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Questions tagged [photography]

the art or practice of taking and processing photographs.

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Are these photos of burned home surrounded by pristine trees in California due to the forest fires real?

These photos are circulating on social media. Are they real? How can a forest fire burn homes in the center of a forest without burning the trees? Portion of Paradise, CA after the "Forest Fire". ...
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Is this picture from the flooded cave rescue in Thailand?

I came across the following post on Facebook (original text is on Portuguese, translation and emphasis by me): BOYS MEDITATING WHILE WAIT FOR RESCUE INSIDE CAVE IN THAILAND The former Buddhist ...
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Was Robert Capa’s famous 1936 war photo “The Falling Soldier” a faked photo?

The photo in question (Death of a Loyalist Militiaman, Córdoba front, Spain (1936)) can be found here at The International Center of Photography and is also attached below. The question is: The core ...
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Is this a photo of a rough sleeper who froze to death?

The caption reads: This picture is a picture of a DEAD homeless man who has froze to death on our streets , in Leicester a few days ago ,not one mention in the media about it and you are probably ...
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Is this a real photo of Australia? [closed]

How was this photo captured? Is it CGI? It looks a little odd to me. EDIT: No, nobody claimed this was a real photo, I was personally curious and skeptical to whether it was, and unaware of the ...
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Can gamma rays on an airplane damage a digital camera?

Rob Hummer gave a talk at Cine Gear Expo 2011 about how film and digital cameras catch light. He makes a handful of extraordinary claims about digital sensors - including a claim that you get dead ...
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Is this a real photo of North Korean kids?

I've seen this image multiple times thrown around in social media. It purportedly shows malnourished kids in North Korea. I could not find a reputable source for this image using Google image search, ...
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Did 13 men kill themselves after being rejected by Princess Qajar?

This has been doing the rounds on social media sites, this image with this caption Princess Qajar. A symbol of beauty in Persia. 13 young men killed themselves because she rejected them. Is this ...
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Was National Geographic just filming a snake attack a child and not helping?

The picture has become somewhat of a meme (NSFW) Was the boy really being attacked by a snake while the cameramen just taped? Or is this photoshopped or just an act? Picture reads, The "That's ...
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Did CNN use these 3 different photos of the same girl being rescued?

Here is a link to the meme on Facebook. Here is the meme itself: Caption: When CNN uses the same girl In 3 different Refugee Crisis pictures being saved by 3 different men The meme has 35000+ ...
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Is this picture of a man in Colorado Springs nearly being blown away, genuine, or a hoax?

This photo was shared on my Facebook page. The post was from FOX21 News Facebook News Feed (January 9 2017, 5:20pm): Colorado Springs off Cimarron and I-25, this city worker is doing his best not to ...
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Is this a genuine photo of the supermoon over Gdańsk?

Photo from this page: http://www.rmf.fm/magazyn/news,6902,wiekszosc-polakow-podziwialo-wczoraj-ksiezyc-zobaczcie-piekne-zdjecia.html It's on a reputable site which claims that it is a genuine photo ...
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Is this photo depicting Dalits from India genuine?

Imran H Sarker said in a tweet: Wake up INDIA! This is 21st century, not 14th! YOU are not better than ISIS until standing for this Dalit family!
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Is this a photograph of 23 year old Joseph Stalin?

I've seen the following picture on multiple websites including these two, Is this really Joseph Stalin as a young man? and Beware, girls: even Stalin could switch on the 'charm offensive', saying ...
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Is this a declassified photo?

There's this photo that keeps popping up, most typically in the "Suggested Articles" section on various news sites (you know, the section where all the linked "articles" are actually from external ...
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Did Iranian media pixelate most of a female beach volleyball player?

From https://twitter.com/dr_rafizadeh/status/762752071233708032 a picture of a women's beach volleyball match is shown with an unpixelated Egyptian player, and an almost entirely pixelated other ...
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Is this photo of a LGBT protest march digitally faked?

I saw this in a Spanish forum, which isn't exactly the most reliable source.. Was this picture of a LGBT protest march digitally faked?
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Does the STS103-734-73 NASA picture show another spacecraft? [closed]

UFO News reported in July 2014 that an older image taken of the Hubble Telescope is on a spacecraft (a "craft"). The image was taken in December 1999,, on STS-103, a repair mission on which Space ...
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Is this photo of a person with Ukrainian flags, swastikas, and a Super Mario T-shirt genuine? [closed]

From this tweet against Crimean Tatar Ukrainian Eurovision 2016 Winner Jamala (6 RTs, 8 loves, with the text "your love") and /r/WTF (score of 216, caption of "Just Your Average militiaman in Ukraine, ...
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Is this picture of a bent propeller genuine?

This picture has been floating around the internet recently: Is it a genuine picture or photo-shopped? Or perhaps its some sort of optical illusion similar to the wagon wheel effect?
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Did nude pictures kick off the industry for photographs?

The Internet History Podcast claims: When photography was developed in the 18th century, photographic commerce was mostly about selling people portraits of themselves or their loved ones—at least, ...
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Is this “Cooking Your Dog” book photo digitally faked?

From Twitter: Cooking [sticker] Your Dog Tasty, healthy and safe recipes Is the photo in question digitally faked? The main doubt I have is whether the book, which can easily be modified to ...
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Is Queen Elizabeth queuing for a sandwich in this photo?

Found it floating around Facebook with comments praising the queen for behaving like ordinary people. Did the Queen Elizabeth actually queue for a sandwich in this photo? Or something else is ...
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Is this picture of UPS man with burning Twin Towers in the background genuine?

I saw a photo today of a UPS carrier walking on the street that did not seem bothered by Twin Towers burning behind him. Is it genuine?
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Is this picture of Rachel Dolezal reading a book called “How to be Black” genuine?

This picture of Rachel Dolezal has been making the rounds online. Is it genuine? Ijreview, where it was featured, isn't sure if the image is fake or real.
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Is this photograph of Frank Sinatra as a 10 year old real?

There is an image of Frank Sinatra floating around the internet in its usual unattributed copyright-infringing fashion: No doubt there are pictures out there of Frank Sinatra as a young boy, but my ...
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Was Pope Francis a Black Sabbath fan in his youth?

Recently I stumbled upon the image of the young Pope Francis wearing a Black Sabbath T-shirt. Could this be real? I'm guessing this is fake, but I am at work and can't do a complete research about ...
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Is this “Remove child before washing” clothes label real?

The image below went somewhat viral: It shows a clothes label with the text "Remove child before washing". Is this an actual clothes label of an actual commercially available piece of clothing? Or ...
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Is this picture showing an eagle flying upside-down genuine?

I found this picture on Facebook: It definitely doesn't come from a particularly credible source (I F***ing Love Science), but I'm curious if that picture is genuine. My mother claims that the legs,...
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Are there ways to “photoshop” a picture with no trace [closed]

I don't have any sources, But I've heard several claims that a photo can be edited in such a way that there is literally no trace it was digitally edited. My question regards the usual digital photo,...
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Did Esurance put up a billboard saying “Cover your home in a dick”?

This tweet has been making the rounds about the dangers of bad kerning: Supposedly the letters "c" and "l" are run together so that "click" looks like "dick" instead. I call shenanigans. Surely ...
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Did smiling, female Israeli soldiers pose with “We kill Children” placards during Gaza War?

This image is widely shared on social media. Did they really do that? The photo seems real because there is what appears to be Hebrew letters in the background and the uniforms look right.
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Did the Curiosity Rover take its own hands-free selfie?

Time Magazine had an article with a photographic portrait of the Curiosity Rover on Mars, attributed to NSA/JPL. Here's another version: This photos seems like it would be impossible to take. I ...
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Were firearms prohibited in Dodge City, Kansas in the 1870s?

This image has made the rounds in various discussions of gun control in the USA. The picture was purportedly taken in Dodge City, Kansas (Popular culture's quintessential Wild West town, populated by ...
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Is the climber's head-lamp backstory for this long-exposure photo feasible?

I enjoyed reading the fascinating story of how a climber took an amazing long-exposure photo of his climb up, down and around a Peak District landmark. See: "Blazing a trail! Climber takes ...
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Making photo of apollo from earth [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Has man walked on the Moon? Is it possible to see the Apollo landing station, US flag, footprints, moon rovers from Earth or from space (from Earth orbit, e.g. with the Hubble ...
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Did some cultures believe that photography can steal your soul?

Some westerners think that people from pre-modern cultures considered photography "stealing somebody's soul". (Comment on Travel.SE, article by a photographer). Was this the case?
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Does camera flash destroy art?

This is a question which is highly discussed on the Internet but I've been researching for a long time and I've never found any scientific proof backing this up. It's known (or at least spoken of) ...
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Can you detect a hidden camera in a trial room/changing room with your phone?

There's this message spreading virally over the internet: Read This Message.....!!!! How to Detect Hidden Camera in Trial Room? In front of the trial room take your mobile and make sure ...
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Can photography be used for terrorism, and can restricting it reduce terrorism?

I'm seeing lots of claims that photography could contribute to terrorism, and photographers are being stopped on a regular basis in many more places than before, especially in the UK (see http://www....
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Do light field cameras exist?

A company called Lytro claim to be producing a light-field camera that has a key feature that the focus point can be moved after the image has been taken. Their claims have been questioned by jwz, a ...
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Is the Pale Blue Dot smaller than a pixel?

The Earth in the famous Pale Blue Dot image (below) is claimed by NASA to be "0.12 pixel in size". How can something be visible on a digital screen which is smaller than a pixel (or sub-pixel, which ...
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What is the scientific explanation of “Orbs” in photographs?

This is a typical extract form a blog post about Orbs, Reading an article about orbs, the mysterious lights sometimes appearing in photographs, I was reminded of how little we know of the ...
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Does this photo of the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall show a ghost?

Are there any ghosts that are captured on photos? More specifically, I'm referring to this famous ghost picture of the Brown Lady of Raynham Hall: I've never heard anyone debunking the myth of this ...