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Build an Agency-Worthy Portfolio

Wed July 7, 2010

If you are thinking of going pro, getting an agency to represent you and help you get jobs may be a wise move. Frederic Wiggins shares his “My Journey to Build an Agency-Worthy Portfolio” and how to build a portfolio worthy of agency representation within a year.

Read the article at: Black Star Rising.


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The Economist Gets Caught Altering Cover News Photo

Wed July 7, 2010

When will editors learn their lessons: do not, under any circumstances, alter news photos!!!

The latest casualty of digital manipulation is the otherwise esteemed British news magazine, The Economist, which in its June 19 edition brazenly altered “for the sake of design” a photo of President Obama visiting an affected Louisiana beach. Where the original photo by Larry Downing of Reuters shows the President bending down to listen to a local representative, Charlotte Randolph, the photoshopped version seems to depict a dejected and depressed Obama with his head down.

I say, blame Photoshop and its Content-Aware Fill feature! 😉

Read the article and view the photos at: PDN.


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Green Screens: Free Film Event on the Environment

Tue July 6, 2010

If you are interested in the environment, Green Screens will entertain and inform you for free at NFB cinema, Toronto, Ontario, on Wednesday, July 7, 7 pm.

For more info, please check out www.sweetloveable.com


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The Changing Landscape of Pro Photography

Tue July 6, 2010

With affordable DSLRs that can now capture images that previously required pro cameras to do so, professional photographers face a changing market in which amateur photographers are systematically encroaching into. The latter offer their images at a fraction of the cost without worrying about regulations.

A nationwide survey organised by the British Photographic Council highlights these challenges from amateur photographers, and also fingers out copyright infringers and overzealous police officers as additional worries for pro photographers.

Read the full article and survey results at: BJP.


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Successful Travel Photography

Tue July 6, 2010

Travel and food photographer Kathryn Wagner shares five tips for successfully shooting a travel assignment.

[ via Black Star Rising ]


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Contest Rules Continue To Grab Photographers’ Rights

Sat July 3, 2010

We all love contests and participating in one is a way to test our photography skills — and perhaps win a prize! But, beware because you may be losing the rights to your pictures just by entering the contest, whether you win a prize or not. This is not because companies want to steal your rights (though some shady ones do), but their lawyers are simply too lazy to word the rules properly. What do you have to look for? The following series of articles by Carolyn E. Wright, photo attorney, shed light on this issue:


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Derek Jeter Sports Illustrated Cover Whiteboards

Sat July 3, 2010

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How To: Mixed Light Interior Shot

Fri July 2, 2010

How do you light up three separate rooms (Living, Dining and Kitchen) in one shot where there is bright natural light streaming into the Dining Room and an almost fully shadowed area in the hallway behind the fireplace in the Living Room, with overhead incandescent lamps and dark floors? Simple. Rudy Lopez explains his setup and equipment (Nikon D300, Sigma 12-24mm, Two SB-800 Speedlights, Tripod, and small tripod for slave).

Read the tutorial at: Rudy Lopez.


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Rules for Digital Alteration

Mon June 28, 2010

In his article at Black Star Rising, David Saxe gives “My Eight Simple Rules for Digital Image Alteration.”

It’s a great article and well worth a read.

For me, #4 and #5 are the most controversial. I struggle with these. Not to say that photographers who do them are wrong, it’s just me.

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The [Slow] Pace Of Innovation

Mon June 28, 2010

Digital cameras have come a long way, and fast! It seems only yesterday we heard of Kodak’s 1MP digicam that cost as much as a high-end DSLR costs today. We’ve certainly made progress by leaps and bounds.

So, it is not strange when we look ahead and predict the future for digital cameras, as these two authors did:

We would all love for these wishes to come true — and one day they probably will. But how long are we talking about here? Next year? 2 years from now? How about 5 years? Certainly not more than 10?

Well, I don’t know the answer, but consider this:

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Nikon Postpones Mirrorless DSLRs

Mon June 28, 2010

From the Q & A of Conference for the Medium Term Management Plan in 2010 (posted June 18), it seems that Nikon considered and then decided not to pursue at this time mirrorless interchangeable lens (“MIL”?) cameras, also dubbed as “new-generation digital cameras.”

Q: What can you tell us about the new-generation digital cameras?
A: Although we considered a variety of so-called mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras for the digital SLR camera market, we discern the appropriate timing for the launch of our new-generation digital cameras based on the direction of the market demand.

Yet on the very next question about what he intends to accomplish, the Imaging Company President answers, “to create differentiated products that are appropriate for Nikon and to live up to the expectations of Nikon enthusiasts around the world.”

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Last Set of G20 Photos

Mon June 28, 2010

Here are the last set of G20 photos. The protesters have probably done less to raise awareness about the deep issues discussed behind closed doors at the G20 than to regale us with photos about senseless violence.

The second picture on the Sacremento Bee is quite telling: the new arsenal for protesters seem to now be the digital SLR camera.


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