Major changes have occurred at Sony, as the company has moved almost the entire camera production from China to Thailand. According to the reports, this is due to two main factors. First, it’s due to the intensifying conflict between China and the U.S. And second, due to China’s “zero covid” policy.
This elephant clearly has a vendetta against camera tripods
One commercial photographer I know who shot a lot of pet food advertisements used to joke that the animals in his studio were so well trained he could almost get the cats to go make him a coffee. Not so with wild animals, unfortunately, where the saying ‘never work with animals’ becomes pretty accurate. This photographer found out the hard way when this elephant took a distinct disliking to his camera gear.
In the video posted by TikToker hannahrosealt we see a man with his camera bag of equipment, shouting in despair at an elephant who appears to be having a good old time crunching up his tripod.
After 70 years, Nikon is ending its camera production in Japan
AERAdot Asahi reports that Nikon is ending the production of camera bodies in Japan where it has been building cameras for over 70 years. Camera production at the Sendai Nikon plant in the Miyagi Prefecture in Japan will be transitioned to the Nikon Thailand NTC plant. The move is said to be being made in order to save costs.
Word of the struggling company’s impending transfer is not new, but now we have a timescale. The report says that Nikon Z6 & Z7 production was completed in September 2020, shortly before the announcement of the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II. In October, preparations for the transition of camera production from the Japan factory to the Thailand factory began.
Nikon to cut 20% workforce and move camera production to Thailand
It’s probably not a surprise that camera companies have been struggling this year. Apparently, Nikon is not an exception. According to recently published articles, Nikon plans to cut more than 2,000 jobs overseas, which is around 20% of its workforce. At the same time, the company will move camera sales from its from Japan’s Miyagi prefecture plant to Thailand in order to reduce costs.
Nikon lays off 700 workers in Thailand and Laos as part of “structural reform”
Nikon Corporation has announced that they’ve reduced the number of employees in their Imaging business by 700 at its factories in Thailand and Laos – around 10% of their workforce in each of those locations. Nikkei reports that Nikon has been laying off the staff under “early retirement” since last Autumn.
Nikon is now looking towards the future, stating that they will “optimise according to the production scale” (downsize) depending on the influence the coronavirus pandemic has on their business going forward.
Thailand’s professional “pigeon spookers” help tourists get Insta-worthy photos
I guess we already know that people will pull all sorts of ridiculous stunts to get Instagram likes. Well, locals in Thailand are aware of that too and some of them have started a pretty quirky business. They spook away pigeons near Tha Pae Gate, an ancient wall and popular tourist attraction in Chiang Mai. They scare flocks of pigeons so they fly through the frame and make tourists’ Instagram photos at least 30% likable.
Thai photographers offer thanks to their teachers and their cameras on a huge gear altar
This has to be one of the strangest images I’ve seen for a while. Somebody kneeling at a table littered with cameras, lenses, drones and other photography related equipment. At first it appears to be some sort of photography cult that worships camera gear. Like a form of extreme GAS. But that’s not quite what this photograph represents.
It was posted to Facebook by Witsanu Deetuam. As I understand it, in Thai culture, respect is is vitally important. This respect is regularly shown to teachers and educators who positively benefit their lives. Also the tools which have the same result. In this case, the cameras that allow them to participate in the act of photography, and earn an income from it.
‘Liking’ and sharing a photo in Thailand can land you 30 years in prison
How often do you ‘like’ or share a photo on Facebook? However often it is, don’t take it for granted – in Thailand, ‘liking’ and sharing the wrong photo on Facebook can get you up to 30 years in prison.[Read More…]
Thai fisherman rescues elderly nature photographers stuck in the mud
A Norwegian couple visiting Thailand’s southern city of Krabi was out birdwatching and photographing when they got stuck in the mud.
Luckily a local fisherman came to their rescue and helped them out, risking getting stuck himself, despite being able to easily make off with their expensive equipment.
The fisherman asked for nothing in return, but in the age of social media and the internet good deeds don’t always go unnoticed.
Elephant Captures the World’s First ‘Elphie’; Who Owns it?
Just when you think you’ve seen every possible form of selfie comes along an elephant and shows that you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Christian LeBlanc was feeding elephants in Thailand and when he ran out of food, the gentle giant took his GoPro instead. Luckily, the elephant aimed the camera at himself and his guest rather than trying to eat it as well.
This photo awakens a copyright dispute instigated by a monkey whose selfies went viral.
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