Erasing the mistakes: BP’s lessons in Photoshop

The altered image, © BP p.l.c.

Just when it seemed BP had reversed some of the PR damages of the spill, it appears to have hit trouble yet again.

Courtesy of AP, BP has acknowledged that an altered photo exaggerating the activity at its Gulf spill command centre in Houston was been posted on its website over the weekend.

The picture which showed BP staff monitoring a bank of ten large video screens displaying underwater images, had three that were blank in the original,  said spokeperson Scott Dean.

The original picture, © BP p.l.c.

A staff photographer had then used Photoshop software to add extra images.

Mr Dean said on Tuesday the company put the unaltered picture up on BP’s website on Monday after a blogger for the Americablog wrote about the discrepancies.

Mr Dean added that the photographer was showing off his Photoshop skills and there was no ill intent. He also said BP has ordered workers to use Photoshop only for things like color correction, cropping and removing glare.

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