NPPA Adds Anti-Harassment Standard to Code of Ethics

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has added an anti-harassment standard to its code of ethics, addressing not just photographic practice but the behavior of photographers in dealing with people beyond with the camera. The new standard, which was originally proposed in January 2017, has been introduced by the board’s summer meeting on July 22th, 2017, and states:
Do not engage in harassing behavior of colleagues, subordinates or subjects and maintain the highest standards of behavior in all professional interactions.
It hopes to address occurrences of intimidation, sexual harassment, or harassment on the basis of race, religion, gender or national origin.
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Photographer Wins $20,000 Prize for ‘Photo’ of Scratches and Spit

A top portrait photo contest in Australia has sparked an outcry this week after awarding its $20,000 top prize to a “photo” of scratches and spit. Artist Justine Varga was awarded the 2017 Olive Cotton Award with her “portrait” of her grandmother titled Maternal Line. Varga created the “photo” by handing a piece of large format film to her grandmother and asking her to scribble on it with a pen and then spit on it to leave saliva trails.
Maternal Line by Justine Varga, winner of the $20,000 2017 Olive Cotton Award
Here’s Varga’s artist statement that goes with the
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There’s a Sony a7S II on the Outside of the ISS Capturing Earth in 4K

The Sony a7S II has become the first commercial camera to be mounted on the outside of the International Space Station. Sony today released footage from the camera, which is currently whizzing around the Earth at 7.66 km/s (~4.76 miles per second). It features the Japanese islands, with footage taking both during the day and at night showing majestic snow-covered peaks and metropolitan lights.
The largely unmodified camera was taken up to the ISS on December 9th, 2016, and was later installed in its position on February 8th, 2017.
The camera enclosure with an opening for the lens.
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Beware This New Free Drone Scam on Instagram

Beware. There’s a new scam on Instagram that preys on people who would like a free camera drone. I was messaged by a scam account, and here’s how it works. The account that messaged me was @birdviewdrones. There are several other accounts with a similar name along the lines of name.birdviewdrones with similar profile names. Almost none of them even have pictures of said drone on their profile. The account will message you saying you with the following text:
Hi [Username]! Congratulations, you are selected for our 3 week beta testing round. To participate and claim FREE drone, open
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Capitol Hill Police Forced Journalists to Delete Protest Photos, Reports Say

Capitol Hill police officers in D.C. are being accused of violating the First Amendment after reports emerged that journalists were forced to delete photos and videos of protests at the Senate. The Daily Dot reports that protesters stood in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber yesterday to voice their opposition to ongoing efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. In response to loud shouts of “kill the bill, don’t kill us!” and “shame!” directed at lawmakers, the sergeant at arms present made the decision to “restore order in the chamber.” Protesters
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TSA Requires a Separate Screening of Cameras in Airports Now

Bad news, photographers: your airport experience in the United States is now more tedious if you’re planning to carry a camera onto the plane. The TSA just announced that all electronics larger than a cell phone need to be placed into a bin for separate screening. The move is part of a rollout of “new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items.” If you’re bringing a camera bag or case onto the plane to keep it with you, you’ll be required to pull the camera(s) out of the bag and place them inside a bin for X-ray screening while passing
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Nikon Made the Weirdest Music Video for Its 100th Birthday

To celebrate its 100th anniversary on July 25th, 2017, Nikon decided to make one of the weirdest and wildest music videos you’ll see. The 4-minute long video above is the “Nikon Version” music video for the song Oz by the Japanese rock band Mrs. Green Apple. The video seems to be set in some kind of magical Nikon dreamland castle. Inside, an army of Oompa Loompas are doing a massive synchronized dance to celebrate the anniversary. In another part of the castle, other Nikon employees are dancing and strutting around while being photographed by tiny figures who have DSLRs for
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SF Photographer Offers $1,000 for Lost Wedding Photos After $15K Gear Theft

A photographer in San Francisco is offering a $1,000 cash reward with no questions asked for the return of stolen memory cards containing irreplaceable wedding photos. The cards were taken from her car a week ago by a thief who also made off with $15,000 in camera equipment. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that wedding photographer Amanda Tung had finished shooting an intimate wedding at San Francisco City Hall on July 17th, 2017, when she and her assistant stopped at a playground in Presidio Park to use the bathroom. When they returned to the car 10 minutes later at around
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This is How Chinese Models Get Photo Shoots Done Fast

If you’re a fashion model in China who needs to pose for over a hundred outfits every day, you learn to work fast. Really fast. There are videos online showing how models pose rapid-fire style for the photos used on Taobao, China’s equivalent of Amazon. As a photographer continually snaps shots, the models “freestyle” through a large number of different poses. They can do about two poses per second, or 30 poses over 15 seconds of continuous photos:
Chinadaily reports that some Taobao models pose in up to 150 outfits in a day and make more than 700 poses. They’re
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This is How Chinese Models Get Photo Shoots Done Fast

If you’re a fashion model in China who needs to pose for over a hundred outfits every day, you learn to work fast. Really fast. There are videos online showing how models pose rapid-fire style for the photos used on Taobao, China’s equivalent of Amazon. As a photographer continually snaps shots, the models “freestyle” through a large number of different poses. They can do about two poses per second, or 30 poses over 15 seconds of continuous photos:
Chinadaily reports that some Taobao models pose in up to 150 outfits in a day and make more than 700 poses. They’re
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This is How Chinese Models Get Photo Shoots Done Fast

If you’re a fashion model in China who needs to pose for over a hundred outfits every day, you learn to work fast. Really fast. There are videos online showing how models pose rapid-fire style for the photos used on Taobao, China’s equivalent of Amazon. As a photographer continually snaps shots, the models “freestyle” through a large number of different poses. They can do about two poses per second, or 30 poses over 15 seconds of continuous photos:
Chinadaily reports that some Taobao models pose in up to 150 outfits in a day and make more than 700 poses. They’re
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This is How Chinese Models Get Photo Shoots Done Fast

If you’re a fashion model in China who needs to pose for over a hundred outfits every day, you learn to work fast. Really fast. There are videos online showing how models pose rapid-fire style for the photos used on Taobao, China’s equivalent of Amazon. As a photographer continually snaps shots, the models “freestyle” through a large number of different poses. They can do about two poses per second, or 30 poses over 15 seconds of continuous photos:
Chinadaily reports that some Taobao models pose in up to 150 outfits in a day and make more than 700 poses. They’re
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The Best Use of a Polaroid Camera…

David Hollenack was in an alley southeast of Columbus, Ohio, when he noticed that one of the garages had this unusual Polaroid “security camera” installed. The 21-year-old Ohio State civil engineering student was in a low-income neighborhood working as an inspector for an engineering firm. “I was sitting in my truck in an alley doing paper work and I looked up and saw the sign,” Hollenack tells PetaPixel. It read, “Stop littering your on my camera,” with an arrow pointing up to a Polaroid camera aimed at the ground. Yes, the flash is closed and covering the lens, but perhaps
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Hey Look, Another Racist Fashion Spread!

Fashion is often inspired by other cultures. Cries of cultural appropriation are sometimes overblown, sometimes not. But at a time where asian actors are trying to gain equal pay while dismissing ongoing racist caricatures, along comes photographer Billy Kidd in an advertorial for Chanel in Interview Magazine. Yes, some asians wear straw hats while farming… The post Hey Look, Another Racist Fashion Spread! appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Photographer Killed at SF’s Twin Peaks in Camera Robbery

Violent criminals are still targeting photographers in San Francisco for their valuable camera equipment, and the latest victim is a 71-year-old photographer who was shot and killed this past weekend at a popular tourist spot by two robbers who stole his camera. SFGate reports that 71-year-old photographer Edward French was at the scenic Twin Peaks viewpoint overlooking the city on Sunday morning at about 7:50am when he was approached by a young man and woman. The duo shot French, took his camera, and drove away in a dark gray Honda Accord. A nearby jogger heard the gunshot and found the
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Scammers Are Using Venmo to Steal Pricey Camera Gear

If you ever need to sell pricey camera equipment — or anything else, for that matter — stay away from buyers who want to pay you using the popular mobile payment service Venmo. A scammer in Los Angeles has reportedly bilked multiple people of up to $100,000 in camera gear in just two weeks. The Verge reports that a man who goes by the name “Andy Mai” has been contacting people selling cameras through Facebook Marketplace and scamming them using Venmo. Here’s how the scam works: after agreeing the purchase expensive camera equipment, Mai sends the money to the seller
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Camera Drones Sound More Annoying Than Any Vehicle, NASA Finds

Hate the high-pitched buzzing of camera drones? You’re not alone. A new study published by NASA has found that people find drone founds more annoying than any ground vehicle, even when the sounds are heard at the same volume. NASA found 38 subjects and ask them to listen to sounds related to “the future of transportation.” Some of the sounds were recordings of drones (including the DJI Phantom 2) and others were the sounds of ground vehicles ranging from the consumer Subaru Impreza Sport hatchback to diesel truck. What the scientists found was that the extra annoyance levels of
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20 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Date a Street Photographer

Photographer Rohit Vohra, a Leica Ambassador and the co-founder of APF Magazine, came up with a humorous list of 20 reasons why you should never date a street photographer. Here they are: 1. They will zone focus, rather than giving you their undivided attention. 2. You ask them to take one decent picture of them and they will try to juxtapose or form layers. 3. They will take you to train stations for lunch. 4. They will have a ready answer for what draws them to street photography but draw a complete blank when you ask them what
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This Cute Camera Drone Now Lives on the International Space Station

There’s a new camera drone floating around on the International Space Station, and it’s adorable. Called the Int-Ball, the drone shoots photos of the crew and their activities, freeing up the astronauts to do other work. Int-Ball was delivered to the ISS by SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and a reusable Dragon cargo capsule back on June 4th, 2017, and Int-Ball currently spends its time inside the Japanese “Kibo” science experiment module. The Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) writes that Int-Ball can move around and shoot both still photos and videos onboard the ISS while being controlled by a remote photographer
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Dear Photography Workshop and Conference Organizers…

Dear photography workshop and conference organizers, we need to have a chat. There is a lot of nonsense going on in the workshop world, and it needs to stop. Taking someone’s money and promising that you can help their business is no joke, and it needs to be taken seriously! Every week we hear a story of yet another workshop filled with damaging business advice, dishonest marketing, or physical safety issues, and with each new story we hear, we start to feel a personal responsibility to say something. To use our voice to try to help put an end to
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