The casual definitions for non-photographers:
“undoctored” = depicts “what the camera saw”
“doctored” = depicts “things the camera didn’t see”
But for photographers there’s a more-detailed definition:
TCQ’s definition of “undoctored”
Photographs are considered “undoctored” only:
1) when they undergo no changes other than TCQ’s Allowable Changes AND
2) when the combined result of any Allowable Changes that are made meets Q7.
TCQ’s definition of “doctored”
Photographs are considered “doctored” — and cannot meet the Trust Checklist — any time
1) they undergo any changes other than TCQ’s Allowable Changes OR
2) when performing any of those Allowable Changes results in failure to meet Q7.
These two definitions are not arbitrary
. . . unlike a lot of the definitions floating around out there.
• The #1 part of both definitions reflects a worldwide consensus.
• The #2 part of both definitions is based on the standards of the world’s largest providers of trusted photographs.