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Graph: How the Mirrorless Camera Industry in Japan Changed in 2014

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Want to see how the mirrorless camera war is going over in Japan? Here’s a simple graph that will illuminate the situation. It was published recently by tech industry research company BCN, and shows how market share changed in Japan over the course of 2014.
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Crowdsourced Instagram Photos of Snowstorm Land on the Front Page of the New York Times

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Yesterday’s front page of the New York Times featured a story about the snow that has been falling on the Northeastern United States. Accompanying the article and dominating a large portion of the page were 9 Instagram photos of the snow as snapped by Times readers.

Poytner points out that this appears to have been the first time the New York Times published audience-submitted photographs on the front page of its printed newspaper.
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Sony World Photography Awards Adds a Smartphone Category for 2015

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Another sign of the times: the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards has announced that they will be launching an entirely new award today dedicated to mobile photography. Organizers say that the new award recognizes “how mobile photography has helped redefine the way in which photographers approach their art.”
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Sports Illustrated Lays Off All Remaining Staff Photographers

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Sports Illustrated has laid off the last of its staff photographers. All six remaining photographers at the magazine were laid off yesterday due to economic circumstances and company restructuring.
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Chinese Couples Flocking to South Korea for $4,000 TV Set Engagement Photos

China’s CCTV is reporting that more and more couples in Asia are flocking to South Korea in order to have their engagement photos captured on the sets of Korean drama TV shows. These shoots can cost upwards of $4,000 — at least four times more than the shoots would cost in other countries.
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Dreamstime Selected as a Stock Photo Provider for Google Ads, Photogs Grumble

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Stock photo service Dreamstime announced today that it has been selected as a “beta provider of stock photos for Google display ads.” Through the agreement, Dreamstime contributors are initially paid roughly $2 per image for use in Google’s ad network. Some photographers aren’t too happy about the terms of the new arrangement.
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Hunter S. Thompson on the Problem of Focusing Too Much on the Technicals of Photography

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Back in February 1962, well-known journalist (and hobbyist photographer) Hunter S. Thompson sent a letter to Pop Photo magazine about the value of “snapshooting” and not focusing too much on gear and the technical aspects of photography. His thoughts show that the landscape of the photo world half a century ago may not have been too different from what we see today.
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external Professional Photographers Challenge $100 Fee to Shoot in Fairfax County Parks —Washington Post

It’s not an easy life for many professional photographers in the Washington region. A recent survey of 346 local portrait photographers found that more than 55 percent of them make less than $30,000 a year. And now, a group of photographers is pushing back against the Fairfax County Park Authority’s demand for $100 every time they shoot in a public park.

 
Jan 19, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

Marriott Hotels Offers Guests Complimentary GoPro Cameras to Use During Vacations

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Getting a free camera to use probably isn’t a perk you look for when booking a vacation hotel, but that’s what Marriott Hotels has begun to offer at a number of their locations. 17 of the chains hotels are now offering guests a complimentary GoPro HERO4 to use during their stay.
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Shutterstock Acquires UK Photo Agency Rex Features for $33 Million

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Stock photography giant Shutterstock announced today that it has agreed to acquire the UK-based press photo agency Rex Features for $33 million in a mostly cash deal.
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