Category: Asides

A Photo Editor – I Didn’t Choose My Gender- But I Have Chosen To Be A Photojournalist

“We believe photojournalism has a large and enthusiastic following that would be willing to contribute financially when given the right incentive,” the founders declared on their Web site. “Emphas.is offers this incentive in the form of exclusive access to top photojournalists carefully selected by a board of reviewers composed of industry professionals.”

Link:
http://www.aphotoeditor.com/2011/03/04/i-didnt-choose-my-sex-but-i-have-chosen-to-be-a-photojournalist/

First Impressions of the Finepix X100 from a rangefinder shooter by Pieter Franken | STEVE HUFF PHOTOS

A master of feature photography, his images were clean, dramatically lit, and well composed. No one made a better group portrait. In a world of motor-driven cameras, Herde shot frugally, thinking before he pushed the button. And his captions were always impeccably neat. Photographers usually have bad handwriting. Tom Herde was an exception to the rule.

Link:
http://www.stevehuffphoto.com/2011/03/04/first-impressions-of-the-finepix-x100-from-a-rangefinder-shooter-by-pieter-franken/

Rob Galbraith DPI: Macworld: two short articles on using Macbook Air for photographers

Avoiding clichés requires one of two things: An original approach or an unexplored subject matter and ideally, both. In other words, figuring out a new way to make pictures of a tried and true subject is one way. This usually means telling a specific, dynamic story. The other is to discover or conceive of a subject that hasn’t been trampled to stereotype. Do both and you’re a genius.

Link:
http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-11225-11300

David Griffin Joins Washington Post As Visuals Editor

Ed Ou and Scott Nelson, photographers on assignment for The New York Times, crossed from Egypt into Libya on Tuesday, with a Times reporter, Kareem Fahim. About five hours after they arrived, Kerri MacDonald interviewed Mr. Ou through an instant messaging service. His responses, somewhat condensed, are reproduced as they came in, line by line.

Link:
http://www.nppa.org/news_and_events/news/2011/02/griffin.html

AP photographer uses MyWi to cover Bahrain protests

If one wants to think of photobook making as a spectrum, at one end, there are commercial publishers. At the other end, there are artists literally making their own books: Printing the pages, binding them etc. Raymond Meeks has produced a variety of such artist books, and I approached him to talk about those.

Link:
http://www.tuaw.com/2011/02/17/ap-photographer-uses-mywi-to-cover-bahrain-protests/

Rob Galbraith DPI: LPA Design analysis details Canon Speedlite 580EX II design flaws

Since its publication in 1977 Nancy Rexroth's book Iowa has become an underground classic. Shot in the small rural country of Southeastern Ohio using a Diana camera with a plastic lens, and named after her childhood memories, the book is mysterious on many levels. It has long been out of print and copies are scarce. I found one at the University of Oregon library, quickly fell in love with it, and eventually tracked down its author to ask some questions about Iowa, Diana, and photography.

Link:
http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-11225-11285

Rob Galbraith DPI: Damon Winter of New York Times is POYi Newspaper Photographer of the Year

Amid all our positive observations, we became concerned about the state of photojournalism in the pages we saw. We missed emotional photographs. Glossy magazines and newsprint pages with vast, luxurious expanses of space were largely devoid of powerful photojournalism. The lack of strong, documentary images puzzled us. We wondered if this has something to do with reduced investment. The industry has lost so many positions for picture editors and others, and yet great photographs can’t be made without time, care and commitment. Perhaps in places where the work is being done, print space to showcase it is no longer available.

Link:
http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/content_page.asp?cid=7-11225-11272

PDN » Photojournalist Giles Duley Gravely Injured in Afghanistan

I have stayed away from much of the online discussion of the use of camera phones and apps in photojournalism largely because I have not wanted to be seen as an advocate for their use and because I have wanted to avoid any appearance of endorsing any particular product or technique — which I absolutely do not. It was never my intention for these photos to be seen only in the context of the tool by which they were made. Having said that, I will always stand behind these photographs and am confident in my decision that this was the right tool to tell this particular story. Any discussion about the validity of these images comes down to two basic fundamentals: aesthetics and content.

Link:
http://pdnpulse.com/2011/02/photojournalist-giles-duley-gravely-injured-in-afghanistan.html

USB Knob Adds Remote Focus-Pulling to Canon SLRs | Gadget Lab | Wired.com

It is rare that the most important piece of equipment in your bag is the bag itself, even more rare for that bag to be a black plastic trash sack slung over your shoulder as you walk past pro-government thugs on a bridge over the River Nile. The trash bag’s purpose, of course, is to conceal your large nylon camera bag, which is likely to get you grabbed off the street by the aforementioned thugs.

Link:
http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2011/02/usb-knob-adds-remote-focus-pulling-to-canon-slrs/

Photo Mechanic for $60! 15th Anniversary Sale – A Picture's Worth | PhotoShelter

Russell Frederick has been documenting the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn as part of an ongoing project since 1999. Mr. Frederick, 40, is a member of  Kamoinge, a New York-based collective and is working on his first solo exhibition “Black.” Mr. Frederick spoke with me this week in New York.

Link:
http://blog.photoshelter.com/2011/02/photo-mechanic-for-60-15th-anniversary-sale.html