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Were you shocked to hear that Newsweek will be discontinuing its print publication at the end of 2012? More info on that, and on a brighter note, we also have news on some exciting events happening next week and images that made us laugh.
Newsweek says goodbye to print, hello to online development
Yesterday The Daily Beast officially announced that Newsweek will publish its final print magazine on December 31, 2012. After 80 years in print, the magazine will be moving to an all-digital format, both for tablets and on the web. The closing doesn’t come as a huge surprise – Newsweek has had notorious corporate and financial struggles in recent years, and the declining print industry couldn’t have helped.
The article quotes several arbitrary stats on tablet use and online news sourcing nationwide – you can’t help but get the feeling the editors are crossing their fingers that the move will swing in their favor. “We are transitioning Newsweek, not saying goodbye to it,” said Tina Brown, editor-in-chief and founder of The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. “This decision is not about the quality of the brand or the journalism – that is as powerful as ever. It is about the challenging economics of print publishing and distribution.”
We spoke with Jamie Wellford, Senor Photo Editor at Newsweek, last spring about how management changes had affected the publication. Jamie talked about a smaller capacity to assign new work, and that his department had largely switched from offering assignments to picking up images from the wire. You can view the full conversation between Jamie and Allen here.
How to survive industry trade shows
- Pace yourself. Check out the floor map and figure out which booths you want to hit – then go there first before you lose steam.
- Speak up. If you visit a booth and you love their product, tell them! If you’re hoping to do gear reviews or something of that nature, be sure to practice your pitch.
- Network. Bring ample business cards and try to meet as many new people as possible.
And after a long day, join PhotoShelter and Blurb for happy hour! This is a meetup for photographers and industry experts at a casual bar near Times Square from 6-8pm on Thursday, October 25. Check out our Eventbrite for more information and to claim your spot!
Google+ isn’t a ghost town – at least not for photographers
Digital Photography Review has posted an interesting – if a little unremarkable – post on the vibrant community Google+ has created for photographers. “Many of the earliest G+ photographers were amongst the most social and active but neglected photographers on Flickr,” Thomas Hawk told dpreview. “Google+ successfully courted the most social photographers on the web and made a big push towards welcoming these people into the Google+ ranks from day one.”
Google has clearly made a conscious effort to please its photographer base, with features like large image displays, and ability to view images’ EXIF data and histogram. As Scott Kelby says, “it feels like it was designed for photographers.”
Other features like Hangouts, which allow people to virtually connect with each other in real time, might not seem like a huge deal – but as dpreview notes, a company that pays close attention to the photography community and keeps a positive relationship is almost sure end up getting more and more users on board.
Photographing athletes in their element
Austin, Texas-based portrait, lifestyle and action photographer Darren Carroll‘s image of Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Justin Upton was recently published in ESPN: The Magazine.
Check out more of Darren’s work, including his iPhone/Hipstamatic collection.
Your field guide to powerful multimedia storytelling
MediaStorm, an interactive design and video production studio, has just published its Field Guide to Powerful Multimedia Storytelling. The iPad-friendly guide outlines how to gather multimedia content in the field for documentary films, including tips on picking appropriate gear, setting up audio correctly, and shooting b-roll and backing up media.
GoPro introduces the HERO3 Black Edition
GoPro, rightfully dubbed “the little action camera company that could,” has released its latest model – the HERO3 Black Edition. And it is…amazing. Or at the very least, the promotional video is amazing.
The company, which just turned 10 last week, started out making camera straps for surfers. Today it’s still very much geared toward action photographers, as demonstrated by the video’s surfers, extreme kayakers, base jumpers, etc. The HERO3 Black Edition can capture 4k video at 15 frames per second, and 2.7k video at 30 frames per second. GoPro’s apps can even control your camera. “People are no longer buying traditional cameras because they’re looking for differentiated ways of capturing their life experiences proactively instead than reactively with their phones,” founder Nick Woodman told TechCrunch.
Getty grants Okahara’s Fukushima project
Japanese documentary photograph Kosuke Okahara was recently named one of the recipients of Getty Image’s 2012 Grants for Editorial Photography. His project “Fragments/Fukushima” documents the critical situation that continues in this region 18 months after the tsunami. Okahara aimed to identify what the disaster means for us all, as well as create something for future generations to behold.
“I believe photojournalism is meant to tell the stories of today, but I also believe it helps to ensure these events remain prevalent in history,” says Okahara. Check out his full series here.
One month left to enter the Lucas Dolega Awards
The Lucas Dolega Association, which formed in honor of the late photojournalist Lucas Dolega, is holding its second photography contest now through November 15th. The award aims to support freelance photographers, and those interested in submitting should enter a body of work that documents a conflict, revolution, or natural disaster. The winner will receive a €10,000 cash prize, an exhibition in Paris, a publication in Reporters Without Borders’ photobook, and an assignment with Polka Magazine. Read more info on the contest and learn how to submit your work here.
NPPA Business Blitz Chicago
Join PhotoShelter’s Allen Murabayashi this weekend in Chicago for NPPA’s 2012 Business Blitz, a two-day event (October 20-21) where photographers learn how to develop the fundamental building blocks of creating a sustainable photo business in today’s marketplace. Allen will be joined by John H. White of the Chicago Sun Times, Scott Strazzante of the Chicago Tribune, as well as photojournalists Stephanie Graham, Sally Ryan, and Robin Alam. Learn more and register here.
Scared bros are back!
Last year we had a brief interview with Nightmares Fear Factory owner Frank Lapenna in which he hinted at how he gets shots of the victims walking through his haunted house. With Halloween right around the corner, Nightmares is at it again and Buzzfeed has collected the 45 best photos of scared bros. Here are a few that really got us chuckling.