The term ‘doctored’ refers to a manipulated photograph. Only an observant person can spot subtle indications of photograph fakery. Fortunately, there are many ways of training yourself to identify a photograph that is edited to cause a wrong impression or idea about it.
All edited/manipulated photographs may not be doctored. On the other hand, all doctored images are manipulated or edited. Here is a list of some of those ways to tell whether any photo editing companies or software programs have manipulated a picture.
Look Over That Photo
Check to see whether there are any warning signs of forgery in your photograph. It is occasionally easier to notice certain photograph manipulation signs. Check for badly worded text, odd camera angles/cropping, or rough edges in it. In the case it is big enough, then you could zoom in to the image to look for subtle errors that you perhaps would miss otherwise.
Whether you could determine the fakeness in the image with such keen observation, depends on how well it is manipulated. If the photo editing services are poorly executed, then you could easily determine the same.
Look For Its Possible Source
When exploring a photograph that you feel is fake, think about its origin, plus check whether some publications have shared it or not. You can use some tools to discover the source, such as Google Images to name one. You may discover many doctored photographs in the aforementioned way. For instance, there is an infamous photograph showing a shark that swims down some highway near a vehicle after a natural calamity.
Search for that shark photograph on Google Images with the appropriate keywords, and you will come across many variations of it on the search engine results pages.
Consider What It Makes You Feel
One of the hallmarks of excellent photojournalism is to elicit emotions from the viewer. Well-known photographers like Eddie Adams discussed how great photographs could mentally affect you.
Emotion alone may not be a warning sign of forgery. Anyhow, a poor-quality photograph from a dubious source that causes you to be angry, is potentially fake. These kinds of photographs are used as part of spreading fake news.
Look at which reaction that photograph draws from your mind. In the event its source is not legitimate, consider which party(s) might be delivering it and for what purpose(s).