In China, contrary to the West, most couples get their wedding photos taken ahead of the actual marriage day. Rising cost of a wedding photo-shoot is forcing some Chinese couples to go the thrifty route. Instead of paying expensive professional photo shoot, the would-be bride has sought professional help offered by various online photography-related agencies. The agencies are providing manipulation of ordinary cell phone snaps into faked images for the wedding photo album. With the help of Photoshop software, a couple’s ordinary photo can be added with wedding dresses, flowers or even a tropical island setting to create faux wedding images …
The cost of a wedding shoot in a studio is normally 5,000 to 6,000 yuan (up to US$950) in China, but you only need to pay around 300 yuan (about US$50) online to produce some fake wedding photos. He Wen, a bride-to-be from Chongqing city, happens to be one such individual who has opted for this service. She discovered it from her friends after many an anxious moment over the photography cost. She and her fiance sent several pictures taken by cell phone to one of the online service agency. They were satisfied with the so-called professional result, they felt even better than studio photography. A Chinese website Zhubajie.com is one such online platform that offers bids of Photoshop and design services. It had made some good business last year with over 8,000 orders worth 420,000 yuan (US$66,580).
We are really surprise that the Chinese could accept this type of photoshopped photo for their big wedding day, it is cheap to produce and the result can be pretty sucks. The strange consuming behavior could explain why the fake Shangzai culture (knock-off) is so common in Chinese society.
SOURCE: CQCB.com (Chinese translated)
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