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David Slater and PETA Could Finally Settle Over the Monkey Selfie Case

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Dunja Djudjic shares an update on the monkey selfie lawsuit. In 2015, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) filed the most ridiculous lawsuit ever against photographer David Slater. The famous “monkey selfie” case has been going on for two years now, and it has done Slater a lot of harm. However, judging from the latest report, it could finally end in the settlement between the Slater and PETA. When one of the monkeys…

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8 Warning Signs You’re About to Take on a Problematic Photography Client

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Federico Alegria says that knowing when to say no is extremely important for a healthy and sustainable photography business. Learn how to spot – and avoid – the perfectionists, the smartasses and the whiners. If you’re willing to make photography your main source of income (or at least an important source of your overall income) you’ll need to sell your work to a diverse clientele. Some clients are great, even though they are serious when…

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These Common Interview Habits Could Be Why You Aren’t Getting The Job

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Think they won’t notice your constant fidgeting? Think again. Anisa Purbasari Horton points out four behaviors to avoid during an interview. There’s so much that gets judged in a job interview. From what you wear to how you shake the interviewer’s hand, to how confident you appear and sound when you introduce yourself. Almost everything you do during a job interview will be under the microscope, including all of your idiosyncrasies. Unfortunately, whether you like…

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How to Deal With Lens Fog and Why It Matters

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Miami-based photographer Kishore Sawh knows a thing or two about dealing with humidity while on a photoshoot… It’s the middle of August, and for those of us North of the equator, and particularly those close to it, it’s the dead of summer. A common photographic affliction during these times and climates are foggy lenses, and if you’ve had a camera for any amount of time you’re likely very familiar with the frustration that causes. The…

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How a Photographer Demonstrated That Gear Does Not Matter Much

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Have you heard this one? A photographer, his gear and some of his friends walked into a castle in Scotland… Maximilian Benner details what happened next. Barry Harley, an editorial photographer from Northern Virginia, took whatever tools he had at hand to create an image reminiscent of nothing less than Annie Leibovitz’s Vanity Fair group portraits. The difference: Harley was using two Yongnuo YN-560 II speedlites and a Canon 5D Mark II whereas Leibovitz usually…

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Couple Who Defamed Photographer Over Album Cover Ordered to Pay Over $1,000,000

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Have you ever been bullied by a client on social media? Wedding photographer Andrea Polito had it happen to her. John Aldred goes over the details of the case and passes along some advice from Polito. It seems common these days for people to lash out on social media when things don’t go their way. With phrases like “the customer is always right” thrust in our faces daily, it’s no surprise. A few have a…

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Passing of Distinguished Photo Editor and Colleague, John Morris

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John Morris touched the lives of almost every photojournalist working beginning in the early 1940’s and his life’s work had a massive impact on our profession.  I had the privilege of getting to know about John first through Gary Haynes, my boss at The Philadelphia Inquirer who had previously been his protege at The New York Times.   Gary talked about John in glowing terms and passed on the joie de vivre that John always had,…

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No Longer Seeing the World Through Men’s Eyes

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James Estrin introduces us to the four recipients of Women Photograph’s grants to support personal projects. The first Women Photograph grants to support personal projects by female visual journalists have been presented to Alex Potter, Lujan Agusti, Gabriella Demczuk and Néha Hirve. Women Photograph, a new organization, aims to help women gain opportunities in an industry that has historically been dominated by white men and has been rife with sexism. Most new photography grants or…

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Every Architectural and Landscape Photographer Needs This

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Usman Dawood explains the Lens Cast Calibration process. When it comes to architectural photography, tilt-shift lenses are quite possibly the best option available. The flexibility and amazing image quality make them very popular amongst architectural photographers and even some landscape photographers. Having said that, there are occasions when you may want to push these lenses to their respective limits by shifting right to the edge. Sometimes the building you’re shooting may be a little too…

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ASMP Joins NPPA to Condemn Interference of News Coverage on Capitol Hill

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ASMP joins the National Press Photographers Association (NPPA), along with other organizations, in a statement to express their objections to alleged actions by Sargeant in Arms Larkin, Capitol Police Chief Verderosa, and other US Capitol police officers reported to have interfered with and threatened journalists reporting on matters of public concern at the Capitol on July 25, 2017. If, as reported, officers ordered journalists to “delete images” of this incident, this action raises significant legal concerns both…

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Is Your Camera Bigger Than a Smartphone? TSA Will Scan It Separately

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Dunja Djudjic breaks down the new rules announced today by TSA that could make carrying your gear on board a lot more frustrating than it already is. As we recently reported, the U.S. has lifted the electronics ban due to the “enhanced security measures.” As it turns out, these measures involve the separate scan of all the electronics from your carry-on if it’s larger than a smartphone. If you’re a photographer, this means you’ll have…

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Your Guide To Photography Permits

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SLR Lounge co-founder Pye Jirsa answers some commonly asked questions about photography permits such as — when you need one, where to purchase one and how to get away with not having one. The latest buzz around Southern California’s photography community is centered around the permit citations being given out in Laguna Beach. This Orange County haven is riddled with photographers, both amateur, professional and recreational, just trying to get epic sunsets and that gorgeous,…

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