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Citizen Photojournalism Game Shows That Framing Shots Differently Changes the Story

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More so than ever before, it’s regular citizens with camera phones who are breaking the news… or in some cases shaping the news. And it’s this topic, hot on the heels of the protests in Ferguson, MO, that developer Nicky Case decided to tackle in a powerfully simple game. Read more…

Portraits of Eight Beautiful Celebrities Morphed into a ‘Perfect’ Composite

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Photoshop and other image manipulation software has become an interesting tool in the quest to define ‘beauty.’ Often used to sculpt and create false beauty, it’s also been used by people like Esther Honig to illustrate how our definitions of beauty change based on culture.

Another project by animator Marius Vibe that is currently making the rounds seeks to answer a different question: If you combined portraits of eight of the most beautiful women in the world (at least according to Maxim) into a single composite, would that composite be even more beautiful than any of the individual parts? Read more…

external Will Tiny GoPro Cameras Replace Your Obnoxious Phone at Concerts? —Mashable

It’s rare to find someone at a concert who will keep their smartphone buried in their pockets or purses for the entirety of the show, seeing as we’re essentially Generation Hold Your Camera Phone Up At Concerts Instead of Paying Full Attention.

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To avoid pissing off people, some tech-savvy patrons at the Made in America festival are using tiny GoPro cameras, which have grown in popularity over the past few years.

 
Aug 31, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

external I was taking pictures of my daughters. A stranger thought I was exploiting them. —The Washington Post

Totally engaged with the scene in front of me, I jumped when a man came up beside me and said to my daughters: “I would be remiss if I didn’t ask if you were okay.”

At first none of us understood what he was talking about. His polite tone and tourist attire of shorts, polo shirt and baseball cap threw us off. It took me a moment to figure out what he meant, but then it hit me: He thought I might be exploiting the girls, taking questionable photos for one of those “Exotic Beauties Want to Meet You!” Web sites or something just as unseemly.

 
Aug 31, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · 4 Comments »

Photographer Couple Captures Their ALS Ice Bucket Challenge in Tintype

When photographer Mark Dawson and his girlfriend photographer Kari Wehrs were challenged to the popular ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, they decided to go old-school. In addition to donating — that is, after all, the real point of all this — they set up an old tintype camera and captured the entire thing 1850s style. Read more…

external How the Selfie Stick Is Killing the Selfie Read more: See How the Selfie Stick is Killing the Selfie —TIME

The “selfie stick”—a small, articulated monopod designed for cell phone-wielding photographers—is, by all accounts, more popular than ever. “[Just last month], I’ve seen several around midtown Manhattan, including inside Grand Central Terminal and outside the main branch of the New York Public Library,” says Henry Posner, the director of corporate communications at the popular B&H Photo retail chain.

 
Aug 29, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · 2 Comments »

external Photographs That Make a Difference —NY Times

Bob Adelman has devoted his photographic career to making pictures that make a difference. Now, he will have a photographer in residence role at the Library of Congress.

 
Aug 28, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

external Race Seen Through Viewfinders —NY Times

To describe Thomas Allen Harris’s “Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People” as a history of African-American photography would be accurate but incomplete. Inspired by the book “Reflections in Black” (2000), Deborah Willis’s groundbreaking and thorough excavation of a vital and neglected photographic tradition, Mr. Harris’s film is a family memoir, a tribute to unsung artists and a lyrical, at times heartbroken, meditation on imagery and identity.

 
Aug 27, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

P. Diddy Becomes Latest Rap Star to Post a Photographer’s Image Without Credit or Permission

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First it was Ludacris, who decided to convey the impression that he was on a beach by stealing and posting a photographer’s beautiful sunset photo on his Instagram account. Now, it seems famed rapper Shawn “Diddy” Combs is following in his copyright infringement footsteps. Read more…

external Brands Will Define Pro Photography For The Next Decade —Melcher System

As generations shift, the millenniums, who consume ( and produce) more social media pictures than editorial ones, will expect no less than brands using the same visual language they do. And brands will turn to pros and non- pros photographers to execute. And because they will never run out of money, brands will get to define what photography is, how it is consumed and who gets to make a living from it. In fact, they are already.

 
Aug 22, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »