False advertising is not a good look, Samsung.
Photographer Dunja Djudjic is accusing the world’s largest smartphone maker of using one of her photos and presenting it on their website as a photo taken with its Galaxy A8 Star phone.
In a post on DIY photography, Djudjic explains how Samsung is using her photos, taken with a DSLR camera, to showcase the Galaxy A8’s portrait mode. The photographer made the discovery after noticing one of her pictures uploaded to the photo community EyeEm was sold through its partner, Getty.
Excited to see who purchased the photo and find out how they were using it, Djudjic executed a reverse image search. That’s when she discovered the image being used on the Samsung Malaysia website, presented as a photo taken with the Galaxy A8 Star.
Djudjic notes the bad photoshopping displayed on Samsung’s version of her image. The biggest difference between the two is the background in the photo, which was completely swapped out with a new pic. This change was likely due to the fact that Samsung was using Djudjic’s image to showcase its phone’s portrait mode, which can blur the background in a photo. The background in Djudjic’s photo was already out of focus, leaving Samsung with no way to show the before and after effect for portrait mode, resulting in the photoshopped image.
Even worse, it’s not the first time Samsung has been dishonest with its customers. Earlier this year, the company used stock photography in a social media campaign and presented the images as samples of the Galaxy A8’s camera.