Written for JOURN 333 (Photojournalism) Assignment 6 Discussion.
In an effort to be honest, fair and unbiased in my photography, I will
- Not alter photos taken for news publications if they distort the idea that the picture represents.
- Frame pictures so that as much of the scene as is relevant is captured.
- Clearly note that a photograph has been altered and list what alterations took place.
- Avoid altering the appearance of people to make them appear different from who they are in real life.
- Be at liberty to apply color schemes such as black and white, sequoia; but not to change saturation or localized hues unless expressly noted.
- Try to use camera settings that best depict what the human eye is seeing (ISO, white balance, etc), except for artistic purposes or to explain how each setting affects exposure.
- Blur faces and / or names as is necessary to protect a person’s / place’s privacy / identity.
- Be at liberty to alter photos for artistic purposes without mentioning the changes made, as long as I do not proport them to be as they are in real life. If I do, mention changes made.
- Not consider scaling to be a type of alteration, unless by doing so, some detail is made of minor importance.
- Use sparingly posed photography for news publications.
- Crop photographs as needed, so long as in doing so, the message of the image remains in tact.
Now, nearly all of these deal with image manipulation on some level. I largely would follow my code. Alterations for graphic design is one thing — although, advertising a countryside picnic with a Photoshopped mountain is deceptive. But by and large, I am okay with modification for personal or graphic pursuits. But my code is firm when it comes to published work on any scale.