With improving technology, a lot of tasks have become much easier than what people could have conceived decades ago. For example, hardly anyone would have thought that altering photographs could be this convenient. Rise of tools like photoshop, GIMP have made it possible for any interested person to be able to make convincing edits to photographs. While this has opened up a whole new realm of creativity, people haven’t refrained from using this technology to create falsehood.
There is a popular saying which goes as “seeing is believing.” In today’s age of digital technology, does the saying still hold true? Let’s find out.
Let’s have a look at some interesting images we found while surfing the internet. Can you guess which of these images are fake?
The photograph of Indian couple scaling Mount Everest was popular on social media a few years ago. They said that they were the first Indian couple to climb Everest, but later it was found that they altered other people’s photos and lied to everyone.
Altering a photo, even with the best software, is a task that takes time and skills. So what do you think about altering photos? Is it OK to do? Take time to think about this, discuss with your friends and write your feelings in your journal.
People alter photos and even videos for the following reasons
The Reverse Image Search in Google is a tool that you can use to find out if the image is real or fake. This will give you the results of where the image has been used and what people are saying about the image. There are other alternatives to Google Reverse Image search. For example, if you are using a phone to check images, you can use tineye.
Note: This article has been adapted from a lesson from Karkhana’s Digital Citizenship book for students aged 9 to 12 years.p>
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