Tuesday, October 9, 2012
Getty Images has announced that its Flickr Collection has grown to 500,000 images. The half millionth photograph had been submitted by Jiangang Wang, a system engineer and photo hobbyist from Tianjin, China. The image, “Minato Mirai night view,” was captured from the vantage point of Osan-bashi in Yokohama, Japan, where Wang now lives, and shows the city skyline just after sunset.
Friday, October 5, 2012
Luxury whisky brand The Macallan has been running a competition in which they are encouraging people to send in an important image and tag it with a key word - they call it the Last Word. You can find the details here. There are some amazing prizes up for grabs.
Here’s my Last Word picture which is titled Self. Self-portraits are perhaps the most difficult people shots to take – after all, not that many photographers like to be the subject of the picture. This abstract self-portrait plays with reality to deliver a pleasing image that doesn’t give too much away about the photographer. Taken with the humble iPhone and post-processed with Nik Software’s SnapSeed, it proves that even the humblest of equipment can take and create a good photo. The image also shows that the right lighting can make or break the mood; the lengthening shadows of dusk not only added to the ambience of the scene, but created the extreme sense of perspective that makes the photo so interesting. My tip - always carry some kind of camera with you, whether that’s a DSLR or a simple cameraphone - you never know when exactly the moment will be right.
Incidentally if you live in the UK you can see my image and some other excellent images at the Macallan booth at several exhibitions. Details here: http://www.themastersofphotography.com/
Don’t forget to enter the competition, there’s a photography trip to Scotland and top end Fujifilm cameras up for grabs.
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Samsung are looking for as many people in the UK called David Bailey as possible to take part in a photography project. They’re giving lots of David Baileys the new Samsung NX1000 Smart Camera to test the theory that it’s so good that it lets everyone take photos like the world’s best photographer. Samsung are also aiming to try and break a world record on Saturday. With just over a day to go for David Baileys to get in touch, visit this site to register your interest: http://wearedavidbailey.com/
Thursday, September 20, 2012
Eposure.com has introduced a free and live webinar service. Tim Bilsborough, Eposure’s founder (pictured above with director Gabrielle O’Hare) says, “Webinars are a fantastic tool which allows us to work directly and interactively with many more photographers, all over the country. We cover areas such as ‘how to create a website which is designed for buyers, not photographers’, and, ‘the marketing essentials for commercial photographers.’ We know that marketing is something that many photographers find very time consuming and yet brings little reward. Our agency background means we can pass on very relevant information that can make their marketing strategies effective.” The current webinar schedule is available to Eposure members on the website below.
Thursday, September 6, 2012
Hasselblad UK has just launched a new webstore listing the full range of Hasselblad and Broncolor equipment. Chris Russell-Fish, Managing Director Hasselblad UK said: “Our customer research tells us that this online purchase option will benefit our customers - especially those that might live many miles away from a dealer and need certain accessories and small items quickly.” The new site can be accessed via the link below.
Monday, August 27, 2012
Landscape Photography Magazine has relaunched its website with new features and improved core functionality. In celebration of the relaunch, the magazine has also announced a special offer - get the current issue plus the next two issues for just $1. The promotion runs until 15th September.
Friday, August 17, 2012
Tamron has launched a new video series which profiles pro photographers as they shoot on location and present tips for viewers to capture better images. The videos are approximately 6 minutes in length and follow the photographers as they explain their approach to capturing images in their signature style.
Packaging manufacturer GWP has launched a new e-commerce website, Cases UK. It offers top of the range, military grade, waterproof, dustproof and drop-proof protective cases suitable for photographic equipment.
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
Facebook has announced upcoming changes to the way users’ photos are presented on their timelines. “Now when you click Photos at the top of your timeline, you’ll see larger pictures that fill up the page,” the company said in a statement. “You can use the menu to find shots you’re tagged in, pictures you’ve shared and albums you’ve created.” Although the press release does not say so in express terms, the screenshot above suggests that all images will - rather disappointingly and incomprehensibly - be cropped to square format, regardless of their original aspect ratio. The changes are being rolled out gradually.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Manfrotto has launched a new blog designed to captivate, engage and interact with photography enthusiasts. The blog focuses on four key themes including Personality, Physicality, Popularity and Practicality. Simona Colombo, Manfrotto’s Communications Director – Imaging, said: “The blog enables us to connect with our audience by inviting them to be part of the conversation. Not only do we want them to keep taking and sharing photos, but we want to provide useful links and tips to get the most out of their photography”.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Idan Shechter, founder and owner of camerasize.com, has just launched a new website that allows users to visually compare camera sensor sizes. “Sensor sensor sizes like 1/2.33” or 1” didn’t really give me a good idea how small the sensor of the camera really is,” Idan says. “So I’ve decided to create a new web app that will allow me and others to really understand how large / small a specific sensor is in relative to other sensors.” You can try out the new web app for yourself at the website below.
Monday, July 9, 2012
PQ Blackwell is looking for photographers to test its new tailor-made book service, MILKbooks, during the month of July. Participants will get the benefit of exclusive design templates and tools specially created by Geoff Blackwell and his team of award-winning designers and editors. The test offer is being backed by a promotion of 8 free books for every 10 purchased during July. PQ Blackwell will also reward “early-adopter” photographers with a unique code that entitles them to 10% discount on all purchases for the next 10 years. To register, visit the website below.
Friday, June 29, 2012
Manchester-based Eposure, a new business which has been set up to support professional photographers by promoting its members to photography buyers, has just launched its website. Designed to create a single place where buyers can find, research and commission commercial photographers, Eposure.com allows members to create their own portfolio pages, which are then actively marketed and promoted to buyers on a daily basis. ” We have a blog which is a key part of the site, which is already well respected in the industry, based on feedback we get, because we are covering issues in the commercial photography market that nobody else has,” says Gabrielle O’Hare, director of Eposure. “The team behind Eposure have a strong photographic and marketing backgound, which means we understand the sector, and the people who commission and use photography for their own marketing.”
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Instaprints have launched an online marketplace which offers Instagram users around the world the ability to sell their photos as canvas prints, framed prints, acrylic prints, greeting cards and posters. “Instaprints was designed for anyone who wants to turn their Instagram photos into an online business,” said Sean Broihier, founder of Instaprints. “Instagram users love transforming their photos into stylized works of art. Our website allows those users to generate income by selling their photos as actual art products which you can hang on your wall.” The company sets a base price for each available product, and sellers then add a markup to each base price. When a sale is made, sellers keep their entire markup.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Iconify is a new way for photographers to turn their portfolio into a responsive website and a mobile app. Smart enough to work in any browser, on practically any device, Iconify portfolios can be easily viewed, downloaded and shared. The minimalist yet highly functional design also makes it easy for potential buyers to get in touch with the photographer via e-mail, phone, Facebook, Twitter or personal website. Those signing up for the service before 30th June at the website below will automatically receive 30 days of Pro Membership for free when the service launches.
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Nikon has launched the Small Moments are Huge online community photo gallery to encourage digital camera users to celebrate meaningful, everyday moments. The new community, which will be hosted on the Nikon USA page on Facebook, kicked off with the help of some of today’s most influential personalities in television, film, music and technology. Fans can join the Guest Stars and upload their own “small moments” to the community gallery throughout 2012. Additionally, for every photo uploaded, Nikon will donate $1 to The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island up to $50,000.
FOAP is a new web service that enables users to sell their iPhone photos via a smartphone app. The company splits the revenue on a 50/50 basis with the photographer, and each approved photo is licensed for $10, meaning you can earn $5 each time someone buys it. “We want to attract the best Iphoneographers and those who are passionate about photography rather then everyone,” says David Los, co-founder of FOAP. The company claims it has already partnered up with a number of photo buyers including Ferratum, a micro loan company. The app launched in the Scandinavian AppStores on 15th May, and has already attracted thousands of registered users. Today marks its launch on iTunes UK.
Worpix.com is a new online marketplace for geotagged photos. Created by Omegapython, a Finnish company based in Helsinki, Worpix is a global service that works without registration. Photographers retain the right to determine the pricing of their own photos, with Worpix getting a commission of 15% (or a minimum of $2) on every transaction. Additionally, photographers also have the option to auction the photos.
Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Harald Johnson has announced the relaunch of his photo education and entertainment site PhoozL. To celebrate this, the new PhoozL launches with two challenging photo contests/assignments. “Seeing the Light” is a “super-judged” contest with two rounds of judging, a theme chosen by Joel Meyerowitz, and the final judging and determination of winners also by him. The “After Dark” photo assignment is the first of a series of more casual photo challenges modeled on traditional assignments that art directors, editors, and publishers have always given photographers. There is an assignment, a limited time period to submit photos, and a final selection of winning images by the Assigner, in this first case by Harald Johnson himself. In addition to the contests and assignments, the new PhoozL also has forums (“Phorums”), a photo-critiquing area, a growing list of Photo Tips, and a Featured Photographer interview that will update regularly. There’s also a site blog and a special Phun section that includes Flash photo games, photo apps, and more.
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
Canon U.S.A: has announced two major additions to the Canon Digital Learning Center (CDLC). Firstly, the company has recently launched a new dedicated mobile site to help make the CDLC’s educational content and resources easily available from any smartphone or tablet. Viewers can even register for Canon Live Learning workshops right from their phones. Secondly, they have added a library of Wireless Files Transmitter setup guides. These easy-to-follow step-by-step PDFs are fully illustrated and include instructions for all WFT modes, network configurations, and popular operating systems.