charity

Emma Stone & Andrew Garfield Creatively Turn the Paparazzi Into a Force for Good

In the photography hierarchy, the paparazzi are considered by many to be the lowest of the low. Even when they get attacked by less-than-loved celebrities, the reaction from many of our readers is rarely sympathetic. But thanks to some creativity and quick thinking, actor couple Emma Stone and Andrew Garfield have managed to turn the pap into a force for charity.

Photographer Offered Baby for $50, Raises $50K to Fight Human Trafficking

What would you do if you were photographing people in Bulgaria, there as a volunteer for an anti-human trafficking nonprofit no less, and you were offered a baby for $50.

The interaction seems outright absurd, perhaps even unbelievable, to those of us who have never experienced such a thing first hand, but that's what happened to Seattle-based photographer Tanner Wendell Stewart in 2012. It was the moment that would forever alter his life.

Bidding War Helps Hasselblad Sell 2 Lunar Cameras for $54K at Charity Auction

Still think there's no market for overpriced Hasselblad Sony clones? This might change your mind. Thanks to a heated bidding war at the Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance exotic car festival, two ... we'll call them generous... generous gentlemen paid $54,500 for two Hasselblad Lunar cameras that would normally run $14,000 retail.

Out with the Old: Three Ways You Can Put Your Old and Extra Gear to Good Use

The holidays are a great time for gift giving, which also normally means they're a time for cleaning out closets and camera bags. Every year, I find myself needing to get rid of old stuff that has been replaced; or dealing with the thoughtful but odd and/or useless gifts given to me by well-meaning family and friends.

But what to do with that redundant lens or knitted camera cozy? The simplest answer is to return or re-sell it, but sometimes there's no gift receipt to be found or the gizmo in question is too beaten up to be sold for any real value. Fortunately, there's plenty of ways to find a use for your used gear.

Musician’s Scathing Letter Offers One Way to Respond to Requests for Free Work

A strongly worded letter has gotten a surprising amount of attention in photograpy circles recently.

It was written by UK musician Whitey (aka. NJ White) in response to a TV producer who requested to use his work for free, and it's gotten popular because, even though it was written by a musician, photographers really seem to love Whitey's no BS response to a request many of them are familiar with.

Pictures of Hope: Using Photography to Give Hope to Children in Need

Photography can be a wonderful source of growth, healing and hope. Programs like this one at the VA in Palo Alto have helped PTSD-afflicted veterans cope with their condition, while the EYE AM program was trying to have children tell their stories on an international level.

EYE AM never raised the funding it needed, but another program devoted to helping children through photography has been going strong for a couple of years now, making a difference for children in need all over the United States. This program is called Pictures of Hope.

Photographer Helping ‘Girl Power Project’ Equip the Future Leaders of Uganda

The United Nations has said that educating women is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty around the globe. Having taken that statement to heart, The Girl Power Project -- a collaboration between by The Collective Heart and Unstoppable Foundation -- is committed to empowering the girls of Uganda and putting a stop to generations of poverty, disease, abuse and illiteracy.

In order to achieve this goal they must spread the word, and photographer Margot Duane believes she can help.

Teaching Kids in Developing Countries to Tell Their Stories Through Photography

Sara Hansson and Jens Lennartsson feel that the media at large has painted an unfair and inaccurate picture of children in developing countries. And so, they've founded an organization that seeks to undo this wrong in a unique way.

The organization is called EYE AM, and through it, Hansson and Lennartsson hope to reach out to the children in these countries, teach them the basics of photography, and then help them to tell their own stories.

CEO Chooses Wildlife Photography and Philanthropy Over Retirement

Over the course of his 40+ year business career, Brian Hampton took the lead as CEO of 5 successful companies. Through it all, however, he had a passion for photography that never waned. And so, now that he's retired from the business world and has time to spend pursuing that passion, he's turned what was once a hobby into an incredibly successful wildlife photography career -- as long as you don't equate making money with success.