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Capture your subject in the best light with these photography tips that cover everything from nature and still-life photography to fashion photography.
You Will Need
- A keen eye
- Photoshop (optional) (optional) (optional)
Look at the lines
Look at any square images in the photo, like road signs. Natural photos don’t contain perfect 90-degree angles--but computers even them out.
Look for recurring images--like the same cloud pattern or a group of people that is repeated elsewhere in the crowd. This indicates that a part of the picture has been replicated to cover up something else.
Study shadows to make sure they’re consistent. If two people in a photo are looking at each other, but the shadows on their faces indicate they’re both looking directly at the sun--bingo! You’re looking at a composite image.
Look closely at where body parts meet. When a head has been placed on someone else’s body, it often appears at an odd angle and/or at a weird distance from the neck.
Import the image and view it in Photoshop, if you have it. Click on 'image,' then 'adjustments,' then 'hue/saturation.' Set hue to 'low' and saturation to 'high.' Now scroll the light bar back and forth. Splotches of discoloration indicate photo tampering.