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originally posted by: roadgravel
originally posted by: digitalf
originally posted by: schuyler
Let us pretend for a moment that "the" (or "a") picture is real. Now compare that to a photoshop fake. Can you tell the difference? If you think you can, how, precisely, given the FX capabilities of photography these days? More than likely you cannot, though some people think they can. (There are always people who think they can.) And many people will proclaim it is fake even if it is real. They can't tell either.
You have to remember that there are professionals in every field, just because the average joe can't tell the tell the signs of a fake doesn't mean those who have the software tools to pick apart an image can say with a certain level of confidence that a photograph is original.