More on FAQ #603
603. Is it true that no photograph is ever disqualified from TCQ because of what was done to the subject?
Yes, that is true of any three-dimensional subject.
No photograph of any three-dimensional subject* is ever disqualified from TCQ because of how the subject was manipulated, controlled, posed, guided, or directed.
Remember, TCQ is about showing the viewer an undoctored record of “what the camera saw” — whatever that may be.
Of course, TCQ is also about not deceiving viewers! So viewers often may need to be alerted and informed when the subject was manipulated in a way that the viewer would want to know about but is not immediately apparent to the viewer.
As noted in Q8, any necessary “alerting of viewers” is done with — at a minimum — an “IC” attached to the “Guaranteed TCQ” label (to indicate “inapparent circumstances”).
*There is one two-dimensional exception: a non-TCQ photograph cannot be a primary subject of a TCQ photograph, as spelled out in the last paragraph of Q8.
But other than that one exception, TCQ-eligible photos can be made of any subject, including any real-world scene.