What is the difference between real and “computer altered” images?

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What is the difference between real and “computer altered” images?

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Special effect or “digitally altered” photographs are those which have been created on a computer. Just like special effect images seen in movies like the Wizard of OZ and Twister, many artists and photographers create their own images for commercial clients who are seeking custom or creative illustrations that do not require editorial accuracy. All of the images used on our pages, in books, prints or other printed material are the real thing, unless otherwise noted on the image’s caption. Unfortunately, a few editorial clients have confused the issue by publishing altered images as the “real” thing. They obtained the image(s) without the creator’s knowledge, by either illegally copying the images from web sites, and/or failing to secure or publish accurate caption data. Mr. Faidley is a respected journalist who abides by professional journalism etchics. He is against any type of dishonest image manipulation. Acceptable editorial corrections include dodging areas (lightening), burning

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