Pictures that lie:
news.com.com has a good photo-spread on “pictures that lie” and another one on the ways in which digital cameras are making it easier to subtly lie with without having to edit the image. A must see for anyone who believes their own eyes.
I’ll stand up right now and say that many of my sunset photos were taken in a “sunset” mode that completely changes the colour balance to make sunsets come out much “nicer.”
A third photo-spread explains High Dynamic Range (HDR), a technique used to overcome the fact that the eye has a wider dynamic range than any of the available image recording and presentational tools (cameras, films, printers, monitors, etc). These images are less like the original, but seem more like it.
this post on educause blogs is very enlightening. it shows significant work in the construction of photography as news.