Today I read an article about some images of the North Korean military hovercraft landing on a deserted beach. These images were supposed to show a combat-ready army, ready to attack at any time.
The article said that the hovercraft image might have been tampered with to make the exercise appear more threatening than it really is.
This shows the power of tools like Photoshop. Photoshop can be a great tool for photo enhancing and marketing for example, but when put in the wrong hands it can be used in a negative way to make people feel threatened.
They are being accused of altering the image to make it seem that there are more hovercrafts than there actually are. Many of the eight hovercrafts look like digital clones of one another. The article said, “Another craft raised suspicions due to its “soft edges, lack of visible wake, and color oddities”.
The photo has been distributed internationally and there are so many people who don’t even know what Photoshop is, which can be taken advantage of. Thankfully there are people who are able to tell the difference from a photo that is Photoshoped or not and can inform the people that the photo has been altered.
Overall Photoshop is an awesome tool for many reasons, but it can also be used in a negative way to try to make people think a certain way or stretch the truth. Just like the photos of the hovercrafts in North Korea.