Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Ethics in digital photojournalism

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Toledo, Ohio, photographer Allan Detrich resigned Monday after it was discovered last week that he altered a news photograph in Photoshop to remove a person's legs in the background. He was caught when other Ohio papers ran photographs shot by their photographers with the legs in the background. This raises the question of what is ethical in photojournalism. The policy of The Gazette photo staff is the only altering done in Photoshop are the ones done in the darkroom. Cropping, burning and dodging. That's it. The creditability of photojournalism lies in our hands. Twenty years ago nearly 100 percent of readers believed what they saw in a photograph. The percentage is much lower today. To read more about the incident in Ohio, visit http://www.nppa.org.

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