Most stock photography websites and agencies work the same way: photographers upload their work, set prices, and let clients browse for what it is they’re looking for. If the client wants a photo of a family on the beach, they’d better hope someone came through. And on the other end, the photographer has to hope that they’re putting work out there that people will actually want to use.
Advertising creatives Cassandra Nguyen and Grazina Snipas’ new website PicoImages does away with that model, replacing it with more of a “stock photography to order” sort of system. Read more…
Buying and selling used photography gear usually involves either driving to your local camera shop or hunting down the right product on website such as eBay or (if you’re really brave) Craigslist. But Australian photographers just got a different, photography centered option thrown their way.
Dubbed Digital Camera Exchange, the new website gives photo enthusiasts a place to sell their gear to others in much the same way they would on big auction sites such as eBay. Read more…
The advent of smartphone photography and the drop in price of entry-level SLRs have, together, introduced many people to the wonderful world of photography. Ourspot, a new marketplace for buying and selling photographic talent, is targeted at this growing population of enthusiasts and amateurs. Read more…
In 1997, the Minneapolis College of Art and Design held an art sale to give student and alumni artists an opportunity to offer their creations to art collectors. They offered around 1,000 pieces by 86 different artists, including prints by photographers. Since then, the MCAD Art Sale has exploded in popularity.
This year the organizers are hoping to sell thousands of artworks by hundreds of artists at a rate of 7 pieces per minute. The sales will add to the $1,875,000 that has been paid out to artists through the sales over the years.
Want to turn your room into giant camera obscura? Photographer Justin Quinnell (whose work we featured back in June) has created a Camera Obscura Kit that makes the conversion easy. Each kit contains a projection lens, a mount template, velcro tape, a projection sheet, and a handheld screen. They cost £25 apiece over on Quinnell’s website.
Camera Obscura Kit (via phototuts+)
Here’s a geeky shirt that’s relevant to photography: today’s Woot shirt of the day is titled “Everything is Golden“, and features the golden ratio! It’s available until the end of the day for $10 with free shipping.
Everything is Golden [Woot]
Zoom creep is what happens when gravity causes your lens to zoom in or out due to it being pointed up or down. While it’s not really an issue when you’re shooting hand-held, it can cause problems if you’re trying to keep the zoom fixed while the camera’s on a tripod. A trick to combat this is to use rubber bands to keep the zoom ring still, but now there’s a fancier solution to this problem: the Lens Band. It’s a gel bracelet-style band that’s wrapped around the zoom ring when not needed. When you want to freeze the zoom, simply slide half of the band over the lens body.
They’re available in a variety of colors and sizes to fit most lenses, and cost $5 each from the Lens Band website.
Lens Band (via Pixiq)
Poladarium is a cool tear-off calendar that’s great for Polaroid enthusiasts looking for daily inspiration:
Every day this calendar reveals a new Polaroid photo, each with its own little story. In this way, you will discover little jewels from both well-known photographers and newcomers throughout the whole year. On the front of each calendar page there is a Polaroid, on the back there is a short description of the background to the photo and information about the photographer.
You can buy one here for €24.90, or about $34.
Poladarium 2012 (via Design You Trust via DesignTAXI)
Remember that super realistic Leica M3 paper pinhole camera we featured back in June? You can now print and make your own! Photographer Matt Nicholson has created a 10-page PDF with the printable template and detailed instructions, and is selling it for £1.50 (~$2.5) in his online store.
The Lie-ca M3 Pinhole Camera (via Photoxels)
Last week we featured Shopobot, a new website that can show you the price history of camera gear and tell you whether it’s stable or not. Decide is a new service (just launched yesterday) that goes a step further — it not only tells you whether to buy or not based on price stability, but checks to see whether there’s a newer model available or likely to be announced in the near future. The service bases each decision on 40 price factors, historical trends, and relevant rumors regarding upcoming announcements. With a new camera being announced every 45 hours on average, Decide might just help you avoid the pain of buyers remorse.
Decide (via Mashable)
Update: A reader reports that the retailer AJRichard (which reportedly does bait and switch scams) is listed on Decide. Be smart when choosing where to purchase from! (Thanks Ryan!)