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Should Photographers Care About 4K?

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If you had to summarize this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas in one word, it would probably be “4K.”

The NAB (Which stands for National Association of Broadcasters) Show is the world’s largest Electronic Media show, and deals largely in video. But, this year, at least one of the announcements had interesting implications for the still photography market. Read more…

These Pictures Are Not For You

On a photojournalist's duty to clearly, accurately and respectfully report tragedy

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Innovate or Die: What Camera Companies Could Learn from a Vacuum Manufacturer

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In a short appearance earlier today in Japan, inventor and Dyson founder Sir James Dyson dropped a line that is worthy of its own headline and should be forwarded to every head honcho at every camera company in the world. According to Engadget, he said, “A company that doesn’t double its R&D team every two years, I think, is in trouble.” Read more…

external “Teaching The Camera To See My Skin: Navigating Photography’s Inherited Bias Against Dark Skin” —BuzzFeed Ideas

I just couldn’t understand how the camera could get us so wrong.

Photography is balancing an equation between light and documentary. Beauty and storytelling. Honesty and fantasy. The frame says how the photographer sees you. I couldn’t help but feel that what that photographer saw was so wildly different from how I saw myself.

Is that how you see me? Could you not see blackness? Its varying tones and textures? And do you see all of us that way?

 
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external “When the World Turned Its Back: James Nachtwey’s Reflections on the Rwandan Genocide” —TIME LightBox

In 1994 TIME photographer James Nachtwey witnessed the devastating effects of the Rwandan genocide. On the 17-year anniversary, the photographer looks back on the tragedy.

 
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external Last Bohemian Turns Out the Lights, Bids the Lower East Side Farewell —The New York Times

“There’s nothing left for me here,” said Mr. Patterson, who, at 65, is still a physical presence, with his biker’s beard, Santa Claus belly and mouth of gold teeth. “The energy is gone. My community is gone. I’m getting out. But the sad fact is: I didn’t really leave the Lower East Side. It left me.”

 
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external “On Manufactured Opportunities” —Strobist

Every day I try to spend as much time walking as my schedule will allow. Ideally, I just head off into the woods and shoot for at least ten miles a day. I don’t always hit that goal, but even on a bad day I’ll get most of it.

That’s because long walks invariably pay for the time they cost in many ways—health, mental well-being, increased fitness and—maybe most important—a steady stream of ideas.

Of those ideas, there is one type that constantly proves itself to be the most valuable to me as a photographer. And that is the concept of the manufactured opportunity.

 
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7 Photos that Every Photographer Takes

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There are a few photos that every photographer takes in their lifetime. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you came from, you’ve taken these photos or will take them one day in the future. They’re mostly tired shots we’re all probably best avoiding, yet none of us can. Even having read this, someday you’ll catch yourself mid click, snapping off one of these photos.

Yes, much like the proverbial photographic flame to our poor, moth-like eyeballs, these photos have an allure we can’t deny. No matter how self-aware or disciplined we are, we’ll forever be incapable of escaping the seven photos every photographer takes. Read more…

external “In Photography, Cool Rules” —NY Times Lens Blog

Cool is, in short, a story about America, full of contradictions and unresolved riddles, a mask that often reveals more than the face beneath it… [and] it is now on display at the museum’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, in a parade of images that say a lot about how the nation sees itself when it pretends everybody is looking.

 
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