How much do you trust photos on WC?

When taking pictures of watches on my phone, I edit most of my shots mainly by fixing the colour balance & cropping them a bit. I suspect a lot of WarchCrunchers do the same as well.

Over the past few weeks I have been playing around with the Magic Eraser tool in my phone's photos app. I wanted to specifically erase the logo on my Dirty Dozen homage and see how I liked the sterile dial. The results were rather good.

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I posted that picture to WRUR on Feb 7th and no one noticed any changes. This got me thinking....

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Could I continue editing & posting photos of most of my watches until someone noticed something was wrong?

How far could I push editing a dial or bezel until someone caught on?

Erase a logo here, extra text there...

I have been posting my edited WRUR photos each day since then to varying degrees. Here's a few before and after examples:

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It was neat learning how to use this very easy tool in my phone. Simply swipe or circle areas you want to erase, the phone does the rest.

Some observations are:

  • You need very even lighting and consistent colours for the blending to be seamless. Otherwise results can turn into very obvious splotchy messes

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  • The tool was able to clone/mask my vertical brushed, textured fum茅 dial quite well in most cases.

  • It's still not perfect, You cannot erase too close to something else, it becomes a tangled mess:

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I used to use Photoshop CS5 & 6 a lot back in the day. Seeing how easy this technology is to use now and how rather good it has gotten for a casual photo app user is really staggering.

This got me thinking how many other photos on WC have been edited, touched up, or even altered?

@SimonB posted a well timed similar discussion as well: https://www.watchcrunch.com/SimonB/posts/samsung-s24-ultra-ai-in-photos-and-wruw-323878.

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Being honest here, altering and posting these photos to WRUR felt pretty dishonest, sneaky & disrespectful to other people on here. I have decided to stop this type of editing unless explicitly mentioned and apologize to anyone that may now have felt slighted. Also just wanted to make more people more aware of this too.

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Discussion:

Should you have to state the level of doctoring done to a photo when posted for others?

At what point can a photo of a commonly known watch seem to feel "off" or wrong?

In hindsight, if you liked any of these shots in the past: did they feel a bit weird at the time?

What are your thoughts? Cheers.

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I鈥檝e never even thought to edit my photos that I post here aside from sometimes cropping them to better center the watch in the photo.

All I do is crop my pictures. WYSIWYG. Warts and all.

Interesting experiment.

I've edited background stuff out like a person or a crack in a sidewalk, but never something on a watch itself.

On one hand, one can post however they want to post.

However, with thousands (millions?) of us doing online research on various different watch models, the lack of historical documentation of models by brands and the sometimes seemingly insignificant tiny incremental changes watch companies make in their watches year over year, posting these could have some severe unintended consequences down the line. Not necessarily to the poster of the images, but maybe in regards to confidence in the indutsry/hobby.

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All of my photos begin as freehand pencil sketches. I later go back and colorize them using various media.

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Maybe I should use the camera on my phone. It might be easier.

(Using filters and tools can be fun. It is only shady when you are selling something or deliberately misleading someone. I am usually on my first cup of coffee for the WRUW, so too groggy to edit.)

I hadn鈥檛 noticed your edits at all, but then I wasn鈥檛 looking for them. I only crop and change filters sometimes.

I would appreciate a disclaimer with any editing like you did, but I wouldn鈥檛 take it too seriously. There鈥檚 no legal obligation on an app like this, or it seems any now

It's not always very good at erasing, but on a quick glance it's hard to tell

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I used the feature here to remove the glue from the old dashcam and the windows frame of the truck

I had to really study the Lazy Afternoon 馃ぃ

I also just crop and adjust the white balance in Snapseed (yes, my phone and I are that old). But I guess you could turn this into one of those "I bet you can't spot all the differences" games.

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I also just crop and adjust the white balance in Snapseed (yes, my phone and I are that old). But I guess you could turn this into one of those "I bet you can't spot all the differences" games.

That sounds awesome. Stay tuned

I'm a Luddite, what you see, is what I took. 馃槉