Check If A Image Is Fake Or Real
By on March 15th, 2009

Have been subjected to forwarded emails which contains emails of ghosts? But hey, you can’t tell if that forwarded image is a real picture taken by a camera, or work of a Photoshop genius who had more time on his hands than his work permitted.

Like we said, most of those forwarded images are usually fakes and you can’t really tell just by looking at a particular image, whether it is indeed real or fake, to get rid of our confusion, a handy and useful software called JPEGsnoop will tell you whether a image has been edited by someone, or its a real photograph taken by a camera.


Every digital photo contains a wealth of hidden information — JPEGsnoop was written to expose these details to those who are curious.

Not only can one determine the various settings that were used in the digital camera in taking the photo (EXIF metadata, IPTC), but one can also extract information that indicates the quality and nature of the JPEG image compression used by the camera in saving the file. Each digital cameras specifies a compression quality levels, many of them wildly different, leading to the fact that some cameras produce far better JPEG images than others.

To test if JPEGsnoop indeed works as advertised, we ran it through a series of test, first opening a Photoshop edited image, and then opening a original image taken with a Canon A710 camera, and the results were accurate to the hilt.

JPEGsnoop Analysis for Photoshop Image

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JPEGsnoop Analysis for Original Image Taken by Canon A710

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Considering our test results, we were pretty impressed by the output and would definitely suggest this software to anyone who wants to separate the fake images from original images.

JPEGsnoop supports decoding .JPG files and can also decode embedded images in .THM, .AVI, .DNG, .CRW, .CR2, .NEF, .ORF, .PEF, .MOV and . files. JPEGsnoop is a .

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  • dragonlordwarlock

    I tried using the software but while it might detect if the image was saved from a photo editor, it does not really tell if a document is real or faked. For example I sometimes scan documents using photoshop and this program will tell me that it might be fake but they are not… yes I tried it. So reading the EXIF with this program is therefore an unreliable method for most images and only valid for a limited set of originals from selected set of cameras. I checked a few taken with my digital camera and it could not tell me if it was original or not.

  • http://www.facebook.com/dallasgoldbug Ed Chiarini

    It will also be thrown if you use an image that has been processed for print (as a resized image is then sharpened) it will see this as a problem. The only hardware that is effective is the human eye. A well trained professional will get the pixels to tell the truth every time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/famakfana Famakfana Crime Branch

    useless one

  • http://www.facebook.com/famakfana Famakfana Crime Branch

    useless one

 
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