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Digital image editing company UK, specialising in professional image retouching for product, wedding, beauty, restorative and background removal briefs.


SERVICES WE OFFER

Editing business product shots, working in all areas of presentation
Wedding photo editing
Beauty retouching
Adding/removing people from images
Image restoration
Wedding photo editing

…and so much more!!!

Based in the heart of England we are an established full-service photo retouching provider. We’ve spent over 8 years successfully delivering on briefs for both business and personal clients looking to enhance the quality of their all-important images. Companies and individuals seeking a photo editor, UK based, are reaching out to us seeking answers to their photo editing requests.

Subsequently recognised as Trustpilot’s number 1 digital photo retouching solutions experts, we have built a strong reputation by visually capturing what clients see in their mind’s eye when they approach us.

Not only that, but we also offer a fast turnaround of briefs. Coupled with timely and friendly responses at every stage of the process.

Bringing together a wealth of photo editing experience, our passionate image manipulation team is led by Jilly Jackson. Who habitually lends a female perspective to what often borders on sensitive requirements.

Whatever your brief is, we guarantee to fix the photo leaving you impressed with the full digital photo retouching solutions we deliver. One which reflects and continues to underpin our enviable Trustpilot and Google rankings.

‘It’s not just Google Reviews acknowledging the myriad of satisfied customers singing our praises over the past 8 years. We have also generated a significant volume of positive feedback from clients. Many of whom have registering their appreciation with Trustpilot, with regards to the photo editing briefs we’ve fulfilled for them.

And as anyone knows, a business’s reputation can hinge on the power wielded by the impartial people who leave make or break feedback on the ‘go to’ customer reviews website. Reviews which afford would-be customers priceless insights into both the quality of work delivered, together levels of customer service experienced.

Therefore our expansive selection of glowing customer reviews on Trustpilot go a considerable way to prove that we don’t just talk the talk. Digital or otherwise. And that essentially we’ve become a trusted source of satisfaction for everyone’s photo editing needs, be they business or personal.

But don’t just take our word for it. Take our clients and Trustpilot’s……’

Wedding photo retouching

Nothing should ever spoil a bride’s big day. And certainly not Mother Nature making a mockery of her hair during the photographs. But then sometimes – and with the best will/photographer in the world – the worst case scenario plays out. And even if that doesn’t, then there’s always the groom’s father and his badly positioned corsage which has slipped beneath the radar.

Still, thanks to the marvels of modern wedding photo editing services, help is never more than an email away. And we’re always happy to come to a bride’s post-wedding day rescue and help her save face when it comes to sharing those crucial wedding album images …more

beauty photo retouching

‘There’s no denying that a picture is worth a thousand words. And when that image is a cherished one, then detail needs to be at the emotional heart of the composition. Which is precisely where we come in. To ensure that precious photos which authentically captured and defined a passage in your life are subsequently edited in a way that timelessly preserves the very essence of the original snapshot’ …more

product Photo retouching

‘We can help change the way potential new clients look at your business, brand, product or service. Simply by removing unwanted backgrounds, retouching existing images or juxtaposing envisaged layouts. All of which are crucial elements to ensure that your company is projected in the best possible light’ …more

digital photo restoration

When we lose people close to us, we often rely heavily on old photographs to transport us back to a time and place when they were still with us. It’s only human. Therefore to be able to restore images which bear the tell-tale signs of aging – including fading, scratches, creases and stains – to former glories can serve as a much-needed pictorial conduit to our pasts.

We have had the privilege to apply our restorative photo editing skills to countless customer briefs over the years, many of whom have found themselves overwhelmed by the finished piece. As indeed have we, by playing our part in the process …more

New Study Reveals Why Wedding Photographer’s Should Collaborate With A Digital Wedding Photo Editing Service

Wedding photographers spend just 4% of their work time capturing pictures of brides and grooms, according to latest industry study. Enlisting digital wedding photo editing service can reverse this trend.

Digital wedding photo editing service shocked with upshot of recent industry survey. Which lifts lid on fact wedding photographers spend just 4% of work time capturing wedding pics. While photo editing own work accounts for staggering 55% of each job.

Look at it this way.

If you’re a zookeeper, it’s safe to assume that you spend the majority of your time feeding animals such as penguins. Maybe cleaning up after them too, but mostly feeding them and being bowled over by their cuteness.

Same rule applies if you told your school careers advisor you wanted to be a professional footballer when you grew up. And lo and behold; you aspired to become one. Resulting in you spending most of your time kicking a ball around a pitch while receiving the adoration of a full stadium. Only significantly less full during a global pandemic, of course.

Enlisting Help of Digital Wedding Photo Editing Service Will Free Up More Time for Wedding Photographers To Be Behind the Lens, Rather Than the Laptop Screen

So why then, if your dream job is that of a wedding photographer, would you chose to spend more than half of your time sat behind your laptop getting to grips/religiously familiarising yourself with the nuances of specialist software packages (ie, Photoshop)?

As expertly facilitated 24/7 by digital wedding photo editing service professionals (ie, DT).

As opposed to being out in the field capturing brides and grooms in their wedding finery. Although not always fulfilling your brief at rural weddings, for the record.

Jilly’s work is very impressive and great quality. She listens carefully and produces for you what you want , If you need help with digital work as a professional photographer, contact Jilly.

Rick Dell, Rick Dell Photography

Yet it’s precisely this that UK-based wedding photographers spend a shocking amount of their career doing, according to a recent study which has just been published. The findings of which stress that 55% of each wedding photographer’s individual gig is typically reserved for the editing of those pics thereafter.

Admittedly down from the 2019 figures (77%). Yet still confirmation of a nonsensical proportion of time dedicated to what should only be factored in as a small representation of a wedding photographer’s business model.

But these stats get worse….

Upon further scrutiny, research shows that a staggering 96% of a wedding photographer’s time is taken up with pretty much anything other than capturing stunning pics of the bride and groom on their biggest of big days.

Digital wedding photo editing service can work in collaboration with wedding photographers to ensure they free up more photoshoot time.

Digital Wedding Photo Editing Service Can Reverse These Eye-opening Stats, Ensuring Wedding Photographers Have Better Photo-capturing-to-Image-Retouching Trade-off

Which begs the following question. With a mere 4% of their time allocated to the actual taking of wedding photos, what in the name of all things holy is your typical wedding photographer doing the rest of the time?

Well, firstly there’s the small matter of completing on-going business and associated administration tasks. Which can amount to 18% of a wedding photographer’s time.

Also, don’t forget there’s the systematic culling of wedding photos to take care of. You know, the ones which failed to turn out quite how they (or more importantly, the bride and groom) imagined. And end up on the cutting room/studio floor. That can be time-consuming, apparently; accounting for close to 11% of a wedding photographer’s time.

Meanwhile you need to let would-be customers know that you’re out there if you’re a wedding photographer. Self-promotion and general communication (be it via social media or more traditional means of marketing) is imperative.

7% of your time as a wedding photographer can be meaningfully dedicated/lost to this necessary evil.

However the biggest distraction by a country mile is wedding photo editing. Where evidence compiled by yourperfectweddingphotographer.co.uk suggests that a whopping 14 hours on average is set aside for digitally retouching each wedding.

EACH WEDDING.

A task a digital wedding photo editing service could have signed off in half that time, we should coco. In the capacity of a digital wedding photo editing services provider with two decades experience in the wedding image retouching sector.

Who Said What?

Your Perfect Wedding Photographer. A swipe-free website that introduces impending brides and grooms to professional wedding photographers.

It’s these guys who have exposed the truth about just how much time wedding photographer’s spend on image retouching. As part of their fourth annual wedding photographer survey. Where they pieced together collective feedback gleamed from over 300 professional wedding photographers based here in the UK.

Therefore the next biggest question which DT finds itself asking, is this.

Working with a digital wedding photo editing service can benefit professional wedding photographers, as latest survey reveals 55% of each job is spent image retouching.

Just WHY do wedding photographers self-edit their own work, when digital wedding photo editing service professionals like us exist?

Surely farming your wedding image manipulation requirements out to us makes more sense than to hunker down in front of your laptop. Especially for such long periods of time?

And even more pertinantly; as we all emerge from actual lockdown.

It’s not as though we haven’t got some serious levels of experience in this subject matter. Given the aforementioned two decades DT has been retouching wedding pics. Essentially providing photo-retouched solutions for a mixture of briefs. Either sent directly from brides and grooms (looking to us to rescue their dream shots) or indeed, from a raft of wedding photographers.

Those who have long-used our digital wedding photo editing service.

And you can be one of them.

We offer an agency-spec full service to wedding photographers looking to subcontract some of their image retouching tasks in a bid to resolve two primary issues. One being to meet deadlines. The other – and as per the gist of this blog – to free up more time. Time to invest in other important areas of their business.

Like attending more weddings, for example. And subsequently taking more photos. And subsequently generating more income. Etc, etc.

And don’t forget. As DT only recently blogged about here, weddings are now allowed again after lockdown restrictions have been revised. Meaning wedding photographers will be inundated with requests for their services as this year pans out.

Get in touch with us today to have an informal chat about how we can collaborate with you. Critically, when you need some work taken off your hands.

At least this way you can claw back some of those negative percentages….

Weddings Return This Summer, As Wedding Photo Editing Might In Future Focus More on Face Mask Removal Requests

Bride and groom share kiss whilst wearing face masks, as post-Covid-19 wedding day landscape might offer new wedding photo editing opportunities.
“You may now kiss the bride. Theoretically-speaking….”

From Gretna Green to Las Vegas (and everything slightly more orthodox in-between), wedding plans covering all degrees of personal taste have taken something of a hit in 2020 thus far. The ripple effect has reached the world of wedding photo editing too, as one of our main lines of enquiry at this time of year tends to be desperation calls from brides briefing DT about how they want us to digitally retouch their precious wedding pics.

As the global Covid-19 pandemic systematically put the brakes on bride and grooms’ best intentions, rumours suggested that next year was already shaping up to be the unofficial ‘Year of the Wedding’. Courtesy of this year’s deferred nupitals; coupled that is with the ones already long-pencilled in for 2021.

The findings of a recent study reports that a whopping 64% of weddings globally have been put on hold (either cancelled or postponed), with the industry set to shoulder an estimated £87.5 billion loss in revenue. From a UK perspective, that equates to close to 64,000 weddings having been disrupted.

For the record, approximately 250,000 weddings take place here annually. Which subsequently generate a staggering £10 billion sum for the economy, if you’re a fan of wedding-related stats as much as DT.

Wedding photo editing services take a moment to reflect on the ramifications of postponed weddings….

Of course, should the wedding sector begin to regroup and turn its attentions to making preparations for an envisaged bumper year for knot-tying get togethers in 2021, even a frantic and fop-haired mid-1990s Hugh Grant (et posh al) would struggle to attend all the engagements that might potentially be playing out across the UK. To compensate for what until recently looked like a catastrophic wedding embargo this year.

And if and when weddings eventually do make what would be a hugely popular comeback here in the UK (especially with wedding photo editing being a vested interest of DT’s), will PPE-conforming wedding attire be the ‘look’ of future ceremonies?

Very good question.

As when weddings do return to their ‘new’ normals, many recognizable elements aren’t going to be that recognizable. Wedding day dress codes for example are probably going to look a little different. A little less conventional, let’s say. As brides and grooms come to terms with stylising their wedding wardrobes with various forms of Coronavirus-shielding PPE. Rather than male guests simply being reminded to match their corsages with the bride’s shoes.

Don’t forget the implementation of social distancing measures at weddings too….

Yup. Social distancing would play additional havoc with the hitherto traditionally awkward ‘mingling’ we’re all supposed to actively embrace at weddings; despite the fact our only tangible connection to either party is tenuous and normally involves knowing the neighbour of someone who once babysat the bride. Or something equally as contrived. Still, a wedding invite is a wedding invite, as Richard Curtis would excitedly concur.

Bride and groom exchange vows, yet kissing may be put on hold in post-lockdown era face mask-wearing wedding ceremonies. Wedding photo editing companies relish retouching possibilities.
Raising a topical glass/bottle to news that weddings in England have been given go-ahead, post-lockdown

BUT WAIT! What’s this DT hears?

STOP PRESS! – Brilliant news!

Weddings are set to make a shock comeback this summer. And we’re all invited. Well, not all of us, obviously. But a maximum of 30 at last count. 28, if you include the bride and groom, which is kinda traditional.

In an address to the House of Commons covering various aspects of continued lockdown-easing being introduced in July, Boris Johnson has just announced that wedding ceremonies in England will be able to resume as of the 4th. The only caveat being the number of attendees would be limited to 30 for the time being. And that social distancing would have to be enforced. Although 1 metre is the new 2 metres, apparently.

Hurrah! Three cheers for Boris, hang out the bunting, etc!

Steady on. You haven’t heard all the news yet.

As we all know, weddings are big business for all concerned. They also tend to work out quite expensive too. On average a UK wedding costs just over £27,000. While British couples are said to fork out somewhere in the region of £1,200 on the dress and a ball-park figure of around £2k on the wedding ring. Sorry, but DT loves a good stat or three as we mentioned earlier….

Financial outlay aside, weddings also typically attract a sizeable number of guests. As well as other people present on the big day to fulfil additional duties. Which explains why in this new era of social distancing, weddings have understandably been put on hold until late. Until the curve had been flattened.

Oh, and another thing.

Brides-to-be will be relieved to learn that their wedding day hair will be as imagined, and far less Flintstones than it might otherwise have been if hairdressing salons hadn’t also got the nod to re-open at the beginning of next month. However, as we all know the Lord taketh as much as he giveth sometimes. Or BoJo does, in this instance. So brides-to-be will have to forgo their pre-wedding manicures and pedicures, given that nail and beauty salons will remain firmly shut until further notice, as DT writes.

Don’t fret though, as wedding photo editing can save your day. We’re always on hand to touch-up any wedding photos afterwards. So there’s no reason we couldn’t amend your nails in key pics if that’s what you wanted. Perhaps add that to the list, along with face mask removals.

More of which beneath (no, not them!)….

Bride and groom tie the knot during California fires, early in 2020. Seen wearing face masks, prior to Coronavirus outbreak.
Who remembers earlier this year when this couple stole a march on face mask weddings, as a counter to Californian fires raging all around? Seems like a very long time ago now, doesn’t it?

Is this now the calm before the summer wedding storm then?

It could well be.

This time of year is usually a very busy one for DT. With the wedding season in full swing from Spring onwards, by the height of summer we’re receiving a lot of enquiries from brides, anxious for us to ‘rescue’ their wedding shots. For a variety of reasons. Editing guests in (and removing them where deemed necessary) being populist requests which fill our email inbox. Wedding photo editing is arguably our number one request. Certainly DT’s favourite.

However things have been somewhat quiet on that front to date.

Yet now we’re anticipating a flurry of communication in the coming weeks and months, as brides and grooms are finally given the green light to celebrate their big day. Let’s just hope the great British summer weather received the memo too.

How Might 2020 Weddings Look Then?

As we’ve already summised; virtually unrecognizable in some respects. For a quiet start that familiar refrain of ‘you can now kiss the bride’ might pose a bit of a logistical challenge should both the bride and groom have chosen to don bridalwear colour scheme-co-ordinating face masks so as to protect more vulnerable guests.

But hey.

PPE might become the de rigeur wedding look for 2020/21, with some couples going ‘all out’ to up the decorative/creative ante. You must have seen the aftermarket collections of avante garde face masks available today (and championed by who else, but celebs), where pretty much any design goes. As it should.

However for all those traditionalists/puritans out there, the wearing of face masks won’t be anything to smile about. Not least, because nobody can make out quite what expression people are wearing beneath their go-to PPE. Even people with other features which often give the game away.

But fear not, as DT has the perfect solution. And the ideal way to get your wedding day plans back on track. Yes, you’re staring the answer right in the face. What else but the power of wedding photo editing.

Our bag.

'I do' wedding face masks, as fashioned by bride and groom. Set to be commonplace sight at British weddings in the summer of 2020. meaning wedding photo editing companies could offer mask removal service.
They both do. It says so on their wedding face masks….

‘Remove Face Masks From Wedding Photos’

We can pretty much visually amend/recreate any photographed image you want. And we’re bracing ourselves for a tidal wave of bride and grooms pleading with us to ‘remove face masks from wedding photos’. And if that specific search engine query doesn’t start trending this summer, we’ll eat our best wedding hat.

Seriously though. We’d love to digitally photo retouch any wedding pics which you’re not happy with. Pandemic associated or not. It’s what we do, and have been doing successfully for years.

We’re pre-empting a surge of brides (and/or grooms) getting in touch with us asking if we can make face masks vanish. Literally. Well, photographically. Which of course we can, and would be very happy to do for you.

Conversely however, while dedicated wedding traditionalists will beat a path to DT’s wedding photo editing door, imploring us to Photoshop masks out left, right and centre, on the flip side of the Covid-19 coin, other folk will choose to have fun and work within the parameters of the restrictions. Preferring instead to capture a visual artifact of such historical importance. For future prosperity, like some sort of Blue Peter garden-buried time capsule.

From a photographical perspective DT can customise your wedding day face masks after the event, if you would like. We know that some of you might wish to have fun with these unavoidable signs of the current times. We can print words on face masks, change the colour, superimpose a unique design across it. Infinite possibilities only ever limited by imaginations.

Newly-wed couple celebrate their wedding day, while wearing humorous Covid-secure face masks.
Putting a brave/smiley face on their new summer 2020 British wedding day attire…

DT Will Save Your Wedding Day Photos

There’s no doubt here at DT we’re set to play a pivotal role in the new wedding landscape. Post-production stages anyway. Where we’re looking forward to witnessing just how the wedding landscape pans out in the coming months.

Rest assured we’ll be on hand as always to resolve any and all wedding photo editing niggles, queries or SOS’s.

So do, please, give DT a shout for ALL your wedding photo editing requirements as everyone learns to embrace the new norm.

Image Editing Photoshop Artists Reimagine Political Heavyweights in Famous Paintings

Donald Trump illustratively depicted as a boy in a pink dress, original painting in 1840.

Now, before we go any further, don’t fret. DT has no intention whatsoever of going all ‘political’ on you. We’ll leave that to the raft of other blogs and concentrate on doing our own unashamedly digital photo retouching thang during lockdown. As any image editing Photoshop artists would.

We’re also well aware that some politicians aren’t exactly who you might refer to as flavour of the month of late. Naming no names, but un-elected advisors who enjoy Spring walks in County Durham, for example.

But none of this explains why peoples’ lockdown dreams/nightmares have teetered on the surreal.

And why DT might, hypothetically-speaking have momentarily imagined how Narcicist-in-Chief, Donald Trump would look cast as the compositional lead in Edvard Munch’s ‘Scream’. Although more the collective emotional reaction of the planet every time Big Don opens his mouth to address America, truth be told.

Or for that matter fleetingly visualised our very own Bumbling BoJo as one of Dali’s melting clocks.

Or perhaps transiently seen the Supreme Cheesemeister, Kim Jong-Un as a Pre-Raphaelite cherub in a Bourne-Jones stained glass window, in the mind’s eye.

Everyone's favourite Kim, portrayed as Magritte's 1964 surrealist masterpiece, 'The Son of Man'.

Surely not we’re the only image editing Photoshop artists who have witnessed these images flash before us?

Hasn’t pretty much EVERYONE else during these challenging times, experienced one inexplicably peculiar dream sequence or another?

The sort of which would make ‘Twin Peaks’ iconic scenes appear tame by comparison.

Politicians. Zzzzzzz….

Politicans have been thrust on the world stage like never before, their electorates looking to them for leadership and direction. Not to mention a steady flow of witty memes at the very least. While nations attempt to plot their ways through and out of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Vladimir receives Van Gogh treatment, as politicians reimagined by image editing Photoshop artists.

Photoshopped Images of World Leaders Offer Visual Distraction From Pandemic

However some of these vivid imaginations (and visual machinations) of our almost delirious lockdown minds have actually been captured by equally adept image editing Photoshop artists of late, it would appear.

OK. Well, maybe not OUR strange mental images of world leaders reinvented as famous works of contemporary art. Slightly toned down versions, let’s say.

Not only imagined, but illustratively brought to life by talented Photoshop practitioners with a keen sense of humour put to entertaining use.

Who Are These People Of Whom We Speak?

A number of creatively-inspired contributors and co-collaborators have answered the call of Australian-based design-influenced crowdsourcing platform, (the aptly-named) Design Crowd. Who asked users and fans of the portal to come up with Photoshopped interpretations of what certain politicians might look like if they were the original artist’s muses. The original artists who created instantly recognisable masterpieces, to clarify.

Yup. Brace Yourself for Trump-tastical Photoshopped Works of Art

Design Crowd are no strangers to putting similar questions out there as a means of encouraging image editing Photoshop artists to get their creative juices flowing. And lockdown has provided much with more, in terms of an increasingly fertile global political landscape.

Admittedly, a last sentence that image editing Photoshop artists like DT never believed they would utter, pre-society restructuring. Yet needs must, etc, etc….

Prior to this, Design Crowd has invited both professional and amateur Photoshoppers to devise digitised imagery on all manner of eclectic topics. From animals imagined in Renaissance-era compositions through to cartoon characters comedically juxtaposed with historically-acknowledged oil painted heavyweights.

Clever Photoshopping ensures that the very likeness of murdered French revolutionary leader Jean-Paul Marat is recreated by the presence of former UK PM, David Cameron.

To 2020 though.

And this new theme is one which nobody on the planet can escape right now. No, not Coronavirus. Something more opinion-polarising than that.

Politicians.

Loathe them or hate them, some of the most well-known have been graphically transformed into a collection of Photoshop-primed portraits for our delictation. The results of which lurch from haplessly hilarious to downright frightening. From speechless to borderline slanderous. From controversial to….yeah, you get it.

That said, BoJo seems to have got off the hook…..

Balance-of-sorts is restored however, as there’s a fair few Trump memes-in-the-making.

Enjoy and remember to #staysafe.

And don’t forget; politicians are for life (or full terms, anyway). Not just Christmas. Alas.

Worst Coronavirus Fake News Images

Donald Trump - Someone who knows what it's like to be on receiving end of fake news images.

Photo retouching services lift lid on Coronavirus fake news images spreading faster than the pandemic itself.

Fake news, eh.

One of the most bandied around buzzwords of recent years. One which transcends sectors, industries, societies and indeed, generations. You might be forgiven for believing that there’s been more fake news images circulating than real, tangible news for the past couple of years. You wouldn’t be necessarily wrong, either.

Increasing numbers of questionnable ‘media outlets’ have busied themselves. Peddling all manner of what appeared to be seemingly fake headlines under closer scrutiny. And not so close examination, in some of the more laughable cases. Even the established and redoubtable broadcasting services have fallen victim to fake news images pitched in the midst of hoax stories.

An Epidemic of Coronavirus Fake News Images and Misinformation

From the throw-away, light-hearted and harmless through to the potentially more damaging and intentionally dangerous examples of the newly-adopted genre. Everyone has been privy to at least one count of fake news images. Including the highest office on the planet, that of the White House itself.

Which has made the topic hot of late, with ‘fake news’ being amongst President Trump‘s most favourite of phrases. Typically espoused when he’s defending one of his more curious monologues which leave the perma-puzzled in his wake. And frequented even more than the host of superlatives he insists on firing left, right and centre.

Although, conversely Trump himself often appears to propogate his own fake news stories with consumate ease. Look no further than his recent bold statements suggesting American citizens can best protect themselves from the coronavirus simply by injecting disinfectant into their bodies. That’s when he wasn’t claiming that irradiating patients’ bodies with UV light would also do the trick (insert LOL emoji here).

Lockdown Sees Upsurge in Coronavirus Fake News Images

Speaking of which, during these unprecedented times we have all witnessed a tsunami of Coronavirus fake news images being given copious amounts of airtime, as a pandemic of biblical proportions has swept the globe and impacted on all our lives to varying extents. Existing to further unnerve the already anxious with unfounded claims and fabricated statistics. Which serve only to spread even more fear during these uncertain times.

Preying on those who have no means of questioning (or challenging) the often scurrilous headlines, the fake news being widely distributed in seconds by social media outlets, has highlighted the on-going issue. And it’s not merely ambiguous words which are continuing to plant seeds in people’s heads. But a slew of Coronavirus fake news images too.

Coronavirus Fake News Images Have Gained Further Traction as Panic Spreads

Words themselves don’t paint the full picture. Whether they are genuine or not. And images have been equally doctored as the #trending fake news stories have continued to gain yet more colourful traction in our social conscience of late. The omnipresence of fake images to accompany – or be free-standing – of fake news stories has gathered much momentum. Seeping ever more into the sphere of the ‘new’ normal. The pre-lockdown ‘new’ normal, that is. The much-heralded post-lockdown ‘new normal’ will doubtless conjure up yet more intriguing variations on a mostly nefarious fake news images theme.

It’s as though society’s appetite for what can often be blatantly insincere news edits has perpetuated the culture for the inescapably unreal. As much via the visual as the written word itself.

As Jesus Jones Once Asked; Are These Coronavirus Fake News Images Real, Real, Real?

Only minus the punctuation mark at the end of the sentence.

And the ‘Coronavirus fake news images’ bit bolted onto the end for effect.

Deciphering the unbelievable soundbites and farcical rhetoric based on groundless hearsay (at best), or grandiose hyperbole (at worst) printed in the written word is a challenge. Yet some of the fake news images doing the rounds are a little less difficult to spot.

At least for us pros. Those of us equipped with an inherant knack for sifting through and extracting the chaff from the wheat.

Often it’s only photo retouching services providers who can distill what’s not quite what it appears at first or second glance. Steeped as we are in weeding out fakery. But then it’s not always that easy for us to determine.

Is Fake News Images Not Old Fake News Images?

Of course, fake news images are nothing new. They’ve cropped up (if you’ll pardon the pun) in one shape or another for years. Or rather, since the rise in popularity of social photography. Along with the onset of more media outlets which seem to solely exist for clickbait purposes. The type which brazenly exclaim; ‘Can You Believe That So-and-so (insert your own vacuous celebrity name HERE) Has Done Such-and-Such (insert wholly unbelievable claim HERE)?!’

To capture your attentions/hoodwink you into clicking on the breaking ‘news’ story.

The phenomena – if you want to refer to it as that – has been driven both by the preponderance of images available online. Together with the ease with which said fake news images can be manipulated by devious types with access to Photoshop. Although access alone doesn’t lead to proficiency. Or even entry-level understanding of the basic elements according to some of the more blatantly awful examples of fake news images doing the rounds.

The problem is it’s all too easy to plant the seeds of outright lies in the minds of the often easily fooled. At least, compared to how it was in a pre-internet/Photoshop landscape.

Cast your mind back to the 1950s, and the nefariously-intent fake imagery merchants had only scissors, paste and patience to fall back on to create fictitious collages in an attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the unsuspecting.

Indeed, one such famous fake news image of the day depicted a certain US Senator, Millard Tydings. Whose very likeness was awkwardly superimposed next to the American Communist Party’s, Earl Browder. Much to his consternation thereafter.

You’ve Been Framed!

Maintaining a US politician vibe, who recalls the subsequent furore when Photoshop helped John Kerry ‘appear’ (for all intents and digital photo editing purposes) to be attending an anti-Vietnam War Rally with Jane Fonda? Admittedly not that many. Or more recently, the sitting President, Trump’s parents dressed in Ku Klux Klan garb?? Yup, with Photoshop the protagonist once more.

But of course, it’s not like Photoshop has gone all rogue of its own accord.

Behind all good/bad fake news images created by the planet’s go-to software package legitimately favoured by photo retouching services the world over, it’s a given that there’s a devious individual (or clandestine operation) at work behind the (photo-manipulated) scenes.

Impromptu Coronavirus Fake News Images Quiz

Truth is, many of us tend to get caught out by fake news images. Although we’re always too embarassed to concede that we’ve so easily sucumbed to such dubious means of blatant clickbait. But in our defence(s), some of the fake news images are less obvious than others. So we can be excused for being caught off guard. Some of the most trained eyes in the business might be hard-pressed to differentiate between what’s visually believable and what turns out to be the visual equivalent of the telling of porkies.

So, and without further ado, welcome to DT’s innaugral ‘Spot the Fake News Images Pic Just-for-fun During Lockdown Competition’. Where DT invites YOU to play along at home by trying to determine just which Coronavirus fake news images are real.

And which aren’t.

As in, which are fake. And which are genuine. The answers are at the bottom of the blog but please; no scrolling down. Remember, you’re only cheating yourself.

IMAGE 1 – Tango’d Trump

President Trump's Tango'd tanlines obviously a fake news story.

Right. We’ll start you with an easy one involving man of the moment. The Supreme Leader of the Tango’d Republic of The US of A himself; President Trump. Who appears to have overdone the old fake tanning products. At least, if this particular snapshot is to be believed. Your thoughts on this?

IMAGE 2 – (Lockdown) Life’s a Beach….

How NOT to social distance. American beachgoers in Jacksonville demonstrate disregard for lockdown rules.

Remaining on an American fake news images theme, and we turn our attentions to establishing the truth about the Jacksonville beach furore. Which purported to show the flouting of Covid-19 rules with regards to social distancing during the current global pandemic. Pictures of beach-goers flagrantly disregarding the measures put into place by the US government to try and limit the spread of the disease were widely circulated in recent weeks. But is this another case of fake news images being cynically peddled right now. Or the real deal? We’ll let you decide….

IMAGE 3 – Rower in Social Distancing Row

James Cracknell superimposed CLOSER to his father, as British tabloid falsely suggests former Olympic rower has broken social distancing rules. Typical  example of Coronavirus fake news images.

Here’s an interesting one found a little closer to familiar shores. The curious case of a former Olympic rower (and reluctant BBC Strictly Come Dancing competitor), James Cracknell visiting his parent’s home during imposed lockdown. Question is this. Are we glancing at fake news images or not? We’ll let you decide.

IMAGE 4 – Pulling 5Gs

Protesters in Hong Kong dismantling CCTV-added street lamp over security worries. NOT anything to do with 5G furore, falsely linked to Covid-19. Therefore Coronavirus fake news images.

This is a still from a video claiming to show angry Chinese citizens tearing down a 5G mobile antenna. Which was distributed on social media (including the account belonging to Hollywood’s Woody Harrelson) and generated thousands of views. This image has got to be real, no?

IMAGE 5 – Bottoms Up

Madagascan president championing 'miracle' cure for Coronavirus. Herbal drink with no clinically-known means of curing disease.

When the leader of a country tells you something that might sound preposterous to you normally yet kinda sounds vaguely viable during these strange times, you could be tempted to believe it. Unless that leader’s name begins with ‘Donald’ and ends in ‘Trump’. However a herbal-based miracle ‘cure’ presented in a bottle? As championed by Madagascar’s man-at-the-top? That’s probably all that it’s cracked up to be. Isn’t it?

IMAGE 6 – Art Imitating Life

Street art in Frankfurt in 2014. NOT a macabre scene of COVID-19 victims in Italy during 2020 Coronavirus pandemic. Startling example of Coronavirus fake news images circulating during these times.

This particular – and somewhat distasteful – image did the rounds of WhatsApp recently. Inferring that the photo depicts the bodies of coronavirus victims who had sucumbed to the disease on the streets of Italy. Yet in reality it could just as likely be a case of deliberate fake news images attempting to stir up mass hysteria. Your thoughts on this far more serious picture?

IMAGE 7 – Reality Down the Swanney

Swans and dolphins enjoying lockdown life, but NOT as the media would have you believe. In terms of geographical bearings.

And finally – returning to a less sombre image – are we to believe that nature is reclaiming its rightful territories during lockdown or not? I mean, it sounds wholly plausible. Not least because grass is growing back through the cobbles on our street and Welsh towns are being overrun by inquisitive goats and sheep running amok. But swans and dolphins taking to the canals of Venice? Really? Is this actually a thing?

Answers

Image 1 – FAKE!

Yup, even the dark overlord himself isn’t THAT heavy-handed with the fake tanning products. So the epitome of fakeness in this rare, collector’s edition instance, is the ‘enhanced’ photo itself.

Image 2 – REAL!

Sadly people on this particular American beach resort weren’t following Coronavirus-triggered social distancing protocols. And freely mingling with each other when they really oughta not have been. Therefore a lesser-spotted item of non-fake news imagery.

Image 3 – FAKE!

Photos of James Cracknell mindfully social distancing himself in the garden were cynically doctored by past-masters of deceit, The Daily Mail. So as to paint the former Olympic rowing gold medallist as flouting the current rules surrounding social distancing and shielding of the more vulnerable members of society.

Image 4 – FAKE!

The image is genuine as such, however the story not so. This old picture actually shows protesters in Hong Kong in August 2019. Who were attempting to remove what was reported to be a ‘smart lamppost’ equipped to collect data. More piffle and poppycock, basically, to allude to something else entirely and perpetuate a sense of social unrest.

Image 5 – FAKE!

The herbal tonic given the offical presidential nod of approval by Madagascar’s Andry Rajoelina turned out to be a bit of a bum-steer, so to speak. This so-called ‘preventative remedy’ (as claimed by said president) is a herbal tonic sold under the name, Covid-Organics. Derived from artemisia – a plant which contains an ingredient used to treat malaria – tests implied the bottled drink had cured two people living on the island nation. However no peer-reviewed research or actual evidence existed to authenticate this claim.

Image 6 – FAKE!

In the event, a blatant fake news image aimed to scaremonger. Reality being that this image was lifted from a contemporary art project which took place in Germany in 2014. Which involved participants taking part in a real-time art installation requiring them to lie down in a pedestrian zone in Frankfurt. this was in rememberance of the 528 victims of the Katzbach Nazi concentration camp atrocities.

Image 7 -FAKE!

More codswallop engineered to fool those of us who wanted to believe that the animal kingdom are making the planet their own once more. The truth is the swans are regular visitors to the canals of Burano. A small island in the Greater Venice metropolitan area, where the photos were actually taken. ‘Venetian’ dolphins – also captured on social media around the same time – were filmed at a port in Sardinia hundreds of miles away.

Digital Image Retouching Specialists Approve of Lockdown-era Re-creation of Iconic Works of Art

So Picas it hurst

All sorts of weird and wonderful distractions are abound during lockdown. That much is true. As the good folk of the UK (and far beyond) try to wrestle with/digest their individual and collective understanding of the ‘new norm’. As digital image retouching specialists, we’re no different. And have been striving to keep ourselves positive, productive, focused and healthy of mind, body and spirit throughout this extraordinary period.

Photographically-enhancing client’s image requests have of course helped us remain on the right side of preoccupied, it’s fair to say.

Famous Art Gallery Invites Self-isolating Creative Types to Reimagine Familiar Compositions. With the Help of Household Objects

Many of us have connected with our more creative sides, while others have chosen to test their cerebral resolve by quizzing their way through lockdown.

Some meanwhile have thrown themselves into completing the DIY tasks that they’ve been conveniently putting off for months, if not years. A large percentage of the British populace have pursued their exercise goals. Or rather, sworn themselves to following brand new physical training regimes. Having never really immersed themselves in anything other than briefly/vaguely fulfilling half-baked New Year’s resolutions involving gym memberships.

But DT is pleased to report that art has experienced something of a renaissance during this difficult time, as a raft of online challenges have jostled for our attentions.

Noel Fielding’s Twitter-based Saturday Art Club, together with a number of TV programmes (Grayson’s Art Club) suddenly appearing out of nowhere. Serving to rekindle our romance with a subject matter which some of us haven’t practised since GCSE Art. Or even before that, and in our Tony Hart-influenced days of yore, if of a certain vintage.

Scream if you wanna go faster. On the spin cycle

Gettying Your ‘Creative On’ Gets Digital Image Retouching Specialists Vote

Amongst the various creative endeavours and entertaining tasks thrown down to a (very) captive audience of late, is one dreamed up by such luminaries as The Getty Museum in Los Angeles. Well, almost (please read on).

The very same Getty Museum that’s widely regarded as one of the world’s best-loved museums,. According, we assume, to sources who have conducted some sort of poll to determine this at a past juncture.

At the beginning of lockdown the Getty Museum challenged art fans residing anywhere within the global village to recreate an existing, preferably identifiable work of art. Sourcing everyday objects lying around in the would-be contemporary artists’ homes. For ‘objects’ also read ‘people’ to hand. Those who might want to be an actual living part of such a wildly inventive composition.

Art retrieval at its finest

The Rules of Art Club Are. You Talk About Art Club

Abiding by the three simple rules of engagement, the only real stipulations were as follows.

Firstly entrants should choose their favourite artwork.

Secondly, they needed to locate three things which just happened to be languishing around their familiar home surrounds to improvise as props.

Finally, they were asked to ‘reimagine’ the original piece of art in a new and hitherto unseen fashion.

Prior to uploading the subsequent work online, and shortly before comparing and contrasting with other like-minded/budding artist’s creative efforts.

It all kinda makes sense, given we can no longer visit our favourite art galleries and museums.

More especially at a time when we’re all in need of a little spiritual uplifting and inspiration of one kind or another. A thought echoed by Getty’s Assistant Director of Digital Content Strategy, Annelisa Stephan. She told one media source; “Our vision is to use digital to create community through art.”

Which is very admirable right now.

What’s the Uptake Been Like?

In a word – impressive.

The overall standard on the other hand, might not be described with equal gusto.

But God (other deity’s are widely available) loves a trier. As much welcome, light-hearted distractions go, Getty’s call to artistic arms has definately piqued the interest of bored fellow quarantiners. Many tens of thousands of whom/followers showing their love as we write. Extending to digital image retouching specialists like Digital Touch.

Although Getty isn’t the only artistically-inclined resource which has provided the platform in which to upload your compositional re-works on.

Indeed, the seeds of this idea were initially sewn by a Dutch Instagram account who (controversially) first had the idea. Elsewhere, the comically-named ‘Covid Classics’ (cited as a popular Instagram account comprising of ‘four roommates who love art… and are indefinitely quarantined’) is also claiming additional bragging rights for having set the ball rolling.

Despite the claims and counter claims, the ‘Getty Museum Challenge‘ is the one receiving all the plaudits as part of the bigger virtual picture.

Have We Not Seen Something Similar to This Before, With the Help of Photoshop?

Aha. Yes.

You obviously have great memories. And clearly read all DT’s blogs. Although last time round it was more a case of celebrities being superimposed – via Photoshop – on famous works of art.

But good call, nevertheless.

That’s right. You keep straight faces now

Is It Too Late to Join in the Fun?

No.

As right now we still have any amount of people across the globe enthusiastically transforming themselves – and their nearest belongings to hand – into instantly recognisable paintings. From Michelangelo’s, ‘The Creation of Adam’ to Edvard Munch’s, ‘The Scream’. And everything else in between by the looks of it.

Including Magritte’s more surrealist paintings and Frida Kahlo’s portraits.

Utilising a range of both elaborate (and makeshift) props to graphicise their creations. Toilet rolls, for example, to illustratively portray neck ruffles. And tangled laptop chargers as means of channelling Medusa’s mythical hairdo.

We’ll leave the last word to the Getty Museum though. Who says; “We wanted to offer up a creative challenge to find refuge from the uncertain state of the world and to spark excitement to get creative — no extra materials required.”

And we say bravo to that.

Coronavirus Lockdown Gives Rise to Making Reconnections With Our Photographic Histories

Man standing atop mountain

We’re currently living through somewhat surreal and largely unprecedented times, which just a couple of months back nobody would have predicted. A time and a place where no one is quite sure what happens next. Or even what – or indeed, when‘next’ will transpire as.

Most of us are using this newly-precious, yet strangely unfamiliar time to reconnect with – and invest in -a simpler way of life. Love and family and community are the new currencies by which we exchange our literal ‘goods’, as we bear witness to a more stripped back existence. Arguably what some of us have been advocating for years, yet never envisaged would be triggered by such an extraordinary set of circumstances beyond any of our control.

And yes, many of us are choosing to be a little retrospective and turn to happier, or at least, more emotionally-secure times gone by to steal ourselves a little peace of mind. Learning new coping mechanisms to make what sense we can of what’s been thrust upon us all at the start of 2020, and the testing weeks and months which lie ahead.

But we’re not going to dwell on any fleeting or more entrenched negativity, instead concentrating on the positives.

Like so many others are focusing their energies on during these challenging times. The wave of hope and optimism emerging from a wealth of quarters is both joyous and uplifting, and something tangible we can all embrace and work with during these difficult days. Days in which we give thanks to those looking out for us.

Living, breathing guardian angels in the form of NHS staff, together with those whose ancillary jobs include feeding a nation and delivering for and to a populace in isolation. Yet where social connectivity is one of the keys to maintaining both our spiritual and physical wellbeing, and harnessing a new-found strength of self.

Venturing Back to the Future To help Bring Sense of Calm To Present

Many of us are using this period to remind ourselves of what’s really important in our lives. Family, community and togetherness being at the very heart of everything true and palpable like never before. Not to mention a human spirit and inherant benevolence and fervour for a broader, wider, deeper-running community, which is hugely inspiring to observe and contribute to.

You don’t need us to tell you, but one of the best conduits we have to our past – be it the more immediate one or that which we feel compelled to revisit right now – is the hitherto situated within the very fabric of the visual. By that, we mean the photograph.

Arguably one of the most rudimental of interactive fusions with who and what we once did. With whom we enjoyed these timely snapshots and cemented memories. As it’s memories which are certainly helping us to sentimentally navigate our way through this potentially psychologically-demanding minefield, not least courtesy of social media.

Creation of Adam with smartphone

Our Celebrated Pasts Could Well Be Visual Keys to Our Collective Futures

Now instantly identifiable as our ‘go-to’ lockdown companion and technical touchstone to a world which has seemingly altered and distorted beyond anything we have historically acknowledged, the devices which we grasp in our hands are perceivably tantamount to Michelangelo’s ‘Creation of Adam’.

And yes. Drawing comparisons to the iconic art which resplendantly decorates the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel with mobile telecommunications may sound a little pretentious, however we are ultimately giving each other life here and now; and a platform to construct a new way of existence from.

When you think about it, when before has what lies directly beneath our fingertips been as virtually imperative to, and without over-egging it, our collective sanities as a nation hunkered down and physically segregated and detached from each other.

Where previously our smartphones, tablets and laptops were measured more in terms of their materialistic values, they have all of a sudden metamorphacised into societal lifelines. And when we’re not keeping in aural touch with our absent-with-leave loved ones, we’re checking in on what until late was viewed by detractors as our un-real world. The sphere we were all guilty of dedicating a little too much time to. A social condition which was, to some, bordering on the unhealthy.

However now it’s not just acceptable to wile away hours on our phones, but actively encouraged; perverse as that edict might have been to conceive just a few months back.

Under lockdown our cultural sensitivities have been skewed, as they present as our only portal into each other’s daily lives. A parallel universe of immeasurable worth which we all enthusiastically subscribe to as a means of staying in touch as we strive to staying safe.

Amongst the many spirit-uplifting memes and posts doing the rounds since drastic lockdown measures were introduced – and subsequently adopted by millions of Britsphoto challenges have made an always welcome return to the realms of social media. Which gets our vote every time. Irrespective of whether we’re living our ‘normal’ lives or trying to survive what we could be forgiven for believing was the impending apocalypse. Which it by no means is, just to reiterate. However desperate and disenfranchised we might feel.

Every theme imaginable, from ‘our most memorable bike rides’ and ‘posting pics of ourselves as kids compared to what we look like now’, through to ‘our favourite seaside or mountain pics’ and naturally, ‘best dogs and grandchildren pics’. Although not necessarily together as the one entity. But that’s not to say you couldn’t if you fancied. As let’s face it, there’s no particularly binding rules at this juncture. Save for the actual Government-legislated ones we’re all rightfully adhering to as part of the bigger picture.

Social Media Photograph Challenges Spread Sense of Happiness and ‘We’re in it Together’ Mentality

Another participant-enabling social media photograph challenge which caught DT’s eye has to be the popular, ‘Until Tomorrow’ example of the spontaneously-occuring genre, which surfaced on Instagram in recent days. Which sees users post unflattering throwback pics of themselves, complete with a cryptic caption. Terms and conditions stipulate that if you like someone’s photographic upload, you must post your own embarrassing snap and keep it on your profile for 24 hours thereafter.

Properly distracting stuff, which DT wholeheartedly supports.

Elsewhere, another time-consuming photo-based challenge-of-sorts invites people to post what they consider to be the most photogenic pics of themselves – and only themselves – prior to tagging 10 of their equally most photogenic friends to do the same. All in the name of projecting positivity. OK, and perhaps a little borderline narcissism. But hey. We can all be excused that on this occasion, right?

Everywhere we turn the internet is awash with a veritable smorgasbord of online photo challenges to keep us all preoccupied during lockdown, the majority of which quickly go viral, for want of a better word. Which naturally serves as a very worthwhile diversion ploy as we try to detract our gaze away from the darker stuff. Much of which can be largely inescapable within an online surround as we write.

Anything goes in terms of photograph-derived outlets to sidetrack us from the aforementioned parallel universe we all seemingly feel we’re living in right now, with new – and possibly more elaborate – themeologies being willingly dreamt up by the day. As they should.

Focus More on Ourselves and Reconnect With Positive Life Experiences We Can All Draw On During More Melancholy Times

It’s not difficult to understand why such pastimes have gained traction. After all, reminiscing over old photos has always offered a safe haven in an emotional storm. And now is definately no different. That’s because as humans we crave comfort and belonging in images that capture passages in our lives which project good times. Stress free times. Carefree times. The sort which were commonplace up until a few weeks ago. Not that DT is flirting with pessimism, let it be known.

This passage of unrecognizable time will pass, make no mistake.

And with it the anxieties which many of us are experiencing. Yet while it’s played out in homes up and down the country, now is the time to remind ourselves of that most precious of commodities. Us. Each other. Our loved ones. Our nearest and dearest. And the photographs we keep of those we hold closest to us act as a significant ocular conduit to this, perhaps now more than ever as we seek solace, meaning and positivity throughout what we’re being asked to accept as the ‘new normal’. For the foreseeable future at least.

Old black and white photo album

Sorting Out Old Photo Albums is Gaining Popularity Here and Now

Meanwhile, another photo-based pursuit is providing further much-needed distraction during lockdown. And as pastimes go something many of us are immersing ourselves yesterday, today and tomorrow. It’s also fair to comment it’s a job quite a few of us have been putting off for as long as we care to remember. Only now we have no excuse for avoiding when we’re captive audiences within our own four walls. Especially once we’ve exhausted all other outlets purporting to home entertainment.

That includes lining up the week’s recycling on the stairs and taking aim at our discarded milk cartons and pizza boxes with the air pistol you found hidden deep within the bowels of the garage which you accidentally had no choice but to tidy a few days earlier.

I doubt DT are alone in that particular means of time-wasting.

Back to our evocative memories caught on Fuji Film though. Or whatever other means of 2D capture facilitated back in the days of 80s family caravan holidays. For that also read bank holiday road trips to castles and/or the seaside, which were apparently educational. All of which have been screaming out to be aesthetically revised for modern day interaction, along with broader sharing amongst friends and families at this time.

C’mon.

What better window of opportunity will we all have to finally sort out those compendiums of old school photo albums which lurk in the shadowy receses of the family home? Or alternatively those languishing unloved in the back of wardrobes located in the spare room/attic. eg, none whatsoever.

Wonderful Restoration of a Badly Damaged Photograph.

I managed to source a lost photo from the 1940’s of my mother and two of her siblings in their early twenties. This was emailed from abroad, but sadly had numerous creases on it, one across the full length of my mother’s face.
Jilly amazingly managed to remove all the creases, leaving the photo in the condition as if it had just been taken. My elderly mother – who often spoke of the photo – was delighted, and wept when I gave her a framed enlargement of the photo. Jilly’s work was exemplary, communication was excellent and I would definitely use this company again.

Lesley, client and subsequent Trust Pilot Reviewer

Many people will dedicate a chunk of time to perhaps digitally regenerating their original photographs so as to afford themselves easier access and versatility in the distribution of images. Be it to engage in the very latest social media photograph challenges or simply bring their old photos out of the dusty shoebox vaults and kicking and screaming into the 21st Century by means of whatever digital restorative process readily available to them.

Picturing a Different Future Can Be a Positive Visualisation

One thing is for sure through all this though. And that is photos – and the memories encapsulated within – will unequivocally act as a soothing visual blanket to many of us during these uncertain days and nights. An instantaneous channel and tangible feed to an escapist idyll which is familiar to us all. And a timely reminder that what’s gone before will come again.

We’ll pictorially cement more – and new – memories for our future’s future and beyond. It’s just what we do and have always done – well, since photography was invented – and right now makes us feel a little more human. And in touch with our innermost selves as materialitic habits and ethos’ of old are cast to the wind and society undergoes something akin to what many might concur to be a much-sought reset.

When we look back on 2020, the visual image more than many elements will tell the whole story. A story of how the global community joined as one to fight an unseen enemy at the gates, and how we all photographically documented the highs, the lows and everything in-between for both ourselves and future generations.

Stay safe, stay indoors, we’ll meet again….