Archive for July 2013

How Not to Schmooze a Gallery Owner

Posted by on Wednesday July 31, 2013 | Business, Fine Art

In PDN‘s Fine-Art issue, photographers explain how they met the gallery owners who recently signed them: at portfolio reviews, through referrals from colleagues, and by having their work seen in group shows or competitions. They did not, however, make the mistake of trying to introduce themselves when the gallery owners were preoccupied by trying to... More

French Editor and Photographer Charged Over Topless Kate Middleton Photos

Posted by on Friday July 26, 2013 | Celebrity

The editor of French Closer magazine and an unidentified photographer have been charged with violation of French privacy laws for their alleged role in the publication last September of topless pictures of Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge (and now new mother of baby Prince George). Last spring, Closer’s publisher and photographer Valerie Suau were... More

Hasselblad Announces ‘Stellar’ Large-Sensor Compact

Posted by on Tuesday July 23, 2013 | Uncategorized

Hasselblad has announced their new, large-sensor compact camera, the Stellar. Like the Sony NEX 7 “inspired” Hasselblad Luna announced at the photokina trade show last year, the Stellar is a close cousin of the Sony RX100 large-sensor compact camera (20.2-megapixel 1-inch sensor, 3.6x (28-100mm) f/1.8 Zeiss-branded lens). In fact, it would appear that the only... More

Sony To Launch Lens-Sensor Module For Smartphones?

Posted by on Tuesday July 23, 2013 | Uncategorized

The folks over at sonyalpharumors.com posted a strange rumor the other day that they seem pretty confident is true. They claim that Sony is going to make a lens/sensor module that you would connect to, and control with, your smartphone. Now, we all know that smartphones have made some serious inroads into the photography world... More

MōVi Stabilizers To Ship August 15th, Freefly Announces

Posted by on Friday July 19, 2013 | Uncategorized

In April, when  photographer Vincent Laforet unveiled a new, handheld camera stabilization system at NAB, it created lots of buzz. Called MōVi and produced by Freefly Systems, the device is a “digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal,” which Laforet promised would revolutionize “your way of thinking about camera movement.” We saw what the handheld rig... More

Startup Aims to Help Media License Amateur News Photos for $20 Apiece

Posted by on Thursday July 18, 2013 | Business, Media, Photojournalism, Social Media/Web

A six-week-old company that connects media organizations to amateur photographers who have taken newsworthy photographs is creating some buzz, and could add yet another wrinkle to the market for news photography—one professional photographers and their photo agencies may not like. CrowdMedia, the Montreal-based startup, uses a combination of an algorithm and a manual process to... More

UN Security Council Holds Debate on Protections for Journalists

Posted by on Wednesday July 17, 2013 | Photojournalism, Photos In The News

Four journalists who have covered war zones will speak before the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) today as part of an open debate on international protection for journalists covering war zones and post-conflict zones. Correspondent Richard Engel of NBC, journalist Mustafa Haji Abdinur of Radio Simba in Somalia and Agence France Presse, Iraqi journalist Ghaith... More

Police Intimidation Watch: Detroit Police Apologize After Video Shows Them Violating Photographer’s Rights

Posted by on Tuesday July 16, 2013 | Photojournalism

With a public relations mess on its hands, and a video showing that it probably violated the constitutional rights of a Detroit Free Press photographer, the Detroit police department has apologized to the paper’s editors, and promised to issue a directive reminding officers that they can’t interfere with anyone videotaping them in public. The apology... More

Hearing Set in Arrest of Aerial Photographer George Steinmetz

Posted by on Monday July 15, 2013 | Uncategorized

George Steinmetz, the National Geographic contributor known for the landscapes he captures from a motorized paraglider, faces a court hearing in Kansas this Thursday following his arrest on June 28 for criminal trespass after he flew over a cattle feedlot in Finney County, Kansas. The Hutchinson News of Hutchinson. Kansas, reported last week that paragliding... More