This is the first in a series of blog posts…
Photographers who post their work online run the inherent risk of having their work stolen. But stolen by another photographer? Come on, that’s just disgraceful. Now one Tumblr user has decided to put these photo-stealing photographers to shame, by publicly calling them out and giving true credit for photos where it’s due. So knowing that at least one person is working to put photo stealers in their place, let’s relax and get on with the rest of Friday Happy Hour.
“Wall of Shame” calls out photographers who steal other photographers’ work
The blog named stopstealingphotos.tumblr.com speaks for itself. “Photo Stealers”, as it’s officially named, is a self-proclaimed wall of shame “dedicated to photographers that feel that it’s okay to steal other’s work and post it as their own.”
The majority of photographers who have made this virtual wall of shame are wedding photographers – whether that’s a coincidence or says something about who’s stealing photos is anyone’s guess.
One such photo-stealer – who robbed a professional wedding photographer’s images for her website – at least admitted that the photos weren’t hers…in a backwards, messed up sort of way: “The images currently on this website we’re [sic] taken by Robin Bradshaw of Bullet Photography. They are a representation of the photojournalistic style I aspire too [sic] and they are temporary whilst I build my portfolio in 2012.”
It takes a little digging to even find this proclamation of dishonesty (and two grammar mistakes in one sentence is shameful in itself). Interestingly, the photo-stealer has since taken down her website, so maybe this Tumblr can have a greater impact?
Intense look at Aurora Borealis over three years
Photographer Chad Blakley of the photography tour group Lights Over Lapland spent three years creating thousands of hours of footage of the Aurora Borealis, as seen from Abisko National Park in Sweden. The resulting time-lapse is a beautiful representation of this magnificent event – but warning, the music is on the intense side and not quite what we anticipated for what looks like a more soothing event. (via Mashable)
Polaroid introduces new Z2300 instant digital camera
Polaroid jumps back into instant photography with their new insta-print camera, shown for the first time at the CEA Line Show (a conference for companies selling products in the media, retail, trade, and analyst space) in NYC this week. The Z2300 has a 10 megapixel camera that can print 2×3 inch prints “in less than a minute.” You can even print with the iconic Polaroid classic border! Users can review images before printing, as with any other digital camera. Price starts at $159.99 and 50-sheet packs of paper for $24.99. (via Market Watch)
Photographer John Wark captures aerial shot of Colorado fire damage
32,000 people evacuated the Colorado Springs area this week as a fire raged near the foothills. Officials said that over 20,000 homes and 160 commercial buildings were threatened and in the fire’s path.
PhotoShelter member and aerial stock photographer John Wark captured a telling shot of the damages, shown below, which was featured on the deverpost.com. Forest services have made significant progress in controlling the fire, but there’s already been significant damage as neighborhoods have been reduced to charred rubble.
Photos of Olympic hopefuls realizing they’re going to London
How you would feel in the exact moment when someone told you that you’re going to the 2012 Summer Olympics in London? BuzzFeed – known for collecting topical photos and putting them into a streamlined post – has founds 26 photos of Olympics hopefuls realizing that they’ve achieved their goal of going to the Olympics. Mainly features track runners – and boy, is the joy obvious.
7 tips for better firework photos
With the Fourth of July in the U.S. on the horizon, The New York Times Gadgetwise blog asked PhotoShelter member and photojournalist Kike Calvo to share his 7 tips for better firework photos. Here are a few of his tips and tricks:
- Scout it out. It’s best to scout out the setting before the fireworks begin, even when they are being set up.
- Focus First. You want a lot of depth of field so you get a lot of real estate in focus.
- Expose yourself. The big trick to catching fireworks is to have long shutter speed, so you capture the entire path of the rockets, and better yet, several in one photo.
Get the rest of Kike’s tips on Gadgetwise!