December 8, 2011
The pixel generation has liberated photographic reality evolving the craft to remove our “blemishes” with editing tools such as Adobe Photoshop. However in the pursuit of perfection, doctoring commercial imagery to reimagine unrealistic human forms has attracted a universal backlash.
The NYT recently reported on a new software tool developed by Hany Farid a Dartmouth professor in computer science and Eric Kee Dartmouth computer science Ph.D student, to measure the amount of digital editing.
Their sleuthing algorithm denotes from a 1-to-5 scale the amount of retouching mimicking human perceptions. Recruiting online participants to judge images from the minimally altered to the extreme hatchet jobs trained the software.
In an era of digital reality either adding layers to supplement information or recreating context, this type of pixel transparency just might become the norm. Read the full Times article here and the Dartmouth team’s complete research can be viewed following this link.
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