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Thursday, July 09, 2009

Fw: Photoshop games for readers

------Original Message------
From: Jim Dean
Sender: NPPA Discussion List
ReplyTo: jimdean002@YAHOO.COM
Subject: Re: Photoshop games for readers
Sent: Jul 9, 2009 7:49 AM

The Atlanta Journal has a "spot the changes" online game, where you go on and have 45 seconds to spot 5 changes in a photo. 
It's fun, and, to be honest, I hadn't thought about the implications.  I would be more comfortable with it if it included a disclaimer that explained that, while photojournalists are not allowed to make changes like these, it's still interesting to see what can be done. 
Might be a way to actually educate people as to what we "don't" do.
Jim Dean

--- On Wed, 7/8/09, Mark Hertzberg <hertz@WI.NET> wrote:

From: Mark Hertzberg <hertz@WI.NET>
Subject: Photoshop games for readers
Date: Wednesday, July 8, 2009, 11:42 PM

I was surprised, and disappointed to see an introduction to a Photoshop game for readers in a daily newspaper this morning. The text below is from the web link given in print. I think that newspapers and magazines -like the new Life magazine- that have Photoshop games for readers hurt our credibility as a profession. These games arguably imply that the work of the publications' photojournalists is not beyond being altered in Photoshop before publication. The teaser, which was headlined "Photoshopping Favre" was the lead item on the page 2 "Best of the Web" summary of the newspaper's web site content for the day.

Mark Hertzberg

"If all the indications of Brett Favre's return to the NFL - and the hated Minnesota Vikings - are correct...

So how about we have some fun with it, even if you can't stand the thought of it as a Green Bay Packers fan.

If you're a clever sort and know your way around Photoshop or some other photo-editing software, give us your best doctored-up photo creation of Brett Favre as a Viking.

(Note: If you need a photo as a base for your creation, here's a gallery of XXXXXX Newspaper shots from throughout Favre's career with the Green Bay Packers. Please don't use other copyrighted photos.)