More on FAQ #406

406. But technically speaking, aren’t most changes to non-“light”-related aspects of digital photographs really just changes to the “light”-related aspects of individual pixels?

Yes, most changes to most digital photographs could be accurately described as “changing the tones and colors of individual pixels.”

For example, if you change the color of each and every pixel in the depiction of an overhead powerline from black to sky blue, you can make the powerline disappear against a blue sky.

(For the record, eliminating power lines from the sky via any means other than cropping always disqualifies the result from Q2 and from TCQ.)

At first this may seem like a “loophole”

. . . in the list of TCQ’s Allowable Changes, because that list that doesn’t allow many changes to non-“light”-related aspects but it allows all kinds of changes to “light”-related aspects.

But it is the final result that matters.

As per Q7, the combined results of any and all changes to a photograph — including the changes that are allowed to “light”-related aspects — have to meet rinairs for “non-misrepresentation of the appearance of the scene depicted.”

Otherwise the photograph is disqualified from TCQ.