Strange Conversations from Working in a Camera Store

I’ve worked in a camera store now for about a year and a half, and I’ve been a photographer for about 7 years. I enjoy working in the camera shop, as it’s my one consistent form of income as a photographer. In this camera store we are all directly trained by the camera manufactures, meaning Nikon, Canon, Sony, Fujifilm and all the others come to our store and train us directly. The whole team knows the in and outs of every camera and knows the practical application of all the things we say. That being said, some of the conversations
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Billboard Uses Tire Screeching Sounds to Photograph Terrified Jaywalkers

An unusual billboard was recently set up at a crosswalk in France to promote pedestrian safety. Whenever a pedestrian was detected crossing while the “red man” light was on, the billboard would emit a loud tire screeching sound. A camera built into the billboard would then capture the terrified face of the jaywalker.
The “public service” campaign was created in a partnership between the ad agency Serviceplan and the French road safety authority DRIEA. They report that in the region of Ile-de-France alone, there are about 4,500 careless pedestrian victims each year. The digital billboard was set up near the
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That Time I Paid $6,544 for 256MB of RAM to Run Photoshop…

Back in January 1995, I upgraded my Mac 8110 desktop to 256 megabytes of RAM for $6,544. Why? Because Photoshop needed a minimum of 5 times the RAM to work with a 8.5×11 RGB 8-bit color page, and that was 24 megabytes. The Chip Merchant was the least expensive source for RAM at that time. I purchased eight 32-megabyte chips at $818.00 each, or $6544.00 total — about $10,646 in today’s money after adjusting for inflation. Insured shipping was $42.85. Several years later, when it was time to upgrade my desktop, there was no way I
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Capturing Racism on Camera

Historical documentation of racism in America spans both the oppressed as well as the oppressor. Typically, images of racism focus on the aftermath like Gordon Parks’ stunning color images from his Segregation series or the defacing of buildings and property with swastikas. Less frequently, we see interaction between the two, and when we do, the… The post Capturing Racism on Camera appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

White House Photographer Pete Souza Shoots ‘President’ Frank Underwood

Obama White House photographer Pete Souza returned to politics this weekend. No, he didn’t decide to join the Trump White House he’s been mocking on Instagram, he spent the day with a different president: President Frank Underwood from the hit Netflix show “House of Cards.” In a fun publicity stunt for the show’s upcoming fifth season, which debuts May 30th, Souza joined Kevin Spacey as President Underwood and Michael Kelly as Chief of Staff Doug Stamper for a romp around Washington, D.C. After all, Souza knows a thing or two about following the President around and taking
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This Bride Doesn’t Have Girlfriends, So She Did a Photo Shoot with Bros

24-year-old Rebeca Brantes of Brazil is a computer engineering student who’s one of just 4 women in her class of 60 students. Leaving up to her recent wedding, Brantes realized that she didn’t have any girlfriends from school for a bridal photo shoot, so she decided to invite her best guy friends for an unusual photo series. Brantes invited photographer Fernando Duque to shoot a series of cliché bridal party “behind the scenes” photos, except with a group of five bros standing in as Duque’s girlfriends. “I came up with the idea one week before the wedding,” Brantes tells Bored
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Instagram is the Worst App for Young People’s Mental Health

Instagram is the most likely social media platform to cause teenagers to feel depressed, anxious, lonely, and with low body confidence. That’s according to a newly published study by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH) in the UK. The report, titled #StatusOfMind, surveyed 1,500 young people includes some troubling statistics on social media and mental health among people aged 14-24. In the survey, the participants were asked to rank to what extent different social media platforms impacted certain health-related factors, from -2 (a lot worse) to +2 (a lot better). Of the 5 platforms included in the
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Photographer Sues the Republican National Committee for Copyright Infringement

A Montana-based photographer has filed a lawsuit against the Republican National Committee, accusing the RNC of willfully infringing upon her copyright by using one of her photos on a political mailer without permission. PDNPulse reports that in the suit filed in federal court this week, photographer Erika Peterman states that the RNC used her photo of politician Rob Quist: Quist is an American singer, guitarist, banjo player, and songwriter who’s currently running as the Democratic candidate in the upcoming special election for Montana’s seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The photo was captured at an event in March
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Creative Kid Shoots Crazy Homemade Music Video Using Just His Phone

A young kid named Isaiah Xavier is blowing up the Internet with a homemade music video he created using just his phone and a lip syncing app named Musical.ly. Without exaggerating, we can say this video is one of the most impressive smartphone creations we’ve ever seen. Unless you’re a Social Media Manager by trade (or a teen by age) you probably haven’t seen a lot of Musical.ly videos around. The app lets users set popular songs over videos of (usually) themselves lip syncing to that song or otherwise performing. That’s exactly what Xavier did (username: @isaiahxavier10) using
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Who Shot It Better? Chris Cornell Portrait for Rolling Stone and Visions

Black Hole Sun, won’t you come, and wash away the rain. Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell unexpectedly passed away yesterday. His 1994 composition Black Hole Sun was a genre defining song for the grunge movement. An incredibly tragic loss for Generation X who grew up with the flannel wearing styles of the 90s. Cornell graced numerous magazine covers during his lifetime, let’s take a look. Jeff Lipsky did the honors for Rolling Stone with a set of images that were widely syndicated. Typical of Lipsky’s style, the image has a very natural feeling to it. Lipsky always does a great job
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Instagram Copies Snapchat (Again), Launches Its Own ‘Face Filters’

Arguably Snapchat’s most popular feature to date is their augmented reality ‘selfie filters’ that allow you to augment your face with bunny ears, vomit rainbows, and occasionally trample on someone’s copyright. Now, in a move absolutely everyone saw coming, Instagram has copied the feature. In a new update that just went live earlier today, Instagram is introducing what they call ‘face filters’ into the camera app—”an easy way to turn an ordinary selfie into something fun and entertaining.” “From math equations swirling around your head to furry koala ears that move and twitch, you can transform into a variety
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F**k Photojournalism: It’s Time for the Industry to Change Before It Dies

If you were to ask me whether or not I was surprised that there is another scandal in the photojournalism community, I would reply with a resounding and exasperated, “Hell no.” It seems that we can’t go a year without a new photo manipulation scandal. The Souvid Datta scandal is no different. If you did not know Datta got caught manipulating his photos from his series “In the Shadows of Kolkata,” where he added stolen imagery from the work of Mary Ellen Mark. This is admittedly one of the more astoundingly stupid ways to get caught, considering
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The TSA Thinks This Nikon DSLR Rig Looks Too Much Like a Gun

Check out this Nikon DSLR rig, which apparently uses a pistol-style grip for triggering the shutter. It seems this kit looks too much like a firearm for the TSA’s liking. The photo appeared on the TSA’s Instagram page as an example of something you can’t bring onto an airplane.

White House ‘Furious’ About Russian Photos, Photog Slams Spy Stories

The White House was criticized by the media this week for allowing a Russian press photographer into the Oval Office for President Trump’s meeting with Russia’s foreign minister while the U.S. media was shut out. Now the White House is reportedly “furious” about being “trolled” with the photos by Russia, and the Russian photographer is calling the media stories “nonsense.” CNN reports that the Trump administration was unaware that the Russian government would allow its state news agency to publish photos of the meeting on Wednesday between Trump and Russia’s Foreign Minister and ambassador. Shortly after the meeting,
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Music Festival: Pay Us $500 to Shoot Concert Photos for Us

A popular music festival is offering a new “fan experience” that’s raising eyebrows among some photographers: pay $500, and you’ll have the opportunity to shoot concert photos for the festival from the photo pit. The Firefly Festival, which happens in mid-June in Delaware and features many of musics hottest names, is selling the opportunity as “Concert Photographer for a Show.” For a fee of $500, you’ll “get access into one of the most exclusive areas of the festival grounds – the photo pit,” the website reads. “You will be escorted by an official Firefly photographer, given a
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This AI-Powered Camera Only Shoots ‘Award-Winning’ Photos

The Trophy Camera is an experimental camera powered by artificial intelligence that can only shoot images that it deems to be “award-winning.” Using machine learning, media artist Dries Depoorter and PhD student/photographer Max Pinckers trained the camera to recognise common patterns in World Press Photo winners from 1955 until today. When a photograph is taken, the camera gives it a rating based on how closely it matches the attributes of prior winners. Photos that get a 90% grade or higher are automatically posted to a website called trophy.camera in all their glory. The camera was built to remove
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This Photographer Accidentally Shot the Wrong Couple’s Proposal

A photographer in Arkansas made an unusual mistake this past weekend: he accidentally photographed the wrong couple’s proposal and completely missed his client’s special moment. Jacob Peters of JP Photography writes that he was contacted several days ago by a man in Wisconsin who needed a photographer to secretly photograph a romantic sunrise engagement from afar at a popular landmark known as Hawksbill Crag. The man wanted to surprise his soon-to-be fiancée with the pictures. So at 2:30am on Saturday, Peters woke up, got his 30 pounds of gear ready, and headed out to Whitaker’s Point in Arkansas’ Ozark National
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This Photographer Accidentally Shot the Wrong Couple’s Proposal

A photographer in Arkansas made an unusual mistake this past weekend: he accidentally photographed the wrong couple’s proposal and completely missed his client’s special moment. Jacob Peters of JP Photography writes that he was contacted several days ago by a man in Wisconsin who needed a photographer to secretly photograph a romantic sunrise engagement from afar at a popular landmark known as Hawksbill Crag. The man wanted to surprise his soon-to-be fiancée with the pictures. So at 2:30am on Saturday, Peters woke up, got his 30 pounds of gear ready, and headed out to Whitaker’s Point in Arkansas’ Ozark National
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The Ambiguity of Pressing the Shutter – Ethics in Photojournalism

The myth goes that Crazy Horse refused to be photographed, believing the image would steal his soul. In truth, the apocryphal tale has no historical evidence. But taking photos is intrusive, and most people would agree upon some near universal norms regarding photography (e.g. taking photos of children in public). For photojournalists the ethics of photography… The post The Ambiguity of Pressing the Shutter – Ethics in Photojournalism appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Every Photo Comes with Built-In Debt, or: The Ethics of Photography

We tend to treat the ethics of taking photographs in a very much black and white fashion. We judge “He should never have shot that” or alternatively “She is on firm ground shooting that, it is OK” and then arguments revolve around that, never resolving anything. We see Rules Written and Guidelines and so on, to protect people. In the recent LensCulture/Duckrabbit spat, we see Duckrabbit citing UNICEF rules and guidelines, for example. Here are some of UNICEF’s guidelines. The first, general, parts are excellent, but very general. When you get in to specific guidelines, things become a little
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