The wonders of photoshop

As anyone in the blogosphere knows photoshop is a requirement if you are going to fake photos and send them to Reuters or if you are the Prime Minister of New Zealand.

Actually there has been a great deal printed over the years about The Hollow Woman's photoshopped photo and the bint herself has never said anything about it except to continue to use the image as her official image.

I decided to look into this a little. Now most images these days leave behind meta-data trails so you can find out interesting details about images. Meta-data can include the camera used to take an image, the editor used to enhance it and any filters used in compiling the image.

So what do we know about the meta-data of the Hollow Woman's image. Well if we look at the image on Wikipedia which we are told the photo has been granted a GFDL lisence by the owner: "the office of the prime minister" contact: Antony Rhodes The permission for use of this work has been archived in the Wikimedia OTRS system.

Note that they use the word "work" as in art, and note that the Office of the Prime Minister issued the photo.

So what does the meta-data tell us. Well quite a lot.

? Orientation: Normal

? Horizontal resolution: 300 dpi

? Vertical resolution: 300 dpi

? Software used: Adobe Photoshop 7.0

? File change date and time: 13:05, 29 June 2005

? Color space: 65535

So it is true, The Hollow Woman's image is Photoshopped. No surprises there. Note there is no information about the camera used, only information about the editing software.

What does this all mean? Well not a lot except that Clark cannpt claim that the photo is not photoshopped as it demonstrably and verifiably has been.