Trick Photography – There’s An App For That

Originally posted: 18/06/2012

I’m not sure whether I should have a sneaking admiration for the people taking these photographs for getting them published in a national paper, or whether I should bemoan the standards of journalistic research these days.

Well done to GDE Films, who produced an app for 69p which allows you to insert a ghost on to a photograph on your mobile phone. It’s a bit of fun, not to be taken seriously… or so I thought.

Not once but twice people have now caught the Daily Mail out with it: Ghost Boy wasn’t too bad, but Johnny Junior is a bit more unsettling. If it is true about the cot death, I hope the individuals that submitted this photo, and all the media that have reported on it as being ‘genuine’ as opposed to a fake photo, are getting ready to write their apologies now to the family of the SIDS victim. If they do exist, they must be going through hell just now.

Remember: keep your equipment dry, and your coffee strong.

Rachel Lacy
Ghost Finder General

P.S. Since first posting this, the Gloucestershire Echo, who originally printed the story, has acknowledge that they have been sent a faked photo

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