More on FAQ #208

Two notes on the “Content-aware” video

1. Most people who see those objects removed in the video know where to look for indications that those two photos have been doctored, and to those viewers the changes are not completely “undetectable.”

But the typical viewer who didn’t see the “Before” version of such photos would likely not notice these kinds of deletions — especially if the photographer later clones more “variety” into the doctored portions of the photographs, as is typically done.

(The deletions probably would not be noticed by someone who gives the photograph the one or two seconds of attention that most photographs now get.)

2. The video presents a simple challenge for anyone who claims that “it is no easier to undetectably doctor photographs now than it was in the pre-digital age”:

The person making that claim can spend up to 2 minutes performing “by hand” similar manipulations (that is, using a physical brush and actual paint to delete entire trees and cows) on a non-digital photograph—

— and then invite others to examine the retouched print or negative to see if they can detect the changes.