Newspaper Sends Cartoonist to Foo Fighters Concert to Protest Photo Contract


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The Washington City Post recently decided to boycott the Foo Fighters’ restrictive concert photo contract by buying photos from fans instead. Now a different paper is protesting that same contract in a much different way.

This past weekend, the Quebec newspaper Le Soleil decided to send a cartoon sketch artist to cover a Foo Fighters’ concert instead of putting a photographer in the media area.

In an article published yesterday, titled “The Art of Circumventing Rigid Requirements,” the paper writes that it sent cartoonist Francis Desharnais to the concert because it refused to sign the contract imposed by the band.

“When the Foo Fighters claim rights to pictures of them in concert, they do not do it halfway,” Le Soleil writes. “Not only could accredited photographers at the show yesterday not publish their work once, they had to give up all rights.”

Here’s what the newspaper received from

The Foo Fighters in concert this past weekend in Quebec. Illustration by Francis Desharnais for
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The Lumenati CS1 ‘Smartcase’ Turns Your iPhone Into a Classic Cinema Camera


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The Lumenati CS1 is a cinematic smartphone case aimed at bringing a more enjoyable experience to shooting video. Designed by Lumenati, a collection of filmmakers, animators, and designers in Denver, Colorado, the CS1 looks to “combine the technological features of a digital device with the cool design, ergonomic ease and natural narrative that the lo-fi classic camera is known for.” Basically, it transforms your iPhone 6 into an old-school cinema camera.

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As of now, the case is only compatible with Apple’s iPhone 6 though Lumenati says that they hope to bring the “smartcase” to more people through successful fundraising. Simply pop your iPhone into the case with the Lumenati app loaded and you can begin shooting. When you are ready to start recording your video, simply squeeze and hold the bright red trigger, and then release it when you are finished.

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The CS1 is not just an ergonomic case. The

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8 Simple DIY Ideas for Smartphone Photography


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COOPH just released this fun little 3-minute video that shares 8 tips, tricks, and ideas for smartphone photography. It’s a dose of inspiration for getting creative with the camera in your pocket.

Here’s a quick rundown of the ideas demonstrated by photographer Richard Schabetsberger in Salzburg, Austria (watch the video to see more instructions along with examples of results):

#1: Use a Balloon for Aerial Shots

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You can use a helium balloon and fishing line to shoot aerial photos and videos on the cheap.

#2: Sunglasses as a Filter

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Gradient sunglasses can be used as a filter for scenes to even out bright skies and dark landscapes.

#3: Make a Pinhole with Cardboard

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You can punch a hole in some cardboard to create a makeshift pinhole lens for your phone.

#4: Hold up a 3D Picture Frame

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Frame your subjects in 3D using a cutout Polaroid picture frame.

#5: Create

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Fujifilm to Raise Prices and Kill Film Lines Yet Again


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In response to struggling film sales, Fujifilm has repeatedly discontinued unprofitable lines and raised prices over the past several years. The company has now announced its latest round of price increases and film discontinuations in an attempt to make sure that its popular and profitable films can live on.

Here’s a chart showing the films that will see 20% price increases starting in October 2015.

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The chart above is likely also a list of the films in Fujifilm’s stable that are performing the best in the market right now.

On the other hand, here’s a list of films that are set to be killed off over the next couple of years:

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If you’re a fan of any of the films listed above, now is the time to stock up on them before they’re pricer or never available again.

(via Fujifilm via Photo Rumors)


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Look for Leading Lines When Shooting Street Photos


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Early on in my street photography career, I went on YouTube and searched for some inspiration on other street photographers. I came across the work and approach of Bruce Gilden, who absolutely blew me away. He would photograph people at very close proximities (about an arm’s-length away), while shooting with a flash on a 28mm lens.

A lot of people called him an a**hole, but I personally found his work to be inspirational. I loved how raw, intense, and intimate his images were. Not only that, but his photos were also well-composed.

I then thought to myself, “How can I create similar images?” I wanted photos that had more energy, passion, and life, but I also wanted photographs that were well-composed.

One compositional technique I found helpful was utilizing “leading lines” when shooting up-close and personally. In the above photograph, made in Chicago, I saw this guy dancing

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Walter Murch’s extended SIDE BY SIDE interview with Keanu Reeves now available on DVD


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Five extra DVDs have been released by the producers of Keanu Reeves’ documentary SIDE BY SIDE. The film looks at the history, process and workflow of film production featuring interviews with directors such as James Cameron, Martin Scorsese and David Fincher. Walter Murch’s extended interview features on one of the new discs where he talks about film editing and of course Final Cut Pro.