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From the Chicago Tribune, photojournalist Alex Garcia offers these tips for any photographer to be ware of:

  1. Not asking for a picture, for more access, for more shooting time.
  2. As a photographer, let me humbly suggest it’s far better to give your full allegiance to your vision; not your gear.
  3. …contests, even though arbitrary and unfair, still remain as one of the few ways by which someone is able to independently attest to the quality of their work.
  4. …remember to incorporate and innovate, not imitate.
  5. …it is always good to come back to see what other photographers are saying with their pictures.
  6. When I chimp (review the digital files on the camera display), I take my eyes off a situation and temporarily unplug myself from the flow of a portrait or news action.
  7. If you are hoping to do any work in newspapers, forget about using Photoshop for anything else than for basic toning, etc.

Read the article here.

Via pdn:

GigaPan announced today that photographer Gerald Donovan has created what it says is “the world’s largest photo.” The image, a 45-gigapixel photo of Dubai, was created with the help of Gigapan’s EPIC Pro robotic camera mount.

The photo is comprised of 4,250 pictures that took Donovan 3.5 hours to capture. He used a Canon EOS 7D and 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L zoom lens on the EPIC Pro mount.

If printed, the image would be the size of nearly 1,200 billboards, according to GigaPan.

To see Donovan’s full image of Dubai, click here.

I just caught an interesting piece over on Photo Editor. It’s about a photographer who has encountered some legal difficulties while photographing graffiti. I found it interesting because a few years back I had played with the idea of photographing graffiti. The main difference is I was planning on photographing just the “art” and not the “artist.”

On February 4th 2010, photographer Jonas Lara an Art Center Graduate and former United States Marine, was photographing 2 graffiti artists painting a mural in Los Angeles. An LAPD helicopter spotted the group, then a patrol car came in and arrested Jonas and the Graffiti Artists (or vandals depending on how you feel about graffiti). He was initially charged with Felony Vandalism which was later lowered to a misdemeanor and then changed to Aiding and Abetting which carries a 1 year sentence. His jury trial is set for May 12th (Tuesday).

This story has been bouncing around the internet for a little while now and I’ve wanted to write about it, but not without talking to a lawyer first. PDN has a story (here) that does little more than gloss over Jonas’s side of the case. I wanted to understand what rights journalists have in these types of situations so I asked the Photo Attorney, Carolyn E. Wright a couple question.

Read the rest of the article here.

With all the recent hubbub about Photoshopped celebrities in magazines (which is frankly just a fact of life these days), French ELLE decided to feature three women with no makeup or Photoshopping for the April issue (the photos were shot by Peter Lindbergh). This is perhaps more shocking than any leaked photo of an un-retouched Kim Kardashian. It’s not lost on us that they chose three of the most beautiful women in the worl… [via American Photo]

Read the rest of the story and see a couple photos here.

For wedding photographers, same-sex marriage shows signs of being good for business. Several states now allow gay marriages or civil unions. More states are likely to follow suit sooner or later, giving gay and lesbian couples across the country an impetus to throw weddings large and small.

Of course, they need photographers and other wedding vendors. But given the controversy around same-sex marriage, the gay and lesbian wedding business is somewhat fraught. Couples worry about which vendors are gay friendly. And photographers are apt to wonder whether they might alienate straight clients by shooting gay weddings.

Now a growing cadre of photographers, frequently driven by a strong sense of social justice, is actively marketing to gay clients. The photographers are counting on a growing acceptance of same-sex marriage around the country to help drive demand in the gay wedding industry.

Among them is photographer Charlotte Geary of Manitou Springs, Colorado, who shot her first same-sex wedding for a lesbian couple in 2006. [via PDN]

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Covering breaking news immediately with small or shrinking staffs can be difficult at any organization.

That was, until now.

Matthew Stoff of The (Nacogdoches) Daily Sentinel shared an excellent Twitter breaking news widget tutorial (including the code needed) that he and Lead Developer David Durrett created.

In an e-mail interview, Stoff said they have been using the tool since January, “The reporters were excited because it meant no longer relying on Web staff to publish up-to-the minute headlines, which, for us, is a process that is slower than we’d like. As a result, we’ve been much more flexible about getting intermittent updates published quickly. I’m referring to new facts that don’t warrant an entire rewrite by themselves, but help to flesh out a breaking news incident.” [via Poynter Online]

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It’s Easter Sunday. Today is a day celebrated by many Christians all around the world. The BIG Picture has photos of the week that led to the celebration of today.

Christian communities around the world are currently celebrating Holy Week – both the last week of Lent and the week before Easter. Holy Week commemorates the last week of the earthly life of Jesus Christ culminating in his crucifixion on Good Friday and his resurrection on Easter Sunday. Observances range from the elaborate and fanciful to simple and reverential, and vary a great deal between communities, regions, countries, and churches. Collected here are a small sample of photographs from Holy Week observances around the world. [via The BIG Picture]

Check out the 34 photos here.



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  • Veronica Lynne: Did you use it? It's RODEO time! That might make a good pic for the fb page to.
  • Veronica Lynne: Certainly. I am flattered. Just give credit--ChromaticSoul Photos. Also, I would love to see how you use it. The rodei is this weekend! Veronica Lynn