Ep. 212: Nikon Doesn’t Hate Women. Promise. – and more

Ep. 212: Nikon Doesn’t Hate Women. Promise. – and more

Episode 212 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Sony Alpha Collective member, Kathryn Dyer opens the show. Thanks Kathryn!

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Nikon makes news for the wrong reason, much is learned, and the industry discusses gender inequality . (#)

Polaroid announces a new camera, new film and is set to take on Fujifilm Instax. (#)

Nikon hints that its future, more-serious mirrorless system will be full-frame. (#)

Kodak is set to release Ektachrome, but how long will it last this time around? (#)

Sony beefs up its pro support, but do you qualify? Do you even want to be a member? (#)

Phase One ups the game with a new digital back, but does it see what our eyes do? (#)


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Ep. 212: Nikon Doesn’t Hate Women. Promise. – and more

An Open Letter About Sexism, Feminism, and the Industry That I Love So Much

An Open Letter About Sexism, Feminism, and the Industry That I Love So Much

My name is Susan Stripling, and I’m a wedding photographer based in New York. This is an open letter about sexism, feminism, the industry that I love so much, and everything in between…

I have been a wedding photographer since 2002. I was 24 years old when I started my business.

I took out a loan to start my business. A small one. I remember the man at the bank talking to me like I was a child when I was setting up the paperwork. He told me that if it didn’t work out, I could always “stay home with my kids.”

In 2004, an industry leader that I formerly respected kissed me on the mouth at a photography convention. I did not want that to happen. I did not ask for it. I spent the rest of the convention wondering what I had done to provoke that. I never once realized that no matter what I’d said, done, or worn, it wasn’t okay. I eventually told people, but I still feel strange shame about it, even thirteen years later.

In 2006, I walked into a vendor booth at a popular trade show and watched the men in the booth approach every male who walked through their area with a sales pitch, never once approaching me. When I pointed it out to the male friend I was walking with, he didn’t believe me. He wasn’t being cruel or accusing me of lying, he just didn’t see it happen, and thought I was being “too sensitive.”

(I can’t even tell you the number of times I’ve complained to male friends or colleagues about how much I get ignored at camera stores and the like without them at least once saying “Aw, that must all be in your head, that doesn’t really happen.” Which means that they never SAW it happen, but it would be super great if they’d just believe my word.)

In 2007, a guest at a wedding cornered me against a bandstand and shouted in my face to “take a picture of my dick!” He pinned me against the stage and kept shouting it. I had to go get the male photographer that I was there with to help me out of the situation.

In 2008, I stood on a small platform to speak for one of the first times ever. After talking extensively about photography in a very technical manner, the first question I was asked by a member of the audience was “How do you balance your business and your personal life?”

At almost every wedding I shoot, someone asks me “Who watches your kids while you’re at weddings?” No one ever asked my ex-husband who “watched his kids” while he was at his 9-5. I can’t recall anyone asking my current husband who “watches his kids” while he’s at a wedding.

I am repeatedly asked if I miss being there for my kids on weekends. People are very concerned about why I’m not with my kids at all points in time. When I was in Florida and my kids were in a day program at our church, I don’t recall a single person ever asking my husband why the kids needed daycare for HIM to work.

Somewhere in 2008 or 2009, I went to a large photo-based convention and all but two of the speakers were men. The two women there to speak were talking about creating marketing materials.

In 2016, I went to a huge camera store in NYC to help my mom and dad return a consumer lens and buy a new one. When we approached the lens selection, the salesman talked to my father first. When I said “I’m a photographer” I got an indulgent smile and a patronizing description of how zoom lenses work.

I could go on and on for days about this.

I could talk repeatedly about the sheer number of times I’ve shown up at an event venue and before I’ve taken a single picture, the venue manager (who is usually male) starts with “So let me tell you how weddings work here!” They condescend to me, tell me where “most photographers take pictures”, and talk to me like I’ve never shot a single wedding before. I can’t tell you the number of times a DJ or bandleader has talked to me like I was a child about how the timeline of a reception would go. They slow down their voice, they emphasize their words oddly, and they act like they expect me to not understand a thing they’re saying.

“Stand up taller, be more confident, let them know you’re the boss and this won’t happen to you!” is the response most men give on Facebook groups when women talk about this problem at weddings. It’s not the right answer. These things happened before I said a single thing other than “Hi, I’m Susan, great to meet you.”

I AM confident. I AM strong. I AM tough. I am not meek, passive, wimpy. It’s not about how I carry myself. None of those things matter. They shouldn’t matter. This shouldn’t happen at all, whether I show up as Brienne of Tarth or the tiny mousy girl whose name you can’t remember who sat behind you in math your sophomore year.

I could talk on and on about the number of times I’ve tried to bring a male assistant or a male second shooter to a wedding, only to have guests and vendors alike think that he is in charge and I am his assistant. Not his second photographer, his assistant. Despite working with wonderful men who immediately refer those people over to me, I quickly became tired of the “Oh YOU are in charge!” response.

My husband, my excellent, awesome, feminist husband (who champions the sh*t out of female photographers) is also a photographer. When we introduce ourselves with what we do for a living, he gets saucer-eyed responses as if he’s just walked off the battlefield or a sports field with his camera in hand. I get “Oh you do that, too?” and a sweet coo, as if I naturally photograph babies at most, or that I’m sub-par to him at worst. I die a little inside every time.

I could go on for days about the number of times people cheerfully tell me “Oh wow, it’s great that you get to work on the weekends and then have the rest of your days to be with your kids!” First of all, hello, it’s not just the weekends. Second of all, I LIKE WORKING. I am 100% unapologetic (why should I be?) about the love that I have for owning my own business. Why do you assume I want to be home with my kids all week? Why can’t someone, for once, assume that I like having a job – oh, and that I can also like my kids and spend time with them, too?

These tiny micro-aggressions over the years have led to anger. Yes, I’m mad about this. I’m continually frustrated, and that frustration builds. Why are women in our industry mad? Because we have the right to be.

Let’s talk about some misconceptions now.

“Being a feminist means you hate men.” THAT IS NOT A THING. Just like men like to bring up #notallmen, man-bashing is not all feminists. Do some feminists hate men? Sure. Are some men sexist? Sure. Are some men f**king awesome allies? That, too. Not all things are everything, not all men are anything, not all women are anything. The women in our industry who are upset, myself included, don’t want to take things away from men. We don’t want to see men fail. It’s not about that.

Here are some others that I have seen posted on Facebook over the past week:

“Feminists are hysterical women looking to be offended about everything and anything.” No.

“Feminism discriminates against men.” No.

“Women get paid the same as men to shoot weddings, so sexism doesn’t have any place in our industry, I don’t see why everyone is so upset.” No.

“Having all-women Facebook groups or all-women workshops is just as sexist.” No.

“If you put your head down and grow a thick skin and work hard, you’ll eventually rise to the same place as the people you’re talking about. Sexism isn’t a thing, just keep working and your just due will come to you as you succeed.” No.

“Only you can keep yourself from the success that you deserve!” No.

“Women photographers are more into things like social media and marketing. If they stepped up and talked tech like the guys, they’d get more recognition with the men.” No. Have you ever met me? Right.

“I’m tired of women photographers whining because they aren’t getting something. Quit whining and work harder and you’ll get it eventually.” No.

Here’s the thing… These tiny micro-aggressions lay the path for more overt aggression in the future. And that is not okay.

THIS MATTERS. It matters because these small instances of women being treated as inferior translate outside of our industry. It’s not just salary and crap comments on Facebook, it’s real life. It’s way bigger than who tested what camera. It’s not being believed when actual violence happens to you. It’s bigger. Much bigger.

Listen. I have been working hard for seventeen years. I have worked harder, more diligently, and more efficiently than 99.9% of the people that I know in this industry. I have worked tirelessly towards a goal of financial and industry success. I have worked tirelessly to please my clients, care for my weddings, care for our industry, and educate photographers.

I want a seat at the table of equality because I am a great photographer and a great businessperson. I want more women, more women of color, more diversity everywhere in our industry. I want it because that is how it SHOULD be.

Women, it’s not about how you carry yourself. It’s not about being more outwardly confident and standing taller. Women who go on about these things push us steps backward, not forwards. Don’t victim-blame. Don’t give away your power.

“Shh, Susan, don’t be so loud. No one will want to work with you if you’re so loud and brassy.” (says most of the internet…) I sat back for a second before publishing this because I was legitimately worried about what people would say about me. I am not that person. I won’t be that person. Sit down, hush up, smile. Definitely don’t be loud.

I am NOT shrill, hysterical, or selfish. I am confident and strong. I am not going to put my head down, talk in a quieter voice, smile when I’m unhappy, or think “Should I post this” because I’m worried about what a vendor, venue, company, client, or fellow photographer will think of me. I am tired of being quiet about what I feel is our equal right to be treated with kindness and professional respect just because I’m worried that someone will label me as a “hysterical female” or a “loudmouth.”

Everyone who has written to me to thank me for what I have done for our industry, please know that I want to do MORE. I am trying to do more, and be more. For you, for me, for my daughters who look to me for inspiration and examples as they grow.

I want more.

About the author: Susan Stripling is a wedding and portrait photographer based in Brooklyn, New York, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. Stripling is the co-founder of The Wedding School. You can find more of her work on her website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Image credits: Header graphic based on illustrations by Amit6 and Designmodo

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An Open Letter About Sexism, Feminism, and the Industry That I Love So Much

Zenit’s Full Frame Mirrorless Camera to Be a Rebranded Leica SL, Rumor Says

Zenit’s Full Frame Mirrorless Camera to Be a Rebranded Leica SL, Rumor Says

The iconic Russian camera brand Zenit caused a flurry of excitement back in February after it announced that it’s relaunching in 2018 with a full frame mirrorless camera that rivals Leica in luxury. But the camera may do more than rival Leica… It may actually be a Leica at its core — a rebranded Leica SL.

USSRPhoto is hearing from a Zenit source working inside the company’s KMZ factory that the innards of the upcoming Zenit camera is presumably the German-made Leica SL, which is a medium format mirrorless camera.

There may be outward modifications to the camera’s style by Zenit, and special lenses for the new camera will be made by KMZ in Russia.

“KMZ is a mechanical and optical factory, so they don’t do electronics at all,” USSRPhoto tells PetaPixel. “Anything [digital/electronic] that is done is outsourced to French and German firms.

“What is a fact is that KMZ is organizing an optical shop within the Zenit factory to start production of lenses for this model.”

The existing Leica SL, announced in late 2015.

Rebranding existing cameras isn’t anything new in the camera industry. Hasselblad spent years rebranding Sony cameras as luxury cameras with exotic materials, starting with the Lunar in 2012 and ending with the Lusso in 2015. Leica itself also has a tradition of rebranding Panasonic cameras as its own high-end point-and-shoots.

If this Zenit/Leica rumor proves to be true, we’re guessing the Zenit camera won’t cost less than the $5,995 price tag on the Leica SL.

Update: The source says that the camera will likely be based on the Leica SL but with its own design made specifically for Zenit — so more than a simple rebranding — and therefore it’s possible the price of the camera will actually be significantly lower than the Leica SL.

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Zenit’s Full Frame Mirrorless Camera to Be a Rebranded Leica SL, Rumor Says

Consumer Drones Unlikely to Inflict Horrible Head Injuries, Study Finds

Consumer Drones Unlikely to Inflict Horrible Head Injuries, Study Finds

Researchers at Virginia Tech have been studying the injury risks posed by consumer drones by flying them into dummies’ faces, and they’ve now come to a conclusion. The study found that the risk of a catastrophic head injury was less than 5 percent in an impact with a drone weighing 2.6 lbs (such as the popular DJI Phantom).

Bloomberg reports that the study, which was published in Annals of Biomedical Engineering, involved crashing a number of differently sized drones into crash test dummies, using sensors to measure the impact and calculate the risks posed in a real-life incident.

Drones are currently restricted from flying over crowds except for in specific circumstances, but this research may give the FAA something to consider with regards to relaxing the rules.

This footage, from when the news of the study taking place was released, provides an insight into how the experiment worked:

“Risk of injury was observed to increase with increasing UAS mass, and the larger models tested are not safe for operations over people in their current form,” said the research team.

The researchers, led by biomechanics professor Steven Rowson, also found that the risk of a head injury is greater from a drone falling directly onto a person, rather than it flying into them on a more horizontal plane.

The authors made a suggestion that the FAA should consider updating its guidelines to restrict just heavier drones from flying over people, potentially opening up opportunities for smaller consumer drones to perform such flights.

However, the study only looked at head trauma and didn’t account for the potential damage caused by other risks, such as the rotor blades cutting the skin or eyes.

The Virginia Tech team looked at three models of drones, the smallest of which was the DJI Phantom 3. The risks were found to be “minimal” with the Phantom, but a DJI S1000+ model (an 8-rotor drone weighing 24 pounds) had an injury risk of around 70% in some tests.

There is no public response yet from the FAA, but it will be interesting to see if this study influences lawmakers at all with regards to drone use in populated areas.

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Consumer Drones Unlikely to Inflict Horrible Head Injuries, Study Finds

Björk Feels Love Again on New Single “The Gate”

Björk Feels Love Again on New Single “The Gate”
Our mystical yet always reliable art pop wunderkind, Björk, has returned with a new single, “The Gate.” And after taking listeners on a tumultuous journey through the destruction of her 13-year relationship on her previous studio album Vulnicura, it seems that the Icelandic sensation is ready to embrace love once again.
Written and produced with constant collaborator Arca, “The Gate” sees Björk take on a much more natural soundscape, with calming woodwinds, acoustic strings, and ha…

Keep on reading: Björk Feels Love Again on New Single “The Gate”
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Björk Feels Love Again on New Single “The Gate”

4 Common Photo Composition Errors and How to Fix Them

4 Common Photo Composition Errors and How to Fix Them

When it comes to composition “rules”, it’s important to understand the concepts so that you have them in the back of your mind while shooting. You’re not going to jail if you break them, but you will likely end up with a better image if you follow them! This 6-minute video from photographer Evan Ranft runs through 4 common composition mistakes that photographers make, and how to avoid them.

Ranft has created before and after images to go along with his tips so that you can see the impact that the mistakes have on the image. The 4 mistakes are:

1. Double Subject

The first example is what Ranft refers to as the ‘double subject’ – where you position two subjects in an image with equal weighting. This splits your attention and creates conflict in the image.

Instead of splitting the image, select a subject to be in the foreground and create isolation using a shallow depth of field. This creates a primary focus for the viewer’s eye to settle on.

2. The Look Out

In this example, Ranft has again split the focus in his image and directed his subject to look out of the frame. This creates tension in the image by directing the viewer’s eye outside of the image.

This can certainly be used effectively depending on the situation, but a more balanced image would be to have the subject leading out gaze in to the image and towards the forest backdrop.

3. Tangent Lines

This example has background elements cutting through the subject in a way that reduces isolation of the subject and cuts up the image.

By finding a more open backdrop, Ranft is able to frame his subject in the image and capture a similar sense of motion, using leading lines to draw the viewer towards the model.

4. Being Lazy

Ranft’s favorite example of this is the “pet photo test”, which is a typical lazy snapshot that many people might take of a cute pet. This is an image taken without much thought to composition – only aiming to include the subject somewhere in the frame.

Improving this photo doesn’t take much work. Simply finding another angle (in this case from eye-level) drastically improves the image. Ranft’s advice is to try not to be lazy and keep on the lookout for better composition opportunities.

Watch the video at the top to learn these concepts from Ranft, and to find more of his great photography-related videos, subscribe to his popular YouTube channel.

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4 Common Photo Composition Errors and How to Fix Them

Photojournalist Covering Rohingya Crisis for GEO Detained by Bangladeshi Authorities

Photojournalist Covering Rohingya Crisis for GEO Detained by Bangladeshi Authorities

Photographer Minzayar Oo, who was reporting on the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh on assignment for GEO magazine, was detained with his assistant Hkun Lat on September 7, according to Oo’s agency, Panos Pictures. The two men have been accused of espionage. Police say the journalists entered the country on tourist visas rather than journalist visas, and are charging the pair with “false impersonation” and providing false information, according to a report by the Daily Mail. Panos reports that Oo and Lat have been denied bail, and the agency has called on authorities to release both men immediately.

“Minzayar Oo and Hkun Lat were assigned by GEO magazine because of their professionalism and their journalistic integrity,” Panos said in a statement. “Minzayar Oo is an internationally renowned, award-winning photojournalist, whose work is published widely and has been recognized by some of the world’s most important journalism awards.”

Oo was in the Bangladeshi town of Cox’s Bazaar reporting on Rohingya refugees who have fled Myanmar since August to escape fighting between Myanmar’s military and Rohingya rebels. Human Rights Watch has called the Myanmar military’s actions against Rohingya Muslim communities ethnic cleansing, while the United Nations estimates that 270,000 Rohingya have fled Western Myanmar.

Related: How Greg Constantine Keeps a Human Rights Story in the Public Eye, and the News Cycle

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Photojournalist Covering Rohingya Crisis for GEO Detained by Bangladeshi Authorities

This Guy is a Master of Mind-Bending Camera Illusions

This Guy is a Master of Mind-Bending Camera Illusions

Back in May, artist Kevin Parry released a viral illusion video of himself walking into a mirror in a forest and emerging out the other side. If you liked that one, check out Parry’s new video above featuring a compilation of many similar illusions.

See if you can figure out how each one was done through a clever mix of camera work and digital editing.

If you want to see even more, here’s a previous compilation that Parry released back in April:

You can follow along with new illusions as they’re released by following Parry’s Instagram account.

(via Kevin Parry via Gizmodo)

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This Guy is a Master of Mind-Bending Camera Illusions

Tamron Announces an Ultra-Light 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC Lens

Tamron Announces an Ultra-Light 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC Lens

Tamron announced today that it’s developing a new Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens. Weighing it at just 39.3 ounces (~1.11kg), the lens will be the lightest in its class (the ultra-telephoto zoom lens category).

The lens has an “advanced optical design,” including 3 low dispersion lens elements which give “greater aberration reduction.” It uses magnesium in key areas of the barrel, which improves weight reduction, strength, and portability.

It also comes with Tamron’s original eBAND Coating, which Tamron says provides superior anti-reflection performance to reduce ghosting.

“The Model A035 delivers fast and precise autofocus performance and consistently powerful vibration compensation benefits,” said Tamron. “This is thanks to the high-speed Dual MPU control system found in the latest Tamron lenses.”

The new lens will be fully compatible with Tamron’s 1.4x teleconverter, as well as the Tamron TAP-in Console. There will be an optional accessory of an Arca Swiss compatible tripod mount, too.

“This combination of features and optional accessories join to create a lens that photographers everywhere will enjoy using in various shooting situations,” said Tamron.

Other features and specs include a minimum focus distance of 59 inches (~1.5m), a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.6, moisture resistance, and a fluorine coating for weather protection.

The Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens lens will be launched at the end of 2017, available in both Canon and Nikon mounts.

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Tamron Announces an Ultra-Light 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC Lens