Have you ever come across a fake photograph? If yes, it is pretty likely that it landed either on your computer or mobile screen! This is the era of electronics. Digital devices like cameras, computers and mobile phones have carved their comfortable space in our daily lives. Photography is now anybody’s game. Hundreds of millions of people keep smartphones in their pockets. These phones are equipped with high-resolution digital camera. As a result, we get photos and videos from unlikely places and moments. Spreading photos has become as easy as taking them. Facilities like WhatsApp and Facebook have ensured that information spread with lightning speed. But all the information that we receive in digital form is not guaranteed to be genuine. Fake photographs are a reality of modern times.
In old times, when photos used to be taken with film camera, it was not easy to fake a photo after taking it. If you will manipulate a paper photograph, it will be easily spotted. So, earlier a different technique used to be used for faking photos. People used to setup the scene and then they would take a photo. Consequently, the photo used to remain real and without any physical manipulation, but it would be a lying one.
In today’s digital world, however, the story is extremely different. Any photograph can be digital modified and faked. Simple digital manipulations like adjusting contrast/brightness etc. is alright. It makes the photograph look more beautiful and easily understandable. But people often go beyond simple modifications and they actually modify the very subject(s) that is visible in the photograph. For example, if a football match went without much viewers in the stadium, the photos could be digitally modified to make the stadium look completely full!
There are hundreds of software and online facilities available to alter photographs. Among these, Adobe Photoshop is the most popular and powerful software. Photoshop can create a very convincing imaginary world if the user is a master of this software. You can create anything you want with the help of Photoshop.
Online photo faking websites offer facilities simple things to put a hat on your head if you were not wearing one when your photo was clicked. You could stand next to the US President or may appear to be kissing Marilyn Monroe!
All that is for fun or may be a harmless lie. But fake photos can cause big troubles if they are created with malicious intent. Internet and social media make it sure that information, real or fake, spread like wild fire.
Photographs that get widely shared on social media are called viral photos. The term signifies that these photos spread just like a contagious virus spreads.
I have documented a number of fake photographs that have been famous in the past. I am sure you’ll enjoy these articles on famous fake photos. I also hope that while learning the truth, you will become more sensitized towards the doubtful veracity of information that is circulating on social media. You should take all the information on social media with a pinch of salt. Here are some of the fake photographs related articles:
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