The Burdensome Wire Transmission Equipment Photojournalists Had To Carry In The 1970’s

upiThere’s no doubt many of us (myself included) take for granted just how easy we have it when it comes to making a photograph, much less making available to the world to see. Thanks to the digital revolution, we can go from exposing an image to posting it online in a matter of seconds. Obviously, it hasn’t always been so simple. Just ask any photojournalist that was working back in the 1970’s and 1980’s.

To be a photojournalist in the 80’s meant lugging around a “portable” darkroom everywhere you went so you could process and print your photos, which was a necessary step to get them sent off your boss. Before there was email (as we’ve come to know it in modern times), press photos had to be “wired” from the field to the photo desk using a special photo transmitter such as the United Press International’s UPI 16-S[Read more…]

Government Releases Photos of Former Vice President Dick Cheney on September 11, 2001

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There is much controversy over the last presidential administration and many heated opinions about former Vice President Dick Cheney.  But, this isn’t a political forum, so let’s stay focused…

September 11, 2001 was a day that shocked the nation, regardless of whether you subscribe to the government’s narrative or to the many conspiracy theories that have followed.  Now, thanks to a Freedom of Information request, the U.S. National Archives has released to the public a collection of images of Mr. Cheney from that day, many taken inside the President’s Emergency Operations Center.

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Reclaim Australia Protests Shown From A “War Photographer” Perpespective

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Photo by Dillon Mak

Sydney based street photographer, Dillon Mak, spent some time over the weekend documenting the Reclaim Australia protests and, wanting to create something in addition to the still images, the photographer also recorded video of the action. What sets Mak’s protest videos apart from all the others is the way he managed to capture it–by mounting a GoPro Hero 4 on top of his Canon 7D, Mak was able to record video with the GoPro while simultaneously shooting stills with the Canon. [Read more…]

43 Years Later, Nick Ut Revisits the Scene of ‘Napalm Girl’

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War is tragic, and no one who has not lived through it can begin to understand its horrors. Yet, perhaps that is one of the reasons I was so captivated by it as a child. I have always loved history, but I have always been specifically intrigued by military conflict. As a kid, the only books I read were history books. I would wore out the children’s history section in our local public library and proceeded to move on to the adult section. I would come home with a thick stack of history books, particularly those involving the World Wars and Vietnam, and there were occasions when my dad would start flipping through them and ban me from certain ones until I had reached a more mature age. I would pull them off the shelves and read them in the library anyhow.

Of all the images I saw and the stories I read, one of them that stuck with me is the image of Phan Thị Kim Phúc running naked and screaming down a Vietnamese road. It is the Pulitzer Prize-winning image the rest of the world had come to know as “Napalm Girl.”

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Australian PM’s Chief of Staff Demands Photographer Delete Images of Her


I don’t know much about Australian politics, and I barely give a rodent’s rump about American politics, to be honest. But, from what I’ve gathered, Peta Credlin, chief of staff to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, is a bit of a hot topic with our friends down under. (What’s with you Commonwealth countries always electing a Tony into office anyway?)

Yesterday was no exception as Credlin demanded AAP photographer Tracey Nearmy delete images she had captured of the staffer at a media event hosted in the Endeavour Hills police station in Melbourne.
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Fresco Dispatch Aims to Crowdsource Photojournalism

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Photo: Courtesy of Fresco

After an alarmingly high number of news outlets have fired their photographers in recent years, and some have trained their reporters to use the iPhone’s camera, a new effort to crowdsource photojournalism threatens to deliver another blow to the industry.

Fresco News is an app that offers ‘bite-sized’ news in the form of photos and videos captured by ‘real people’, somewhat similar to CNN’s iReport, but an upcoming update will allow its members to get sent on paid assignments for newsrooms across the U.S.

There are obvious advantages in harnessing the power of the masses and their smartphone cameras, but how long before news outlets opt for ‘good enough’ and prefer to pay $700/month for unlimited access to iPhone photos instead of dispatching professional photographers?

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World Press Photo 2015 Winning Photos. Photo Of The Year To Mads Nissen.

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The winners of the 58th annual World Press Photo have just been announced, and as you’d expect from the world’s most prestigious photojournalism contest, the photos are exceptional.

Danish photographer Mads Nissen won the grand prize for 2014 Photo of the Year, besting almost 100,000 other photos.

Winning photos include Lionel Messi at the World Cup, an orphaned rhino in Kenya, protests in Turkey and Ukraine, the Ebola outbreak, shipwrecked refugees and a fungus-controlled ant that looks like it was taken out of a horror movie.

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CNN Partners With FAA To Establish New Protocol For Drone Usage By Photojournalists

8746586571_1ea6d66c3d_kIn a statement issued on January 12th, from CNN, the news agency revealed it has teamed up with the FAA in an effort to experiment with various UAV’s (unmanned aerial vehicles). CNN reports the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRDA) between them and the FAA will serve as a means to establish new regulations and a framework regarding the safe integration of drones into news gathering practices.

CNN also stated they and the FAA will combine it’s study with Georgia Tech Research Institute, with whom CNN had partnered with in the summer of 2014 to conduct similar research. In the statement found on CNN’s website, FAA Administrator, Michael Huerta, explained the partnership:

“Unmanned aircraft offer news organizations significant opportunities. We hope this agreement with CNN and the work we are doing with other news organizations and associations will help safely integrate unmanned newsgathering technology and operating procedures into the National Airspace System.”

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Magnum Photographer Thomas Hoepker Talks About Taking His Iconic Photo Of Muhammad Ali

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After studying art history and archeology in university, German born photographer, Thomas Hoepker was soon recruited by a magazine where he would assume the role of a staff photographer in the early 1960’s. One of his first jobs after he began working at the magazine sent him on an open ended assignment to the United States where Hoepker and other members of the magazine staff rented a car in New York City upon their arrival and spent 5 months touring around the United States. During that time Hopker amassed a large collection of photographs, all the while sharpening his skills as an image maker.

In the mini-documentary below, Leica interviews the Magnum photographer as he shares some of the stories from that epic roadtrip along with the fascinating story of he was able to capture his iconic photograph of Muhammad Ali. Listen to his insightful wisdom, here: [Read more…]

Quick Tip: Photographing a Reluctant Subject? Shoot From The Hip (Or From The Ear)

This has happened to me countless times and I wish I knew this tip back in the days when I was starting out. James Madelin (the ‘Orbis‘ guy) and Matt Granger (Get You Gear Out) just shared this incredibly simple, but useful tip on shooting shy people.

James’s tip shares a tip from his photojournalism days where he had to shoot people that didn’t really want to be photographed. His first tip is to shoot from the hip (which is kinda common knowledge), but it was his second tip that threw me off. Shooting people with the camera set against your ear while talking to them. They see the camera, they hear the clicks, they know they are being photographed, but somehow the fact that the glass is not standing between you and them makes them easier about the whole experience. The benefit of shooting from the ear over shooting from the heap is that you are shooting at eye-level and that you engage with your subject.

Now, of course, I would not recommend this for anything but photojournalism, as it may raise privacy issues, or start a small riot, but if you must get a frame for a paper, this could save your day.

[Photographing a reluctant subject | Matt Granger, James Madelin]