Gabriel O'Shaugnessy's picture was removed
The Royal Photographic Society was today left red-faced when an image
of a man smoking a pipe, featuring very crude Photoshop cloning was
presented on their home page. An EPZ member, Sugar Jones, spotted the
shoddy piece of work and brought it to the attention of the forums. EPZ
member Mike Otley then phoned the RPS in Bath to let them know. The
picture, by Gabriel O'Shaugnessy ARPS, taken on a Canon EOS 10D in June
2004, was swiftly removed, but not before a number of EPZ members had
commented on the ham-fisted efforts.
When we rang the RPS to ask what they thought of the standard of
cloning work in the picture, Andy Moore of the RPS said, "I
can't really comment. It's something that people in the panels would
When pressed over whether images are checked before
uploading to the home page Andy added, "The pictures need to
be updated on a regular basis, once a month, and it was time for this
one to be done. Images will be updated regularly from now on, this one
Rather than let Andy wriggle off the hook, we pressed him whether there
was a person responsible for checking the quality of the images
uploaded to the home page. He admitted that there was and then finally
came clean by saying, "This was an error on our behalf. The
quality was not acceptable. The cloning wasn't very good."
added that, "this was a one-off and it shouldn't have been on
the home page."
You can read what EPZ members thought about the picture here