Do Photojournalism Contests Glamorize Pain and Suffering?

In a break from the past, World Press Photo (WPP) released the short list of finalists in advance of naming the winners to their annual contest – arguably the most prestigious in all of photojournalism. The photos are remarkable for their composition, exposure, and intimacy. But judging by the subject matter one might surmise that we’re living in a hellish dystopia, or that the jury believes pain and suffering is the most valid form of photojournalism. A more nuanced look at all the finalists reveals a broader range of subject matter, but that doesn’t alter the fact that the Photo
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Fujifilm X-H1: A Disappointing Release

Fujifilm X-H1: A Disappointing Release Fujifilm has recently announced the X-H1, a larger APS-C mirrorless camera that leans more towards the video crowd. Although this camera is definitely an interesting one, I can't help but feel a little disappointed with the features. [ Read More ]

Do Photojournalism Contests Glamorize Pain and Suffering?

Ronaldo Schemidt/Agence France-Presse In a break from the past, World Press Photo (WPP) released the short list of finalists in advance of naming the winners to their annual contest – arguably the most prestigious in all of photojournalism. The photos are remarkable for their composition, exposure and intimacy. But judging by the subject matter one might… The post Do Photojournalism Contests Glamorize Pain and Suffering? appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Silence at the White House

Silence at the White House Will breakthrough camera technology affect the entire atmosphere of press conferences? This White House photographer for the New York Times predicts big changes coming in just a year or two. [ Read More ]

Journalism Institute Diminishes Importance of Photojournalism

Journalism Institute Diminishes Importance of Photojournalism The Poynter Institute bills itself as a global leader in journalism. For decades, journalists have turned to the Florida-based organization's workshops, resources, and staff to learn about and advance journalism. For a time, that seemed to include the visuals side as well, but if a recent article and the furor around it is any indication, it looks like photojournalists are no longer welcome to the party. It's a sad development to see unfold, and it's not a good look for the storied journalism institution. [ Read More ]

Did this Photographer ‘Try’ to Get the Shot, or Did He Nail It?

Vanity Fair contributor Joanna Robinson raised the ire of photographers with this tweet regarding an image taken of figure skater Adam Rippon by Getty Images photographer Dean Mouhtaropoulos. Robinson later clarified her position as a misinterpretation, but putting the nuance of language aside, how successful is this image?

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Even Peter Lik Says His Art Is Not Worth the Money

Even Peter Lik Says His Art Is Not Worth the Money “It’s like a Mercedes-Benz. You drive it off the lot, it loses half its value," says artist Peter Lik, describing his own work. This brutal article from the New York Times examines the extraordinary amounts of money that people continue to spend on Lik's work and how he has created his own speculative — and lucrative — economy. [ Read More ]

Don’t Go Trendy with Film: Learn Photography Faster with Digital

Are you setting out on your journey of discovery in the wonderful world of photography? Are you wondering whether to go for digital or follow the fad for film? Are you intending to invest in some gear but don’t want to waste your hard earned cash on kit that doesn’t help you to progress? Here’s some advice from a photographer who has seen both sides extensively. Yep, I’m that old. I spent 30 years with film cameras, a short time using both in the infancy of digital, then the last 11 years using digital moving from bridge cameras, through DSLR
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Did Dean Mouhtaropoulos “Try” to Get the Shot? (Or Did He Nail This Image of Adam Rippon)

Vanity Fair contributor Joanna Robinson raised the ire of photographers with this tweet regarding an image taken of figure skater Adam Rippon by Getty Images photographer Dean Mouhtaropoulos: Bless this Getty photographer for trying to capture a whirling Rippon. pic.twitter.com/Dnwvq4AE7P — Joanna Robinson (@jowrotethis) February 12, 2018 Robinson later clarified her position as a misinterpretation,… The post Did Dean Mouhtaropoulos “Try” to Get the Shot? (Or Did He Nail This Image of Adam Rippon) appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

Why I’m Choosing to Continue Using Sony Cameras

Why I'm Choosing to Continue Using Sony Cameras I went through some situations over the past four months that was making me question if I chose the right company in Sony. After hours of research and really weighing the pros and cons of all the big name companies, I chose to stick with them. In this video, I’ll give you my five reasons why. [ Read More ]

How the “Global Leader” in Journalism Fails Photographers by Promoting Free Photos

Put aside the intellectual laziness of using an interview format for a expository piece on how to illustrate the news, but this Poynter piece entitled “These Tools Will Help You Find the Right Images for Your Stories” is garbage. In their About page, Poytner describes the organization as a “thought leader” with a special focus… The post How the “Global Leader” in Journalism Fails Photographers by Promoting Free Photos appeared first on PhotoShelter Blog.

The Truth of How I Hired My Last Model For a Major Ad Campaign

The Truth of How I Hired My Last Model For a Major Ad Campaign You book a commercial job and the client wants a beautiful face to grace their next ad. The client relies on you, the photographer to help with the process of hiring the model. The crew you hire rely on you to select the right candidate for their needs. That's great, right? Get the most radiant face, possibly the one with the highest social media numbers for that extra bump and you're set! Is that how it works? [ Read More ]

Improving Your Photography Quickly Breaks Down to Deliberate Time Management

Improving Your Photography Quickly Breaks Down to Deliberate Time Management It's no secret that we all have to start somewhere. Usually, that place is not very good. At the very least we all start out in the “room for improvement” category. Assuming that progressing with our work and improving our images, style, brand, knowledge, and skill set is the goal, how to we go about getting better at a quicker-than-a-snail pace? The answer is straight forward, but requires deliberate action. Intelligent investment of time and money is the fastest way to get improve quickly. [ Read More ]