Announcing 5th Annual Luminance Talks at Photoville: Sept 15th at St. Ann’s Warehouse, NYC

Join us at the studio in St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn all day Friday, September 15th for discussions with industry professionals and photographers. We’ll cover topics like mistakes photographers make, getting more money from your work, developing a signature brand, women in photography, how to bring a commercial campaign to life, plus a special conversation with celebrated photographer and professor Deborah Willis.

The Alyssa Coppleman Mixtape | LENSCRATCH

It gives me great pleasure to celebrate a special friend and bright light in the photo world, the wonderful Alyssa Coppelman. Alyssa has a well-developed eye for connecting images to text in her various incarnations of Photo Editor, Art Researcher, and Writer/Contributor. She also can often be found reviewing portfolios at the major photography events –we were both recently at Photolucida in Portland, as well as at PhotoNOLA in December, and several years ago, we spent a very memorable experience at Atlanta Celebrates Photography that ended in an epic evening of dancing, and in October we will be enjoying the San Diego sunshine at the Medium Festival

Unsplash is (Still) Bad for Photography – PhotoShelter Blog

Unsurprisingly, building a platform of free photos rubbed many professional photographers the wrong way. So much so, that co-founder Mikael Cho recently penned a defense of the business. I don’t believe that Cho has any malicious intent to harm the photographic industry, but I think the unplanned success of Unsplash has helped him to justify some untenable positions. Let me challenge some of Cho’s claims.

Instagram Stories: In or Out? 4 Influential Photographers Weigh In

If you haven’t tinkered with Stories yet or are hesitant to start, we connected with a few well known photographers —  Chris Burkard, Helena Price, Katie Orlinksy, and Evan Sung — who are using the feature all the time. We wanted to know what they like about it, how it’s helping their photo business, and what tips they have for photographers who want to get started.

Photographers Peeved Their Photos Were Quietly Used in Windows 10

It seems that Microsoft decided to license the photos from various stock services (e.g. Stocksy, Corbis, 500px), paying anywhere from $20 to $172 to license the photos that The Journalist looked into.

The Image of American Hyperbole | The New Yorker

Recently, trawling Instagram, I happened upon a picture captured by the still-life photographer Shana Novak, of the big-box chain Kmart’s recently redesigned plastic bag. The bag, pristinely white, its surface marked by forgiving wrinkles, is set against a subtle gradient-blue background that looks like the sky. It might have been tossed away and carried upward by the wind. “Life is ridiculously awesome,” it says, in two bubbly, bright-red fonts: a juicy cursive and a blocky, all-caps sans serif.

The Art of Difference | by Hilton Als | The New York Review of Books

Both he and Arbus used the word “freaks” to describe their subjects (a word I found disparaging and objected to, albeit silently in his presence). But Arbus’s subjects were unlike Mitchell’s: her photographs showed them pursuing their otherness with a fierce velocity that had little in common with his ultimately more assimilated characters, seen through the skein of his elegant and sometimes ironical prose.

Magnum Photos: Photo Agency Receives Outside Investment |

The investment—the exact amount of which is undisclosed—comes from Nicole Junkermann and Jörg Mohaupt, two media experts who have financed over the years various technology ventures. The pair will join the board of what will be named Magnum Global Ventures, alongside Magnum CEO David Kogan and four members of the agency.

How Bots Are Inflating Instagram Egos – The New York Times

The answer, as with so many things online, came down to marketing. Many people with public accounts on Instagram may not realize that when random users follow them or like or comment on their posts, it is often the work of a cottage industry of websites that, for as little as $10 a month, send their clients’ accounts on automated liking, following and commenting sprees. It’s a rogue marketing tactic meant to catch the attention of other Instagram users in hopes that they will follow or like the automated accounts in return.

Beware: 500px Now Sells Your Photos on Fotolia Without Credit

“500px contributors can always opt-out of our distribution network (under their distribution settings) if it’s not right for them,” 500px tells PetaPixel. “Interestingly enough, less than 1% of Marketplace contributors have done that to date.”

Meet Chen Man, the ‘Chinese Annie Leibovitz’

The next breakout star from China is not an actress or a pop idol, but rather a photographer. Signed in 2016 by Creative Artists Agency, home of Meryl Streep, Will Smith and Jennifer Lopez, Chen Man has already drawn comparisons to Mario Testino and Annie Leibovitz

Ok, We Get It. You Shot It With Your Phone.

Ok, we get it, you wrote a blog and that photo website republished it so you think you’re a big deal. But no one even knows you who are, plus you’re not even funny. Well, except the thing about medium format. That was kind of funny.

Free photos: threat or opportunity?

Similarly to what occurred a few years back with the introduction and rapid rise of low-cost microstock, current trend indicate the steady rise of free stock photos and its potential wide effect on the industry.