or any other image editing software will lead to dismissal.

This comes after a Reuters scandal from last summer, wherein a Lebanese photographer artificially enhanced the smoke rising from buildings in a photograph of his country's capital. So there it is: if you're a photographer who deals with Reuters, and you try to pass off altered work, expect to get canned.

Link via CNet News.com



2 Comments:

  • Well, photoshop should defenitly be used in certain conditions. Sometimes, the brightness and contrast needs to be adjusted before being published. I don't think the use of photoshop in these situations would really get you fired.. or would it?

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 8:39 AM  

  • You're right - as Reuters' guidelines state, minor adjustments are permitted. What they're saying is that if a photographer must resort to photoshop for corrective measures such as dust removal, he may do so. Anything that changes the "message" of a photo is strictly prohibited.

    By Blogger Thomas Edward, at 11:46 AM  

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