LeitzKameraAktion: Nick Ut's famous 1972 Vietnam image of naked 9 year old Kim Phuc running down a road, after being burned by Napalm, looks far more dramatic and scary when seen in its familiar cropped version, which eliminates almost half the right side of the image. The full image lacks the intensity and concentration of the cropped version, because the figures on the right seem uninterested and unconcerned about the drama taking place just ahead of them. Cropping the image focuses one's attention on the traumatised children, and their anguished expressions. For me. Contreras' manipulation was done in much the same spirit; to eliminate distracting detail in order to focus one's attention on the essentials. While the end result might not be literally accurate, it does not falsify the reality or authenticity of what's being depicted - the core-truth if you like. Suppose Contreras had physically removed the video camera BEFORE taking his shot; how is that morally different to doing it electronically?
Fully disagree. If cameras are just lying around this is a very different scene. I am not even sure I agree with cropping. An example are some of the uncropped images from the Libyan Civil War the ones I have seen sometimes show more journalists in the pictures than fighters.
Bottom line though is that AP photographers know the rules. They are very clear. The pictures are suppose to be news, not art and not propaganda.
Jogger: Its funny that people have no issue with $900 iPads (replaced annually of course), $700 phones, $100/month phone plans, $10 month XBL accounts, $5 daily cups of coffee, $1.5/L of gasoline...
But, paying $10 a month for a software that is part of their business (ie. allows you to make money) is somehow treasonous.
Who replaces their iPad or phone every year? I don't. I also don't rush out and buy every new software update. From everything I read I was pretty typical - skip every other update.
The bigger issue to me is not the $10 a month, the question is what happens next year. Adobe decides the price should be $19.95 per month. The next year $29.95. They have the power if my PS saved files require the new features and My LR DB is now LR5 or higher I am stuck.
Per Inge Oestmoen: Why should we accept Software-as-a-Service?
If we accept to be tied to a software subscription in order to access and use our own data, soon both the operating system and applications will be entirely server-based and no longer installable locally. In such a scenario, the user will lose all use of the software as soon as the software company's subscription service is inaccesible or discontinues - or if the licensee failsl to pay for forever reason. In other words, in the subscription model the user is forever completely dependent on the software subscription in order to access his or her own data.
We have to demand from all software companies that they create software with perpetual licenses that can legally be used for an unlimited time on compatible hardware. We also have to demand that the software comes in the form of full and unrestricted installation versions that can be backed up and installed at any time and independent from its manufacturer.
Per Inge Oestmoen, Norway
I guess you have not heard about Office 365.