Drone Causes Aircraft Crash for First Time in the US: Report

After numerous reports of illegally flown drones interfering dangerously with airplanes and even denting a US Army helicopter rotor over the past few years, a drone may have just caused an aircraft crash for the first time the United States. Bloomberg reports that the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has opened an investigation into a helicopter crash that occurred on Daniel Island in South Carolina on Wednesday. A student pilot and instructor were flying the Robinson Helicopter Co. R22 helicopter at around 2 pm when “a white ‘DJI Phantom quad-copter drone” appeared and flew into their airspace, says a Charleston
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Do Photojournalism Contests Glamorize Pain and Suffering?

In a break from the past, World Press Photo (WPP) released the short list of finalists in advance of naming the winners to their annual contest – arguably the most prestigious in all of photojournalism. The photos are remarkable for their composition, exposure, and intimacy. But judging by the subject matter one might surmise that we’re living in a hellish dystopia, or that the jury believes pain and suffering is the most valid form of photojournalism. A more nuanced look at all the finalists reveals a broader range of subject matter, but that doesn’t alter the fact that the Photo
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Skier Slams Into Photographers at Olympics

A champion skier wiped out and slammed into a group of photographers during the women’s giant slalom yesterday at the 2018 Winter Olympics. The scary incident was caught by both broadcast cameras and the photographers’ own cameras. The 30-second clip above shows Switzerland’s Lara Gut wiping out 17 seconds into her run. Gut hurtles off the course and directly into photographers capturing the event, sending a few of them to the ground. Thankfully, no one involved in the collision was hurt. And as you can see in the video, several of the photographers immediately lifted their cameras up to continue
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This Crypto-Art Rose Photo Sold for $1,000,000

Kevin Abosch, the photographer who purportedly sold a photo of a potato for over $1,000,000 in 2016, has now become the photographer behind the world’s most expensive crypto-artwork by selling a photo of a rose on the blockchain for $1,000,000. CNN reports that the photo, titled Forever Rose, was purchased yesterday on Valentines Day by a group of 10 collectors that included investment funds, an advisory firm, crypto projects, and a leading China-based crypto investor. There were over 150 interested buyers, and the 10 collectors who ended up purchasing the photo split the price (paid in GTO and
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IKEA to Sell Hasselblad Masters Photos

IKEA and Hasselblad have partnered to launch a new IKEA collection of art photos. Called NORRHASSEL, the series will feature eight exclusive photos selected from the Hasselblad Masters Award collection. The popular Swedish furniture company started selling limited edition fine art photos in March 2016, and now the brand is partnering with one of the best-known camera brands for a new collection.
Photo by Dmitry Ageev, one of the images selected for the IKEA NORRHASSEL collection.
Photo by Lars van de Goo, one of the images selected for the IKEA NORRHASSEL collection.
“Photography is a vital way to express
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NY Times Photographer: Trump Gives More Access Than Obama

A New York Times photographer who has vocally protested White House Press Pool blackouts is now saying that photographers get more access to Trump than they did to Obama. Photojournalist Doug Mills made headlines back in November 2017 by Tweeting a black “photo” to protest the lack of access provided to the White House Travel Pool while President Trump was attending the APEC Summit in Vietnam. However, Mills had much more positive things to say in a new interview that just aired yesterday on C-SPAN. Having covered both the Trump and Obama administrators, Mills stated that photographers are actually getting
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Picture of a Single Atom Wins Science Photo Contest

A remarkable photo of a single atom trapped by electric fields has just been awarded the top prize in a well-known science photography competition. The photo is titled “Single Atom in an Ion Trap” and was shot by David Nadlinger of the University of Oxford. The Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) in the UK today announced the winning photos of its national science photography competition. Nadlinger’s grand prize photo shows an atom as a speck of light between two metal electrodes placed about 2mm (0.078in) apart.
A crop of the winning photo that shows the single atom
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These Photos Were Snapped by the Farthest-Ever Cameras from Earth

NASA has published a pair of record-breaking photos. These two images that show Kuiper belt objects in the outer Solar System were captured by the farthest-ever cameras from Earth. NASA writes that the photos were captured by the Long Range Reconnaissance Imager (LORRI) camera on its New Horizons interplanetary space probe, which performed a flyby of Pluto in 2015. New Horizons was about 3.79 billion miles (~6.12B km) from Earth when the photos were shot. The false color photos, captured in December 2017, are also the closest-ever images of objects in the Kuiper Belt (the massive asteroid-belt-style disc
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Do NOT Do This to Iconic Landmarks

New York-based photographer Felix Kunze was recently visiting the iconic Lion’s Head mountain in Table Mountain National Park in Cape Town, South Africa, when he came across this sight at his favorite rock in a well-known lookout: a group of people had decided to scribble their full names into the rock that’s featured in countless photos. “Let’s find the vandals that were STUPID enough to inscribe their full names into a rock at the top of Lion’s Head Mountain in Cape Town,” Kunze writes in a Facebook post. “I’m filing a police report but PLEASE share this. “We have GOT
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US Navy to Eliminate Combat Camera Units to Save Money

It’s not just news photographers that are having their positions eliminated to cut costs: military photographers are apparently in the same boat. The US Navy will be eliminating its two Combat Camera (COMCAM) units this year in order to save money and resources. Navy Times reports that the two units of military photographers will be gone by October 1st in order to “cut costs and eliminate billets.” Combat Camera photographers are trained to shoot both cameras and guns, and they’re tasked with shooting both military operations and stories about the Navy for the public. Here’s a document about the
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How This Venmo Scammer Got Caught by the Photographers He Targeted

Scammers are increasingly using the payment service Venmo as a way to steal camera gear since Venmo doesn’t allow sales and will cancel the transaction after you’ve already handed over your possessions to the scammer. But one Venmo scammer in NYC was just caught and identified by photographers after he stole a $3,800 DSLR camera. Photographer Jennifer Khordi recently listed her Nikon D810A, which costs $3,800 new, for sale on Facebook Marketplace. She was then contacted by a buyer named Daniel Rodriguez, who asked to do the deal through Venmo. Khordi met up with “Rodriguez,” received a payment of
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This is the Last Photo of the Tesla That’s Flying Away From Earth

This is the last photo of the Tesla Roadster that was launched into space this week. It shows the dummy named Starman leaving Earth in the rear view mirror as it hurtles towards Mars’ orbit and then onto the Asteroid Belt. The photo was shared by billionaire Elon Musk on Instagram and SpaceX on Flickr. As you might remember, SpaceX began publishing all of its Flickr photos to the public domain in March 2015, leading Flickr to add a public domain designation just days later. This photo is the last in a series of jaw-dropping photos of the Tesla in
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I Interviewed a ‘Photographer’ Who Had Stolen Photos… From ME

A few months ago, a girl came in to apply for a social media position at my last job. I was one of three photographers at the company and we had an opening for another photographer position. She mentioned to the HR recruiter that she also does photography. The HR guy comes and grabs me to tell me this and was wondering if I wanted to interview her for the open photographer position as well. So I said, “Sure, let me see her portfolio.” To my surprise, her “portfolio” included my photos. I was in total shock and told
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This is a Real Photo of a Tesla Sports Car Flying Through Space

We live in an amazing time in which it’s actually possible to shoot a photo like this one: it’s a Tesla Roadster sports car flying through space with the Earth in the background. Yesterday, billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX launched its Falcon Heavy rocket, the world’s most powerful operational rocket. Musk’s original “midnight cherry” Tesla Roadster was mounted on the nose of the rocket with a dummy named STARMAN sitting inside. After successfully launching and reaching space, the photo above is one of the still frames captured by the multiple onboard cameras. There’s even a live camera feed of the
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How Students Restored Photos Damaged by Hurricane Harvey

After Hurricane Harvey slammed Texas, there was a group of high school students who partnered with volunteer organizations to help rescure family photos damaged in the disaster. Here’s a 4-minute film by Adobe Students about the project. Many photos that had been exposed to water had ink bleeding across the paper and destroying most of the image. “I lost everything,” says one victim. “The house can be replaced, but our pictures can’t.” The incredible work by those involved brought everyone in the video to tears, both the victims and the restorers themselves. It’s an incredibly uplifting video, and you
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#MenToo: On Sexual Misconduct in the Photo Industry

In light of another prominent figure in the photography industry being accused of sexual misconduct, I feel compelled to pen my feelings about it all, specifically what it has done to MY profession of choice; photojournalism. First and foremost, I am saddened. Saddened to know that there are people in positions of influence that would use their stature to satisfy their own sexual inefficiencies. Saddened that the actions of a few have tarnished the good name of the majority. Saddened that they have given the already much maligned industry of photojournalism another unwelcomed black eye. When Lady Di was killed,
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Teen Snaps Selfie with Timberlake at Super Bowl, Becomes Insta-Famous

A 13-year-old 7th-grader is Insta-famous today after he snapped a selfie with singer Justin Timberlake on national TV during the Super Bowl halftime show. Ryan McKenna found himself next to Timberlake during the concert as the singer walked up into the crowd. As Timberlake passed McKenna, he noticed the boy’s phone and posed for a quick selfie:
McKenna then posted the selfies to his social media accounts… and they went viral.

Justin Timberlake is the best guy ever

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Drone Pilot Dive Bombs Passenger Jet

A drone pilot has sparked outrage and condemnation by posting a video showing his camera drone “dive bombing” a passenger jet landing at a US airport. The drone came dangerously close to the aircraft during the stunt, which can be seen in the clip above. The video was originally posted to a Facebook group called “1% FPV” by a “James Jayo Older” with the caption: “Found the SD card.. 1%ers only.” The video shows the drone hovering above McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas as an airliner approaches in the distance. As the Frontier Airlines airplane approaches the drone,
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Drone Pilot Dive Bombs Passenger Jet

A drone pilot has sparked outrage and condemnation by posting a video showing his camera drone “dive bombing” a passenger jet landing at a US airport. The drone came dangerously close to the aircraft during the stunt, which can be seen in the clip above. The video was originally posted to a Facebook group called “1% FPV” by a “James Jayo Older” with the caption: “Found the SD card.. 1%ers only.” The video shows the drone hovering above McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas as an airliner approaches in the distance. As the Frontier Airlines airplane approaches the drone,
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