May 6th, 2016

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

Mark Dries | Flickr

Mark Dries | Flickr

“Reading without reflecting is like eating without digesting.”
Edmund Burke


The Polaroids of a Cowboy PoetWashington Post

I’m Calling It: Social Networking Is Over Computerworld

Iwo Jima Photo Questioned Again By Photographer’s SonNY Times

Why Filmmaking Is Now a Game of Drones London Evening Standard

4 Trends Shaping Wedding Photography Right NowRF

Creating Value Around Women ArtistsThe Art Newspaper

Netflix vs. Vimeo vs. YouTube, et. al.: Where Will Your Video Thrive? PDN

Origins of a Viral PhotoThe Proof

Digital Storytelling Meets Humanitarian Crisis Univision

No, You Can’t Have My Unedited PhotosMedium

Is GoPro the Next Flip Camera?The Verge



Bonus weekend video!

Enjoy 100 years of (mostly) American cinema in 100 iconic cuts.


May 5th, 2016

Introducing ExoLens® with Optics by ZEISS (Sponsored)

ZEISS, one of the world’s leading companies in the fields of optics and optoelectronics, and the Fellowes’ ExoLens® brand, an American innovator in mobile photography accessories, announced their collaboration in the design and development of three accessory lenses for mobile phones – wide-angle, telephoto and macro.

Zeiss Lens family

The wide-angle and telephoto lenses offer excellent image performance with outstanding edge-to-edge contrast.  Dramatic perspectives, exceptional angles or portraits in which the main subject is to be clearly isolated from the background are the specialties of these lenses.


The macro lens enables unparalleled close-up photography with a mobile phone camera and is the only accessory lens to offer a continuous zoom function.  An optionally attachable, semi-transparent diffuser allows light to shine evenly on the object being photographed and enables convenient focusing, even with a short object distance and shallow depth of field.


The ExoLens® with Optics by ZEISS lenses are characterized by leading-edge design featuring smooth surfaces made of black anodized aluminum with laser engraved labeling. This is a systematic continuation of the distinctive, innovative product design that typifies current families of ZEISS camera lenses.  The new lenses can be used on the Apple® iPhone® 6, 6s, 6 Plus, 6s Plus with customized mounting brackets.

For more information, please visit

May 4th, 2016

Suzy Lake Wins $50k Scotiabank 2016 Photography Award

Suzy Lake, Forever Young, 2000

Forever Young, 2000. Photos © Suzy Lake.

Suzy Lake has been named as the winner of the sixth annual Scotiabank Photography Award and has been awarded a $50,000 cash prize. The award also includes a solo exhibition at the Ryerson Image Center in 2017 and a book of her work to be published by Steidl.

Lake’s work explores performative, feminist and self-identification themes and, “her influence has spread throughout several generations of artists, both nationally and internationally,” said Edward Burtynsky, chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award jury, in a prepared statement announcing her nomination for the prize.

The Extended Goodbye. Photo © Suzy Lake.

The Extended Goodbye. Photo © Suzy Lake.

The two other finalists, Pascal Grandmaison and Jayce Salloum, will receive cash prizes of $10,000 each.

The jurors for this years’ awards were Nova Scotia College of Art & Design professor Robert Bean, deputy director of the Canadian Cultural Centre Catherine Bédard, and Robert Enright, a professor of art at University of Guelph, Ontario.

The award is meant to honor the work of contemporary Canadian photographers and provide support to a mid to late career artist. Previous winners include Angela Grauerholz, Mark Ruwedel, Stan Douglas, Arnaud Maggs and Lynne Cohen.

Related Links:

Mark Ruwedel Wins 2014 Scotiabank Photography Award

Edward Burtynsky Establishes Photo Book Grant with Prize Money

April 29th, 2016

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

Jens Schott Knudsen | Flickr

Jens Schott Knudsen | Flickr

“The problem with a life spent reading is you know too much.” ― Josh Lanyon


The Revolution in Film FestivalsStephen Follows

Lean Photography: A Manifesto Eric Kim

The Outdated Model Hurting Independent FilmNew Yorker

When Science and Photography CollideSlate

As Money Flows to Online Video, Content Makers Hold SwayBuzzFeed

The Life of Book Cover PhotographerCreatives Go!

10 Nat Geo Photos That Explain Earth to AliensProof

The Frustrated MP Who Invented PhotographySpectator

Don’t Play with Your Food, Unless You Shoot It RF

5 Groundbreaking Ways to Tell Your Story in VRNo Film School

I Want My Instagram in Black & WhiteThe Verge

The Challenge Facing Documentary Mini-SeriesIndieWire


Bonus Weekend Audio

Learning how to create an independent film around your limited budget.


April 28th, 2016

Bassam Khabieh Wins Robert Capa Gold Medal for Syria Coverage

The body of a dead man is seen next to blood stains at a field hospital, after what activists said were air and missile strikes, in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria December 13, 2015. Douma in Syria, an area controlled by rebels fighting to topple President Bashar al-Assad, has been shelled continuously for the past three years. The injured are taken to basements and shelters transformed into field hospitals run by medical staff who have stayed in the battered neighborhood of Damascus.

The body of a dead man is seen next to blood stains at a field hospital, after what activists said were air and missile strikes, in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria December 13, 2015. © Bassam Khabieh / Reuters

At an event this evening in New York City, The Overseas Press Club of America (OPC) will award the 2015 Robert Capa Gold Medal for photography to Reuters photographer Bassam Khabieh for his coverage of the Syrian civil war, the organization has announced. The award is given for “photographic reporting from abroad requiring exceptional courage and enterprise.” In grisly images that depict dead and injured men, and wounded children, in a makeshift field hospital in Damascus, Khabieh’s images show the brutal reality of the war in Syria, now in its fifth year.

The Overseas Press Club statement about the story, “Field Hospital Damascus,” notes the danger of living and working in Syria as a journalist. A Syria native who left an information technology career to photograph the war, Khabieh began working for Reuters in 2013. “Further setting this entry apart from the others was the courage and enterprise required not only to cover but live day in and day out in one of the most hostile and unpredictable environments on the planet,” the OPC said in a statement. More than 100 journalists have been killed in Syria since the start of the civil war in March, 2011.

Stephen Dupont will receive The Olivier Rebbot Award, which honors “photographic reporting from abroad in magazines or books,” for Generation AK: The Afghanistan Wars, 1993-2012 (Steidl, 2015).

The John Faber Award, which recognizes “reporting from abroad in newspapers or news services,” will go to Mauricio Lima, Sergey Ponomarev, Tyler Hicks and Daniel Etter for their coverage of the migrant crisis for The New York Times. The photographers recently won a Breaking News Photography Pulitzer Prize for the same work.

Another New York Times-published story, Daniel Berehulak’s “High in the Himalayas, A Search After the Nepal Earthquake Yields Grim Results,” will receive The Feature Photography Award for “photography published in any medium on an international theme.”

The OPC will livestream the awards event here beginning at 7:30 EST.

Marcus Bleasdale Wins 2014 Robert Capa Gold Medal
Tyler Hicks Wins Robert Capa Gold Medal Award

April 27th, 2016

National Gallery’s Use of Prince Portrait Infringes Copyright, Photog Claims

Photographer Lynn Goldsmith’s studio says the Smithsonian Institution violated copyright of her 1993 portrait of Prince last week by distributing the image to the media without permission. The musician died April 21, and the following day, the Smithsonian displayed a print of Goldsmith’s photograph at the National Portrait Gallery’s In Memoriam space. The museum notified the media that the portrait could be “photographed or filmed in the museum.” It also made a digital copy of the image available to the media for download on the Smithsonian website.

EPA, AP, AFP and Getty distributed images and/or video of the portrait hanging in the gallery. Various news organizations published the wire service photos and video, but a search of Google images turned up few online copies of the downloadable image.

Rachel Simon, who is the license director for Goldsmith’s studio, says the national gallery violated copyright by allowing others to photograph Goldsmith’s image, and by distributing it as a download. The studio sent a cease and desist notice, and by April 26, the Smithsonian had stopped making the image available as a download. Now the two parties are in discussions about damages.

“We feel financial restitution is necessary to resolve [this], for as you can imagine, that image cannot be licensed for any fee ever again as it has been released WORLDWIDE for free in some cases,” Simon told PDN via email.

Simon said she had spoken with Smithsonian attorney Lauryn Guttenplan about the matter, adding that Guttenplan “did not seem to think this was an infringement or that any damage was caused to the value of the work!”

Guttenplan referred PDN’s request for an interview to Smithsonian spokesperson Linda St. Thomas, who said, “There are discussions going on between the photographer and her representative and the Portrait Gallery director so we have nothing to report right now.”

Simon did not specify the amount of restitution that Goldsmith is seeking, but said, “one would hope that the Museum which honors the contributions of artists would want to resolve [this] amicably.”

Simon says the Prince portrait displayed by the museum was originally sold to collector (and record producer) Jimmy Iovine, who donated it to the Smithsonian. The print was sold to Iovine with the written stipulation that Goldsmith retained copyright, and that the print could not be “published, copied, televised, digitized, or reproduce in any form whatsoever.” The terms of the sale also stated the the print “is intended solely and exclusively for your personal viewing enjoyment.”

[Correction: an earlier version of this story stated that Goldsmith has brought her attorney into the matter. Her studio says that is not the case. We regret the error.]

April 27th, 2016

Heidi Swanson and Eater Honored in 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards


A screenshot from Eater’s “One Night: Kachka” feature, which earned the publication the Visual Storytelling honor in the 2016 James Beard Foundation Awards.

The James Beard Foundation announced the winners of its annual Books, Broadcast and Journalism awards on April 26. Cookbook author and photographer Heidi Swanson won top honors for the Photography category for her book Near & Far: Recipes Inspired by Home and Travel. The publication Eater was also honored in the Visual Storytelling category for its online feature “One Night: Kachka.”

Swanson was one of three nominees in the photography category.  Also nominated were Fire and Ice: Classic Nordic Cooking, photographed by Stefan Wettainen, and Root to Leaf: A Southern Chef Cooks Through the Seasons, photographed by John Kernick.

Eater’s Visual Storytelling honor was awarded for the feature’s excellence in photography and graphic design. Other nominees in the category included “How to Make the World’s Best Cheeseburger, Using Magic” from Epicurious and “Smells the Same” from the food blog Lucky Peach.

The James Beard Foundation is a non-profit based in New York City that organizes lectures, workshops, events, and other educational initiatives around the country to promote the exploration of American culinary history and culture. All the James Beard Foundation honorees can be found at

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April 27th, 2016

Getty Files Complaint Against Google In Europe

Getty Images announced today that it has filed an unfair competition complaint against Google Inc. in Europe, where Google is already under fire. Getty objects to Google’s image search platform, which enables users to easily find and scroll through high resolution, full-screen displays of photographs. That deprives Getty of traffic to its own website, and takes potential sales away from the creators, publishers and distributors of those images, Getty alleges.

In a press release, Getty explains that the complaint addresses “changes made in 2013 to Google Images… which has [sic] not only impacted Getty Images’ image licensing business, but content creators around the world, by creating captivating galleries of high-resolution, copyrighted content.” Prior to 2013, Google made only low res thumbnails available in their search engine, so users had to click through to the sites of Getty and other publishers and image libraries to see full-screen images.

Getty is already a third party in the European Commission’s investigation of Google’s business practices, which the Commission believes are anti-competitive. This new Getty complaint supports that investigation, Getty says, as well as an earlier complaint filed with the European Commission by Coordination of European Picture Agencies Stock, Press and Heritage (CEPIC), an organization representing photo agencies in Europe.

“Google’s behavior is adversely affecting not only our contributors, but the lives and livelihoods of artists around the word – present and future,” Getty Images’ General Counsel, Yoko Miyashita said in a statement. “By standing in the way of a fair marketplace for images, Google is threatening innovation, and jeopardizing artists’ ability to fund the creation of important future works. Artists need to earn a living in order to sustain creativity and licensing is paramount to this; however, this cannot happen if Google is siphoning traffic and creating an environment where it can claim the profits from individuals’ creations as its own.”

In an open letter also published today, Miyashita urged photographers to get involved in the complaint. “A fair market for your works is the lifeblood of your business – no one is more greatly impacted by Google’s practices than you, the content creator,” he writes. “We invite you to engage local regulators to help put a stop to the anti-competitive scraping of your content.”

Photographers’ responses to the news on social media have been mixed.

Getty* just filed suit against Google Images for making people think photos are free.

*Owners of $1/pic iStockPhoto

— David Hobby (@strobist) April 27, 2016

April 26th, 2016

ON1 Readies RAW Image Processor for Fall

ON1 is the latest software developer to woo RAW shooters with the promise of greater speed and catalog-free non-destructive editing.

The company announced a new software app, ON1 Photo RAW, which will be released in the fall. It will be the successor to the company’s current flagship editor, ON1 Photo 10.

Photo RAW is a non-destructive editor that promises to speed RAW rendering and editing with a modern code base and the ability to leverage computer video cards. It will support 800 cameras at launch. Similar to AlienSkin’s ExposureX, it won’t rely on a catalog system but instead will browse your local file system for images–it’s built around ON1’s existing photo browser, Browse, the company’s photo browser. Using Browse, you’ll also be able to tag, rate, make color and tone adjustments, or add effects to their photos.

The software will also make re-editable adjustments to images, including exposure, contrast, color, shadows and highlights. It will also offer non-destructive effects and portrait retouching including the filters found in ON1 Effects and ON1 Portrait such as Lens Blur, Skin Retouching, Dynamic Contrast, HDR Look.

ON1 Photo RAW Develop

ON1 Photo RAW will include built-in layers, brushes, and advanced masking tools and will be sold as a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom, Photoshop, and Corel PhotoPaint; as a standalone app, a host app for Google Nik Collection and other photo editors, or as an extension to Apple Photos.

The software is free for On1 Plus Pro Members ($150/year). A non-member price hasn’t been set. It will be available for both Mac and Windows PCs. You can check out some demos of the software from ON1 below.


April 26th, 2016

The Incredible Macro Photography of Microsculpture

Macro photography requires a certain discipline and patience, but even the most redoubtable macro shooter has to marvel at what Levon Biss has done.

In a project dubbed Microsculpture Biss created 3 meter prints from 10mm insects–insects sourced from the second largest collection in Britain, at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History.

As the behind-the-scenes video below details, creating these images was a painstaking, exacting enterprise. Biss used a 36-megapixel Nikon body and a microscope lens attachment with an incredibly shallow depth of field. To get the entire image of the bug properly in focus, he had to shoot thousands of images, varying the focal length by as little as 10 microns with each shot, and composite the final together. Each final image is composed of between 8,000 and 10,000 individual photos.

Biss also lit individual portions of an insect differently, using one type of lighting for the eye and another for a wing to highlight the unique textures. It took about three weeks to create a single image from capture to post.

The final results are on display through October 2016 at the Oxford University Museum of Natural History. You can also take a nice interactive tour of each insect here, where you’ll gain a whole new appreciation for beetles.

Microsculpture from Levon Biss on Vimeo.