Major Irish Newspaper Didn’t Photograph Taylor Swift’s Dublin Concert Due to “Exceedingly Restrictive” Contract

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It seems like Taylor Swift has had a spot reserved for her in the headlines lately. First it was positive press for standing up to Apple’s music streaming service and defending artists’ rights, but then came along a concert photographer calling the singer a hypocrite for exploiting photographers that cover her concerts.

Then came her agent’s response to the photographer’s accusations, quickly followed by the photographer’s response to the agent.

Making valid points and drawing attention to a touchy subject for photographers, Jason Sheldon got people talking about the problem, but it was just talk.

Today, however, that changed when the Irish Times covered Swift’s Dublin concert but didn’t include any photos of her performance. Taking it a step further, the news outlet also posted an article on its website explaining that the star’s contract didn’t leave them another option.

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Jason Seldon’s Response To Taylor Swift’s Agent

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After my public response to Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple, I didn’t quite expect the phenomenal reaction it received. I knew it was provocative, I knew it was going to be risky and could possibly harm my chances of getting access to other concerts in future. but it needed to be said – out loud. When I thought hard about the possible consequences, and restrictions on my access to future work, I asked myself “What point is there in going to work if I can’t be paid for it – yet everyone else gets to benefit from my labour?”. The answer?

There was nothing left to lose. When you’re faced with a choice of working for free to save a millionaire having to pay a reasonable fee, or not working at all. what would you do?

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Taylor Swift Responds to Photographer’s Open Letter

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Taylor Swift’s open letter to Apple, claiming artists shouldn’t be asked to work for free, gained tremendous attention and lead to a change in the company’s policy.

It wasn’t long before concert photographer Jason Sheldon sent the singer a letter of his own calling her a hypocrite for pretending to stand up for artists’ rights, while photographers working at her concerts are forced to sign an unfair contract that could lead to them working for free as well.

Swift’s UK spokesperson was quick to respond to Sheldon claiming that he misrepresented the contract.

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An Open Response To Taylor Swift’s Rant Against Apple

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[Editor’s note: Taylor Swift letter to Apple saying that it is unfair for artists to go unpaid, seems to have made make Apple take a (somewhat limited) U turn and Apple’s swiftly responded (no pun intended) with a promise to compensate artists.]

Dear Taylor Swift,

I have read your open letter to Apple where you give your reasons for refusing to allow your album ‘1989′ to be included on their forthcoming Apple Music streaming service. (For reference)

I applaud it. It’s great to have someone with a huge following standing up for the rights of creative people and making a stand against the corporate behemoths who have so much power they can make or break someone’s career.

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iOS 9 Code reveals Apple is Working On Bringing Flash, 1080p and 240fps Slo-Mo to Future iPhones

Source: Twitter/Hamza Sood

Source: Twitter/Hamza Sood

Rumors have been stating that the iPhone 7’s camera might offer DSLR-like performance, and they gained momentum a couple of months ago when Apple purchased LinX, an Israeli camera-tech company focusing on computational imaging.

While we have yet to have seen any solid evidence that DSLR owners will soon be able to stop lugging their cameras around, code found in the developer’s Beta version of iOS 9 reveals that quite a lot of work has been focused on improving the device’s front-facing camera.

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The iPhone 7 Camera Could Offer DSLR-like Performance Thanks to Apple’s Latest Acquisition

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Pretty much since the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus there have been rumors that the next iPhone will include DSLR-like capabilities.

Apple has taken a giant step towards that goal with its recent acquisition of LinX, an Israeli camera-tech company focusing on computational imaging, and rumor has it that the next iPhone (iPhone 7?) will include the “biggest camera jump ever”.

Setting new standards for color fidelity, HDR and shutter lag are just a few of the company’s selling points, but it is the shallow depth of field, selective focusing and 3D capabilities that make this technology, aiming to revolutionize mobile photography, so important.

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Thought That 4K Monitors Were Too Much? LG Outs Apples Plans For An iMac 8K

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About half a year ago Apple launched their 5K monitors which we assumed that will create a whole new megapixel race aimed not at camera sensors, but at computer monitors. And while we are not free of the megapixel race with the DSLR market, the monitor’s pixels wars are heating up.

Apple actually never said that they are releasing an 8K iMac, but LG’s did an overview of 8K display on their virtual press room and casually mentioned that “It has become clear that Japan is planning to launch an 8K SHV test broadcast and then promptly restructure the UHD service. Apple has also announced that they will release the ‘iMac 8K’ with a super-high resolution display later this year. Korea is also preparing to offer an 8K service demonstration at the 2018 Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. LG Display displayed a new beacon of the 8K era by revealing their 98-inch 8K Color Prime Ultra HDTV at CES 2015“.  (h/t  9to5Mac for the keen eyes)

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Apple Granted Patent For Mounted Cameras. GoPro Stock Takes a Dive

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Like DJI who used to be BFFs with GoPro starting their own self-made camera was not bad news enough for GoPro, a new patent approval for Apple. Patent number 8,934,045 concerning ‘Digital camera system having remote control‘ was just approved by the USPTO. Actually, Yahoo reports that the firm secured 34  patents all relating to what we fondly call Action Cameras.

The idea seems like Apple is considering streaming content from an action camera into the iWatch.

Looking at the abstract of one of the mains patents, it seems that almost any action camera (or wireless tethered camera) are at risk:

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Apple Finally Makes It Official: Aperture is Dead

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For a while now, Aperture has been Apple’s signature professional photo management app, similar to what Final Cut Pro and Logic Pro have done for video and music. After WWDC, however, things looked a bit bleak for the software after Apple announced its rollout of its new Photos app – the keynote went by with no mention of any updates on Aperture itself. Today, it’s been confirmed by the company that development on the software has officially ended.

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