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5 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Business as a Photographer

5 Lessons I Learned In My First Year of Business as a Photographer My name is David Wahlman, and I’m a photographer and videographer for outdoor and active lifestyle industries based in Orange County, California. In this post, I’ll share 5 of the lessons I learned after my first year of business. 1. Being Your Own Boss Is Harder Than You Think (and so much better…) There are a lot of things I’m not good at and a lot of shortcomings I have; laziness is not one of them. I don’t ever remember a time in my life that anyone has accused me of not giving my current task all my energy and focus. Then I became my own boss and realized...

Man Discovers His $15 ‘Zorki’ Camera is a $800 Leica in Disguise

Man Discovers His $15 ‘Zorki’ Camera is a $800 Leica in Disguise The Zorki is a series of 35mm rangefinder cameras that were made in the Soviet Union from 1948 and 1978. Since they were originally designed to be cheap Leica clones, it’s not uncommon to find fake Leica cameras that are actually modified Zorkis. But one Russian camera collector recently found the opposite: his $ 15 Zorki turned out to be an $ 800 Leica. Collector Vitalijs Kezens tells USSRPhoto that he recently purchased a used Zorki-C camera for €12 (~$ 15) at a local Zorki auction. These cameras can often be found for as little as $ 20 to $ 40 on eBay. Upon closer...

Sex, Lies, and Lemmings: Hossein Fatemi and the Toxification of Photojournalism

Sex, Lies, and Lemmings: Hossein Fatemi and the Toxification of Photojournalism The year-long world tour of photojournalist Hossein Fatemi’s controversial Iranian photos is coming to an end. In a year in which fake news and the abuse of power has never been in sharper focus, it’s worth examining some of the incomprehensible decisions that led to Fatemi’s work being given such a massive platform to deceive. At the heart of this story is an Iranian woman who says she’s not a prostitute being told by a group of guys really she is. Because when it comes to Iranian women, the men at World Press Photo know best. They are going to put her naked body on show whilst at...

Water Torture Camera Test: Canon Shines and Sony Fails

Water Torture Camera Test: Canon Shines and Sony Fails Weather resistance is an important attribute of professional cameras that need to endure difficult shooting environments. To see how well some of the top cameras on the market would fare in the rain, Imaging Resource decided to conduct a water torture test, which you can watch in the 5-minute video above. The cameras tested were the Nikon D850, Sony a7R III, Canon 5D Mark IV, and Olympus OM-D EM-1. Imaging Resource took all four cameras outside and used a garden-hose sprayer to simulate natural rainfall in both a strong rainstorm and a heavy mist. Each camera was subjected to 15 minutes in...

Raw Processors Compared: There’s a Lot More To It Than Image Quality

Raw Processors Compared: There’s a Lot More To It Than Image Quality There has been a wave of updates to raw processors recently, including new releases this week from Topaz and ON1. Consequently, it has been difficult for me to finish this review, but developers updating their software is a good problem. Finally, here it is! I’m covering a couple of different categories of raw processors: Two optimized for single image processing and two that are more comprehensive hub type solutions with image management capabilities. They are Luminar 2018 (v1.1.1) and Topaz Studio (v1.8.2) for the former category and ON1 Photo Raw 2018 (v2018.1) and Lightroom...

Kodak is Bringing Back T-MAX P3200 Film

Kodak is Bringing Back T-MAX P3200 Film The film renaissance marches on. Kodak Alaris just announced today that it will be bringing back Kodak Professional T-MAX P3200 TMZ, the multi-speed panchromatic black-and-white negative film. P3200 TMZ has a nominal film speed of ISO 800, but the “P” designation means that it’s designed to be push-processed to EI 3200 or higher. “This film excels when shooting in low light or when capturing fast action,” Kodak Alaris says. “It is ideally suited for handheld street scene photography, night work, and in dimly lit venues where you can’t use...

Drunk Droning May Become a Prison-Worthy Crime in New Jersey

Drunk Droning May Become a Prison-Worthy Crime in New Jersey You’ve heard of drunk driving, but what about drunk droning? That’s what’s on track to become a new crime in the state of New Jersey after lawmakers voted to approve the new bill. Reuters reported last week that this proposed law, Senate Bill S-3370, is part of a movement among US states to bring the relatively unregulated (and exploding) drone market “back to earth.” Here’s some of the key text of the bill, which lawmakers just passed with a 65-0 vote in the State Assembly this week after a 39-0 vote in the State Senate last month: Under the bill, it is...

Photographer Exposed for Using Film Set Shots as ‘Documentary’ Photos

Photographer Exposed for Using Film Set Shots as ‘Documentary’ Photos When Mehrdad Oskouei, a well known Iranian filmmaker, was planning to produce his last film Starless Dreams he asked one of his former students, Sadegh Souri, a photographer and a cinematographer to join his crew as a camera operator. Starless Dreams is a compelling social documentary about the lives of teenage girls in a juvenile correctional facility on the outskirts of Tehran, Iran. Some of the girls come from a broken layer of society with families struggling with drugs, crimes, and even murder. Distributed internationally, the film has received exceptional reviews. It took Oskouei over...

GoPro Laying Off Up to 300 Workers as Karma Drone Flounders: Report

GoPro Laying Off Up to 300 Workers as Karma Drone Flounders: Report GoPro is reportedly laying off roughly 200 to 300 employees, mostly from the aerial division that works on the company’s struggling Karma drone. TechCrunch first reported the layoffs after hearing the news from sources close to the company. GoPro wrote in a letter to laid-off employees that this decision was made “to better align our resources with business requirements.” GoPro has struggled to compete in the camera drone market, which is dominated by the Chinese company DJI and its popular drones, such as the Spark, Mavic Pro, Phantom. DJI has a dominant consumer drone...

Hilariously Bad Family Photos Go Viral

Hilariously Bad Family Photos Go Viral This photo shoot just won the Internet… for how bad the Photoshop job was. Pam Dave Zaring got back her family photos from the professional photographer they hired, and she nearly died laughing. She then posted the photos on Facebook, where they’ve been going absolutely viral. Just take a look at the photos for yourself. “Ok. This is NOT a joke,” Zaring writes. She says she paid the “professional” photographer $ 250 for the family photo shoot and received this photos in return. “She said the shadows were really bad on the beautiful, clear,...
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