Heidi Levine is the Inaugural Winner of the Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

Credit: Warrick Page

Credit: Warrick Page

The award, given by the International Women’s Media Foundation, was created in honor of Pulitzer Prize-winning AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was killed while covering the 2014 presidential election in Afghanistan.

Heidi Levine is an American freelance photojournalist based in Jerusalem, who has covered the revolutions in Egypt, Libya and Syria as well as the Israel-Lebanon war and several conflicts in the Gaza Strip. She has also worked in India, Jordan, Iraq, Sweden, Afghanistan and Georgia.

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Paul C. Buff, the Man Behind White Lightning, AlienBees and Einstein Flashes, Dies at Age 78.


Buff, through a company carrying his name, has been creating studio flashes since 1981 when he introduced the game-changing White Lightning flash.

In 2001, realizing the potential of the digital photography revolution and the changing market, he started selling the smaller, cheaper and friendlier AlienBees Flashes.

His most recent flash unit, the Einstein E640, has also been a huge success and it used by amateurs and professionals alike.

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Studio Binder Aims to Simplify the Chore of Coordinating Talent

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For a recent bridal photography fashion session, I had over thirty emails flying around between myself and my talent just to confirm availability, let everyone know what time to be there, where to go, and what to bring.

And that doesn’t include all the reminder and clarification text messages.

This was a a relatively simple shoot with just me, a model, makeup artist, video guy and location owner involved.

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ESA Captures Total Solar Eclipse from Space

Photo: European Space Agency

Photo: European Space Agency

The total solar eclipse I’ve been telling you about (here and here) ended just minutes ago.

For those who were unable to see it due to clouds, your location or lack of proper gear, no need to worry; I’m sure your Facebook feed will be full of peoples’ photos of the relatively rare occurrence.

Many of these photos are bound to seem virtually identical, but the European Space Agency has captured a series of photos that will no doubt stick out from the rest. That’s because the ESA’s footage was captured from space using its Proba-2 minisatellite.

Other than the photo above, the ESA also released a short time lapse of the event.

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Photographer Sues EliteDaily Over Unauthorised Use Of Photos

menzel1EliteDaily, one of the top 1000 most visited websites in the world, is being sued by photographer Peter Menzel. On April 15, 2014, the viral content website ran an article titled, “See The Incredible Differences In The Daily Food Intake Of People Around The World (Photos)”. The article was centered around Peter Menzel and his wife Faith D’Aluisio. The pair of photographers had previously published a book of their work titled: What I Eat: Around the world in 80 Diets. EliteDaily allegedly took over two dozen photos from the project and used them in their article without permission. In at least one instance, going so far as to remove a copyright notice from the one of the images. [Read more…]

FBI Terrorism Trial Reveals Rare Photos of Osama Bin Laden’s Afghan Hideout

Photo: U.S. Attorney's Office for the Southern District of New York

Photo: U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York

The photos were released by the U.S. Department of Justice to be used as evidence in the terrorism conspiracy trial against bin Laden’s lieutenant Khald al-Fawwaz, taking place in Manhattan.

The set of photos, captured by Palestinian journalist Abdel Barri Atwan, shows bin Laden in his Tora Bora lair in Afghanistan, to which he fled after the 9/11 attacks.

Despite being a free man back then, bin Laden was already hiding in fear that the US had him targeted.

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Nike Files to Dismiss Air Jordan Logo Copyright Lawsuit


A lawsuit filed against Nike back in January claimed the Jumpman logo was infringing on the copyright of one of Jacobus Rentmeester’s images of MJ.

The company responded on Monday filing a motion to dismiss the lawsuit immediately, stating the photographer’s complaint “presents exactly the sort of meritless case that motions to dismiss are intended to address”.

Nike claims that its photo, on which the logo silhouette is based, and Rentmeester’s photo are not “virtually identical” as the law requires.

Another motion has been filed asking that the company be exempt from having to reveal details regarding the Jordan brand business.

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Researchers Use Slow Motion to Study Hummingbird Flight; Will Improve Drone Stability


Drones have evolved from hobbyist toys to professional tools as the FAA partnered with CNN to establish a drone usage protocol for journalists and started issuing exemptions allowing commercial use.

In order for these tools to succeed in the fields above, let alone search and rescue missions, commercial delivery and monitor livestock farms, they need to be more reliable and able to operate in less-than-ideal weather.

Australian and American researchers took a high-speed camera and set out to find out how ruby-throated hummingbirds cope in turbulent winds.

The study could lead to drones getting ‘tails’.

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