PHOTOJOJO
   
 
Photo Forensics: How to Tell if a Photo’s Been Faked

Seen this 1940’s photo floating around the net with a “time-traveler” seemingly sporting an SLR, shades, and NIN t-shirt? Wondered if it’s real? So did we.

So, we decided to turn to photo forensics: the Error Level Analyzer!

Slip a photo URL into the Analyzer, and like a CSI computer, it instantly highlights possible alterations. Turns out our time traveler’s legit — there are no distinctive color differences. (Here’s the full story.)

Try this shark-meets-helicopter photo though, and the sharks show up pink and white. This photo’s been ‘shopped!

How does it work? The analyzer looks for decreases in the quality of a jpeg that happen every time you save it. Those areas are most likely to contain edits.

Sleuth away! Analyze internet photos that you’ve always wondered about: time traveler pics, anti-gravity photos, or fashion spreads.

Extras: Check out photo tampering through history and the Cottingley Fairies Hoax.

The Error Level Analyzer
[via Forgetomori]

p.s. Have you heard of Thrillist yet? It’s a rad free newsletter that tells you about one amazing new thing each day. They’re giving a chance to win a $1000 Apple gift card if you sign up!

Pin It

First Time Here?
→ See more Photo projects, DIY ideas, and Gear
→ Get it all free: Subscribe by email or RSS
You might also like...


 
Shop @ Photojojo!


Fisheye, Wide/Macro, and Telephoto Phone Lenses
High-quality lenses to help you go pro with your camera phone pix. More →



Easy Macro Cell Lens Band
Shockingly detailed phone shots at the snap of a band! More →



The Glif
Minimalist Phone Stand & Tripod Mount More →



The Handleband Bike Mount
Your phone called. It wants a ride ... On your bike!More →



The ChargeCard
Fits in your wallet, so it's always there when you need it and out of the way when you don't. More →



Gorillapod Mobile
Works with every phone ever, even with a case on. More →



The Keyprop
The key to getting your smartphone to stand up for itself. More →



The Pocket Spotlight
Bright, constant light in the palm of your hand. More →



The Pocket Reflector
A Go-Anywhere Light Bounce! More →



The Smartphone Spy Lens
A 90° Periscoping Lens More →