Posts Tagged ‘photography’

Kickstarter Campaign at the Center of a Controversy Over Stolen Images

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The wildly successful Kickstarter campaign Blackprints is currently at the center of a heated controversy over stolen images that has already involved one copyright dispute. It seems that the campaign’s creator, Sabrina Chun, might have taken to acquiring photos of cars off of the Internet, changing them to black and white minimalist versions, and selling them as part of this campaign. (See Update) Read more…

Do Hashtags Transform a Photo Into More Than Just a Photo?

Mike Rugnetta over on PBS’s Idea Channel asked an interesting question in last Wednesday’s episode: Is a tagged Instagram photo more than just a photo? Or, if you will, do hashtags add something (context, meaning, the ability to connect to a community) to photographs, thereby transforming the photo as we know it into a “different entity?” Read more…

Photographer and Photojournalist Rank at the Bottom of Best and Worst Jobs List

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Back in 2010, we shared some statistics from CareerCast’s annual list of the best and worst jobs, and things weren’t looking good for the photography profession. At the time, “Photographer” ranked 126th of 200 on that list, with “Photojournalist” coming in near the very bottom at 189th. Sadly, in the intervening years since we last shared the info, things haven’t exactly gotten better. Read more…

The Pale Blue Dot: A Portrait of Earth Shot From More Than 4 Billion Miles Away

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Seeing as the Voyager-1 spacecraft has been in the news recently, here’s the story of a very special photograph that it took 23 years ago known as “The Pale Blue Dot”.

In 1990, 13 years after Voyager-1 left Earth on its mission to visit two of the gas giants and their moons of our solar system, Jupiter and Saturn, one last command was sent to the spacecraft as suggested by Carl Sagan who was then part of the Voyager-1‘s imaging team. That instruction was to turn back around and take one last photo of our solar system before continuing on its epic journey away from the Sun and the planets.
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‘Shopped Stills From Action Movies, with Guns Replaced with Thumbs-Ups

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Here’s a lighthearted dose of humor to get you through the workday: Thumbs & Ammo is a humorous new photo blog with a tagline that says, “Real tough guys don’t need guns, they just need a positive, can-do attitude.” Each image in the ongoing blog is a movie still or poster from a famous flick, with the action heroes’ guns replaced with thumbs-ups.
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A Starry Sea of Cameras at the Unveiling of Pope Francis

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Here’s a startling side-by-side comparison of news photos that has begun floating around on the social web. Both photographs show a large crowd gathered to witness the unveiling of a new pope. The top one was what AP photographer Luca Bruno saw in 2005 when Pope Benedict XVI was introduced, while the bottom one is what AP photographer Michael Sohn witnessed yesterday at the election of Pope Francis.
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A Free and Helpful Primer in Photography, Courtesy of the US Navy

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If you’ve been looking for a basic photography course online, here’s something to hold you over until you find the right one for you. This “Photography (Basic)” course was put together by the U.S. Navy in 1993. And thanks to Reddit user clutch70706, you now have access to the full thing in PDF format. Read more…

Photog Captures Time in Stunning Color Pictures Using a Pinhole Camera

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When Matthew Allred isn’t teaching photography to his students at the University of Utah, he’s out creating incredible works of photographic art with the simplest of tools; the pinhole camera.

Allred calls his process ‘Heliography’, a term first coined by pioneering French photographer Joseph-Niépce in 1822 to describe his photographic invention. Allred’s process is not too dissimilar from Niépce in the fact that he constructs his own cameras and even goes as far as formulating his own chemistry for the task.
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The Big Picture Documentary on Iconic Photographer Jay Maisel

Jay Maisel is a photographic legend who is known primarily for two things: his amazing photography, including the shot on the cover of Miles Davis’ Kind of Blue; and the lower Manhattan mansion he bought in 1966 for only $102K (a purchase that has been called “the greatest real estate coup of all time”).

This short documentary tells you a little bit about both. But mostly, it contains phenomenal photography, followed by phenomenal insight, followed by more phenomenal photography. It’s hard not to find everything Maisel says inspiring. (Warning: the video does contain a few curse words). Read more…

Joseph Gordon-Levitt Turns the Lens on Paparazzi Photographers

Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt has become one of the hottest stars in Hollywood in recent years, appearing in a number of major blockbuster movies (e.g. Inception, The Dark Knight Rises, Looper, Lincoln). Back in 2006, as he was still a smaller name in the industry, Gordon-Levitt had a run-in with a couple of paparazzi photographers.

Having a video camera with him, Gordon-Levitt decided to turn the camera lens on the two men to capture a glimpse into the world of celebrity photography. The encounter can be seen in the video above, titled “Pictures of A**holes,” which Gordon-Levitt uploaded to YouTube (Warning: there’s some strong language).
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