World Press Photo Says It Will Not Disqualify Questionable Winning Photos; NPPA Scorns The Decision

 

Philippe lives in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the town (Photo by Giovanni Troilo)

Philippe lives in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods in the town (Photo by Giovanni Troilo)

The 58th running of World Press Photo competition has been shrouded by controversy to say the least. Along with the announcement of the winning photos, which we reported on in early February, organizers of the event also made it clear that a whopping 20% of the total entries were disqualified due to excessive post processing.

As Lars Boering, WPP Managing Director said in an official statement: “Our contest rules clearly state that the content of the image should not be altered. This year’s jury was very disappointed to discover how careless some photographers had been in post-processing their files for the contest. ” He continued by adding that the WPP plans to the work with the international photojournalistic community in efforts to better understand the reasoning behind the heavy handed editing trend so they can help to establish a new set of standards and guidelines for the photojournalism industry as a whole. [Read more...]

Nikon Officially Announced The D7200; 24.2 MP, Up To 7 FPS, Expanded Burst And ISO Range

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There has been a lot of anticipation and a lot of speculation floating around as to when Nikon would announce the D7200 and what kind of upgrades we would see from it’s predecessor, the D7100. Wait no longer, as Nikon just spilled the beans on it’s newest DSLR. The camera is expected to be available in early April with a MSRP is $1,200 USD for the body only or $1,700 USD with the 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens. Since I know you’re anxious to see what it all has to offer, let’s cut straight to the chase. [Read more...]

Cindy Crawford’s Photographer Threatens Lawsuit Over Fake Leaked Photo Of The Supermodel

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You may recall a couple weeks ago when a photograph of supermodel Cindy Crawford made it’s way around the internet. By modern beauty standards, especially those a model, the photo showed the 48 year old woman to have an unflattering midsection; however, much of the internet perceived the image in a positive light as it helped to break down those very same, and unfair, beauty standards women are held to. The photo was part of a shoot Crawford and photographer, John Russo were doing for the cover of Marie Claire (Mexico) in 2013, which ultimately turned out like this: [Read more...]

Developing New Signs For Photobomb, Selfie, Duckface, & Others In American Sign Language

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The birth of internet slang is fascinating stuff, I’m sure most of you will recall the hoopla that flooded the web when the word “selfie” became official when it was named as word of the year by Oxford Dictionaries. Soon after that, Merriam-Webster decided to induct it into it’s dictionaries, too. It had a lot of people wondering, “Who makes these words up?”

Though most of us wouldn’t give the thought too much of our time, the dedicated folks over at Hopes & Fears took that simple question and went one step further. They wanted to know how new words, such as the ever increasing dialect of internet slang, are incorporated into sign language. To find out how new slang words entered into American Sign Language (ASL), Hopes & Fears got in touch with Bill Vicars, a Deaf/Hard of Hearing (HH) man who runs Lifeprint–an educational website devoted to helping people learn ASL. [Read more...]

Lytro Gains $50M In Funding; Cuts Up To 50 Employees As They Shift Focus From Photo To Virtual Reality

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I’ve been quietly rooting for Lytro since they introduced their field camera, but the young, innovative camera company has never really been able to raise the kind of interest and momentum needed to make a name for itself as one of the leading camera manufacturers. But, that doesn’t mean the company is ready to give up just yet. Early this week, Lytro made an announcement to their staff that the company has recently secured $50M in new funding to further develop the brand. [Read more...]

Photographer Covers Models In Honey To Create Stunning Preservation Portrait Series (NSFW)

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The idea behind Preservation, was somewhat of an after thought. It occurred to Blake Little while shooting a male eating honey. That original concept was meant to bring the bear like qualities of the man to attention through the incorporation of honey. As he was shooting the man eating honey, Little noted the stereotypical idea was one of the more cliche photos he had created. As he sorted through the images from that shoot, he singled out the man’s hand, which was completely covered in honey–the amber colored liquid slowly rolled down his hand before dripping off his fingertips in a very captivating way. [Read more...]

Radiant Photos Of Myanmar Beautifully Illustrate How It Earned The Golden Land Moniker

04-David-Lazar-Myanmar1Despite the tourism industry in Myanmar still in being somewhat in it’s infancy, the so called “Golden Land” is quickly gaining a reputation as being quite photogenic. Every year, the number of tourists that visit Myanmar is on the rise. As many of those tourist’s photos emerge into the world, more and more photographers are feeling compelled to photograph it.

Photographers like David Lazar have been able to capture the natural beauty of Myanmar on his multiple trips to the country. Lazar, who found a love for travel photography back in 2004, has made multiple trips there, and has recently started offering photo tours of Myanmar through Luminous Journeys.

Lazar has won numerous awards for his travel photography and work has been featured in major publications including National Geographic. You can look through a selection of photos Lazar has taken in Myanmar, below, but be sure to also swing by his website for more of his travel photos taken all around the world. [Read more...]

Patent Law Fails Again: Amateur Photographer Sued For Holding Online Photo Competitions

6082519875_83a9edfd36_b‘The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has agreed to take on the case of Ruth Taylor, an photographer who runs the website BytePhoto.com. Taylor is being sued by the owners of Garfum.com for running photography competitions on her own website. Garfum claims to hold the patents (US Patent No. 8,209,618) on online photo competitions.

Before she found out about the EFF, she spent several months attempting to fight the legal case on her, but exhausted all her financial resources. At that point, Talyor had become even more infuriated at the idea that someone could hold a patent on online photo competitions that she decided she didn’t want to pay Garfum any money, even if the amount she was being sued for was reduced to $500.  On principle alone, Taylor refused to settle. “It seemed like a scam…How could you have a patent on a contest?’ I’m not a lawyer, but it’s not logical.” Taylor said. [Read more...]

Download Your Very Own Free DIY Printable Lens Hood Template

Start your weekend off the right way by taking advantage of this sweet website that offers printable templates you can use to whip up your own collection of lens hoods. We covered LensHoods.co.uk way back in 2006  and the free service is still going strong. In fact, they’ve added new templates and even launced a sister site, Lenshoods.com, which is “optimized for digital SLRs with 1.5x and 1.6x crop sensors.” Be sure to swing by both websites and grab your templates so you’ll never find yourself without a lens hood. Templates are available for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina lenses.

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Behind The Scenes On The Set Of The Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Edition Photoshoot

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We recently reported that Sports Illustrated let go of it’s six remaining staff photographers. It was a sad day for the photography industry, as we saw yet another major publication give way to budget cuts–seems like the photographers are always first on the chopping block.

The company, which is currently undergoing many cost saving measures, seems to be hoping to gain back some momentum after all the bad press it received after news spread of them cutting the staff photographers. They’re making a major marketing push in regards to their popular Swimsuit Edition, which remains to be the publication’s bread and butter with reports valuing it at $1 billion. [Read more...]