Spanish creative agency Lola recently started a moving 3D printer project titled Touchable Memories. The goal: to let those who are blind or nearly blind ‘see’ some of their most cherished photographs once more.
PDN recently did some investigation into the state of photo blogs that feature photographers. Some of the big news companies pay quite handsomely, while other big sites offer career-boosting exposure instead of money.
The New York Times Lens blog, one of the most prestigious photo blogs, was among the first to publish slideshows of projects, and interview and write about photographers. It pays $350 per slideshow. Other sites with cache among photographers include The New Yorker Photo Booth (which pays $250), CNN Photos ($600), and TIME Lightbox ($750).
Update: It looks like the original download links are now defunct. They appear to be redirecting visitors to a deal a day website. Apologies.
After officially ending its run last year, the PDF photography magazine PhotographyBB has reopened its archives by popular demand. Created and edited by Dave Seeram, PhotographyBB published over 50 editions over the course of its four-year existence, and now you can download every single one of them for free. Read more…
Renowned photography cooperative Magnum Photos has announced that they are currently working with Carnival Films — the same group that created the hit show Downton Abbey — on a television drama series that depicts the lives and work of the photographers who started the cooperative back in 1947. Read more…
Paul Meeks, a senior analyst with Saturna Capital, questions how big the demand for the 360-degree camera will be. He’s skeptical that the technology will be user-friendly enough for most consumers. For example, there’s a variety of ways in which to view 360-degree footage, making the format far more robust than a single-framed shot that automatically fits nicely into a YouTube or Facebook video upload.
Usage and Pricing of Photography in Social Media —A Photo Editor
Ever wonder what photographers out there are charging companies for social media usage?
There are some photographers who have positioned themselves to work on social media campaigns. I interviewed one photographer who has been asked to do many social media only campaigns and the fees have a huge disparity because of different client budgets. On the high end, they got around $8,000 for 6 shots in 1 day of shooting. On the low end was $650 for one image/unlimited usage.
Amazon will reportedly be opening up its first brick-and-mortar location at a location in New York City in time for this holiday season, expanding from the online-only business it currently does through its website.
Front facing cameras on smartphones have traditionally been dwarfed by the camera on the back. After all, you’re supposed to take “serious” photos with the rear camera, and the front one is mainly used for things like video conferencing, right?
Well, the emergence of “selfie culture” is changing the game. As more and more people snap and share self-portraits using their front cameras, phones are evolving to meet this need. HTC’s new Desire Eye is one such phone: it features the world’s most powerful front-facing camera.
Update: Canon tells us that “The ‘Director’ spot bears no relation to the individual profiled in this story,” and that it is “a completely fictional character.”
Canon’s big “See Impossible” marketing push has received quite a bit of mockery from the creative community, as people hoped for more from the hyped-up countdown than an ad campaign and a couple of inspirational videos.
There’s also a new development that hurts Canon’s efforts even more: it turns out that one of the two people featured by Canon didn’t actually shoot with Canon, and he’s calling the company out on it.