Shutterbug Kills Print Magazine, Goes Web-Only After 45 Years

Shutterbug has announced that it’s ending its photography print magazine after 45 years, moving forward as an entirely Web-based publication. “Shutterbug magazine had a great run, but the media landscape has changed dramatically in the last 4+ decades, and we felt now was the time for Shutterbug to become a dynamic, web-only publication,” Editor-in-Chief Dan Havlik says. “Shutterbug.com has grown dramatically in recent years with record traffic and expanded reach to photographers around the world. We can now dedicate all our resources to further growing our online presence and expanding our video, social media, mobile and e-commerce channels.”
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Sony a9 Wins ‘Camera of the Year’ in Japan

The Sony a9 has been named “Camera of the Year” by in the prestigious Camera Grand Prix 2018 held by the Camera Journal Press Club (CJPC), a 55-year-old coalition of 10 of the most influential photography and camera publications in Japan. The award honors the best camera products introduced into the market over the previous fiscal year (for the 2018 prize it covers from April 1st, 2017 to March 31, 2018). 53 people involved in the industry (e.g. editors, experts, reporters, photographers) were involved in this year’s selections.

Sony Wins the Top Prize

The Sony a9 was selected as
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Canon is Now in the Sensor Business: 120MP Monster Unleashed

Canon is now officially in the business of selling sensors. Third-party companies can now purchase three of Canon’s state-of-the-art sensors, including the 120-megapixel monster that has received a significant amount of attention in recent years. New Camera reports that the three sensors are available through the Canon authorized distributor Phase 1 Technology Corp of New York, not to be confused with Phase One the Danish camera company. The three sensors are Canon’s 120MP ultra-high-resolution CMOS, 5MP global shutter CMOS, and ultra-low-light Full HD CMOS. “Canon industrial sensors redefine high-performance with state-of-the-art technology, backed by decades of ongoing development and improvement,”
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Philip Bloom is Angry at Google for Using His Work in an Internal Video

Well-known British filmmaker Philip Bloom is angry at Google, accusing the Silicon Valley tech giant of using his work without permission or payment for an internal video that has since been leaked and published by major publications. Yesterday, The Verge published an article about a 2016 internal Google video titled “The Selfish Ledger.” “Google has built a multibillion-dollar business out of knowing everything about its users,” The Verge writes. “Now, a video produced within Google and obtained by The Verge offers a stunningly ambitious and unsettling look at how some at the company envision using that information in the
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Ricoh’s New Camera SDKs Open the Door to 3rd Party Apps

Ricoh has released the first-ever official software development kits (SDK) for Pentax cameras, opening the door to 3rd party apps for controlling the cameras remotely. Third-party developers and companies will now be able to easily write stable apps for Pentax cameras without having to reverse-engineer anything.
Pentax’s official Image Transmitter 2 software. Screenshot by Camera Driver.
Camera functions accessible in the SDK include shooting photos and videos, accessing the live view, and adjusting camera settings — in other words, everything needed to create a powerful remote camera control app. Apps can access any of Pentax’s recent 35mm and medium format
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Find Your Calling In Career And Life with Chris Guillebeau

Today on the podcast we’re answering one of the most popular questions I receive: “how do I find my passion”. Yeah, not an easy one. Super tough! And if you’ve struggled with this or are struggling right now, this episode will help you find your way. In fact, my good friend Chris Guillebeau has spent years researching this exact topic and shares a formula that can help you unlock some missing pieces from his book called Born For This. This super short episode packs such a huge punch, I’m so pumped to share it with you! In this episode: Most Continue reading "Find Your Calling In Career And Life with Chris Guillebeau"

Sam Nzima, Photographer Behind Iconic Apartheid Image, Dies at 83

South African photographer Sam Nzima has died. He’s best known for shooting an iconic photo of the apartheid, a photo of Hector Pieterson being carried after being shot by South African police during the Soweto uprising. Nzima was 83. A family member of Nzima’s confirmed the passing to SABC, saying that the veteran photographer collapsed last Thursday and passed away in the hospital two days later on May 12th. Tributes began pouring in as news of Nzima’s passing spread.
Nzima was born in the town of Lillydale, Bushbuckridge, on August 8th, 1934. His interest in photography was sparked when
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Facebook Nukes 10 Major Groups Used to Game Instagram’s Algorithm

Facebook has suspended 10 large groups on its service that were being used by hundreds of thousands of people to game Instagram in hopes of making their photos more popular. BuzzFeed reports that the move came after it contacted Instagram about the groups, one of which had over 200,000 members by itself.
A search on Facebook reveals Groups dedicated to gaming Instagram. Screenshot by BuzzFeed.
Groups dedicated to gaming Instagram were born after Instagram switched its feed in 2016 from a simple, chronological one to an algorithm-driven one that shows and orders posts based on a number of internal metrics.
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Google Photos’ Object Removal is MIA Because It Got Deprioritized

Google wowed attendees at its I/O developer conference last week with a number of AI-powered photo technologies, including automatically colorizing black-and-white photos with one tap. But there’s one impressive feature teased at last year’s event that hasn’t arrived yet: object removal. Google CEO Sundar Pichai drew oohs and ahhs and applause from the crowd at I/O last year by showing a brief teaser of Google Photos automatically removing the chain link fence obstructing the view in a photo of a youth baseball player. The demo can be seen at 10:40 in this video of the 2017 keynote:
But that feature
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Fujifilm’s $6.1B Merger with Xerox Implodes After Investors Revolt

Xerox has called off its $6.1 billion mega-merger with Fujifilm after major shareholders revolted due to their belief that Xerox had been undervalued. The two companies had originally struck a deal in January 2018 that would have merged Xerox into a joint venture between the two firms while giving Fujifilm majority ownership and control. Investors Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason, who own a combined 15% of Xerox, responded by launching a campaign to hold out for a higher price of $40 per share in cash, versus Fujifilm’s offer of $28 per share (as estimated by the investors). After reaching
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Photographer: ‘Stranger Things’ Used My Storm Cloud Without Permission

Photographer Sean R. Heavey was watching the hit series Stranger Things on Netflix when he spotted a storm cloud that looked strangely familiar. It turns out show had apparently used one of Heavey’s photos while creating the scene, and Heavey isn’t happy about it. Heavey says he realized that the cloud that appears in the Stranger Things episode looked extremely similar to his but wasn’t the same one. A few weeks later, however, Heavey’s friend was watching the Beyond Stranger Things behind-the-scenes special (episode 3) on Netflix when he noticed the concept art that was used by the Stranger Things
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Wedding Photography is Dead

Professional wedding photography is dead. Change is afoot. I see it all around me. Photographers who once charged £2,000 (~$2,700) for a wedding, now putting themselves forwards for jobs less than a grand. Award-winning photographers getting part-time jobs to supplement their income because they can no longer afford to shoot weddings full time. And it’s all a dirty little secret. In closed groups and private conversations, we talk in hushed tones about how no one has ever seen it like this. How everyone is struggling. Panic-stricken professionals who have earned a decent living in the last ten years reduced to
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Egyptian Photojournalist Facing Death Penalty Wins ‘Press Freedom Prize’

Egyptian photojournalist Mahmoud Abu Zeid, also known as Shawkan, has been awarded the 2018 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano Press Freedom Prize. Shawkan has been in jail since August 2013 after being arrested for covering the August 2013 Rabaa massacre. He’s also facing the death penalty after the prosecutor reportedly called for it last year.

Shawkan was selected by an independent international jury of media professionals for the prize, which “recognizes a person, organization or institution that has made an outstanding contribution
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Style Me Pretty Saved From Shutdown After Founders Buy It Back

The popular blog Style Me Pretty announced earlier this month that it would be shutting down after inspiring wedding photographers for over a decade. That closure has now been averted after the site’s original founders worked out a deal to buy it back from Oath, the company Verizon folded Yahoo and AOL into. Style Me Pretty was founded in 2007 by Abby Larson and served as a popular hub for wedding inspiration, including user-submitted wedding photos. It grew to reach a peak of 18 million pageviews per month and over 1 million followers on Instagram. It was acquired by AOL,
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Dry Glass Plate Photography is Back

In the era of the “selfie”, of the relentless click-and-publish images on social media, of the mega sensors replete with megapixels, we are witnessing an unpredictable resurgence of many ancient photographic devices and techniques. Wet collodion (tintypes) and many other alternative photo processes are being keenly rediscovered today and there is an ever-growing plethora of workshop available to those who want to learn and practice them. A primitive photographer myself, a practitioner of what I like to define “slow photography” for most of my professional life, I observe this phenomenon with great interest, wondering about what its deepest
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Dry Glass Plate Photography is Back

In the era of the “selfie”, of the relentless click-and-publish images on social media, of the mega sensors replete with megapixels, we are witnessing an unpredictable resurgence of many ancient photographic devices and techniques. Wet collodion (tintypes) and many other alternative photo processes are being keenly rediscovered today and there is an ever-growing plethora of workshop available to those who want to learn and practice them. A primitive photographer myself, a practitioner of what I like to define “slow photography” for most of my professional life, I observe this phenomenon with great interest, wondering about what its deepest
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