Fuji X-H1 First Impressions – Luminous Landscape

I am in Los Angeles for the official press launch, and with this beautiful camera, Fuji has again hit it out of the park. My order already has already been placed, and when I receive it, I’ll give it a good field testing. Thank heavens I have a wide range of lenses for this camera. I intend to really put it to the test, especially the new video features.

A Treatise On Landscape Photography’s Dark Side

a potentially disturbing trend has emerged and become quite popular, especially on social media – not only are landscape photographers using Photoshop to control contrast, white balance, saturation, and sharpening, they are also using it to: add in objects that were not in the photograph such as a person, meteors, the moon, a mountain, or the Milky Way core; add objects that are literally not even possible to be seen in the scene depicted such as galactic objects, the moon, and the Milky Way core; or, to grossly exaggerate the size of certain objects such as mountains, lakes, rivers, people, etc. On the surface, it seems that certain landscape photographers have become so desperate for a sliver of social media attention in a suddenly over-crowded field that they are incapable of restraint. Or, it’s just art, let it be. Which one?

Enlightening Photography: An Interview with Joey Terrill – PhotoShelter Blog

Nikon Ambassador and lighting master Joey Terrill carved his own path as a freelance commercial photographer early on in his career. After a portrait assignment, Terrill became fascinated by the creative possibilities with strobe portraiture and has subsequently put his mark on the world of photography with his eye catching photography.

A Times Photographer’s Journey Home to the Winter Olympics – The New York Times

Chang W. Lee cried as he photographed the opening of the Winter Olympic Games.

He had grown up in Busan, South Korea, where his parents rarely spoke about the war that cleaved his homeland in two. His mother had fled the North, leaving behind family members; his paternal uncle was never seen again after being taken prisoner by the North. In elementary school, his teachers had him draw posters and write essays against the communists.

Which of These Images Should Be the World Press Photo of the Year? – The New York Times

World Press Photo has announced the six finalists for photo of the year, breaking a decades-long tradition of announcing the winners shortly after the judging. Although the winner has already been selected, the public announcement will come during an expanded awards ceremony on April 12th in Amsterdam. Lars Boering, the group’s managing director, hoped this new approach would lead to a television contract for the event that would bring a wider audience for photojournalism.

Do Photojournalism Contests Glamorize Pain and Suffering? – PhotoShelter Blog

In a break from the past, World Press Photo (WPP) released the short list of finalists in advance of naming the winners to their annual contest – arguably the most prestigious in all of photojournalism. The photos are remarkable for their composition, exposure and intimacy. But judging by the subject matter one might surmise that we’re living in a hellish dystopia, or that the jury believes pain and suffering is the most valid form of photojournalism.

We’re going to spend a lot more time reporting on photojournalism. What should we cover? | Poynter

I think we’d also like to get into how to make sure we’re giving proper treatment to visuals when websites and social sites demand them for everything, when and why to use photographs versus illustrations and also speak to a designer, perhaps in online and print, about some of their visual pressures and how they’ve been changing.

How graphic is too graphic when covering Florida high school shooting? | Poynter

Within minutes of the school shooting at Parkland High School in Broward County, Florida, video of the shooting, including shots and screams flowed online. Graphic video of a bloody body gave a hint of the horrors that would unfold. Another student snapped photos while crouched in a classroom while another recorded SWAT officers herding children out of an auditorium. I am not linking to those images here. You can find them easily if you want to.

Wennman, Hangst Top Prize Winners at POYi (So Far) | PDNPulse

Magnus Wennman, staff photographer at the Swedish daily newspaper Aftonbladet, has won Newspaper Photographer of the Year honors at the 75th annual Pictures of the Year International competition. German photographer Matthias Hangst of Getty Images won Sports Photographer of the Year. The POYi competition is run by the University of Missouri School of Journalism.

Pyeongchang 2018: Photos From the First Five Days – The Atlantic

After five days of competition, Germany leads the Olympic medal standings with 12 total medals, followed by the Netherlands and the United States. High winds have made alpine events difficult and have led to several postponements, but events at the Olympic Sliding Center, Phoenix Snow Park, and other venues have been going smoothly. Here, a look at some of the competition from the first days of the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea, from short track and slopestyle to ice dancing, skeleton, ski jumping, and more.

Living on the Shifting Border of Georgia and Russia – The New York Times

Such is the case for people living in Tskhinvali, or South Ossetia, a region recognized by the United States and NATO as Georgian territory but a Russian stronghold for the last 30 years. A truce was ostensibly called in 2008, but as the photographer Tako Robakidze discovered, ask any Georgian in the area and they will insist the conflict never really ended.

World Press Photo Announces Finalists for 2018 Awards | PDNPulse

this morning announced six finalists for the 2018 World Press Photo of the Year. The winner will be announced April 12 at a ceremony in Amsterdam.

These six photos are competing for a top photojournalism prize – The Washington Post

For more than 60 years, World Press Photo has selected the one photograph that defined 12 months of news, often putting the accent on some of the medium’s most iconic images. This year, however, the rules have changed. We will have to wait two months to find out which of the six shortlisted images will get the title for 2017.

Winners of the 2018 Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest – The Atlantic

Organizers of the Underwater Photographer of the Year Contest have just announced the winning photographers and images for 2018, with German photographer Tobias Friedrich being named Underwater Photographer of the Year 2018. More than 5,000 images were submitted this year by photographers from around the world. Prizes and commendations were handed out in a number of categories including Wide Angle, Macro, Wrecks, Behavior, Portrait, Black & White, Compact, Up & Coming, and, in British waters, Wide Angle, Compact, and Macro shots. UPY was once again kind enough to share some of this year’s honorees with us below, with captions written by the photographers.

An Iranian Photographer’s Unflinching Look at His Country’s Revolution – The New York Times

Kaveh Kazemi’s images of the Iranian revolution and its aftermath reveal the country’s transition from a different era, and a contrast with its social upheaval today.

Getty Licensing Deal with Google Suggests Thawing of Relations | PDNPulse

Getty Images has announced a partnership with Google that includes a multi-year deal licensing deal. In a statement released by Getty on Friday, the two companies exchanged pleasantries, but offered few details about the deal. The “collaborative relationship” between the companies, said Getty CEO Dawn Airey, will allow Getty to work “closely with [Google] to improve attribution of our contributors’ work and thereby [grow] the ecosystem.”