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Instagram Rolling Out Recommended Posts

Instagram Rolling Out Recommended Posts

Instagram will be rolling out changes to your feed once again.  They will be adding Recommended Posts to your feed, but these will not be from people that you currently follow.  Instagram is deciding what posts to show you based on posts that were liked by people that you DO follow.

TechCrunch reports that the feature is being quietly released after it was spotted earlier this month while Instagram tested it out with a smaller subset of users.

Up until now, we have been able to choose to Explore when we wanted to find new stuff, or to just scroll through the latest posts from people we follow.  If you don’t want this feature, Instagram’s help pages show you how to temporarily turn off the recommended posts.

On the flip side of this, if you are a photographer who wants to be seen, this could potentially give you a little more visibility.  If you can get likes from some of the more popular accounts, you may be able to get one of your posts recommended to some new people.

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Samyang Unveils Tiny, Affordable 35mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens for Sony

Samyang Unveils Tiny, Affordable 35mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens for Sony

Samyang has revealed their third autofocus lens. The so-called ‘tiny but mighty’ 35mm f/2.8 FE was announced last night, and today it’s instilling at least a bit of fear into Zeiss with its ultra-portable size and ultra-affordable price tag.

As the “FE” suggests, the 35mm f/2.8 FE was designed for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras, joining the AF 14mm F2.8 FE and AF 50mm F1.4 FE lenses to bring Samyang’s autofocus lineup to three lenses. What’s more, the 35mm and 50mm lenses are both significantly more affordable than their Sony/Zeiss counterparts, and Sony doesn’t even make a 14mm f/2.8 FE.

But it’s not price that Samyang is (auto)focusing on with this lens. The AF 35mm f/2.8 FE’s primary feature is portability:

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Microsoft Develops a Curved Sensor That Beats the Canon 1DS Mark III

Microsoft Develops a Curved Sensor That Beats the Canon 1DS Mark III

The development of curved image sensors may be the biggest advance in camera technology in decades, allowing for simpler, flatter lenses with larger apertures as well as dramatically better image quality. Canon, Nikon, and Sony are working on the technology, and now Microsoft Research has developed a sensor with three times more curvature than previously achieved.

Back in 2014, it was rumoured that Sony’s successor to the RX1 would contain a spherical sensor. While things went quiet on that front, both Nikon and Canon have filed patents for their own curved sensors, though we have yet to see one used in a consumer camera other than Sony’s odd perfume bottle-themed KW1.

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MediaKool.Com Introduces Their Internet Marketing Services

The company is helping Photographers and DJs to gain more traffic to their websites.

MediaKool.Com, a premier Internet Marketing Company, has announced the introduction of their marketing services. The company’s experienced consultants are putting their focus on the issues that plague these entertainment service providers: Internet visibility, Google rankings and website design.

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Bill SB-79 and Street Photography

Bill SB-79 and Street Photography

Do people have the right to control their image and its use? What are their personal rights? What about their personal privacy? What harm might befall them from having their photograph made? These questions among others are spinning around the world of photography right this moment. These issues have intensified since September 11, 2001. The efforts of George Bush, Dick Cheney, and John Ashcroft to frighten people and pull out the stops on most privacy issues have left us in the current state of confusion. How many still have their plastic wrap and duct tape? And, what does this have to do with street photography?

In March 2015 a bill introduced in the Arkansas General Assembly dealing with personal privacy would likely have killed street photography if not vetoed by Governor Asa Hutchinson. The proposed law would have required that photographers obtain written consent from strangers they might photograph if it was possible that the subjects might be identified; if they didn’t, they were liable and could be sued.

Governor Hutchinson explained his veto, “I have done so because in its current form it is overbroad, vague and will have the effect of restricting free speech,” he says. “I believe the absence of a clear exemption for […] expressive works will result in unnecessary litigation in Arkansas courts and will suppress Arkansans who engage in artistic expression from photography to art work.” The legislature was unable or unwilling to override the veto in the face of all the letters from photographers-both professional and amateur. All street photographers should thank the Governor. They should also realize that this is an early volley in what will be a long battle.

There have been two major events in my lifetime where photographs had an instrumental role in turning the tide of events and changing history. One was the civil rights movement and the other was the Vietnam War. Many government and military agencies learned from these events.

Stop and think about the civil rights movement. Imagine if laws like Bill 79 had existed then.   Many of the civil rights photos were in fact “street photos.”

Birmingham Protestors - Bill Hudson

Birmingham Protestors – Bill Hudson

The photo by Bill Hudson of a dog attacking demonstrators in Birmingham would not have been widely circulated. The photo by Bob Adelmann of demonstrators being sprayed with high pressure water from fire hoses would have been swept aside. Many of the photos of Charles Moore, one of the most productive of the civil rights photographers in Alabama would not have been seen. Moore was quoted as saying, “I fight with my camera.” He would have been defeated had Bill 79 existed then.
Some of the most seminal photographs of the 20th century would have never been published. People would have remained ignorant and prejudiced, believing that segregation was the best way for our society to organize itself.

Freedom March - James Karales

Freedom March, James Karales. (c) Estate of James Karales

In the photo above no one can be identified readily. Today’s methods however are far more powerful than those in the 1960s, so beware. Similarly look at this photo below and think how many consents one would need to get. 4393370844_24568967f0_o

What are your rights?
Things clearly in public, including people, can be photographed without their permission.

People in a location where they have a reasonable expectation of privacy, for instance, in their home, can’t be photographed with out permission.

If they are in a location that is a public place or the public is invited, they can be photographed.

A lot of the laws relate to how the photo is used. If the image is used in a commercial fashion you must get consent and state what the use will be.

If the photo is placed on a website and used in an offensive or defamatory manner, the subject has the right to demand it be taken down and may have rights to seek legal recourse against the site and the photographer.
So, be careful, have fun, and be nice to people you photograph. Remember no one can confiscate your camera or your film. Not even the police. Probably better to not get into much of a scuffle with them though. Agree to accompany them or ask them to call a more senior person. We all gain from that.

photo credit: PROTESTABLE via photopin (license)

photo credit: HK on J, 2010 via photopin (license)

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Digital Camera HQ Announces 2014 Editor’s Choice Awards

The Year’s Top-Ranked Cameras Include Models From Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm and more
2014 editor’s choice

PRLogDec. 18, 2014NEW JERSEY – Digital Camera HQ (http://www.digitalcamera-hq.com/), a growing review-based website, has announced the top ranked cameras for 2014. The Editor’s Choice awards were given out to eleven different cameras, each in different categories, based on image quality, performance and design.

“Camera technology is becoming increasingly focused on better sensors and lenses in a smaller, more user-friendly design,” said DCHQ Managing Editor, Hillary Grigonis. “Selecting the top model was a tough choice in many categories, but ultimately came down to the best image quality paired with the most enjoyable user experience.”

DCHQ reviews the best imaging products throughout the year and finalized their 2014 scores last week. The awards are broken down by category as well as price and given to cameras introduced in 2014 or late 2013.

The DCHQ 2014 Editor’s Choice cameras are:

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