St. Louis Police Ordered to Reaffirm Journalist Rights Once a Month

St. Louis Police Ordered to Reaffirm Journalist Rights Once a Month

The St. Louis police department has just made a big move in support of photographer and journalist rights: police officers are now being ordered to read and acknowledge the rights of journalists once a month.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Interim Police Chief Lawrence O’Toole made the announcement this week after a number of photojournalists and reporters were arrested in September and October. The journalists were covering protests sparked by former police officer Jason Stockley being found not guilty of murder for his 2011 fatal shooting of Anthony Lamar Smith.

Getty photographer Scott Olson was arrested on September 17th, reportedly by officers who used a tactic known as “kettling” — the police boxed in protesters, cutting off their exists, and then arrested them for failing to disperse.

“I was holding my cameras, they told me to put them down, I didn’t do that, so I just took a knee, and then they forced me all the way down and then zip-tied me,” Olson told the U.S. Freedom Press Tracker. “They were telling me to drop my cameras. They would not let me take my camera.”

Freelance photographer Daniel Shular was arrested on October 3rd in a similar way, despite clearly being a reporter with bulky camera. He says “officers ignored him when he said that he was a member of the press” and that “that he was carrying two professional DSLR cameras and wearing a National Press Photographers Association press badge.”

The Missourian published an op-ed in late September that accused officers of being a greater danger to journalists than protesters. This week, a federal judge rebuked the St. Louis police for their tactics and issued an order to prevent them from shutting down nonviolent protests.

The St. Louis police department’s new special order is designed to remind officers of this. Here’s the special order that officers will need to read and acknowledge on a monthly basis:

News media will be given every consideration by Department members so that they may perform their news-gathering function; however, they are not entitled to interfere with an officer’s performance of duty or the safety of citizens.

The order supports the rights of photographers and journalists to shoot photos and gather news as long as they’re not interfering with police officers’ duties or putting other people in danger.

O’Toole says the department will also be increasing cadet training in journalist rights, as well as sending all officers a one-time advisory “emphasizing that while reporters aren’t immune from arrest should they break the law, officers should otherwise do nothing to interfere with journalist’s ability to gather information and report it to the public,” the Post-Dispatch says.

Image credits: Jason Stockley protest photos by Paul Sableman

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St. Louis Police Ordered to Reaffirm Journalist Rights Once a Month

Sony Launches Imaging Edge Software Suite: Remote, Viewer, and Edit

Sony Launches Imaging Edge Software Suite: Remote, Viewer, and Edit

Sony has just announced its Imaging Edge software suite. The suite comes with three key pieces of software: ‘Remote’, ‘Viewer’, and ‘Edit’. Sony say it will speed up workflow and allow users to “unleash the full potential” of the Pixel Shift technology in the new a7R III.

Viewer provides a cataloging system that allows you to search and filter images by ratings.

Editor allows you to to process raw files by adjusting brightness and color, apply Creative Styles, crop, and straighten. You can also then export the edited raw to JPEG or TIFF formats.

The Remote application allows for live tethered shooting. You can adjust the camera’s settings on your computer and display the Live View output on the screen. This means you can “shoot images seamlessly while adjusting the shooting settings.”

Photographer Brian Smith reports that it allows for easy composition adjustments thanks to grid overlays, as well as Aria focus and zoom displays helping with precision focusing.

It also supports Pixel Shift Multi Shooting, allowing you to produce higher resolution images by combining four pixel-shifted frames into a single higher-resolution image.

You can download the new Imaging Edge software suite for free from the Sony website.

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Sony Launches Imaging Edge Software Suite: Remote, Viewer, and Edit

Hasselblad Launches Its Own ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ Service

Hasselblad Launches Its Own ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ Service

Hasselblad has just launched its own in-house ‘Rent a Hasselblad‘ service, allowing photographers to shoot with the brand’s medium-format cameras for much, much less than the thousands it costs to actually own it.

The service has been designed to make life a little easier for those on the fence about investing in a Hasselblad camera kit. By being able to rent the camera and accompanying lenses for a shoot, Hasselblad is offering users a chance to “try before they buy” at “reasonable rates.”

Should you rent a camera and then decide you wish to purchase one (provided it is within 14 days of your rental) you can have the rental fee go toward the purchase cost.

At the moment the service only works with the Hasselblad X1D-50c medium format mirrorless camera, but the company is already looking to include other models.

A Hasselblad X1D-50c currently costs $9,000 to buy and compatible Hasselblad lenses also cost four-figure sums. For example, the XCD 90mm f/3.2 retails for $3,200.

“Owning a Hasselblad medium format camera system is a significant investment even for a successful high-paid photographer,” says Bronius Rudnickas, Hasselblad Marketing Manager. “Consequently, many professional photographers and enthusiasts haven’t had the opportunity to see what they’re able to create with Hasselblad’s medium format technology.

“The ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ program is designed to change that and we’re looking forward to seeing what photographers are able to produce having easier access to our photographic tools.”

Rent a Hasselblad is a global, online service. You can choose the period of time you wish to use a camera and then the service will give you an appropriate price. For those in the US, it will cost $110 per day to rent the camera and $30 a day to rent the lenses.

You can see pricing and availability details on the Hasselblad website.

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Hasselblad Launches Its Own ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ Service

Photo of Android Gets a Top Prize in Prestigious Portrait Contest

Photo of Android Gets a Top Prize in Prestigious Portrait Contest

One of the world’s prestigious international portrait photography competitions has sparked a conversation about the nature of portrait photography after it awarded a top prize to a photo that doesn’t even show an actual human being: the portrait is of an android.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in the UK calls itself “the leading international photographic portrait competition” and says its mission is “celebrating and promoting the very best in contemporary portrait photography.”

This year’s winners were selected from 5,717 entries and were just announced this week. First place (and the £15,000 prize) was awarded to photographer César Dezfuli for his portrait of a migrant rescued in the Mediterranean Sea off the Libyan coast.

But the 3rd place photo is also attracting quite a bit of attention. Captured by Finnish photographer Maija Tammi, it shows a Japanese android (i.e. a robot designed to look like a human) named Erica.

Tammi’s photo was captured at an experimental laboratory in Osaka Japan, and her work is meant to explore the intersection between science and art.

“I had half an hour with Erica and a young researcher in which to take the photograph,” Tammi tells the BBC. “The researcher told me that Erica had said that she finds Pokemon Go scarier than artificial intelligence.”

Here’s what the judges had to say about the photo:

During the judging process, only the title of each portrait is revealed. It was unclear whether the girl was a human or an android, and this ambiguity made the portrait particularly compelling. Tammi’s portrait offers a provocative comment on human evolution.

Some people are naturally questioning how a photo of a robot managed to win a human portrait contest, especially given that the contest’s rules say that photos should portray “living” people.

“The photographs must be portraits,” the official rules state. “‘Portrait’ may be interpreted in its widest sense, of ‘photography concerned with portraying people with an emphasis on their identity as individuals’.

“All photographs must have been taken by the entrant from life and with a living sitter after 1 January 2016.”

In a statement to the BBC, the competition says that it acknowledges that the portrait broke the rules, but the organizers decided against disqualifying it:

The gallery has decided not to disqualify this portrait though accepts it is in breach of the rules. The rules are reviewed every year and this issue will be taken into consideration for next year.

The Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize is dedicated to showcasing the best in contemporary portraiture.

“There are occasions when particularly compelling portraits raise interesting questions about the genre of portraiture, and these may be included at the judges’ discretion.

Should this android photo qualify for portrait competitions?

Tammi’s photo and 58 others will be on display at the National Portrait Gallery through February 8, 2018.

(via Quartz via DIYP)

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Photo of Android Gets a Top Prize in Prestigious Portrait Contest

10 Nikon D5 Cameras Just Arrived on the ISS

10 Nikon D5 Cameras Just Arrived on the ISS

Earlier this year, NASA ordered 53 unmodified Nikon D5 DSLR cameras. Now, 10 of them have just landed at the International Space Station as part of the OA-8 Space Station Resupply.

The cameras will be used in orbit for 12 to 18 months. Only the camera bodies have been sent up to the ISS — instead of shipping brand new lenses, NASA will be reusing lenses and accessories already on the ISS that were launched with the Nikon D4 and D2Xs cameras.

The Nikon D5 cameras make up only a small part of the 7,400 lbs (3,350 kg) of cargo sent up on this mission.


Nikon DSLR cameras are being used to record images of both internal and external activities on the ISS.

The D5 will soon be used to shoot more photos like these, which were shot with existing Nikon DSLRs:

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10 Nikon D5 Cameras Just Arrived on the ISS

Adobe’s New Lightroom Downloader Exports Your Cloud Photos

Adobe’s New Lightroom Downloader Exports Your Cloud Photos

Lightroom CC, Adobe’s cloud-based photo-editing software, has until now lacked a way for you to quickly and easily export your photos from the cloud. That changes with the new Lightroom Downloader app.

Storing your high-resolution JPEGs and RAW files on Adobe’s servers is convenient, but the lack of a way to download them all at once can present a problem if you ever wish to leave the Adobe ecosystem. Adobe’s Lightroom Downloader that addresses this concern by making it easier for you to pack up and leave.

Your downloaded files will be structured in a date-based folder hierarchy with any edits to RAW files included in XMP files.

Should you ever decide to stop your Adobe subscription, you will have a year after your subscription’s expiration date to download your files before they are deleted. For users with a trial membership, that window of opportunity is reduced to 3 months after expiration.

Lightroom Downloader can be downloaded for free from the Adobe website and requires an Adobe account with cloud storage to be used.

(via Adobe via Photofocus)

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Lexar Will Keep Making XQD Memory Cards, and CFExpress is the Future

Lexar Will Keep Making XQD Memory Cards, and CFExpress is the Future

After the shocking news in June that Lexar would be discontinuing its memory card line, the company was acquired by a Chinese flash storage company called Longsys in September. It now seems that Lexar will continue producing XQD memory cards.

Nikon Rumors reports that, in response to earlier stories of Lexar XQD cards being out of stock at retailers such as B&H, Lexar has confirmed that it will continue manufacturing the cards.

Here’s what Nikon Rumors heard from a source who spoke to a Lexar rep at PhotoPlus Expo about what’s going on with Lexar behind the scenes:

Micron would sell flash memory to Longsys, who would assemble the cards with Lexar packaging, and ship out to Lexar for distribution. The rise in flash memory prices meant the white label manufacturing process and marketing costs were lost profits for Micron, as they could sell the flash memory for higher prices elsewhere. The flash shortage is temporary, and prices should come down.

More importantly, according to this employee, there is a warehouse full of Lexar CF/SD/XQD cards in Tennessee, ready to go.

The problem, however, is that the cards all have the wrong packaging at the moment. Currently, the cards have Micron/Lexar packaging instead of Longsys/Lexar packing.

“[V]ery little is actually changing,” the source tells Nikon Rumors. “Lexar, with its 40 employees, has a new owner, but it’s the owner who’s been the actual manufacturer all along.”

The same Lexar employee told Nikon Rumors‘ source that CFExpress is the future.

“CFExpress is essentially the next revision of XQD, and there should be full backward compatibility with XQD, and that getting D4/D5/500/D850’s to work with CFE cards should be a simple software patch,” the source says.

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Lexar Will Keep Making XQD Memory Cards, and CFExpress is the Future

Getty Images Announces Instagram Grant Winners

Getty Images Announces Instagram Grant Winners

Getty Images and Instagram have awarded $10,000 grants to three emerging photographers who use the social media platform to share stories of underrepresented communities:

Nina Robinson (@arkansasfamilyalbum) photographers her family and their community in rural Arkansas.

Saumya Khandelwal’s (@khandelwal_saumya) images follow the daily lives of young girls in Uttar Pradesh, India who are forced into early marriages.

Isadora Kosofsky (@isadorakosofsky) has explored social issues in America, including the impact of substance abuse, poverty, mental health and mass incarceration on American families.

The grants are provided to help photographers pay for expenses for the production of new work. The judges for the grant were photojournalist Adriana Zehbrauskas (a previous winner of the grant); artist Eleanor MacNair; Nicolas Jimenez, director of photography at Le Monde; filmmaker and photographer Jeff Frost; and Azu Nwagbogu, director of the Lagos Photo Festival. Entrants were nominated by photo editors and art directors throughout the photo industry.

Work by the winners will be exhibited at the Getty Images gallery in London, and promoted through Getty Images’ website and social media channels,

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Getty Announces $40,000 Bursary for Emerging Photographers

Getty Announces ,000 Bursary for Emerging Photographers

Getty Images has announced the creation of the Getty Images Creative Bursary for photographers who are under 30 years of age or have been working for three years or less. Getty plans to give $10,000 per quarter to help emerging photographers fund “dream projects,” the agency said in an announcement last week. Each quarter, a panel of judges will choose three photographers, splitting the $10,000 among them: $5,000 for first place; $3,500 for second place; and $2,000 for third.

“This new Bursary is a dream project of ours,” said Getty Images Senior Vice President of Creative Content Andy Saunders. “We are committed to supporting and fostering photographic talent, and are looking forward to working with a diverse group of young and emerging photographers, helping to enable their creative vision.”

Photographers who are thinking about applying should be sure to read the fine print. The terms of the bursary stipulate, among other things, that photographers who accept the funding “agree to grant Getty Images a worldwide, royalty free, perpetual license to render the project available for license on its platforms.”

The application period is open now through the end of December for the first bursary. Applicants are being asked to submit a project proposal and visual brief, and are encouraged to submit ideas in any genre of photography, from conceptual fine-art to traditional stock.

Judges for the first round of funding will include Saunders, Flak Photo’s Andy Adams, fashion editor and stylist Jeanie Annan-Lewin, Diversity Photo co-founder Andrea Wise, and fellow Diversity Photo co-founder and photo editor of ESPN’s The Undefeated, Brent Lewis.

The Getty Images Creative Bursary is part of the wider Getty Images Grants initiative that includes the Editorial Grant, Chris Hondros Fund Award, Emerging Talent Award and Instagram Grant.

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Olympus Unveils 17mm and 45mm f/1.2 Lenses for Micro Four Thirds

Olympus Unveils 17mm and 45mm f/1.2 Lenses for Micro Four Thirds

Olympus has just announced two new lenses to its M.ZUIKO F1.2 PRO lens roster: a 17mm and a 45mm. They join the existing M.ZUIKO 25mm f/1.2 PRO in the high-end, large-aperture lineup.

One of the main qualities Olympus says it focused on was bokeh aesthetics.

“By focusing not only on the bokeh’s size but also its quality, each lens produces a feathered bokeh effect that better emphasizes the main subject and allows it to stand out within the image,” Olympus says. “The shallower depth of field produced at F1.2 is especially ideal for portrait photographers.”

Shooting at f/1.2 produces a “feathered bokeh” effect that transitions smoothly from sharp to defocused areas of the photo. Stopping down the aperture results in a more traditional bokeh quality.

The 17mm f/1.2 is a new ED-DSA lens, containing both ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) qualities. These lens elements help counter wide-angle optical issues such as chromatic aberration, distortion, and color bleeding on the edges of the frame.

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 17mm f/1.2

Both the 17mm f/1.2 and the 45mm f/1.2 are lightweight lenses that feature a durable build — they’re dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof (down to 14°F/-10°C).

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO

Other features of the lenses include silent and smooth autofocusing, Face Priority and Eye Priority AF, a shared filter thread size across the f/1.2 lens lineup, close minimum focusing distances (20cm/7.9in for the 17mm and 50cm/19.7in for the 45mm), an L-Fn button, and an MF Clutch mechanism for switching between auto and manual focusing by pulling the focusing ring.

Here are some sample photos captured with the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 17mm f/1.2:

And here are some sample photos shot with the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO:

Here are two videos introducing these lenses:

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO will be available first in late November 2017, and the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 will follow with a launch sometime in late January 2018. Both lenses will have the same price of $1,200.

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Olympus Unveils 17mm and 45mm f/1.2 Lenses for Micro Four Thirds