Man Finds DJI Customer Data Exposed, Gets Threat and Rejects $30K Bounty

Security researcher Kevin Finisterre recently found a flaw that exposed private customer data of the Chinese drone company DJI to the public. After reporting the bug to DJI’s bug bounty program, Finisterre received pushback and a legal threat. So instead of collecting his $30,000 bounty, Finisterre is now going public with his findings (and experience). Ars Technica reports that DJI developers had left private keys for the company’s web domains and cloud storage accounts within source code hosted on GitHub. Using the keys, Finisterre discovered that he was able to access private data uploaded by DJI customers — not
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St. Louis Police Ordered to Reaffirm Journalist Rights Once a Month

The St. Louis police department has just made a big move in support of photographer and journalist rights: police officers are now being ordered to read and acknowledge the rights of journalists once a month. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole made the announcement this week after a number of photojournalists and reporters were arrested in September and October. The journalists were covering protests sparked by former police officer Jason Stockley being found not guilty of murder for his 2011 fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith. Getty photographer Scott Olson was arrested on September 17th
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Fujifilm: Polaroid Demanding Millions Per Year for White Border on Instax

Fujifilm has filed a legal complaint in the US, accusing Polaroid of turning against the company and demanding millions of dollars in royalty payments per year for the use of its white borders on its new Instax Square instant film. Polaroid is allegedly threatening Fujifilm with a trademark lawsuit if it doesn’t comply. World IP Review reports that Fujifilm filed the complaint on Monday in the the US District Court for the Southern District of New York. Fujifilm says PLR IP, the brand licensor and marketer for Polaroid instant cameras, sent it a letter back in January after Fujifilm unveiled
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Hasselblad Launches Its Own ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ Service

Hasselblad has just launched its own in-house ‘Rent a Hasselblad‘ service, allowing photographers to shoot with the brand’s medium-format cameras for much, much less than the thousands it costs to actually own it. The service has been designed to make life a little easier for those on the fence about investing in a Hasselblad camera kit. By being able to rent the camera and accompanying lenses for a shoot, Hasselblad is offering users a chance to “try before they buy” at “reasonable rates.” Should you rent a camera and then decide you wish to purchase one (provided it
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Photo of Android Gets a Top Prize in Prestigious Portrait Contest

One of the world’s prestigious international portrait photography competitions has sparked a conversation about the nature of portrait photography after it awarded a top prize to a photo that doesn’t even show an actual human being: the portrait is of an android. The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in the UK calls itself “the leading international photographic portrait competition” and says its mission is “celebrating and promoting the very best in contemporary portrait photography.” This year’s winners were selected from 5,717 entries and were just announced this week. First place (and the £15,000 prize)
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Get Un-stuck And Make Real Money

In speaking with people all over the world, I’ve found hearing other people’s struggles is a fascinating way to helping ourselves breakthrough. This week’s episode is my keynote from CreativeLive’s PhotoWeek. On stage, I sit down with four brave volunteers to discuss some of their biggest pain points, fears, and blind spots blocking us from living, and working toward our dreams. In this episode, I talk about: Defining your dream. Many creatives haven’t defined what they actually want. If you don’t know what you want it will be hard for you to get it. Understanding your why. When the going Continue reading "Get Un-stuck And Make Real Money"

Kodak’s Ektachrome Reboot is on Track Despite $46M Loss and 425 Layoffs

Earlier this year in January, Kodak announced it was bringing back its popular Ektachrome film. After a period of silence and recent news that the company is laying off 425 employees after losing $46 million, there’s now some good news: Ektachrome’s return is still on track. Kodak published a 40-minute update from its film factory on the current status of its Ektachrome reboot work, and things sound quite positive.
“The process is coming along really well,” Kodak says. “We’ve been busy testing and making sure it meets all the expectations that exist in this passionate community.” Kodak is
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Photographer Apologizes for Editing Actress’ Hair Out of Cover Photo

A photographer is publicly apologizing this week after actress Lupita Nyong’o took to social media to complain that her hair had been edited out of a cover photo on the women’s magazine Grazia. Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress who won an Oscar for her role in the film 12 Years a Slave. The controversy started when Nyong’o saw her cover photo on Grazia and noticed that a large portion of her hair had been edited out and smoothed to make it appear that she had short hair. She then posted messages to her social media accounts complaining about the editing.
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Rock Legend Brian May Slams Photog for Protecting Her Copyright

Queen lead guitarist Brian May is lashing out at a photographer after she reported his copyright infringement to Instagram and got his account temporarily disabled. In an Instagram post yesterday, May shared a screenshot of the Copyright Violation notice sent to him by Instagram after a photographer named Barbara Kremer reported that May had published one of her photos of him without permission.
The copyright infringement notice Instagram sent Brian May.
May says that he’s “usually very careful to credit anyone whose photos” he posts, but he “must have forgotten” in this particular case. He takes exception to the
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The Olympus Accounting Scandal is Being Made Into a TV Series

In 2011, Olympus was rocked by a financial scandal after it fired its British CEO who had raised questions about over $1 billion in questionable “acquisitions” between 2006 and 2008. As the truth was uncovered, seven Olympus officials were arrested for fraud and the former CEO settled a lawsuit for $15.5 million. Now the famous camera brand’s scandal is being made into a TV series. The Telegraph reports that CEO-turned-whistleblower Michael Woodford has signed an international TV deal to tell the story of his role in Olympus’ downfall.
Olympus stock plummeted in October 2011 when CEO Michael Woodford was
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NYTimes Photog Tweets Blank Photo to Protest White House Pool Blackout

The photojournalists traveling in the White House Travel Pool aren’t happy with how much access (or lack thereof) they’re being given at an economic conference being attended by President Trump in Vietnam, and one photographer has taken to Twitter to protest… by publishing a black box as a “photo.” “This what our APEC Summit photo coverage looks today in Da Nang Vietnam,” writes New York Times photojournalist Doug Mills in the Tweet. “Blank. No coverage by the White House Travel Pool photographers traveling with [Trump].”

This Website Tracks the Market Value of Used Camera Gear

Want to quickly find out the current market value of a used camera or lens? Bokeh Market is a new website that can tell you the real-time value of used equipment. It’s like the Kelley Blue Book of camera gear. The front page features a search bar. Type in whatever piece of equipment you’d like to look up to bring up its product page. The product page features the products specs, a daily price chart that spans about a year, average prices for individual sellers and trusted sellers, and ongoing listings for the product through various marketplaces (e.g. eBay,
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Ryan Holiday: How to Create Work That Lasts

Ryan Holiday is an author and media strategist. His career in marketing started at age 19, where he dropped out of college to work with Robert Green. He soon found his way as the director of marketing for American Apparel, then went on to start his own creative agency, Brass Check, who advises the likes of Google, Tim Ferriss, and Tony Robbins. He’s quite the writer, making the New York Times bestseller list with multiple of the 6 books he’s released in the last 5 years. Ryan is a master marketer and what you’ll find at the core of his Continue reading "Ryan Holiday: How to Create Work That Lasts"

Fashion Photographer Goes Dark After Accusations of Sexual Misconduct

Montreal-based fashion photographer Anthony Turano has deleted his large online presence after a number of models publicly accused him of sexual assault and harassment. Le Journal de Montréal reports that at least five women have gone on record with the paper with stories about Turano’s behavior, and at least one of them has filed a complaint with law enforcement. “In text and Facebook messages that we were able to consult, models were implicitly but insistently offered sex in exchange for photos,” Le Journal writes. “After agreeing on a photo shoot date, the photographer refused to actually work with these models
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Nikon to Shutter Its Sales in Brazil

A week after announcing the closure of its camera factory in China due to the rise of smartphone cameras, Nikon has just announced that it’s shuttering its sales operations in Brazil. In an announcement on its Brazilian website, Nikon says it will end the sale of cameras, lenses, and accessories for the Brazilian market, something that was being done exclusively through the Nikon Store website. The e-commerce operations will be ending on December 31st, 2017. “Nikon Corporation is optimizing R&D, Sales and Manufacturing structures in a global scale restructuring,” Nikon Brazil president Auster Nascimento writes. Nikon Brazil says it
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Samsung Mocks the iPhone in New Ad

Samsung just released this 1-minute commercial for the Galaxy Smartphone. Titled “Growing Up,” it directly mocks the Apple iPhone and its history of competing with the Samsung Galaxy. In the ad, Samsung suggests that its devices have always been a step ahead of Apple’s when it comes to things like screen size, storage space, weatherproofing, and more. Taking a page from Google’s Photos ads, Samsung highlights the pain iPhone photographers with smaller storage spaces feel when the “Storage Full” warning pops up when trying to shoot photos.
The ad also shows a guy and girl falling into a lake
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Iconic Italian Town of Positano Imposes $1,100+ Photo Permit Fee

If you planning on visiting and photographing the picturesque seaside town of Positano in Italy, here’s something you need to know: the famous village has just introduced a hefty €1,000 (~$1,162) “tax” for commercial photography. The Times reports that Positano mayor Michele De Lucia has announced the €1,000 permit fee for commercial photos as well as a €2,000 (~$2,324) fee for commercial videos. If you thought Laguna Beach’s $100+ photo permit was steep, Positano’s permit costs about 10 times as much. Photographers who wish to shoot commercially in Positano will have to apply for the permit at least 30
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