False advertising is not a good look, Samsung.
Photographer Dunja Djudjic accuses the world's largest smartphone maker for using one of her pictures and presenting it on their website as a picture taken with their Galaxy A8 Star phone.
In a post, Djudjic explains how Samsung uses her photos, taken with a DSLR camera, to show Galaxy A8's portrait mode. The photographer found the discovery after listing one of her photos uploaded to the image community EyeEm was sold through her partner, Getty.
Too excited to see who bought the image and find out how they used it, Djudjic performed a reverse image search. It was then that she discovered that the image was used on the Samsung Malaysia website, presented as a picture taken with the Galaxy A8 Star.
Djudjic notes the bad photo hopping that appears on Samsung's version of her photo. The biggest difference between the two is the background of the image, which was completely replaced with a new image. This change was probably due to the fact that Samsung used Djudjic's image to showcase the portrait mode of the phone, which can make the background of an image unclear. The background in Djudjic's picture was already out of focus, leaving Samsung no way to show before and after the effect of portrait mode, resulting in the photographed image.
Even worse is that Samsung has been dishonest with its customers. Earlier this year, the company used stock photography in a social media campaign and presented the pictures as samples of Galaxy A8's camera.