Quote Originally Posted by Mark Crabtree View Post
It is amazing the extent to which most people think that manipulation is okay.
In the cases described, I wouldn't have a problem with it if the paper's policy allowed it. All the cases fell in the "pretty pictures" category, not documentary photojournalism, and I don't see any intrinsic problem with manipulation for the sake of pretty pictures in general. (Some people do, but I don't entirely understand how they choose to draw the line between manipulations that they feel are OK---cropping, contrast adjustment, split-grade printing...---and the other kind.)

Given that there *is* a policy, I guess the paper's position is pretty clear. But it's a shame the guy felt the need to blow off the policy and risk his job over essentially trivial details. People do dumb things.