Editorial

 

Why Unsplash is Hurting Photographers

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Launched back in 2013, Unsplash is a site which posts ten handpicked photos every ten days and these photos are absolutely free. By “free” I don’t mean “free to download” — they’re free to use everywhere and in any way you want. Commercially and whatnot.

Which is a great thing, right? Finally, a place with photos hip enough to use on a lifestyle blog or design agency’s website. I’ve seen hundreds of sites using them, including ecommerce. I’ve also seen them used in magazines, on T-shirts, in books and as prints. People are now earning money from unattributed Unsplash photos — everyone, it seems, but the photographers who took them.
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Transforming Ordinary Office Employees into Super Athletes Without Photoshop Trickery

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They may look like fitness models, but they aren’t.

They’re everyday people — office workers, programmers and mothers who took the chance to try something they had never done before.
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10 Photography Resolutions for the New Year

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I love New Year’s. Halloween, Christmas and National Cat Day (obviously) are high on my list too, but New Year’s holds a special weight for me. It’s the resolutions that I’m so addicted to.

I love making them. I love hearing them. The idea of a clean slate, filled in with good intentions and exciting possibilities just makes me bubble with anticipation. Yes, I realize I sound like a delirious 12-year old, but my entire personality is a bit like a delirious 12-year old…plus the New Year is here and I’m all sorts of giddy!
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The Magic of Trading, or: How I Got a $2,100 Canon 85mm f/1.2L II for Just $145

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I got a $2,100 Canon 85mm f/1.2L for $145 earlier this year. To be honest, it was more like $145 plus a couple trips to Starbucks, but it was still a great adventure… and the secret to how I get most of my gear with what little budget I’ve got.

Here’s how I did it: trading.
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These Are the Photographs That Took My Freedom, and This is the Story of How It Happened

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My name is Abe Van Dyke. I am a photojournalist who was arrested by the Milwaukee County Sheriffs department for being on Interstate 43 photographing protestors on 12/19/14 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is my story.
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How to Harness Your Fear to Become a More Confident Street Photographer

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Street photography is one of the most difficult forms of photography out there. Not only do you have to rapidly compose, frame, and approach strangers, but you have to do so with the risk of “injury.” They might injure you verbally (threaten to break your camera, give you a dirty look and call you a creep, or curse at you) or they might injure you physically (try to grab your camera, hit you, shove you, etc).
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Columnist: Prince Harry Photographing Africans with Fujifilm X100 is ‘Arrogant’ and ‘Colonial’

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Guardian columnist Jonathan Jones is a master of sparking controversy in the world of photography. As you might remember, he’s the guy who keeps arguing that photography is not art… a year after calling it “the art of our time.”

His latest target is the above photograph showing Prince Harry shooting with a Fujifilm X100 during a trip to Lesotho in Africa. Jones argues that it’s “as arrogant as any colonial portrait.”
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Character, Style, and Mood in Photos

Thoughts on the importance of three photographic elements.

Dec 19, 2014 · Peter Maynard

This Just In: Peter Lik’s Record-Breaking Photo Sale May Constitute Torture

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(Newswire, December 13th, Las Vegas) — A group of leading photographers, curators, and general taste arbiters has determined that Peter Lik’s sale of a photograph may constitute torture under the Geneva conventions.

The photograph in question, an open edition of a mundane Southwestern landscape, sold recently for $6.5 million, the largest figure for a photograph in history.
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Artist Jeff Frost Inches Past Recently Set World Record for Most Expensive Photograph Ever Sold

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Multimedia artist Jeff Frost sold his major masterwork, “Standing in the Circle” in photograph form to a collector for 6.5 million dollars and ten cents last week, exceeding by one single dime the previous world record of 6.5 million recently set by Peter Lik Photography.
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