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Peter Lik Called Out by Photographers Over ‘Faked’ Moon Photo

A number of observations are being made about this photo — many of them arguments as to why it can’t possibly be real. One of the most glaring ones for many people is the fact that some of the clouds in the photo appear to be behind the moon.

10 Questions for a Founder : TruePic – Kaptur

With each iteration of Photoshop, it is easier and easier to alter images, making it impossible to spot the alterations. Soon, with AI generated images taking over in many fields, it will be impossible to trust if an image is an actual photograph or a complete fabrication. Photography is in danger of losing its essential tie to reality and truth. Enters TruePic. With an array of patented technologies, the company offers a solid counterbalance to this seemingly unstoppable wave of reality-altering technologies. It certifies that a photograph is 100% original and has not been tampered with. We spoke with CEO Jeff McGregor to learn more:

#MenToo: On Sexual Misconduct in the Photo Industry

In light of another prominent figure in the photography industry being accused of sexual misconduct, I feel compelled to pen my feelings about it all, specifically what it has done to MY profession of choice; photojournalism.

Vanity Fair Gives Reese Witherspoon and Oprah Extra ‘Leg’ and Hand

Vanity Fair just unveiled its latest Hollywood issue, which features a cover photo of 12 Hollywood stars captured by photographer Annie Leibovitz. But people are talking about the photos today for all the wrong reasons: the cover photo (shown above) appears to show Reese Witherspoon with a 3rd leg and another photo definitely shows Oprah with a 3rd hand.

Update on a Photo Scam: Photographer Lucky to Get Money Back After Fake Fader Assignment | PDNPulse

A photographer reached out to PDN last week with details of a fake assignment scam that nearly cost him $4100. A person pretending to be an editor for The Fader, Patrick McDermott, contacted the photographer in late December with an offer of an assignment to shoot a fashion editorial for the magazine. He accepted and was sent a check to cover his fee and expenses for models and crew. He was instructed to use models from an agency that turned out to be fake. The agency demanded fees in advance, and the photographer deposited $4100 into the bank account of the fake modeling agency. Then he found out the check from the client had been recalled.

What it’s like to see your photo transformed into a racist online hoax | Poynter

The article debunked a video posted to the USA Politics Daily News Facebook page claiming that beneficiaries of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program burned an American flag. The video had more than 42,000 shares and 800,000 views as of publication.

Report: Terry Richardson Under NYPD Investigation for Sexual Assault | PDNPulse

Photographer Terry Richardson is under investigation by the New York City police department, following accusations of sexual assault by two former models, according to the New York Daily News. Through his attorneys, Richardson has denied the allegations.

How an A.I. ‘Cat-and-Mouse Game’ Generates Believable Fake Photos – The New York Times

At a lab in Finland, a small team of Nvidia researchers recently built a system that can analyze thousands of (real) celebrity snapshots, recognize common patterns, and create new images that look much the same — but are still a little different. The system can also generate realistic images of horses, buses, bicycles, plants and many other common objects.

China’s Selfie Obsession | The New Yorker

Worldwide, Meitu’s apps generate some six billion photos a month, and it has been estimated that more than half the selfies uploaded on Chinese social media have been edited using Meitu’s products. HoneyCC told me that it is considered a solecism to share a photo of yourself that you haven’t doctored. “Selfies are part of Chinese culture now, and so is Meitu-editing selfies,” she said. In nine years, the company—whose motto is “To make the world a more beautiful place”—has almost literally transformed the face of China. There’s a name for this new kind of face, perfected by the Meitu apps, which you now see everywhere: wang hong lian (“Internet-celebrity face”).

An Open Letter from Freelancers at Nautilus Magazine | NWU

As of December 13, we are writers and editors awaiting payment from Nautilus magazine for a collective debt totalling $50,000. Some of us have been waiting to be paid for more than a year. Our numbers span many time zones, from London to New York, Colorado, Utah, California and Alaska.

When Photographers Become Pitchmen – PhotoShelter Blog

Nevertheless, we’ve seen a number of companies in a variety of industries employ photographers in their ad campaigns in the past few years, spaning the gamut from the old living icons to the newest generation of light chasers.

Fashion Photog Bruce Weber Sued by Male Model for Sexual Harassment

Renowned American fashion photographer Bruce Weber has been sued by a male model for sexual harassment and discrimination. The lawsuit accuses Weber of “casting couch practices.”

Let’s talk about that photo of Al Franken groping a sleeping woman | Poynter

Absent the approval of the victim, might one have otherwise deemed it an invasion of privacy, vaguely akin to naming a rape victim? Legally, Maddow was correct. The woman, radio talk show host Leeann Tweeden, circulated the photo herself. Ethically? What should one do, regardless of her consent? A lawyer for a prominent media organization says it’s degrading and juvenile. A description would make the point, perhaps even being worse for Franken.

Covering a Mass Shooting, and Adding to a Town’s Pain – The New York Times

SUTHERLAND SPRINGS, Tex. — It wasn’t the television presenters elbowing their way to the front of the scrum near the massacre scene that finally drove home how the news media was aggravating the tragedy here. It wasn’t the run on food at Theresa’s Kitchen or the point at which the number of journalists seemed to rival the few hundred souls of the town’s population.

When is the time to witness? When is the time to intervene?

In parts of Nepal, during menstruation, women are exiled from their homes, villages and all normal social contact. Every month. Every year. The practice is part of a ritual, called Chhaupadi. In her project A Ritual Of Exile, image-maker Poulomi Basu explores the stigmatization of women during their period, and the consequent social, emotional and physical effects on individuals and the community as a whole.

Photographer Bill Frakes Loses Sexual Harassment Appeal | PDNPulse

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) has rejected photographer Bill Frakes’s appeal in a sexual harassment case, because “clear and convincing evidence” showed he had violated university sexual harassment policies, according to a report in the Omaha World-Herald.

Adobe Cloak is Content-Aware Fill for Video

Adobe demoed a number of technologies at Adobe MAX 2017 yesterday, including something called Cloak. It’s basically Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill for video — you can easily remove unwanted things from video, as you can see in the 6-minute demo above.

Google Serves Fake News Ads in an Unlikely Place: Fact-Checking Sites – The New York Times

The headlines are eye-catching. Melania Trump is leaving the White House! Home renovation cable star Joanna Gaines has abandoned her HGTV show and husband Chip Gaines! Televangelist Joel Osteen is leaving his wife!

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