So NASA released this amazing picture of a spacecraft actually landing on Mars:
But the first thing I, as a photographer, think is “Damn. That’s not sharp”. Click to see the image full sized to see that it is indeed not sharp. Hey, it’s from a dangling spaceship on Mars, so this is not criticism!
But still… I can make that better.
Using the AI sharpening software I use, with only very little effort we get this sharpened image:
Again, click and view full screen to see the sharpness. Amazing, no?
Now. Is this unethical? Am I altering, doctoring even, a NASA image?
There’s two ways you can materially change a photo:
- Manipulating images to make them art is OK if you say it’s art.
- Distorting for nefarious purposes (like to “prove” that the earth is flat) is not OK.
But this is neither art nor distorting the image. This is simply bringing back a clearer picture of the reality that there actually is. Just like correcting the white balance would be.
So I think we’re good here. Enjoy the sharpened image.