David Becker

Articles by David Becker

Tyler Shields Allegedly Refused Kardashian Cover Shoot for Vogue

Have intellectual property theft, cratering wages and general unfairness left you feeling a little down on the photography business?

Then here's a little restorative tonic: A well-known, in-demand shooter refuses a celebrity cover shoot for Vogue just because he doesn't like the particular celebrity. Who happens to be Kim Kardashian, fiancée of photographer-basher Kanye West and a major cultural annoyance in her own right. Come back to Mama and Daddy, faith in humanity!

Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue to Include ‘Unapologetic’ Barbie Poses

Guys, you may want to be extra careful about where you read your copy of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue this year. It will contain a double-helping of grist for feminist outrage this time around, as Barbie, that icon of feminine pulchritude and academic rigor ("Math class is tough. Let's go shopping!") struts her stuff alongside the human models.

The $28K Ralph Gibson Leica Monochrom Sold Out in 5 Minutes

A lot of people might have thought Leica had staked out enough of a challenge convincing people to pay $8,000 for a digital camera that only shoots black-and-white.

Never one to shy away from a luxury marketing opportunity, however, the German camera maker briefly offered the opportunity to pay an extra $20,000 for a limited-edition version of the M-Monochrom... an opportunity people jumped at.

Pro Photographer on Craigslist: Why Don’t You Work for Free?

You don't exactly have to be telepathic to know where this Boston-area photographer is coming from. He/she was probably checking over his accounts receivable, wondering how he was going to make it to the next gig, when some clueless would-be entrepreneur contacted him with a fabulous opportunity to do head shots of his entire staff in return for exposure and goodwill, aka bupkis.

Rumor: Sony Set to Unveil Faster APS-C Camera Next Week

If recent rumors are to be trusted, Sony is getting ready to continue its assault on all ends of the mirrorless market with the announcement next week of a successor to the mid-line NEX-6 and NEX-7 models -- among other potential announcements.

Microsoft’s 20-Gigapixel Seattle Panorama is Packed Full of Fun Artistic Surprises

There's no rule against having a little fun while proving a technological point, even if you're Microsoft.

So when the software giant's research arm wanted to flex some image-editing muscle by creating a 20-gigapixel panorama of Seattle, they decided to bring local artists into the picture (literally) and encourage them to do creative stuff while the camera was clicking away.

Apple Wins Patents for Removable-Lens iPhone Designs

For those intrigued by the notion of add-on lenses for smartphones but put off by the bulky design, Apple offers hope with a couple of recently patented designs for swapping camera components on an iPhone without turning it into an unwieldy monster.