Samsung’s Malaysian arm has some explanations to make. The company, in an effort to show Galaxy A8 Star’s amazing photo retouching abilities, used a smart-shot portrait, modified it, and then apparently passed away as one was taken by the A8.
The problem began when Serbian photographer Dunja Djudjic noticed that someone had bought one of her images from a service called EyeEm, which supplies images to Getty Images, a famous photo dealer. Djudjic, curious about the buyer, made a quick reverse search and found her image ̵
1; fake within an inch of her life – on Samsung’s Malaysian product page.
Djudjic was a good sport.
My first reaction was to blow up in laughter. Just look at the Photoshop job as they did on my face and hair! I’ve always liked my natural hair color (even though it turns gray black and white), but I suppose the creator of this frank image prefers red tones. In addition to the eyes, they removed all the blood vessels.
Whoever created this image, they also cut me out of the original background and clipped on a random photo of a park. I mean, the original photo was taken on f / 2.0 if I remember, and they needed “before” and “after” – a photo with a crisp background and another where the all-embracing “portrait mode” faded it out. So Samsung’s Photoshop master solved it by using a different background.
This movement follows a decision by Huawei to draw the same stunt with a demo song in August.
To be fair, Samsung warned us that this would happen. “The content on the screen is simulated images and is intended for demonstration only,” they write in the fine print at the bottom of the page. Fortunately for Djudjic, Samsung paid her for her photo.