Advanced photo editing tools have caused increased difficulty in detecting internet photos that are not real, but that does not mean that you cannot find a variety of techniques to help determine if a photo is real or if it is a fake. Reverse image search and checking file data are among the ways to learn the legitimacy of any photo you see on the web.
- From political scenes to shark invasions, the web is rife with fake photos thanks to easy-to-use image editing tools and gullible viewers.
- Look for reversed or badly edited text, a sign that two photos have been mixed together, and anything that’s odd about the way an image has been cropped or that angle it’s been taken from.
- You can find yet more evidence for photo tampering if you dig deeper into an image and its metadata, all the data hidden away that you don’t see with the naked eye.
“Look for reversed or badly edited text, another sign that two photos have been mixed together, and anything that’s odd about the way an image has been cropped or the angle it’s been taken from often done to hide the full truth about what the photo shows.”