Enthusiasts of bitcoin, the electronic cryptocurrency, have more ways than ever to spend their digital cash. But should professional photographers try to take advantage of the growing popularity of bitcoin and similar systems by accepting it as payment for their work?
A few photographers say so, but first, what is bitcoin and how does it work? Read more…
“Perverts, Photographers and Provocateurs” —Slightly Fruit Cake
Photography is not a crime. Even if you are an old guy with a mullet in a dirty brown coat, old pants and dress shoes with no socks. You can take pictures of any public space and not violate a damn thing. And, no, you don’t have to ask permission of anyone to do so. Even if their kids are incidental to the picture. You only need a release if you are selling the image…
Turfing him out on social media as a possible predator because (and I quote) “If he wasn’t up to no good he would have asked permission” only proves that you are a) ignorant of the law b) have no clue about how street photogs don’t announce themselves because they are after candid shots c) are a paranoid f***.
“Paparazzi! How an unloved profession has shaped us” —The Guardian
The French call them images volées or “stolen images”. They are the paparazzo’s stock-in-trade: a blurred photograph of a celebrity getting out of a car, hands obscuring their face, a famous person playing with their child in a park viewed through a grainy telephoto lens or a nubile young starlet sunbathing on the deck of a private yacht on holiday.
The “stolen” nature of these images — and the associated implication of a predatory force capturing something the subject wishes to keep closely guarded — is explored in a major new exhibition at the Pompidou Centre in Metz in the north-east of France. Paparazzi! Photographers, Stars and Artists seeks to examine the modus operandi of some of the most successful paparazzi photographers of the last 50 years and to unpick the complex reciprocal ties that bind together photographer and subject.
Long before he went to work for Facebook as the social media giant’s liaison to the photo community, photographer Teru Kuwuyama saw social media as a tool for photographers “to eliminate the gatekeepers and the editors, and to be our own operators,” he told a standing-room-only crowd at the Aperture Gallery in New York on Tuesday.
Old media models formed in “an analogue era” no longer exist, but he said many photographers who have been “adaptable” to social platforms are using them to reach and engage audiences.
Paying people to take their portrait has its proponents and opponents, splitting photographers between those who view it as legitimate compensation and those who see it as ethically unsound.
For English photographer Jim Mortram, whose long-term documentary project Small Town Inertia focuses on the lives of people in his local town who have been marginalized by illness and poverty, there is no moral ambiguity when it comes to paying. “I’ve always viewed it as a ruthless shortcut,” he tells me. “Purchasing opportunities instantly makes the heart of an image about money.” … For others these boundaries are not so clear.
So… Apparently Instagram Wedding Photography is a Thing Now —DIY Photography
There I was, at my client’s insistence, to deliver her wedding album. We’d been talking for a bit, when suddenly…
“EXCUSE ME — I DON’T MEANT TO INTERRUPT, BUT…
are you a wedding photographer?” I confirmed that I was — as well as other types of photography — and politely tried getting back to my conversation.
“Me too!” came the excited reply. ”Of course, I’m a more modern kind of wedding photographer.”
“What do you mean by ‘more modern?’” I ask, regretting it even as the words were leaving my mouth.
“Oh — I’m an Instagram wedding photographer.”
Commercial mountain photographer Alexandre Buisse is a natural adventurer. When it comes to rock climbing or going for his major dream client with a cold call, Alex is a brave soul with immense talent to match. His client roster includes Patagonia, Red Bull, Sports Illustrated, Outer Edge Magazine, and many more.
We talked with Alex about his experience cold emailing and calling, what he’s learned about negotiating licensing rights, and his key marketing strategies. He also lays out the three things a budding adventure photographer should do when looking to get work — including the importance of a work/fun balance. Read more…
Nobody Knows Anything: Looking Back at Recent Photo Industry Goof Ups —The Luminous Landscape
The motion picture business is somewhat like venture capital investing. Against all hope, and many hundreds of millions of dollars put at risk, it turns out that each year studios produce mostly mediocre pictures, a few that are real dogs, but fortunately also a very small number that are artistic and / or financial successes.
Why should the camera business be expected to be any different?
Yet, in spite of companies having dozens, even hundreds of very bright product planning, marketing and engineering people on staff, many camera dogs are produced. It’s just the way of the world. “Nobody knows anything…”
Within a few short days, thousands of photographers will descend en masse upon that neon playground known as Las Vegas for WPPI’s annual conference and expo. The conference is held at the MGM Resort, or The Emerald City as I like to call it.
The MGM is located directly across the street from another resort featuring a fake skyline of New York complete with a fake Statue of Liberty. Across from that is a fake castle, down the road one way is a fake Egyptian Pyramid, and down the road the other way is a fake Eiffel Tower and volcano. Can you think of a better place for a photography convention?
Now, first time attendees of the conference can be a little overwhelmed, not just with the fakeness, but with all the things to do while at WPPI. You want to make the most of your time, and with so many options, you need a guide. So, in the interest of assuring that everyone has the best time possible, I’ve compiled my list of “Tips for Photographers Attending WPPI.” Read more…