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'Clown Vomit', And Why You Need To Know About It.

If you were looking at a photo from the Gaza crisis, wouldn't you want to know if it was real?

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It usually works by adding together lots of different photos of the same thing.

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By taking several photos with different shutter-speeds, and then layering those photos on top of each other, you can capture light that is lost in a normal photograph.

Here's why it matters to you.

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You need to know what you're looking at. And when it comes to war photography, it stops being a laughing matter.

We trust that this photo, which doesn't use HDR, is an accurate depiction of the man's wounds.

We rely on photography to give us unfiltered, untampered truth.

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Clearly photographs aren't the truth, the whole truth and nothing but. However, we at least assume they haven't been significantly and intentionally altered.

This is the 2013 World Press Photo of the year. It uses HDR.

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This is why some people think it has a 'cinematic' feel. This might not seem important, but details are often crucial to a photograph's drama and emotional appeal, and if they are altered, our response can be altered too.

Lots of people will see this photo from Gaza and not know it has been manipulated, and yet the way they feel about the situation may have been changed.

You just deserve to know how and when it's been used.


HDR isn't necessarily a bad thing. But especially when it comes to political photography, you deserve the right to make an informed judgment of what you're looking at.

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