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The Ethics of Photo Manipulation


It is fun to manipulate and enhance photographs of the family and friends but when it comes to photo manipulation in journalism there are certain rules to the game that has to be strictly followed.

Software like Adobe Photoshop has indeed made photo manipulation a very easy process. Many professional Photo editing services are available both online and offline.

Some of the famous examples of photo manipulation in journalism are Time magazine’s manipulation of the photograph of OJ Simpson just after his arrest for murder in 1994, to give him a sinister look, and Newsweek’s manipulation of Martha Stewart’s photo (only the head belonged to her) to make her look thinner after she came out of prison in 2005. By manipulating the OJ Simpson photo it was possible to sway public opinion to make him look guilty.

Quite naturally this diminishes the credibility of the magazine and journalism. The National Press Photographers Association, or NPPA has a code of ethic for photojournalists which mentions that they can only do some bit of photo retouching and changes in contrasts and color but it is a big “NO” when it comes to changing any original orientation in photographs, cropping away parts of photos and adding or removing people/objects from photographs.

This code of ethics has to be strictly followed because it is the duty of journalism to present truth just as it is. But one need have no limits to photo manipulation when it is for fun or for the purpose of art. Managed Outsource Solution is a US based photograph editing company that offers services like photo manipulation, photo enhancement, object removal, person deletion, portrait glamorization, and photo repair and restoration services at highly cost effective rates for clients globally.

About Julie Clements

Julie Clements

Joined the MOS team in March of 2008. Julie Clements has background in the healthcare staffing arena; as well as 6 years as Director of Sales and Marketing at a 4 star resort. Julie was instrumental in the creation of the medical record review division (and new web site); and has especially grown this division along with data conversion of all kinds.