NPPA Adds Anti-Harassment Standard to Code of Ethics

The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has added an anti-harassment standard to its code of ethics, addressing not just photographic practice but the behavior of photographers in dealing with people beyond with the camera. The new standard, which was originally proposed in January 2017, has been introduced by the board’s summer meeting on July 22th, 2017, and states:
Do not engage in harassing behavior of colleagues, subordinates or subjects and maintain the highest standards of behavior in all professional interactions.
It hopes to address occurrences of intimidation, sexual harassment, or harassment on the basis of race, religion, gender or national origin.
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Leica’s Owner Dreams of a ‘True Leica Phone’

Leica’s latest partnership with Huawei has put Leica camera technology into the Chinese manufacturer’s phones. But it seems that isn’t enough for Leica, whose Chairman is teasing that an actual Leica phone might be somewhere on the horizon. During an interview with CNBC, Andreas Kaufmann (the owner and chairman of Leica) said that it was a “personal dream” of his to reinvent the smartphone camera. “Every smartphone is wrong for photography at the moment… the phone nowadays is not fit really for photography… it’s used as a camera, it’s used as a video camera, but it’s not built that
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TSA Requires a Separate Screening of Cameras in Airports Now

Bad news, photographers: your airport experience in the United States is now more tedious if you’re planning to carry a camera onto the plane. The TSA just announced that all electronics larger than a cell phone need to be placed into a bin for separate screening. The move is part of a rollout of “new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items.” If you’re bringing a camera bag or case onto the plane to keep it with you, you’ll be required to pull the camera(s) out of the bag and place them inside a bin for X-ray screening while passing
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Canada Wants Stricter Drone Laws and Mandatory $100K Insurance

The world is closing in on lawless drone operation, with Canada now following on from last week’s proposals by the UK. Transport Canada has proposed a draft of strict drone regulations — laws that drone company DJI isn’t happy about. DJI was welcoming of the regulations proposed by the UK, showing that it is all for tighter controls and responsible drone operation. After all, DJI drone firmware has been updated to include no-fly zones and other safety measures. But Canada’s drafted proposal goes too far according to DJI’s Vice President of Policy and Legal Affairs. “We are disappointed that Transport Canada has
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Happy 100th Birthday, Nikon!

Nikon turned 100 years old today. It’s a huge milestone for a company that was born back on July 25th, 1917, as an optics company based in Tokyo, Japan. One century later, the company has become one of the world’s dominant and beloved brands in photography. Here’s what Nikon president Kazuo Ushida had to say today:
Today, Nikon celebrates the 100th anniversary of its establishment. I would like to express my sincere appreciation to all of our customers who use our products in their everyday lives, and the stakeholders who have supported our businesses, from the bottom of my heart.
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RIP: Microsoft Paint Killed Off After 32 Years

Microsoft Paint, the first image editing software experienced by countless photographers and PC users around the world, is being laid to rest. Microsoft has announced that it’s abandoning the famous program after 32 years. The Guardian spotted a newly published page on the Microsoft website with a list of Windows features that will be removed or deprecated in the upcoming Windows 10 Fall Creators Update. Among the many entries is a simple line that reads, “Microsoft Paint,” with an indication that it will be deprecated. Paint, which first appeared on Windows 1.0 in 1985, has been replaced by Microsoft’s
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Souvid Datta Caught Staging Photo in ‘Master of Photography’ Finals

Controversy-stricken photographer Souvid Datta has raised some photographers’ eyebrows again, this time on the European reality TV photo competition Master of Photography. In the final round of the contest, Datta admitted to staging one of the photos when questioned by the judges. Datta sparked a firestorm of controversy in the photojournalism community earlier this year when we reported that one of his photos documenting Indian sex workers contained a woman copied and pasted from a photo by renowned photographer Mary Ellen Mark. Datta soon admitted to manipulating a number of photos in his career, leading to at least half
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UK to Require Drone Registration and Safety Tests

UK drone pilots have enjoyed some of the most relaxed regulations around the popular pastime, but now the government has proposed new regulations that will require all owners of drones over 250 grams (~8.8oz) to register their quadcopters, attend safety courses, and pass a safety test. According to the BBC, the Department of Transport has admitted that a timeline for the regulations coming into action is undetermined, as “the nuts and bolts still have to be ironed out”. The courses will mean that pilots have to “prove that they understand UK safety, security and privacy regulations”. While the move may be
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The Part Of Success That Nobody Talks About

We’ve all been there: after spending countless hours building something – a product, a new website, a piece of art – you release it into the world, put out the word on your social channels, hold your breath and…. nothing. Crickets. Tumbleweeds. Then you start looking at other creators or companies enviously, wondering how they manage to get so much traction for their work when yours – which is just as good if not better – struggles to get any attention. You rewind the tape to look for mistakes, but there are no obvious ones. You did everything you were Continue reading "The Part Of Success That Nobody Talks About"

Why Camera Gear Costs What It Costs

In the last couple of weeks, my little brand, 3 Legged Thing, launched a brand new Universal L Bracket, the QR11. For the most part, the response has been overwhelmingly positive. Then, somebody sent me a link to a well-known forum, where a conversation had started about the press release for the QR11. The comments were almost wholly negative with more than one contributor stating “You can buy this from insert website name for $7″ or “I got one from China for $5 and it works just fine.” Fantastic. What you actually did is perpetuate a cycle of
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Bowens: Yes, We’re Dead, and Chinese Brands Killed Us

It’s now official: Bowens is dead. The well-known 94-year-old lighting equipment brand has officially confirmed that it has discontinued operations, and one of the main factors in its demise was the rise of cheaper gear by Chinese manufacturers. “Bowens International Ltd., an English manufacturer of studio flash units, will discontinue its operations,” Calumet Photographic writes in a statement released to PetaPixel, confirming reports that emerged late last week. Bowens and Calumet were both acquired by the European investment firm AURELIUS back in June 2016. Bowens says the decision to close its doors was made due to a few “far-reaching
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3 Ways to Find Clients While You Sleep

Being a great photographer is only one part of turning it in to a full-time job. You’ll also need some business chops, and these 3 tips from photographer Moshe Zusman will give you some ideas on how automate client acquisition. In the 6-minute video above, Zusman discusses 3 vital components to his lead and booking workflow. He begins with explaining how he uses Facebook, Google and Yelp for diversified targeted ads. Zusman says that he actually gets the majority of his clients via Yelp. Next, at 5:12, Zusman talks about his website and how he SquareUp to manage bookings. This
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Want To Photograph a National Park? Airbnb Can Find You Lodging

The US’s national parks offer some of the most spectacular scenery in the world, perfect for the aspiring landscape photographer. The National Park Foundation recently partnered with Airbnb to create a dedicated site for finding accommodation near 10 of America’s parks. The two organisations hope to further the conservation of park resources for future generations by promoting tourism at the national parks. Airbnb has also pledged to donate $50,000 to the National Park Foundation. “We’ve found a powerful partner in our friends at the National Park Foundation, a community, who like ours, believes in the importance of belonging,” said Airbnb’s
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Dear Photography Workshop and Conference Organizers…

Dear photography workshop and conference organizers, we need to have a chat. There is a lot of nonsense going on in the workshop world, and it needs to stop. Taking someone’s money and promising that you can help their business is no joke, and it needs to be taken seriously! Every week we hear a story of yet another workshop filled with damaging business advice, dishonest marketing, or physical safety issues, and with each new story we hear, we start to feel a personal responsibility to say something. To use our voice to try to help put an end to
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RIP: Bowens to Be Liquidated, Report Says

Bowens, the 94-year-old photography brand best known for its lighting equipment, may soon be shuttered. According to a new report, Bowens has reached the end of its road and has gone into liquidation. DIYPhotography reports that an inside source shared news of this liquidation, which was subsequently confirmed by two independent sources. Bowens lighting gear is used by photographers around the world. The brand was born all the way back in 1923 as a London-based camera repair business called the Bowens Camera Service Company. Decades later, the company expanded into lighting gear and eventually grew into one of the
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Nikon Recalls the D750 a Third Time for the Same Shutter Issue

Unfortunate news from the Nikon camp this week: Nikon has issued yet another recall notice for the D750 DSLR, informing owners that the shutter problem first reported in 2014 may still be present in cameras manufactured recently. Back in 2014, D750 owners began reporting that some of their photos had a strange flare issue that caused a noticeable dark shadow band across the tops of photos that contained flare.
After looking into the issue, Nikon began offering free repairs for the problem and started quietly pulling the D750 from store shelves before issuing an official service advisory. That
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