The New York Times’ Photographic Double Standard


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In covering the terrorist attack on a Nairobi hotel that killed at least 21 people by Shahab extremists, The New York Times decided to publish an image of a bullet-riddled body taken by Khalil Senosi. Photo Twitter was outraged, and Poynter wrote about the “hard choice” the NYT made regarding the selection. Author Tom Jones…

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World Record Egg and the Meaninglessness of Likes


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In the absurdist style of the same photo every day accounts on Instagram, @world_record_egg has smashed past the 18 million likes of Kylie Jenner’s baby photo with a photo of a brown egg. A call to dethrone Jenner resulted in nearly 39 million likes within 10 days. Fstoppers traced the image to DepositPhotos, a popular…

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Black in Canada: An Interview with Jalani Morgan


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If you don’t know Jalani Morgan, you should. I had the pleasure of chatting with Morgan – a PhotoShelter member – to hear all about Black in Canada: 10 Stories, his recent story published by BBC News. Morgan spent nearly a year putting together the project and it shows. Traveling to three Canadian cities, the work…

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Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC G2 Review


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Many years ago while attending the Eddie Adams Workshop as a student, a well-known photo editor asked me why I was shooting so wide. “The silo looks like it’s falling over,” she said while reviewing my photos from the day. Here’s the photo from 2003: I was so accustomed to looking into the viewfinder and…

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How “Women Photograph” Created a Different Year in Photos


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The end of the year brings a deluge of “Best Photos” and “Year in Pictures” compilations from major media outlets and wire services. The predictable rhythm of the galleries (domestic tragedy, international tragedy, tight sports photo, uplifting feature, etc) provides a perennial, highly trafficked page that consumers and publishers crave. I have been a fan…

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Paying it Forward


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Every day, you inspire us with incredible photography and visual storytelling. Now, we’re paying it forward. This year, instead of sending out holiday gifts to our PhotoShelter members and Libris clients, we’ve decided to make a gift in your honor to 100cameras. Why? Because we believe in the power of visual storytelling, and we can’t…

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2018 Blog Roundup


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In 2018 we published over 100 blog posts on a myriad of topics. We shared stellar insights from countless visual storytellers, outlined photo business tips and how-to’s, unpacked how social media is changing the industry, and offered a glimpse inside some noteworthy events. When we look back, all of this (and a few opinions mixed…

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On Photo Contest Controversy & Criticism


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We recently launched the PhotoShelter Guide to Photo Contests 2019 – our annual look at contests around the world that we think are worth your consideration. Yesterday, I wrote about the homogeneity of contest juries and what that means for photography and photographers. Today, we’re excerpting a section from this year’s guide that looks at the sometimes…

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Consider the Photo Contest Jury


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We recently launched the PhotoShelter Guide to Photo Contests 2019 – our annual look at contests around the world that we think are worth your consideration. And while our suggestions this year were heavily weighted towards contests with large cash prizes (a decision primarily motivated by contest winner feedback that suggests marketing exposure rarely translates…

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New Guide! The 2019 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests


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We’ve partnered with the World Photography Organisation for The 2019 Photographer’s Guide to Photo Contests, one of our biggest guides of the year. It’s time to admit that photo contests are not all created equal. In previous years, we rounded up roughly 40 of the top photo contests to provide deadlines, prize information, and more.…

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Rwanda’s “Camera Kids” Became Professional Photographers and You Can Help


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In 2000, photographer and theater producer David Jiranek created the non-profit Through the Eyes of Children and partnered with the Imbabazi Orphanage in Rwanda to teach photography to 19 children who had been affected by the 1994 genocide that killed an estimated 500,000 – 1 million Tutsi. Armed with disposal film cameras, the “Camera Kids” learned…

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Announcing #shotoftheyear: a Celebration of Our Members’ Favorite Snaps from 2018


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2018 has had no shortage of photo-worthy moments. This year we wanted to celebrate our members with something a little different, so we asked them to submit their favorite images from the last 12 months. The results offered a look inside everyone’s unique perspectives on 2018, from photographing the California wildfires to snapping portraits of…

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Does This Rhino Drone Video Help or Hurt Conservation?


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22-year old professional drone racing pilot Johnny Schaer has built a strong social media following on Instagram and YouTube with visually stunning video capture from his custom built drones. His skill level is piloting the drone is jaw dropping, and his scene visualization and video editing skills are also really advanced as seen in this…

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SquareSpace is Officially Screwing Photographers


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Disclosure: PhotoShelter builds websites for photographers Imagine a website that convinces its users to upload free content and builds social signals (e.g. likes and view counts) to make the site addictive. Then imagine the company using the usage data as a referral mechanism to make money without compensating the content producers. It’s not Facebook, it’s…

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Pro Photographers Should Pay Attention to the Google Pixel 3


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Google has officially launched its incredible “Night Sight” feature on the Pixel 3 camera app. Computational photography pioneer and Google Distinguished Engineer Marc Levoy co-wrote a blog describing all the different considerations that went into developing the jaw dropping technology that allows the Pixel to see in the dark. It’s worth a read. If you…

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The Voting Selfie as Social Proof


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For much of its history, photography has been seen as a reflection of reality. Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Photography is distinguished by its immediacy, its authenticity, and the remarkable fact that its eye sees more than the human eye. The camera shows everything.” Even in a fake news environment, photos are still offered as visual…

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Social Media is Ruining Photography


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In the U.S. and most industrialized nations, we have a collective infatuation with technology but a poor understanding of its effects – both intended and unintended. We love asking Siri to play our favorite song, but don’t fully consider the privacy implications of allowing the device to persistently listen to us. We love the convenience…

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Amanda Lucidon Is Reaching Higher with Her Second Book for Young Readers


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Michelle Obama has always given off an air of confidence and humility all at once. A consistent champion for children through her endless pursuits of community building, healthy food choices and more, it’s no surprise she left quite the legacy as First Lady.I had the pleasure of interviewing PhotoShelter member Amanda Lucidon on her recently…

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Free Film on Canal St? An Audacious Arts Project in Lower Manhattan


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Canal Street in lower Manhattan is the main thoroughfare connecting New Jersey to Brooklyn, and is a central feature of the vibrant Chinatown scene bisecting the SoHo and TriBeCa neighborhoods. The area has been historically synonymous with hawkers selling counterfeit luxury goods to hordes of tourists, but an ambitious project seeks to build – at…

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I’ve Never Flown a Drone. Here’s My Review of the DJI Mavic 2 Pro


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Since the 2010 launch of the Parrot AR.Drone, consumer interest in drones has skyrocketed. DJI’s ubiquitous Phantom, originally released in 2013, has spawned multiple iterations and the company has further developed product lines like the Spark and Mavic to fill various niches and price points. The drone has become another tool in the storytelling arsenal…

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