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Sports Illustrated Sees Black, Goes Green

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by Riptide, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    From Romenesko:

    Dallas Morning News photographer Louis DeLuca knew that Baylor players wore black jerseys for this game — he watched part of it on TV — so he was surprised to see them green in Sports Illustrated. “This may not seem like a big deal to some,” he writes, “but in an age where digital manipulation can, and is, eroding the public’s confidence in what they see produced by professional photojournalists as visual truth, do we really want to do this?”

  2. LongTimeListener

    LongTimeListener Well-Known Member

    All of college football is going green for the next month in honor of Notre Dame.
  3. UNCGrad

    UNCGrad Well-Known Member

    I saw this earlier and my first thought was, Why? Is there a point to change it? Did they just think it would make for a better photo, that the jerseys wouldn't blend so much into the background?
  4. Versatile

    Versatile Active Member

    This is absurd. Don't use the photo if you don't like the way the background looks. Sports Illustrated's Leading Off has literally thousands of photos to choose from. This wasn't even a staff shot.
  5. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    It looks like everything was affected, so had to be done with filtering, right?
    But the intent is obvious, so I don't see how it could be blamed on some kind of mistake.

    Just a bad, bad move. Who made that call?
  6. KJIM

    KJIM Well-Known Member

    I honestly thought this had something to do with finances and recycling.
  7. SportsGuyBCK

    SportsGuyBCK Active Member

    Had to be made by someone high up the editorial food chain ... of course, who wants to bet that a low-level imaging tech is going to be blamed and get the boot?
  8. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    Maybe a photog could explain better, but I grabbed the jpeg of the first version and opened it with photoshop.

    The photo is very dark and as you start to lighten it, the black starts to look green. If I was wagering, the photo tech didn't know it was black jersey day, went and found the last home game to check on the green, then color corrected the green in the pants to match what he/she thought was supposed to be the green in the jersey.

    Then after the photo was worked up, an editor, not knowing what the original looked like, saw the "corrected" version, thought the green really popped and said this should go in Leading Off. If they hadn't watched the game, and known it was black jersey day, there's nothing about that photo that sets off any warning bells or alarms.

    SI is pretty transparent, so I'd wager it will be addressed.
  9. JayFarrar

    JayFarrar Well-Known Member

    As expected, that was pretty quick.

    From Romenesko:
  10. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    When did Phil Muschnick become SI's photo editor?
  11. BDC99

    BDC99 Well-Known Member

    This was my thought as well. Seems like whoever worked on the photo assumed the jerseys were supposed to be green and the photo was just very dark. So they made the change not realizing it was a black jersey. I seriously doubt there was a decision to change the color of the jerseys.
  12. Riptide

    Riptide Well-Known Member

    Yeah, that would make sense. But with all the different uniform styles and jersey colors today, I wouldn't feel safe matching colors from some previous game.
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