This photo appears in the current issue of Vogue magazine. What is wrong with it? Can you spot any photoshop fails?
A. Kim Kardashian was banned from a gala by Vogue editor Anna Wintour, who then approved a lush and gushing Kimye cover story layout that included this photo.
B. Kim is wearing an awfully expensive top without any burp-cloth protection.
C. Kanye West appears to be a vampire.
D. All of the above.
The answer is D. We won’t focus on the Kim-Anna feud (could be made-up tabloid tripe) or the cost to dry clean that top (maybe baby spittle doesn’t stick to white fox fur?). Our focus is on Kanye. Why do we not see his reflection in the mirror? And come to think of it, where is photographer Annie Liebovitz? Is she a vampire, too? Okay, we know that fashion magazines doctor photos to correct the perceived flaws of models and celebrities. But they should never leave evidence that “the doctor was in.”
DO be mindful of reflective surfaces. If you erase something, erase its reflection. If you combine images, one of which includes a wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling mirror … wait, no, don’t do that.
DON’T alter images in any way that misrepresents the event that was photographed. You will get caught and you will be embarrassed.
DO avoid repeating an image when faking a “natural” background. A set of trees, hills or waves is never identical to an adjacent set. Malpractice: Here a photo doctor creating a promotional ad for the TV show “Lost” couldn’t quickly find an ocean photo wide enough, so he/she used a narrower photo twice.
DON’T take bites from live bodies without the consent of the owner. Some people get testy when you adjust their proportions.
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