Jeff Smallwood Photography
Politics and Photo Editing Do Not Mix
Oct 29, 2012

This post is not a political post, this is a digital editing and forensics post. My commentary here should not be confused with an endorsement of any candidate for the US Presidency (and yes, there are more than two candidates to choose from).

However, when Mitt Romney's assistant/campaign worker posted an image to Instagram, it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see it was a horribly distorted, misleading image. The image appears to show a crowd that is much larger than the actual crowd was. My first instinct was to think it was manually edited. However, after taking an honest look at the image and doing a little forensics in Photoshop, I've come to the conclusion that the image is the result of extremely poor panoramic technique. That doesn't mean it wasn't done on purpose with the intent to exaggerate the size of the crowd. Only one person can say for sure whether it was accidental or not, and that's the person that posted it (and I have not spoken to that person)

What I've shown below is the evidence to prove the image is not a true photograph. Whether you think it was done on purpose or accidentally, only you can decide for yourself. No matter what direction you lean on the political debate, you have to admit that a presidential candidate deserves someone with better photography skills posting on their behalf.


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