Neil deGrasse Tyson with Barack Obama – is this photo real or fake?
OK, here is where I fess up and admit I have somewhat of a crush on NOVA scienceNOW host Neil deGrasse Tyson. If I am flipping through the channels and see him on a program, I put the clicker down instantly. I think it is just the way he explains things and his obvious enthusiasm for science that reels me in every time. (Either that or his rockin’ ’stache!)
So when I saw the Fake or Real? photo test on the NOVA site featuring digitally doctored and real photos of Neil alongside celebrities with commentary from digital forensics expert Hany Farid, it was like the ultimate geek out for me! Why don’t you try taking the test yourself and see how you do? After you click on your choice of whether you think a photo is real or fake, a video commentary by Hany pops up with a brief tutorial to tell you which answer was correct and why. Even I got one wrong, thus proving that someone with a lot of experience in Photoshop can be fooled sometimes!
After you take the test, you can check out Hany’s profile page on the NOVA site for additional videos, links and discussion.