Archive for September 2014

New Forest Service Directive on Still Photos Worries Reporters, First Amendment Activists

Posted by on Wednesday September 24, 2014 | Business, Media, Photojournalism

Proposed changes to United States Forest Service rules for photographers and videographers have some first amendment groups concerned that journalists could be required to obtain permits and pay up to $1,500 in fees to photograph within national forests, according to a report by The Oregonian. The Oregonian quotes first amendment groups and politicians who are expressing concern... More

The 50,000 Euro Controversy Over Artistic Freedom and the Carmignac Gestion Prize

Posted by on Wednesday September 17, 2014 | Awards/Contests/Grants, Photojournalism

Newsha Tavakolian, the Tehran-based photojournalist who won the 2014 Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award, announced last week that she will return the 50,000 Euro prize, due to “irreconcilable differences over the presentation of my work.” Tavakolian claims Edouard Carmignac, head of the Carmignac Gestion investment bank which funds the Carmignac Foundation and the photojournalism prize, edited... More

Sportsnet: Assigning Sports Photography, Canadian Style

Posted by on Wednesday September 17, 2014 | Uncategorized

If you’ve never heard of Sportsnet, you probably don’t live in Canada. The brand is a Toronto-based cable sports network that publishes an award-winning print magazine with a tablet edition and website. And although the bi-weekly publication relies heavily on photography from wire services—particularly Getty Images’ National Hockey League coverage—Sportsnet photo director Myles McCutcheon commissions... More

Photokina 2014: Flash Memory Gets Faster

Posted by on Tuesday September 16, 2014 | Uncategorized

Between 4K video recording and increasing camera resolutions, the demands on flash memory cards continue to grow. At Photokina, a pair of key flash memory vendors rolled out their highest performance products to date. Lexar’s new 2000x UHS-II SDXC cards will be capable of 300MBps read transfer speeds and write speeds up to 260MBps. Lexar... More

Photokina 2014: Ricoh Tips K-Mount Lens Plans

Posted by on Tuesday September 16, 2014 | Uncategorized

Ricoh didn’t bring much in the way of product launches to Photokina 2014, but they did let it be known that some new K-mount lenses are in the works. The most detailed of the bunch, set to launch later this year, is the Pentax DA 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6ED DC WR (pictured above). It will have a... More

Photokina 2014: Zeiss Offers New Leica M Lens

Posted by on Tuesday September 16, 2014 | Uncategorized

Fast on the heels of Leica’s slew of camera unveilings, Zeiss has introduced a new prime lens for Leica M rangefinder cameras at Photokina 2014. The Distagon T* f1/.4 35 ZM offers a 35mm focal length promising to perfectly match the view from the M’s optical viewfinder. The lens uses Zeiss’ T* coating to reduce... More

Photokina 2014: Hasselblad Adds Wi-Fi to H5D-50c

Posted by on Tuesday September 16, 2014 | Uncategorized

Hasselblad will bring a Wi-Fi-equipped version of its H5D-50c medium format camera to market later this month, the company announced at Photokina. Building off the existing 50c, the new  model uses Wi-Fi to enable remote control and viewfinding through iOS devices. There will be a few more enhancements to the 50c beyond Wi-Fi including a... More