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Ive been photographing families for seven years. Let me tell you; its been a long slog. Ive learned so many things through the years that make my work consistent and creates happy clients, Ive also learned that I work in a community of other independent photographers and we have also come to help, rely on and yes, compete with one another and still be friends at the end of the day.
Minted, Im not so sure we can be friends. Friends work to understand one anothers backgrounds and the difficulties we face and we tend to value one another, not use one another or pull our friends into schemes that dont work to their advantage based on false promises. We also like our friends to earn living wages.
I see youre offering in-home photo shoots for $100. Wow. What a bargain!
How are photographers paid? You are paying your contract photographers $50 per session. On paper it sounds like $100 per hour for the photographer, which, to just about anyone, sounds awesome. But its not. In any case when you account for travel time/parking, culling the session (selecting the 50 best images) and a buffer for uncooperative clients each session should probably be at least 1.5 hours apart. Lets do the math:
Total take-home for 8-hour day: $130 or $16.25 per hour.
Just at living wage for San Francisco and also without gear or business or health insurance costs taken into account. Once you add those in you are looking at a wage below the living wage calculator.
Cities are a total b**ch to work in. Traditionally, people charge/pay for that. Have you all driven around San Francisco and tried to find a place to park? Were talking about sessions in peoples homes, not one park where multiple clients can travel back-to-back for minis. Its an extra 20-30 minut...
Giles Duley, one of the worlds leading documentary and humanitarian photographers, is working on a new project titled Legacy of War. Learn what he thinks it means to tell a story in this inspiring 7-minute interview as part of Ilford Photos new Ilford Inspires video series.
We previously featured Duley back in 2011 after he suffered a terrible injury from an IED while on patrol in Afghanistan alongside the US Army, causing him to lose two legs and one of his arms.
Legacy of War is a 5-year project that looks at the lasting impact war has around the world. Duley looks at those living amongst the aftermath, documenting both individuals and communities that are suffering.
For me, photography is how I found my way of telling stories, said Duley. When I was 18 I had [a] camera, and suddenly I had my voice.
I photograph everything I hate in the world, continued Duley. And thats actually really a challenge for me. Thats taken away a lot of my love of photography.
Duley does this work because he wanted to make the world a little bit better by telling the stories about the people behind the issues seen so regularly on television. When things are brought onto a personal level, rather than just a quantity of people in a particular situation, it reminds you what [its] really about.
Adobe is teasing an impressive new technology called Scribbler. Its an interactive deep learning-based image generation system that you can use to automatically colorize black-and-white photos. Above is a 6.5-minute demo of Scribbler.
The system was developed using the Adobe Sensei deep learning system by researchers at Adobe, Georgia Tech, and UC Berkeley. The scientists trained a neural network on tens of thousands of carefully chosen photos to teach it facial features in new photos and fill in realistic colors (based on its best guess).
Here are two examples of black-and-white portraits that were automatically turned into color photos by Adobe Scribbler:
The colorization can be done with a single click. For more customization, you can tell Scribbler what you want certain portions of photos to look like.
In addition to photos, the system can also be used on drawings and sketches:
Project Scribbler was publicly demonstrated yesterday as a Sneak Peek at the Adobe MAX 2017 conference. The demo was portrait-focused, but it seems Adobe is aiming to make this technology word for any type of photo.
This is a look at early technology from Adobe, Adobe says. These may or may not be features and/or new products we integrate down the line.
Wildlife photography is taken to the extreme in the rainforest. All of the elements, insects, and other creatures seem to be fighting against you and your camera. In this 7-minute video from Nature TTL, learn how to keep your camera alive and take memorable images in one of the planets most challenging environments.
Photographer Sam Rowley tested his photographic skills when he took off to Madagascars rainforest in search of lemurs and some unusual reptiles.Red ruffed lemur, Varecia rubra, Masoala, Madagascar, July. Uroplatus fimbriatus, giant leaf-tailed gecko, Nosy Mangabe, Madagascar, August. Giant leaf tailed gecko, uroplatus fimbriatus, Nosy Mangabe, Madagascar, July.
Leaf-tailed geckos tried to steal the show, but the number of incredible lemurs that are endemic to Madagascar cannot be ignored.
Rowleys tips include how to keep your camera safe from rainforest moisture, how to deal with incredibly low light, how to prepare yourself for an entirely new ecosystem, and how to even begin to capture animals that spend most of their time high in the canopy on camera.
Check out the full video above to take a proverbial trip into the jungle, and subscribe to...
Adobe demoed a number of technologies at Adobe MAX 2017 yesterday, including something called Cloak. Its basically Photoshops Content-Aware Fill for video you can easily remove unwanted things from video, as you can see in the 6-minute demo above.
[Cloak] enables removing unwanted things from a video by imagining what would appear if these unwanted things were removed, Adobe says.
After creating a mask that selects the object/area in your video youd like to remove, the system will intelligently fill in that area in each frame.Selecting a pole thats obstructing the video of a building in a video.
The results are impressive.
Cloak can remove people entirely from a panning shot.
Or you can even narrow things down and only remove a small portion of the scene, like the chest strap from a guys backpack
A handy use case for Cloak could be removing action camera tripods and mounts from shots. No word yet on if or when well actually see Cloak arrive as a feature in a software release.
It has 8 stops of power and can be adjusted in 1/3 stop increments, with a guide number of 58. A zoom range of 20-200mm is as expected, and the single pin is compatible with most major camera brands, be it Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic, or Sony.
It has a built-in Phottix Ares II transmitter and receiver, as well as a backlit LCD screen to control it and make easy adjustments.
This video runs through the main features of the flash:
The mounting screw threads, positioned for vertical and horizontal use, are great for flexibility and versatility.
There are no high-speed sync capabilities, so the Juno is usable until 1/250th. Its compatible with the Ares II and Stratos II trigger systems.
The Phottix Juno flash is available for $130 from the Phottix website, as well as in some combo packages.
The U.S. government is urging airlines around the world to ban cameras, laptops, and other large personal electronic devices from checked luggage, citing the risk of batteries causing catastrophic fires.
The Chicago Tribune reports that the recommendation was made in a paper that was recently filed with the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), an agency thats part of the U.N.
The FAA conducted tests that involved placing a heater against a fully-charged laptops lithium-ion battery, causing the batterys temperature to continually rise. The agency found that overheating batteries and aerosol cans in close proximity to one another can cause fires and explosions in less than a minute events that could bring down a passenger plane.Lithium-ion batteries are used in cameras and photo equipment.
[I]t was concluded that if a [portable electronic device] is packed in a suitcase with an aerosol can and a thermal runaway event occurs, there is the potential for an aerosol can explosion, the FAA writes. The explosion itself may or may not be strong enough to structurally damage the aircraft, but in a Class C cargo compartment it will most likely compromise the Halon fire suppression system 
The fire suppression system of the aircraft is then compromised, which could lead to the loss of the aircraft.
Batteries packed with other permitted items such as rubbing alcohol, hand sanitizer, and nail polish remover also caused large fires. These fires can burn up to 1,100 F (594 C), close to the melting point of aircraft aluminum, and are responsible for 3 cargo jet crashes and 4 pilot deaths since 2006, the Associated Press says.
Heres a quick 2-minute video tutorial by photographer Travis Transient on how to post photos to Instagram using the browser on your desktop computer. The trick involves using the Developer Tools feature in your browser and using your browser as a mobile browser.
This video may be helpful for those of you who enjoy learning things in video form. If youd like a more in-depth step-by-step tutorial on this same technique, we published our own tutorial earlier this year. Theres also a new app called Windowed thats designed to help you upload photos from Windows and Mac computers.
Canon has filed a patent in Japan for a giant flip screen for the rear display of professional-form DSLR cameras.
First spotted by Canon Rumors, the patent illustrations show a 1D X-style camera with a screen that spans nearly the entire backside of the camera. And instead of flipping out to the side, it uses an arm to flip well above the top of the camera.
The patent also appears to show other user interface elements (e.g. buttons, a mode dial, and a smaller display) hidden behind the screen on the camera body. These are only accessible after the screen is swiveled out from the camera.
Once tilted, the screen can be rotated to face both forward and backward.
Other illustrations in the patent show a similar large screen design for 5D-style DSLR bodies:
I think a lot of us have always assumed eventually the entire back of a camera would be an LCD/OLED, Canon Rumors writes. A lot of us have called on Canon to put vari-angle LCDs on professional cameras such as the EOS-1D X series, EOS 5D series and the EOS 7D series, and were still waiting.
My name is Richard Haw, and Im a photographer based in Tokyo, Japan. In this post, Ill show you how scanning film works with the Nikon D850s unique new Negative Digitizer Mode.
I have been digitizing my negatives using DSLRs for some time now, using the Nikon Picture Control to get a positive image when I preview my capture on the cameras LCD.
While this works well with monochrome pictures, I wasnt very happy with this workflow when it comes to C41 process films due to the heavy amber tint, as this requires more time and effort to fix in post.
But Nikon has rocked the boat so to speak when they announced the new Negative Digitizer Mode in the D850. I recently visited Nikons offices with a C41 negative frame and borrowed a D850 to test out the new feature.
Here is the brief video showing how the new Negative Digitizer Mode works:
You have to enter into Live View picture taking mode and then click the i button to bring out the menu on the right sidebar. Scroll down a bit until you see the icon for the Negative Digitizer Mode. Select which one you want between monochrome and C41 process film and begin capturing.The original C-41 negative as seen through the cameras Live View. ...
A photographer whose photos have appeared on the front page of the New York Times over 30 times has filed a lawsuit against the newspaper. He accuses the Times of misclassifying his employment status, discriminating against him based on age, denying assignments due to an arrest, and retaliating against him due to making these claims.
Bloomberg BNA reports that photographer Robert Stolarik filed the lawsuit against the Times on July 6th in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. In the complaint, Stolarik makes a number of different accusations.
The first is that during his 14 years of shooting for the paper, Stolarik has always been classified as a freelancer instead of a full-time employee, making him pay additional taxes as well as be ineligible for the companys health insurance benefits and retirement plan. Stolarik says that the editors at the Times referred to him as a full-time freelancer.
Stolarik also says that despite working nearly 3,400 hours in overtime between 2005 and 2009, he was only compensated his standard hourly rate of $25 per hour for these overtime hours.
The Times also discriminated against Stolarik based on age, the lawsuit says. Stolarik regularly sought to become a staff photographer and employee of the Times, but he claims he was told multiple times by multiple editors that his age (he was 37 in 2006) would prevent him from being brought on as a staff shooter.
At the same time, a number of less qualified younger photographers in their 20s were hired by the Times as staff photographers, the lawsuit says.
In August 2012, Stolarik was covering a story in the Bronx when he was assaulted and arrested by NYPD officers. The Times assigned Stolarik a lawyer to defend himself and sent an angry letter to the NYPD over the photographers treatment. Th...
In the usual places were seeing the monthly Urbex (urban exploration) photographer dies in fall story making the rounds. These are guys that trespass on rooftops, on ledges, in abandoned buildings, and so on, to take photographs.
Youve probably seen their pictures. The peeling paint covered over with graffiti, the rooms filled with mysterious junk, the long, long hallway. Sometimes they bring a hot model along to decorate the scene, sometimes not.
I was one of those amateurs, for twenty years, that was searching. Not Urbex, but I was still looking for something. I knew the iconic photos, and I could tell there was something there. Moonrise over Hernandez, Behind The Train Station, Migrant Mother, and so on. I didnt know what was there, but I wanted a piece of it, and I couldnt get it. Gear and technique didnt get the job done, tried that out thoroughly. Getting out there to shoot similar subjects also no. Not to say that I accomplished the same degree of technical perfection or of timing that the really good ones got, but enough to be certain that it didnt matter. Getting a sharper lens, timing my shots more precisely, that wasnt gonna do it because there was something else there. Something I was missing.
Projecting my own pattern onto the modern milieu, I see millions of photographers laboring away for Likes on social media, and I cannot help but think this is the same search, performed somewhat differently.
The essential difference is that if you do the marketing work (follow people, comment, like their pictures, engage, engage, engage) then you can get all the Likes you want. Its just work. Or you can buy them. The point is that if you translate your search into a search for Likes, the solution is clear and doable. You just have to do a lot of work thats got nothing to do with photography or art-making. I tried that too, but Likes were not the something I was looking for.
I cannot help but think that for most people the Likes are not enough. I offer as evidence the fact that people continue to buy new gear, they travel to new places, they experiment with new methods, new angles, new materials. Theyre still looking for something, I submit.
To be fair, many people simply enjoy the process, and more power to them. Maybe you bought the Polaroid because you just love the way it looks and feels, you lo...
Photo Rumors points out that Adobe had once reassured photographers that standalone Lightroom wasnt going anywhere. In a blog post published on May 6, 2013, Adobe said there wouldnt be a new app called Lightroom CC and that traditional perpetual licenses would be offered indefinitely.
And regarding whether Lightroom would be subscription-only after Lightroom 5, Adobe stated that Future versions of Lightroom will be made available via traditional perpetual licenses indefinitely.
But after yesterdays news, its now known that Lightroom will be subscription-only after Lightroom 6.
Lightroom 6 is the last standalone...
Just months after Verizon became its parent company in a $4.48B deal to acquire Yahoo, Flickr is pulling the plug on both photo book printing and its wall art creation services.
TechCrunch reports that Flickr made the announcement in an email sent out to users this week.
Flickr will no longer be in the photo book publishing business, which it entered in 2013. As of October 16th, 2017, all photo book printing operations have been outsourced to Blurb. Photo books of your photos can still be ordered through Flickr, but they just wont be Flickr-made.
The wall art service isnt as lucky: its being ended completely. Allowing users to turn photos into wall art was first announced back in 2014. They soon received criticism for selling Creative Commons photos as wall art without compensating photographers, leading Flickr to stop the practice and issue refunds of all sales up to that point.
Flickr will be offering its Pro members a $35 credit toward their first Blurb photo book purchase and another $35 for a second purchase of $70 or more.
If you already have a photo book or wall art order in the pipeline, you have until December 1, 2017, to finish it up and get it ordered through Flickrs system thats being phased out.
Heres a basic fact everyone should know: just because a photo appears in a Google search doesnt mean its a free photo that you can use for any purpose. If its copyrighted, you could be sued if you use it without permission. Thats what the guy in this 13-minute video found out the hard way.
The video was posted by Internet entrepreneur and marketer Dan Dasilva, who shares that he was recently sued after using a photo he found on Google in his Shopify online store.
The reason I was sued was because I used a picture that I found on Google Images, Dasilva says in his warning to other content creators. But instead of simply warning people about the dangers of infringing on photographers copyrights, Dasilva decides to warn people about malicious people out there who are trying to profit off their copyright.
I never really thought that there are malicious people out there there are people out there who maliciously put pictures on the Internet, Dasilva states. They copyright pictures that they take, and what they do is, theyll get a copyright on it, and theyll put it out on the Internet, and its freely available on the Internet. If you run a Google search their image will appear.
Dasilva also doesnt seem to understand that photos dont need to be accompanied by a copyright symbol to be copyrighted in the US, photographers own the copyright from the moment they press their camera shutter.
For every image that I used that [the photographer] owned that never ever explicitly said on the images cant be used or anything like that, I would potentially be sued for $150,000 if it were to go to court, Dasilva says.
Dasilva reached a settlement with the photographer on June 5th, 2017, for $27,000. He also paid about $10,000 in legal fees, bringing his total loss from the copyright infringement at around $37,000.
(via Dan Dasilva...
Short preview: new DAM module in Luminar from Macphun Software on Vimeo. Today Macphun (Click here) announced that it will launch a Lightroom alternative in 2018: After recent Adobe news about Lightroom updates, we received a lot of questions about
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Photographer Peter McKinnon first started his YouTube channel 9 months ago, but since then he has racked up over 1.1 million subscribers. In this 11-minute video, Paddy Galloway looks at how McKinnon managed to achieve this incredible feat and what makes his channel so different from everyone elses.
Galloway estimates that the ad revenue alone is pulling in $13,000 per month for McKinnon, with sponsorships for individual videos on top of that.
But why is he so popular? What made him different?
McKinnon originally started by producing typical vlogs with titles such as spicy food and wrecked my shoulder.
Despite being well-made, they didnt get the traction McKinnon was no doubt hoping for.
He then changed things up, producing much more punchy videos like 8 Camera Hacks and receiving millions of views for them.
Galloway has produced a really great analysis of McKinnon and his channel. Addressing a number of stages every aspiring YouTuber should pay attention to:
Check out the video above to dive deep into the world of McKinnon and his YouTube phenomenon, and subscribe to Paddy Galloway for more YouTube analysis videos.
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