Sarah Sanders posted this image in a tweet: I dont cook much these days, but managed this Chocolate Pecan Pie for Thanksgiving at the family farm!

Some folks assumed that she didn't really bake the pie. Most of these folks cited either "that pie looks too perfect" as their evidence or cited nothing at all. She said that she baked it.

My question is: what analysis can be done on the image itself to support either claim? Is there evidence that it was shot with an iPhone? Or with a professional camera? How about the lighting?

Without saying anything about the pie, what can be said about the photo? Or maybe the answer is, "The photo itself provides no evidence either way."

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    \$\begingroup\$ This was answered here... skeptics.stackexchange.com/questions/40080/… \$\endgroup\$
    – Crazy Dino
    Dec 8, 2017 at 16:47
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    \$\begingroup\$ If you view the ICC profile, it says its from an Apple device. Though it could have been taken on another camera, then just edited on an iPhone. Or a screenshot from the phone. \$\endgroup\$
    – vclaw
    Dec 9, 2017 at 1:18
  • \$\begingroup\$ @vclaw - this should really probably be an answer. \$\endgroup\$
    – AJ Henderson
    Dec 9, 2017 at 3:11
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    \$\begingroup\$ What does "to support it" mean? What are we supporting? I'm in favor of pecan pie across all party lines. \$\endgroup\$
    – mattdm
    Dec 9, 2017 at 19:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ vtc b/c Duplicate of Skeptics.SE: Did the White House Press Secretary Lie about a Pie? \$\endgroup\$
    – xiota
    Feb 6, 2019 at 11:52

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From what I can tell, it seems like you can't say much more than this:

  1. The photo isn't from any common stock photo sites. That is evidence the photo is legitimate.
  2. You can determine the ICC Profile from the photo. I used this online utility. It indicates that the photo came from an Apple device. This is evidence that it's not a professional photo, so it's evidence that the photo is legitimate.

Thanks to @vclaw for the ICC Profile idea. I had never heard of such a thing.


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