Covid pandemic dominates media and our lives on all levels. Photographer community takes it devastated too. The economic effects among photography businesses are impossible to predict and the way out is hard to see for anyone.
The obtrusive working style of a Japanese street photographer stirred big debate after he appeared in a Fuji commercial. The company dropped both the ad and the photographer they used to sponsor. This is an important story with wide-scale aspects of professionalism, legal issues and ethics: can you put you push the camera up in others’ faces and without consequences?
I got involved in a very interesting debate with a few colleagues about photographing the recovery of the capsised and sank passanger boat Mermaid. Some of them were complaining for some of his “really good” photos not getting published because TEK (short name for Hungary’s Counter Terrorism Centre) banned them.
Cameraman and photojournalist work has some some broad similarities to the military operations. It requires experience, knowhow, concentration, coordination, can often be very exhausting and physically demanding. It is an obvious thought process to compare it to real military trainings. This appears in the great and funny commercial series of Sky Channel.
Dutch freelancer photojournalists prepare for strike to protect their livelyhood from inflation, decrease of their tariffs and infringements of their copyrights. Of course it is an interesting question what a strike of photographers can achieve and how readers and publishing houses react to such actions…
It happens more and more often during photographing various events that someone is disturbed by the clicking sound of a DSLR camera and people ask photographers to turn off the sound. The photographer often just blinks not finding the words to reply. Clicking sound is not just an effect with a DSLR camera just like with mobile phones and compact cameras. It is an integral part of the function. Many photographers however has no clue about even DSLR cameras can be silenced. More than that it is very much advised in certain situations. If it is not possible than even more routine and knowledge is required to avoid disturbing others. And no, simple because you “have to” take photos doesn’t allow you to disturb others.
british news agency Reuters will be banned from the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic games to be held on February 9th. The reason is they published unauthorised images of the rehearsal despite the well known embargo they also accepted.
The story of a copyright dispute around a political satire modified documentary photo that reveials how complicated some copyright reuse cases can be – especially in Hungary.
More and more of the big sporting and other events makes photographers to face smaller or bigger thefts. Signs show often other photographers may be the perpetrators. It is worth to stay alerted and take special care for your belongings.
We often meet people who think buying an expensive camera or lens instantly makes them a pro photographer. Meanwhile they often don’t learn how to use their equipment or they just leave it unused due to a lack of time or lost interest. A very pertinent ad from Norway makes fun of them.