More on FAQ #752

752. Why do rinairs and TCQ allow “cropping” but don’t allow “deleting” things?

Because everything you see in a photo that has been cropped depicts something that “the camera saw,” but that is not true for a photo from which something was deleted.

TCQ is based on showing viewers “what the camera saw,” not “what the photographer wishes the camera had seen.”

— With a photo that has been cropped, everything that the viewer sees was visible to the camera at the moment the photo was taken.

— But with a photo from which anything has been deleted, the viewer sees things that were NOT visible to the camera at the moment the photo was taken.

That’s because unless a “hole” is left in the photograph, every “deletion” involves “adding” something in its place — an insertion based on guesswork about what the camera “might have seen” if the deleted item(s) hadn’t been present when the photo was recorded.

“Guesswork” does not foster “trust.”

Respected news agencies — and thus rinairs — have the same policy as TCQ on “cropping vs. deleting.”