Articles Written by David Becker

Tyler Shields Allegedly Refused Kardashian Cover Shoot for Vogue

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Have intellectual property theft, cratering wages and general unfairness left you feeling a little down on the photography business?

Then here’s a little restorative tonic: A well-known, in-demand shooter refuses a celebrity cover shoot for Vogue just because he doesn’t like the particular celebrity. Who happens to be Kim Kardashian, fiancée of photographer-basher Kanye West and a major cultural annoyance in her own right. Come back to Mama and Daddy, faith in humanity! Read more…

500px Updates Its iPad/iPhone App to Allow Mobile Uploads

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Does every image need to be post-processed to a fare-thee-well? Photo-sharing site 500px thinks not, as evidenced by a recent update of its iOS app that finally allows for uploading via mobile device. Read more…

Lightroom Plugin Analyzes Your Metadata, Offers Insights on Your Shooting Style

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You may be stuck in a photographic rut and not even know it. To the rescue comes Lightroom Analytics, a free plugin for Adobe’s Lightroom management/editing package that analyses the metadata in your library to spot trends. Read more…

Getty and ‘Lean In’ Author are Empowering Women Through Stock Photography

Among the many forces holding women back in our world — poverty, reductive religious attitudes, lousy child care, etc. — you may now add another tool of oppression: stock photography. Read more…

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to Include ‘Unapologetic’ Barbie Poses

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Guys, you may want to be extra careful about where you read your copy of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue this year. It will contain a double-helping of grist for feminist outrage this time around, as Barbie, that icon of feminine pulchritude and academic rigor (“Math class is tough. Let’s go shopping!”) struts her stuff alongside the human models. Read more…

Latest Intelligence on Rumored Canon EOS 7D Successor Suggests Modest Upgrades

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A lot of what you think you know about the successor to Canon’s midline EOS 7D might turn out to be wrong. And this information is coming from, of all places, competitor Panasonic. Read more…

The $28K Ralph Gibson Leica Monochrom Sold Out in 5 Minutes

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A lot of people might have thought Leica had staked out enough of a challenge convincing people to pay $8,000 for a digital camera that only shoots black-and-white.

Never one to shy away from a luxury marketing opportunity, however, the German camera maker briefly offered the opportunity to pay an extra $20,000 for a limited-edition version of the M-Monochrom… an opportunity people jumped at. Read more…

Pro Photographer on Craigslist: Why Don’t You Work for Free?

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You don’t exactly have to be telepathic to know where this Boston-area photographer is coming from. He/she was probably checking over his accounts receivable, wondering how he was going to make it to the next gig, when some clueless would-be entrepreneur contacted him with a fabulous opportunity to do head shots of his entire staff in return for exposure and goodwill, aka bupkis. Read more…

Rumor: Sony Set to Unveil Faster APS-C Camera Next Week

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If recent rumors are to be trusted, Sony is getting ready to continue its assault on all ends of the mirrorless market with the announcement next week of a successor to the mid-line NEX-6 and NEX-7 models — among other potential announcements. Read more…

DxOMark Rates Zeiss 55mm FE for Sony A7/A7R as Best Autofocus Lens Ever

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Camera weenies can argue until they drop about subjective qualities like bokeh yumminess or ergonomics. For the folks who like to stick with numbers, however, there’s software maker and testing titan DxOMark, which recently declared the Zeiss 55mm FE the best autofocus lens it’s ever tested. Read more…