Ethics in Photo Editing: Not the Same in Bangkok

There are some great photos in the Boston Globe’s photo blog post about the protesters in Bangkok. There is also what appears to be some ethically questionable photo editing going on in a couple of the images, particularly in images 1 and 21. If you take a closer look at image 1 by AP Photo/Wong Maye-E, there are heavily burned in areas in the upper corners. The part that strikes me first is how dark the upper right corner is. It looks as if the name of the building or business has been intentionally burned down to be unreadable. In image 21 by AP Photo/Manish Swarup, the upper left corner is burned down so far that it is almost entirely black. It is really unnatural looking compared to the light levels in the surrounding areas. Again, what is being hidden in that area? Maybe I am wrong about this but to me it seems as if these are blatant violations of the code of ethics for photojournalists. Take a look and tell me what you think.

UPDATED: Being honest is part of being a photojournalist

UPDATED: There have been a number of threads popping up on various forums about gaining “access” to major sporting events as a photographer. One in particular, which makes me wonder how desperate people can get, is where a young photographer has lied to gain access then has been giving away his photos of the events.

Poster Geoff Robins sums it up the best by saying:

“Congratulations! You have successfully undermined every working/aspiring sports photographer.
You have :
1) Lied your way into games, making it more difficult for us who should legitimately be there to work
2) Undervalued photography as a whole. By giving away your work for nothing, it makes it difficult for us pros to make a living. What is it that you do? Can I do it for free just for the experience?
3) Pissed off all those you need to learn from by doing the above things”

Ethics people. ETHICS. If you really want to become a working professional it takes a lot of hard work and dedication. Its also important to build and maintain relationships with people that you respect. John Korduner you have lost any small shred of respect you may have had by lying to obtain credentials. You have angered the people that could have helped you to get to a position that you desire. You looked for a path that would give you everything you wanted without having to work for it and, dishonestly, you found it.

This industry is very small and, unfortunately, its getting smaller every week. People in this industry like to talk and they will talk about you John Korduner. Good luck EVER getting credentialed again. I can only imagine that there are now people who will deliberately stand in your way. You should start with an apology to everyone you misrepresented yourself to and a thorough reading of the codes of ethics for photojournalists. Good luck.

UPDATED: It appears that the link is broken and that the post has been removed. It is really unfortunate that it was deleted because this is something that needs to be seen.  Aspiring photojournalists need to see that this is not the way it works.

I thought this was a football game


There are many stresses to my job: deadlines, scheduling 3 assignments in 2 hours, dealing with unhappy subjects, trying to get a hold of subjects for stories, coming up with cover art every week, deadlines, updating the photo galleries online, deadlines, i could go on and on.

Dealing with the emotions of parents at a high school football game is part of my job. I generally try to tune out a lot of the “noise” at football games and concentrate on the action. Last nights televised game between Columbine and Bear Creek was no exception. Emotions were running high in a typical rivalry.

Columbine quarterback Danny Spond was having an off night. He had fumbled the ball a handful of times in the second quarter just before the end of the half. He seemed to struggle throughout the third quarter. In the fourth quarter Spond was having many of the same problems he had earlier in the game. He was also suffering some brutal hits from the Bear Creek defense.

When he finally stepped off the field late in the fourth quarter he nearly collapsed. Spond was quickly rushed to the bench and things would quickly get worse from there. He was fading in and out of consciousness. Coaches acted quickly and moved him from the bench to the ground and called 911. His jersey and pads were cut off of him while waiting for paramedics to arrive and his feet were raised. Spond was eventually taken from the field by ambulance and transported to Swedish hospital appearing to be suffering from a concussion.

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