Via Steve Outing
Apparently there have been some fake tsunami photos floating around the internet. Hope none made a newspaper.
A trained photo editor with common sense, knowledge of the Internet, and equipped with software to help identify simple fakes may be journalism’s best line of defense.
Mr. Outing points to a New York Times article that should put your mind at some ease if you suspect images have been altered.
With those tsunami photos, software wouldn’t have done much good. They were real images of people watching a big wave on a Chinese river, not the December tsunami. Editors puzzling over those photos might have saved some embarrassment by doing a careful image archive search, or checking a rumor site like Snopes.com.