An Open Letter About Sexism, Feminism, and the Industry That I Love So Much

My name is Susan Stripling, and I’m a wedding photographer based in New York. This is an open letter about sexism, feminism, the industry that I love so much, and everything in between… I have been a wedding photographer since 2002. I was 24 years old when I started my business. I took out a loan to start my business. A small one. I remember the man at the bank talking to me like I was a child when I was setting up the paperwork. He told me that if it didn’t work out, I could always “stay home
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Saving Priceless Family Photos from Hurricane Harvey Floodwaters

Record-smashing rainfall brought by Hurricane Harvey recently flooded thousands of homes across the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast, including my grandmother’s home in Southwest Houston. Despite being located in a flood-prone area, her single-story house had never flooded before in more than five decades of her living in that house. As a result, my grandmother, Jeanne Samuels, who will be 94 this December, was caught off guard by the foot of floodwater that made its way into the house a few hours after Brays Bayou crested on the morning of Sunday, August 27th. My wife and I were dealing with
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Netflix Buys Rights to ‘Kodachrome’ Movie About the Last Days of the Film

Netflix has just bought the rights to a movie that photography enthusiasts may find fascinating. Kodachrome is set in the final days of Kodachrome film. The movie itself is named after the popular Kodak film that came into existence in 1935 and was discontinued in 2009. Deadline reports that the deal for the film cost Netflix $4 million. Starring Oscar nominee Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis, and Elizabeth Olsen, Kodachrome follows a father and son as they race across the country on a road-trip to reach the world’s last remaining Kodachrome lab before it closes its doors. The screenplay is based
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Color Photography Godfather William Eggleston to Release First Music Album

William Eggleston is well known for his work in the early 1970s as a pioneer who helped legitimize color photography’s place in the art world. The 78-year-old artist has revealed that he is releasing his first music album — one composed of improvised symphonic tracks recorded on a Korg synthesizer. Eggleston is revered as one of the most influential artists of the latter half of the 20th century. His experimentation in the ‘60s with color photography and later MoMA exhibition in ’76 challenged an industry that saw the medium as suitable only for commercial prints and tourist snapshots. In 2012,
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Fine Art Prices Are Falling, but Photo Prices Are Rising

If you’ve been thinking about starting a fine art photography collection, now may not be a bad time to start that investment. While most types of fine art are seeing prices plunge, photography is actually growing in clout among art collectors and investors. The Guardian reports that fine art has seen prices fall 6.2% over just the past year. 19-century art is selling at auction for 40% less than it was before the financial crisis of 2007–2008, and modern and impressionist art is down about 12% from that 2007 peak. The data is from Coutts, a leading private bank
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‘The Camera Hack’ is a Sci-Fi Short Film About Weaponized Cameras

Born of a crowdfunding campaign, The Camera Hack is a short film produced by YouTuber and photographer Andyax. There are ancient beliefs that cameras can capture the soul of a person, and in this film that becomes reality. After a hack is created by a Russian fanboy, it has become possible to modify a camera and photograph a person to make them disappear into thin air. Pursued by the Russian Mafia, the hack is sent to Eskild Fors and Andyax in a bid to keep it safe from getting into the wrong hands. But it’s hard to know who to
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Here’s the Body Camera Footage of the Cop Shooting the Photographer

Body camera footage has just been released after the shooting of an Ohio photojournalist by a deputy who mistook his tripod for a gun. New Carlisle News photographer Andy Grimm was shot Monday evening after pulling out his camera and tripod to take pictures of a traffic stop. Deputy Jake Shaw, thinking Grimm had pulled a rifle out of his Jeep, opened fire. One bullet grazed Grimm’s arm and the other one hit him in the side.

I Gave My 3-Year-Old Daughter a DSLR, and Here’s What Happened

My 3-year-old daughter is at that phase in which she wants to do everything that daddy does. Apparently photography is not immune to this phase and seeing this as a potentially huge win (it’s not easy to coax her into driving 6 hours to go shoot some waterfall) I dug out my old Canon 40D DSLR and a 50mm prime lens that I had lying around and let the experiment begin! I started her out on AV at f/2.0 with 400 ISO thinking this would cover both indoor and outdoor shooting. Yes, I realize that effectively accomplished the same
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Before and After: Why Animal Shelters Need Good Photographers

Florida’s Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) just broke a 48-year-old adoption record last month, and it says photography played a huge role in that. The organization has released a series of before-and-after photos showing what a difference good photos can make. In the past, shelters would often use poorly lit snapshots of dogs and cats in cold and unfriendly environments, often shot immediately after the animal arrives. In recent years, however, OCAS and other shelters across the country have begun to recognize the value of using high-quality portraits to show the warm and loving side of animals that need homes.
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News Photographer Shot by Cop Who Mistook Camera and Tripod for Gun

An Ohio newspaper photojournalist was shot by a police officer last night after the cop mistook the camera and tripod the photographer was holding for a rifle. The New Carlisle News reports that its photographer Andy Grimm was shot by Clark County deputy Jake Shaw at around 10 p.m. last night while he was trying to shoot some photos of a traffic stop.
Grimm had left the office late at night to shoot photos of lightning when he came across the traffic stop. He pulled into a nearby restaurant parking lot and pulled his camera and tripod out of
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How to Piss Off a Photographer: Here are 11 Easy Ways

Photographer video maker Lok Cheung made this humorous 5-minute video featuring different things people do and say that get on photographers’ nerves. Here’s a quick rundown of the different things Cheung and videographer Warren Ng act out: 1. Shoot with their camera without asking.
2. Say their pro camera is “plasticky”
3. Ask them silly questions
4. “Constructive” discussion
5. Question their choice of equipment
6. Touch their screens and lens glass
7. Say they have an easy life
8. Offer them exposure
9. Asking if a photo is Photoshopped
10. Compliment their camera
11. Asking if they really took
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Fake War Photographer Gets Exposed After Fooling the World

Right now, a conflict photographer named Eduardo Martins is supposedly driving around in a van somewhere in the Australian outback. And you probably won’t see any new work from him anytime soon: he’s in hiding after pulling off one of the craziest cons in the history of photojournalism.
Photos of Martins from his social media accounts.
Martins is a blond and handsome 32-year-old documentary photographer from Brazil who’s also an avid surfer in his free time. He won a battle with childhood leukemia while growing up, and eventually landed a mid-level position working for the United Nations. Traveling to locations
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N.C. Governor Proclaims October 2017 to be ‘Photography Month’

Hear ye, hear ye! If you live in the state of North Carolina, October 2017 has just been declared “Photography Month” for you. North Carolina governor Roy Cooper issued an official proclamation for the special designation:
Cooper says he made the proclamation because (1) the state features a number of photo fairs and festivals in October, (2) photography enriches the lives of photographers, (3) North Carolina-based photographers take great pride in sharing their photography accomplishments, and (4) North Carolina recognizes the photographers and their contributions to the state. The governor commends Photography Month’s observance to all citizens of his state.
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N.C. Governor Proclaims October 2017 to be ‘Photography Month’

Hear ye, hear ye! If you live in the state of North Carolina, October 2017 has just been declared “Photography Month” for you. North Carolina governor Roy Cooper issued an official proclamation for the special designation:
Cooper says he made the proclamation because (1) the state features a number of photo fairs and festivals in October, (2) photography enriches the lives of photographers, (3) North Carolina-based photographers take great pride in sharing their photography accomplishments, and (4) North Carolina recognizes the photographers and their contributions to the state. The governor commends Photography Month’s observance to all citizens of his state.
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These Coasters Stack to Form a Canon 85mm f/1.2 Camera Lens

The photo gear brand FotodioX recently launched a new line of drink coasters. Called the LenzCoaster, each set of 5 coasters stacks to form a 85mm f/1.2L camera lens lookalike. Hidden magnets inside the coasters hold them together in lens form when they’re not being used. On the top and bottom of each coaster is a pad of non-slip silicone to absorb moisture and also keep it from slipping on smooth surfaces. There are three different sets you can choose from. In addition from black with black (shown above), there’s also black with red and white with black.
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Photographers: Beware Violent Antifa Protestors

This past Sunday, I photographed the “Rally against Hate” protests in Berkeley, California, which was organized to oppose a “Say No To Marxism” rally that had been planned. There was very little representation of the so-called alt-right at the park on Sunday. However, there were 100 to 200 Antifa (or anarchists, or whatever they are called) who showed up dressed in all black to the protest. Warning: This post contains images of violence and strong language. The vast majority of the people protesting were anti-hate, peaceful protesters. But this group of black clad masked protesters assaulted several photographers at
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Police Erect Barriers to Prevent Selfies at the Remains of Grenfell Tower

London police and authorities are working to prevent selfies from being taken at the charred remains of Grenfell Tower, and barriers were erected last week to block out the estimated two million people who would be passing through the area for the annual Notting Hill Carnival. Grenfell Tower was a 24-story residential building that saw a major fire on June 14th, 2017. The fire killed at least 80 people (including photographer Khadija Saye) and sparked protests over government housing policies. Much the dismay of residents of the area, the site became a popular destination for selfies shared on social
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A New Camera Just Came Out

There was a new camera that was just announced. It’s really good, apparently. It’s got more megapixels. A brighter screen. It can stack lots of images together. It does everything you’ve ever wanted. There will soon be images on websites taken with this camera (resized for the Internet) that folk will pore over and convince themselves that they can see a difference between those taken with the shiny new camera and those taken with their own drab old camera. There might be some really cool photos of the new camera itself, probably taken with the old camera. Or maybe you’ll
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NASA Just Ordered 53 Nikon D5 DSLRs

NASA just placed a hefty order for 53 unmodified Nikon D5 DSLRs. The cameras currently cost about $6,500 each, so if NASA paid full retail price for each camera, they just spent at least $344,500 on this purchase. NASA’s 2017 budget is $19.5 billion, so the agency just dropped about 1/56,604th of that on these cameras. Nikon says that the D5 cameras will be delivered to the space agency without any special hardware modifications — they’ll be exactly like the camera found in camera stores. NASA previously purchased a batch of unmodified D3S DSLRs from Nikon in 2009. NASA’s
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