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3 kinds of “supporting images”

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In an era when storage of digital photographs becomes ever cheaper, it is easy for TCQ photographers to save images for later proof of what was and was not done to a “Guaranteed TCQ” photograph.

  • 1. The original image

    • While its unaltered state is not absolutely “provable” like a VUO would be, the most original version of a photograph can help prove that the modified version of the same photo did not undergo any changes that would disqualify it from TCQ.

    • If the TCQ-labeled photograph underwent fixes to “surface flaws” — and the changes affected the depiction of the scene — the photographer may want to supply a copy of the original photograph showing the surface flaws.

    • For architecture photos in which “perspective correction” was achieved by keeping the camera level and cropping off the bottom of the frame, TCQ photographers can supply photographs showing the full frame.

  • 2. Neighboring frames

    • For subjects in motion, the photographer can supply photographs taken immediately before and after the “keeper” photograph to help establish the validity of the pose of the subject in the “keeper” photograph.

    • The subject need not be moving for this approach to be valuable. Even for motionless subjects — an adult lion resting with its two cubs, for example — if the photographer changes position even slightly between exposures to photograph the scene from different angles, those “neighboring frames” can help to prove that the “keeper” photo was not a composite.

    • The photographer need not save extremely memory-intensive versions of neighboring frames; high-resolution jpgs should serve the purpose well.

  • 3. Photos of the setup used to make the photo

    Photographers who make a “Guaranteed TCQ” labeled photograph from a tripod can take photos from multiple angles (or even a short video clip on a smartphone) of the camera/tripod position and the surrounding scene.