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Expert Advice: Photographer Scams

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Cross-posted from aPhotoEditor [by Varun Raghupathi at Wonderful Machine] Online scams are nothing new. These days, as schemes get more and more elaborate, it seems that anyone can fall victim, and photographers are no exception. In recent weeks, several of our members received emails containing what looked like an interesting assignment. The sender, purportedly an editor named “Jack Moss” from anothermag.com, found the photographers on Wonderful Machine and asked them to produce a fashion shoot. But some details did not quite add up…

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A Group of Historians Is Arguing to End the Coloring and Modernization of Old Historic Photos

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Cross-posted from fstoppers.com [by Jack Alexander] As per Wired, a number of historians are making calls to stop the colorization and modernization of images from decades past. Updating photos to resemble modern eras “obscures” history, they argue. An increasingly popular service over recent years, advances in technology have allowed for the colorizing of old photos and video footage, giving a fresh insight into scenes from history. However, not everyone is a fan of the process,…

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Tamron Announces a Compact $549 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 for Sony E Mount Cameras

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Cross-posted from dpreview.com [by Gannon Burgett] Tamron has announced the release of the 70–300mm F4.5–6.3 Di III RXD, a lens deemed as ‘the world’s smallest and lightest telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras.’ The lens is constructed of 15 elements in 10 groups, including a low dispersion element for minimizing aberrations. Autofocus is driven by Tamron’s Rapid Extra-Silent Stepping Drive (RXD) motor technology. Read more

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Photographer Brendan Barry Creates a Giant Camera Obscura Using a Customs House

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Cross-posted from dpreview.com [by Jeremy Gray] Photographer Brendan Barry was commissioned by the Exeter Canal and Quay Trust to turn a room in the Custom House in Exeter, U.K. into a large camera obscura. Barry had a residency at the Custom House in Exeter and during his time, he used a variety of analog cameras to capture images of Exeter Quay. Of his work, Barry says, ‘My work aims to challenge our understanding of what…

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Fstoppers Interviews Legendary White House Photographer Pete Souza

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Alex Cooke] Editor’s Note: Pete Souza is an ASMP Member. Pete Souza needs little introduction. As the Chief Official White House Photographer for two presidents, Souza had the crucial duty of documenting innumerably many historical moments, a job he did with an empathetic touch that has made his work the model for many aspiring photographers. I recently had the chance to speak with Souza about his work, his approach, and his new…

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Adobe Finally Figured Out How to Make PDFs Make Sense on a Phone

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Cross-posted from fastcompany.com [by Harry McCracken] In the beginning, there was the 8 1/2-by-11-inch piece of paper, a standardized size for documents of many kinds. (In the U.S. by the early 20th century, at least—if you know for sure when it became the default, please let me know.) Then, in 1993, came Adobe’s Acrobat software and its PDF file format. They solved the problem of putting a document on your computer screen that precisely matched…

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Stop Senator Ron Wyden and Big Tech from Crushing Creators’ Hopes for S. 1273—The CASE Act

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Cross-posted from Copyright Alliance [by Chris Castle] The CASE Act is a bipartisan copyright dispute resolution bill that is inches away from becoming the law of the land. Unfortunately, though, it has stalled in the Senate due to just one Senator. The bill calls for a “small claims” process staffed by U.S. Copyright Office attorneys for a limited category of infringement claims by creators, as well as an opportunity for a quick and inexpensive resolution…

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Facebook Updates Rights Management with New Features to Help Out Photographers

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Cross-posted from Light Stalking [by Kehl Bayern] Facebook is rolling out some more features to help creators like photographers protect their work on its myriad of social media platforms. These new options, in addition to more streamlined processes for reporting infringements, were rolled out as part of a comprehensive set of changes to make things easier for creators to protect their work. In an update posted here, Facebook wrote: “We want to ensure Facebook is…

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Podcast: Emily Ratajkowski Wants to Reclaim Her Image. What Does That Mean for Photographers?

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Cross-posted from PhotoShelter Blog [by Allen Murabayashi] Last week, New York Magazine’s The Cut published a lengthy essay written by model Emily Ratajkowski on her experiences working as a model, actor, and influencer entrepreneur. She gives numerous examples where she felt unable to control her own image from being sued by paparazzo Robert O’Neil, having two Instagram posts appropriated by Richard Prince, and allegations of sexual assault by photographer Jonathan Leder who later sold photos taken during the night…

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How the Pandemic Reset Workers’ Concept of Work-Life Balance

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Cross-posted from fastcompany.com [by Kevin Collins] Sentiments around “work-life balance” have always been divided. Some argue that the term itself implies a binary relationship (‘work” having a more negative or chore-like connotation, whereas “life” is positive), but really, is it so simple? We now live in a world built on a foundation of productivity, where it’s all too easy (and, more often than not, encouraged) for us to define our worth by the volume of…

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ASMP Member John Rae Wins Silver in France’s Px3 2020 Photo Contest

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Cross-posted from PX3 Prix de la Photographie Paris The public hospitals were the center of the pandemic in the United States. This series of photographs from 9 days and all 11 hospitals documents the heroes of healthcare and their bravery, resourcefulness, professionalism, doggedness, and heart. John Rae is a professional documentary and commercial photographer based in NYC. His clients include Fortune 500 companies and leading International Nongovernmental Organizations. For 20 years John has photographed extensively…

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Five Photographers Discuss Why Documenting the Black Lives Matter Protests is Important to Them

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Cross-posted from Fstoppers [by Mike O’Leary] The Black Lives Matter movement is arguably one of the most significant political and social movements in US history. The photographers in this video sit down to share their thoughts on why photographing the BLM movement is important to them, personally, as well as for posterity. Coming from minority communities, each of these photographers are acutely aware of the importance of listening to what is being said before bringing…

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