Photorealistic Realism (03-09-18)

Lehmuskallio and colleagues studied the ability of photographers and photo editors to distinguish photographs from photorealistic computer-generated images when they were viewed on a screen.  The investigators found that study participants were “unable to distinguish one from another, suggesting that it is increasingly difficult to make this distinction, particularly since most viewers are not as experienced in photography as those studied.”  

Asko Lehmuskallio, Jukka Hakkinen, and Janne Seppanen.  “Photorealistic Computer-Generated Images Are Difficult to Distinguish from Digital Photographs:  A Case Study with Professional Photographers and Photo-Editors.” Visual Communication, in press.