September 26, 2008

Blog Header - September 26, 2008

We love the Maryland Renaissance Festival!

This blog header photo was taken outside the Renaissance Festival gates as we waited for them to open up for the day. I spotted this girl sitting on a lion statue and took the picture. I liked the picture but thought that the brown hair needed to be blond, so I gave her a Photoshop hair coloring. I also added the overdone pink lip gloss. She really wasn't quite that flashy in person, so blame me for the odd-looking makeup.


  1. WOW!! I love how you completely worked your magic and transformed this girl. Too funny!!! You want to edit my pictures as well. lol!!

  2. Meg - from what I've seen, you don't need my help. I love your photography. You're very good. Keep after it. It took me a long time, but I now get some very cool and high profile jobs each year and I get to meet amazing people at the events I cover.

    Since it's news-type coverage, though, I don't get to play with them in Photoshop. And sometimes they could use it. ;-)

  3. Richard, how has the new technology altered what can be used as evidence in a court?

  4. Lynn - Digital image editing hasn't really changed anything as far as what's allowable as evidence in court. Our judicial system has always had to deal with falsified evidence and a photograph that has been manipulated so as to manufacture evidence would be false and the person who had attempted it would be found in contempt of court, among other things.

    There are forensic ways to determine whether or not a photograph has been manipulated. I like to think that I'm pretty good at it and that most people wouldn't notice it. But someone who is aware of the techniques can quite often tell when a photo has been tampered with.

    Digital darkroom manipulation would be permissible in court. That would include such things as brightening one area of a photo to make it stand out and be easier to see. As long as it's still showing what really happened, it would be all right.

    I actually manipulate every single photo I take in some way. Usually it is just what used to be done in a darkroom - things like adjusting color saturation, increasing density, applying selective blur, and even removing blemishes, but sometimes, depending on the use intended, I make major changes - such as switching the order some people are standing in for aesthetic reasons. For the event I covered in DC this past Wednesday, I had a couple photos that were very good but showed one light out on a three-light light pole. So I fixed the burned-out light so it would look better.

  5. Thanks, just curious about this kind of thing.


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