(©BP p.l.c) Before boat deck/After boat deck

Some public relations photos recently released by BP, supposed to show the world that they are actively working on the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, were so obviously and poorly Photoshopped that Wired Science put out a call to show them how it’s done right. The call did not go unanswered…


One of BP’s contract photographers used Photoshop to edit images posted on the bp.com Gulf of Mexico Response web site.

Typical Photoshop uses include color correction, reducing glare and cropping. This week we learned of two images where cut-and-paste was also used in the photo-editing process. These cut-and-pasted images have been removed from the bp.com site.

For the sake of transparency, the original and edited images are presented here for comparison. We have also included an image that appears cut-and-pasted, but was edited using the color saturation tool to improve the visibility of a projection screen image.

Although BP is a private company, we’ve instructed the photographer who created the images to refrain from cutting-and-pasting in the future and to adhere to standard photo journalistic best practices.

More information can be found on BP’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/note.php?note_id=449886 943412

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