external Photography Buff Thrives in the Capital of Cameras —The Japan Times


A great article about our buddy Bellamy Hunt of Japan Camera Hunter, whose camera hunting business is thriving in the midst of a new film photography boom.

Bellamy Hunt’s name is part of his business: Japan Camera Hunter, a one-man enterprise supporting film photo buffs around Asia and the world. His work mainly involves hunting down vintage cameras, whether an elusive early model Nikon or a classic Leica […] Hunt’s business has grown quickly in the last 2½ years, and he hopes to soon create a physical space where he can bring together like-minded photographers in Tokyo […]

“Demand is getting stronger at the moment, as people are rebelling against technology becoming overly complex or overly demanding. People want to step back and savor the process, and shooting with film thus becomes more of an artistic creative medium,” he said.

Feb 28, 2015 · Via · Permalink · Comment

external Adobe Saved Photoshop By Ditching Boxes for the Cloud —Quartz


The move [to a subscription model], successfully executed, has set Adobe—one of the world’s largest software companies—up for the current industry realities […] David Hobby, prominent photo blogger at Strobist, called it “the biggest money grab in the history of software.”

But glancing at Adobe’s quarterly reports, it’s apparent users have adjusted. At the end of fiscal year 2014, Adobe reported $1.7 billion in annualized recurring revenue for Creative Cloud, a 70% increase from 2013. About two-thirds of the company’s fourth-quarter revenue was from recurring sources, up from 44% a year prior. Adobe’s share price has nearly doubled over the past two years.

Feb 26, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Photography: Telling Art from Fraud —AFP

“There is no sense in expecting a photograph to be a mirror image of reality,” says [Roger] Cozien. “Reality is not the same for the frog who perceives only movement, or for a dog who sees in black and white. A photograph will only ever be the vector for a story, for a reality described by the photographer.”

A black and white image, taken with a flash or a long-focus lens, is obviously not an accurate reflection of reality. But that doesn’t mean it’s a fraud. “No one is born with a 400 mm telephoto lens for eyes,” sums up Eric Baradat. The same applies to the use of zooms, multiple exposures, slow shutter speeds or panning […]

Feb 26, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Prediction: The Age of the Standalone Still Camera is Coming to and End for all but Pros —Vincent Laforet

The technological trends and shift towards digital and now smartphones that are connected to the web, are undeniably the most important factors at play here: we’re all gotten used to having a $300-$900 mini computer on us at ALL times, and you can’t compete with a tool that is glued to your end-user… no camera company can compete with that, and they simply haven’t even tried to put editing/social media software into their cameras, which is a potentially devastating oversight long term.

And here is why it’s relevant to professional photographers. Long story short: most companies are going to stop catering to the professional high end market.

Feb 25, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Photoshop at 25: A Thriving Chameleon Adapts to an Instagram World —NYTimes

Adobe now has 3.5 million subscribers to its Creative Cloud suite of apps (which includes Photoshop), and it expects to have nearly six million by the end of this year. Annual revenue generated by those subscriptions will approach $3 billion. It’s on track to beat the record $3.4 billion that Adobe made from selling boxed software in 2011.

There are risks, of course. Low-end photo editing apps are becoming popular — fast. Adobe may not be reacting quickly enough to them.

Feb 18, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Newsrooms Facing Mental Health Challenges Due to Graphic Content —Poynter

Bruce Shapiro…says the traumatic impact of viewing disturbing footage is something that newsrooms must address. War correspondents aren’t the only journalists at high risk for post traumatic stress disorder, he explained.

“It’s emerging as a newly significant issue,” Shapiro said. “There’s a flood of very graphic footage – the likes of which we’ve never seen before – coupled with the competition for clicks and eyeballs and increasing speed of journalism…”

“There’s an association with handling a flood of graphic imagery and the risk for PTSD, we all know that,” said Shapiro…“What’s new is that the flood is constant.”

Feb 17, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Debating the Rules and Ethics of Digital Photojournalism —NYTimes

A number of photographers weigh in after a large number of images were disqualified from this year’s World Press Photo competition.

After independent experts examined the images being considered for prizes in the final rounds, and presented their findings to the jury, 20 percent of the photos were disqualified by the judges. This was often because of significant addition or subtraction to the image content.

These disqualifications — almost three times more than in last year’s competition — have generated discussion about the standards in photojournalism for post processing and the alteration of images. Understandably, there is concern over the degree of manipulation in widely published images.

Feb 17, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external When SpaceX Takes Photos on a NASA Mission, Copyright Law Explodes —Motherboard

Most every photo you’ve ever seen of space—at least the ones taken in space, have been yours. You’re either a taxpayer, or someone in the United States is a taxpayer for you. But now, with private companies flying missions to space seemingly every other week, it’s time to wonder: Who owns SpaceX’s photos?

Feb 15, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external ‘The Northern Lights are a Myth': Does the Camera Lie? —The Independent

The colours in aurora photos are real but exaggerated by camera exposures: the shutter opens; light accumulates on the electronic sensor, rendering pale and faint subjects bold and vivid.

All tour operators to the frozen north will tell you that bookings for aurora hunting have boomed in recent years, and I’d wager that increase is directly proportional to the proliferation of digital cameras. More people are taking and sharing photos, and the “myth” perpetuates.

Feb 06, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

external Head-On Collision: Photography Legends Test Drive Google Glass —Spiegel Online

Google Glass / Bruce Gilden / RundgangRenowned street photographers Elliot Erwitt and Bruce Gilden ditch their Leicas for a day and hit the streets wearing Google Glass. Their test drive with the recently discontinued Glass Explorer version proved to be a clash between old masters and modern technology.

Jan 31, 2015 · Permalink · Comment