After the Instagram Terms of Service controversy erupted this past week, Randall Munroe of XKCD published the comic above that offers his take on what’s going on (pardon the language). Here’s the explain xkcd explanation:
In December 2012, Instagram changed their terms of service (ToS), allowing the network to sell user-uploaded images, without profit to the content generators. This infuriated many users, who closed their accounts or stopped uploading images. Craigslist is a website for the US and Canada where individuals can contact others interested in buying or selling goods.
The title text notes two flaws in the logic of disgruntled Instagram users. You cannot accuse Instagram of stealing because it was you who gave them the images in the first place. And it is irresponsible to assume that this will not happen if you give your photos to another social networking company.
The title text, which appears if you hover your mouse over the comic, reads: “I’m gonna call the cops and get Chad arrested for theft, then move all my stuff to the house across the street. Hopefully the owners there are more responsible.”
Here’s a humorous What The Duck comic that perfectly captures the general public’s perception of photography. Soon photographers will be paying clients to make pictures.
Randall Munroe over at XKCD posted this fascinating comic today that demonstrates some of the peculiarities of human vision. Roll up a piece of paper to set your eyes the correct distance from the screen, and then observe how they perceive things like detail, color, polarization, and more. Click the image above for the large version.
Visual Field by XKCD (via Boing Boing)
Here’s a wonderful cartoon drawn by John T. McCutcheon back in 1912 that’s just as true today as it was back then. It’s a great explanation for why the “vintage film” look offered by the likes of Instagram has become so popular.
(via @CenturyAgoToday via Laughing Squid)
There comes a point where your obsession with photography becomes a problem for those around you.
Car Problems by XKCD (via Gizmodo)
Here’s the proper way to respond whenever you’re asked what your photo resolutions are for 2012.
(via What the Duck)
Here’s a comic strip titled “Photography Job Interview” by Endless Origami.
This is the kinda stuff I’m talking about, and this, and this. And it’s all taken with this little nifty program that makes everyones photos feel artsy.
Last year photojournalist Damon Winter used Hipstamatic while covering the war in Afghanistan and subsequently had his photos published on the front page of the New York Times. David Guttenfelder, Teru Kuwayama and Balazs Gardi are three other photojournalists who have used iPhone filter apps to document the war.
This is what happens to your photography when you grow in both Photoshop skills and laziness.
Fall Foliage [xkcd]
P.S. Someone should start an xkcd-style webcomic geared towards people who love photography. That would be awesome.
Twaggies are fun little comics based on unique Tweets found on Twitter. The above is Twaggie #217, based on this Tweet by @mollymcnearney:
I bet every porta potty dreams of someday being a photo booth.
You can even have this design printed on a t-shirt through their online shop.
(via Laughing Squid)