I’m often confronted by people who have taken two superimposed photographs and claimed I’m wrong about who I say the subjects are based on their evidence showing that the facial features don’t line up. I attempt to explain to them the world of Lens Distortion but if they are not familiar with photography and most don’t know the difference between an F-stop and a Bus stop, then don’t comprehend. So I set out to make a few videos demonstrating with the best of my ability the optical illusion along with the understanding that the events are exhibited are not on the same level as you videotaping your child’s birthday party in your backyard. What we are presented via TV is a production that has the benefit of doing multiple takes, lighting, make-up, in some cases, prosthetics are applied to the actors and most importantly the ability for them to use post production to edit and change the viewer’s perception of the event to best suit the predictions intended message.
Here is an example that demonstrates lens distortion very well and thanks to Harold Lawrance for sending it to me.
So unless you are trained in Photoshop and understand how to correct for lens distortion, you will find that faces from one photograph might not match another photo from a different source. Adjusting in Photoshop doesn’t not completely remove the effects since you can’t make things appear in pictures that aren’t there, to begin with, but you can bring the image closer to being a correct representation of reality with the software.
So when you see people trying to attack me by using the overlay method to refer them to this page and hopefully, they will understand what I’m saying. I can explain it to you a thousand different ways, but I can’t make you understand it.