Justin Bieber is no stranger to the being in the media, whether it’s for any of his numerous tasteless stunts or even his interactions with photographers. This time it’s his most recent photoshoot for Calvin Klein that has the celebrity blogs buzzing, where an allegedly leaked, unedited photo shows major differences in muscle mass and body hair among other altered features. However, the question still remains: is it real?
A recent photoshoot for Calvin Klein features Justin Bieber undressing and posing half naked alongside Lara Stone. After the release of these photos, Breath Heavy, a popular celebrity gossip site claimed to have an unedited photo from the photoshoot that was sent to them by an anonymous source that was supposedly involved in the shoot. The photo, seen below compared with the published ad, shows significant manipulation to Bieber’s dimensions including the near doubling of his arm mass, additional muscle enlargement in his back, pecs, and thighs, and the enlargement of his hands, butt, and bulge.
This, of course, left numerous tabloids buzzing and even inspired a hilarious parody photoshoot. However, Pratik Naik, head of Solstice Retouch isn’t convinced by the so called “original”. When I talked with Pratik, he pointed out several flaws in the leaked image.
Overall, just looking at the image should tell you that this isn't the unretouched file. What file out of our cameras look like this to start with? Sure, it could have been a preset but since the person doing this wasn't as knowledgeable, you can tell they tried to undo the contrast and went too far to give the illusion that it was some sort of “original” image.
1. The areas where the bottom of the underware meets the leg was done very poorly. You can tell this is where the logo was on the original and they tried to clone it out. The inconsistent patterns and odd textures don't match up. Anatomically, even the leg (camera left) doesn't match up to the rest of his frame well.
2. The odd highlights on the arm were the biggest giveaway. To make it “look” unretouched, they tried to bring the white and black point back to a way where it looks like contrast wasn't applied. The downfall of this is that the highlights stayed identical to the after due to a lack of detail in the highlights on the original “after” file.
3. The same about the waistband, you can see the black levels couldn't be brought back to a point that matches the overall tonality of the shadows in the image.
4. They tried to liquify the image back to what it would be like if he didn't have as much muscle mass. However, the anatomy now is inconsistent. If you check out his tricep, the indention, or dip, now doesn't make sense. Nor does the remaining volume still present on his upper back.
5. The terrible job on the liquify work is present across the frame. If you want to fake a leaked image, the anatomy will give it away.
Pratik’s observations of a poorly altered fake seem to indeed be correct, as well as the dimensions of Bieber’s body matching in the published photos and the videos also included in the ad campaign.
It seems as though with the “unaltered” image indeed being altered the celebrity gossip world was abuzz over nothing. What do you think? Was the photoshoot tasteful? Did you like it? Do you think the images were altered? Let us know with a comment.