posted on Oct, 24 2006 @ 07:54 PM
I'm not angry. Don't sweat the small stuff. My advice is to spend time researching before making up your mind. Making up your mind before doing the
research makes you a target for any hair brained idea that comes along.
This (photography and CG) just happens to be about the only topic I can speak authoritatively and definitively on. It is probably my real niche on ATS
if I can learn to ignore the trolls and brain-dead. Your tone is sincere but your mind has closed for some reason. First and foremost is if you are
making the accusation something is not real, make sure you have the proof in hand before posting. What people are trying to get from you is why you
think these photos are not real so they can help you to understand? There are some very skilled brilliant people on ATS even though it is hard to
believe at times. You are better off to get multiple opinions as we all are sometimes mistaken.
Since I create many manipulated photo's in my work, I know how things are accomplished. I can be fooled though. I can place nearly anything into a
photo in a manner that even another CG person could not prove was fake. I have spent much of the last two years learning 3d modeling and rendering and
am nearly ready to incorporate it into my tool-set. This means I can create photo-realistic objects to add to photos and so can many others. It makes
many people sceptical of photos on the web. You are not alone in this. Mix your scepticism with common sense though. A good rule is repeated over and
over on ATS. Follow the money. If there is no logical reason for something to be fake it is probably authentic. If someone is making money, be very
sceptical. There are also many people who fancy themselves experts and debunkers who are just hobbyists with some software. They tend to reach a lot
of wrong conclusions based on personal bias. If I find a photo that passes the smell test it is at the very least faked by someone very good at this
kind of work or it is real. As you learn, you learn to see patterns left by different types of manipulation. The way edges appear, double exposures,
poorly done 3d objects with bad lighting, blurred birds that you have seen a hundred times in your own photos, motion blur etc..
Good luck with your search my friend.
To the one who sent the U2U - Thanks so much!