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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Photographer Wins $20,000 Prize for ‘Photo’ of Scratches and Spit

A top portrait photo contest in Australia has sparked an outcry this week after awarding its $20,000 top prize to a “photo” of scratches and spit. Artist Justine Varga was awarded the 2017 Olive Cotton Award with her “portrait” of her grandmother titled Maternal Line. Varga created the “photo” by handing a piece of large format film to her grandmother and asking her to scribble on it with a pen and then spit on it to leave saliva trails.
Maternal Line by Justine Varga, winner of the $20,000 2017 Olive Cotton Award
Here’s Varga’s artist statement that goes with the
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There’s a Sony a7S II on the Outside of the ISS Capturing Earth in 4K

The Sony a7S II has become the first commercial camera to be mounted on the outside of the International Space Station. Sony today released footage from the camera, which is currently whizzing around the Earth at 7.66 km/s (~4.76 miles per second). It features the Japanese islands, with footage taking both during the day and at night showing majestic snow-covered peaks and metropolitan lights.
The largely unmodified camera was taken up to the ISS on December 9th, 2016, and was later installed in its position on February 8th, 2017.
The camera enclosure with an opening for the lens.
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Beware This New Free Drone Scam on Instagram

Beware. There’s a new scam on Instagram that preys on people who would like a free camera drone. I was messaged by a scam account, and here’s how it works. The account that messaged me was @birdviewdrones. There are several other accounts with a similar name along the lines of name.birdviewdrones with similar profile names. Almost none of them even have pictures of said drone on their profile. The account will message you saying you with the following text:
Hi [Username]! Congratulations, you are selected for our 3 week beta testing round. To participate and claim FREE drone, open
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Adobe To Kill Off Flash in 2020: Is Your Photo Website Ready?

Flash is soon to be on the chopping block. The once ubiquitous and now much-maligned software from Adobe will officially be end-of-lifed at the end of 2020. Flash was once a favorite tool to display photographer’s image galleries due to its flexibility and elegance when compared to plain old HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. But any photographers still clinging to their old Flash galleries should take heed: flash is heading toward its demise. If you haven’t transitioned to more modern web technologies despite most browsers ditching Flash by default, now is the time. Open standards such as HTML5, WebGL and
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GoPro’s New QuikStories Feature Will Quietly Auto-Edit Your Footage

GoPro today launched a new QuikStories feature to its Quik app, which uses your phone to edit your GoPro footage in the background before spitting out a ready-to-share video.
The Quik app is not new — it was bought and rebranded in early 2016 by GoPro. But the previous incarnation required users to open the GoPro app, manually select all of the footage, import it, open the Quik app, then splice them together into a video. The new addition of QuikStories aims to simplify the process by automating the importing and editing of footage on a smartphone. “While we had
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Nikon D850 Could Be First DSLR with a Hybrid Viewfinder, Rumor Says

The first photos of the upcoming Nikon D850 leaked yesterday, and quite a few features and specs were gleaned from them. But there’s one speculation that could be huge if true: some think the D850 might soon be the first ever DSLR that has a hybrid viewfinder with OVF and EVF. After seeing the press photos leaked by Nikon Rumors, a Flickr user named anankephi observed that there appears to be an unusual switch on the redesigned (and unusual looking) top of the DSLR near the diopter, possibly for toggling the viewfinder between EVF and OVF: What’s more,
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20 Finalist Photos from the World’s Largest Photo Contest

The EyeEm Photography Awards has just announced 100 finalists for this year’s competition. This year, it received over 590,000 entries from over 88,000 photographers based around the world. That’s 3 times more than the Sony World Photography Awards, making it the world’s largest photo contest. The EyeEm Photography Awards is now in its 4th year, with judges coming together to select winners from 5 categories: The Architect, The Great Outdoors, The Photojournalist, The Portraitist, and The Street Photographer. Here are 20 of the finalist photos, although you can see the full 100 images on the EyeEm website. Winners
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Photographer’s Copyright Suit Against Richard Prince’s ‘Instagram Art’ To Go Ahead

In 2014, controversial artist Richard Prince had an exhibit of reappropriated Instagram images at the Gagosian Gallery in NYC, selling the prints for up to $100k each. He sought no permission for the Instagram images used, which led to photographer Donald Graham suing for copyright infringement. A judge has now ruled the suit can proceed. In a gallery exhibition titled “New Portraits,” Prince displayed 38 portraits featuring other people’s photos that he had selected from his Instagram feeds. Some of these pieces sold for up to $100,000, despite being little more than enlarged Instagram screenshots. One of these 38 photos
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Cameras in the Bins: TSA Implementing New Airport Screening Procedures Affecting Photographers

Cameras in the Bins: TSA Implementing New Airport Screening Procedures Affecting Photographers In an effort to improve the security of airline passengers and the nation’s airports, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is implementing new, stronger screening procedures for carry-on items that require travelers to place all electronics larger than a cell phone in bins for X-ray screening in standard lanes. These changes could affect photographers traveling with equipment on board by potentially requiring each camera body, some hard drives, speedlights, tablets, audio recorders, and other common electronic equipment to be removed from cases and placed separately in bins for X-ray, slowing the screening process. [ Read More ]

Capitol Hill Police Forced Journalists to Delete Protest Photos, Reports Say

Capitol Hill police officers in D.C. are being accused of violating the First Amendment after reports emerged that journalists were forced to delete photos and videos of protests at the Senate. The Daily Dot reports that protesters stood in the hallway outside of the Senate chamber yesterday to voice their opposition to ongoing efforts to kill the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. In response to loud shouts of “kill the bill, don’t kill us!” and “shame!” directed at lawmakers, the sergeant at arms present made the decision to “restore order in the chamber.” Protesters
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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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Marshall Electronics Lipstick camera at IBC 2017

Marshall Electronics Lipstick camera debuts at IBC The 2nd generation CV225 IP67 Lipstick Camera offers the ability to capture improved Full-HD video in a versatile, durable and discrete package similar to the original CV200. Able to capture, according to Marshall Electronics, “stunning Full-HD video”, the new CV225 IP67 Lipstick Camera results of Marshall working closely with professional video and systems integrators to improve the popular 1st generation CV200 Lipstick Camera. The 2nd generation CV225 IP67 Lipstick Camera incorporates those improvements to offer greater image clarity, enriched true colors, enhanced low light performance and the added ability to remotely adjust without reliance on screen display (OSD) menus. The
Marshall Electronics Lipstick camera debuts at IBC
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AJA delivers HELO v1.1 firmware

AJA delivers HELO v1.1 firmware AJA Video Systems v1.1 firmware for HELO, now available, streamlines live streaming, encoding and recording content. HELO is AJA’s affordable and flexible new H.264 streaming and recording stand-alone appliance. HELO brings both SDI and HDMI I/O into a single appliance with the ability to simultaneously stream out to your Content Delivery Network (CDN) as well as encode and record l H.264 files to either SD, SDHC or SDXC cards, USB storage or NIFS or CIFS mounted network based storage simultaneously. HELO is available through AJA’s worldwide reseller network for $1295. The firmware update now made available extends Continue reading "AJA delivers HELO v1.1 firmware"

Nikon D850 Photos Leaked: There’s a Tilt Screen and Illuminated Buttons

The first photos of the upcoming Nikon D850 have leaked onto the Internet. This sneak peek comes one day after Nikon confirmed and teased the new full-frame DSLR, which the 100-year-old camera company promises will “exceed expectations.” After the announcement yesterday, Nikon showed a partial look at the new camera through a “Coming Soon” teaser distributed as part of marketing in Europe. Today, Nikon Rumors got its hands on the first set of leaked press photos. The first photo shows the front of the camera with a lens attached. It appears that Nikon has removed the built-in flash
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This Rodeo Photographer Has Survived Two Insane Bull Hits

Norm Betts is one tough photographer. The photojournalist has spent over a decade shooting rodeos inside the arena during actual competition, and he has had at least two bone-shattering encounters with charging bulls. Both hits were caught on camera. CBC News reports that his latest brush with death occurred earlier this month at the Kitchener-Woolwich Ultimate Rodeo Tour. During a split second in which Betts wasn’t watching the bull, the animal charged and rammed Betts at full speed, sending Betts and his DSLR kit flying across the arena. The incident was captured at around 30 seconds in this video:
After
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