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Can We Please Stop Using Workshop Photos and Styled Shoots in Our Wedding Portfolios?

Can We Please Stop Using Workshop Photos and Styled Shoots in Our Wedding Portfolios?

Over the last few years, I’ve noticed a growing trend of photographers in the UK using workshops and styled shoots to boost their wedding portfolio. It wasn’t as prevalent when I started shooting weddings 6 years ago (following many years of documenting my own life with a camera), and I’m glad because if I’d not been as savvy as I was today, I might have been fooled into thinking those images were from real weddings. And from someone who’s only had a camera 6 months? Wow!

Only now when I look at them, I can spot a styled shoot a mile off. Or a workshop day, especially when I see the same bride and groom on several different wedding photographers websites. Wow! They must have spent a fortune to hire that many photographers… Maybe not.

Now, I’m not hating on workshops or styled shoots per se, I think they’re fantastic! I just don’t think we should be pretending they’re part of our actual wedding portfolio.

What is a Styled Shoot?

For anyone not aware, a styled shoot is a collaboration between several vendors – putting together a photo shoot that shows off each element as well as the photographer. You’d typically see a wedding venue, hair stylist, make up artist, dress shop or maker, florist and photographer come together with a couple of models to showcase exactly what they can all do given the freedom and time to do what they want.

They’re really popular with wedding blogs as they include a huge amount of inspiration for people planning their weddings.

And I have nothing against them at all! I just think they should be presented as styled shoots and not real weddings.

Why I Like Styled Shoots and Workshops

Before I go on to say why I don’t think we should be using styled shoots and workshop images in our wedding portfolios, I’m going to say what I do like about them.

They’re brilliant for networking, getting to know other vendors, other photographers, and venues you might already work with, or want to work with. They’re fantastic for trying out new things, taking risks, and taking your time to really hone some of your skills. Be it posing, off-camera flash or anything else you might want to refine.

You can get some beautiful images, and learn what works and what doesn’t work. Want to get better at lighting a couple with off camera flash? Try out your new gels, prisms or something really different? Brilliant! Go for it! Post them on your website big yourself up. Show what you can do given the time to do it.

So What Don’t I Like About Them?

They’re not real weddings and therefore, they don’t have the same real constraints.

Your couple are models, who know how to pose and require zero direction. Perfectly styled by your stylist minutes before the shoot. There’s no time limit, no guests waiting for the couple, no food getting cold, no first dance to get the couple back to. No distractions and you have hours to refine things and get things “just so”.

Pulling off a perfect shot when you’re in control of everything is so much easier than pulling the same shot off on the big day when you are working to a timeline.

And you know this. So why pretend any different?

It Shows What I Can Do

Is the usual defense.

And I agree, it does. It shows what you can do when there aren’t the constraints of a wedding day. Otherwise, you wouldn’t need them, because you’d be pulling those shots off at every wedding, right?

But here’s the thing, this could get you into trouble too. If you’re not honest with your couple and they assume you can pull a meticulously planned shot off at a real wedding when you have 10 minutes to get it right, rather than 3 hours.

What if you can’t?

A Little Bit of Honesty Goes a Long Way

The thing is, if your couples do think that the images can easily be replicated at a live wedding, they’re going to expect it. And if you can’t do it, you’re going to get into trouble.

But, if you present them on your site as a styled shoot, and your couples ask you about it. It’s much easier to say “oh yes, we can definitely do something like that, but I’d need at least of minutes with you to get that shot”. That expectation is much easier to manage. And then guess what, you have done it a live wedding. Stick that one in your portfolio and you’re golden.


Do you agree that workshop photos and styled shoots shouldn’t be included in wedding portfolios?

Advice for Couples Searching for a Photographer

Images from styled shoots and workshop days are usually incredibly simple to spot. Beautifully styled wedding, gorgeous couple, zero guests. If you suspect a wedding isn’t real, simply ask to see more images from it, a photographer should always be happy to share more.

Does it mean you shouldn’t book someone? Probably not. But I’d want to see a good selection of images from a real wedding covering the whole day, to ensure there’s consistency throughout. And I’d ask about those images if you want them, and what it would take to be able to reproduce them on a wedding day.


About the author: Andy Dane is an award-winning wedding photographer, lifestyle blogger, husband, and father based in Norwich, UK. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Dane’s work on his website, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. This article was also published here.


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Can We Please Stop Using Workshop Photos and Styled Shoots in Our Wedding Portfolios?

NASA Shot the First Pics of Supersonic Jet Shockwaves Interacting

NASA Shot the First Pics of Supersonic Jet Shockwaves Interacting

NASA has captured the first-ever photos showing the shockwaves of supersonic jets interacting in flight. The beautiful images were captured in an extremely difficult air-to-air photo shoot.

To create the groundbreaking photos, NASA outfitted a B-200 twin-turboprop research aircraft with a new imaging system (capable of 1,400 frames per second for up to 3 seconds) and flew it at around 30,000 feet. A pair of Northrop T-38 Talon supersonic jets were then flown at supersonic speeds at a lower altitude.

“[T]he pair of T-38s were required to not only remain in formation, but to fly at supersonic speeds at the precise moment they were directly beneath the B-200,” NASA says. “The images were captured as a result of all three aircraft being in the exact right place at the exact right time designated by NASA’s operations team.”

The T-38s seen in the photos were only about 30 feet away from each other.

The technique behind these photos is known as Background Oriented Schlieren (BOS), which allows relatively inexpensive photography equipment to be used to visualize air, heat, and sound. NASA’s Air-to-Air Background Oriented Schlieren (AirBOS) is something that has been in development for over a decade.

The shockwaves seen in the photos are “rapid pressure changes which are produced when an aircraft flies faster than the speed of sound, or supersonic,” NASA says. “Shockwaves produced by aircraft merge together as they travel through the atmosphere and are responsible for what is heard on the ground as a sonic boom.”

A “knife-edge” photo showing a single T-38 and its shockwave.

NASA will be using this same system to test a new supersonic airplane that will be capable of flying without producing loud sonic booms — it’s an aircraft that could pave the way for government restrictions to be lifted on supersonic flights over land.


Image credits: Photographs by NASA


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NASA Shot the First Pics of Supersonic Jet Shockwaves Interacting

Jaguar Attacks Woman Who Climbed Zoo Barrier for Selfie

Jaguar Attacks Woman Who Climbed Zoo Barrier for Selfie

A woman was attacked by a jaguar at a zoo in Arizona on Saturday after crossing a barrier to get closer to the animal for a selfie. The cat reached out and gashed the woman’s arm, and she was rushed to a nearby hospital.

The Arizona Republic reports that the unidentified woman in her 30s was at the jaguar exhibit at Wildlife World Zoo, Aquarium and Safari Park when she put safety aside for a selfie. While standing right next to the jaguar enclosure, the cat reached through the cage and pinned the woman, piercing her arm with its claw.

Other zoo visitors managed to distract the jaguar with a water bottle enough to allow the woman to be pulled away from the cage.

The Arizona Republic published this graphic video showing the aftermath of the incident (warning: very deep and disturbing gashes can be seen on the woman’s arm):

The woman arm wounds caused excruciating pain, but all of her injuries were non-life-threatening.

Back in 2016, the 17-year-old gorilla Harambe was shot and killed by zoo officials after a 3-year-old boy climbed into its enclosure. After this latest jaguar incident, people immediately began raising concerns about the fate of the jaguar, but the zoo responded quickly to quell those fears.

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“We can promise you nothing will happen to our jaguar,” the zoo writes. “She’s a wild animal and there were proper barriers in place to keep our guests safe — not a wild animals fault when barriers are crossed.”


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This $2,200 Sony Camera Got Fried by a Tattoo Removal Laser

This ,200 Sony Camera Got Fried by a Tattoo Removal Laser

You probably know that the lasers in concerts and even on self-driving cars can damage your camera’s sensor in a direct hit, but did you know that light reflected off skin during laser tattoo removal can also destroy your sensor? Watch this 37-second video to see for yourself.

The video was recorded by Andy Boyd, who had his $2,200 Sony a7S II permanently damaged by pulses from the tattoo removal laser.

“Don’t record laser tattoo removal on… anything,” Boyd writes. “You can see with each pulse the sensor shows new damage. The repair cost was about as much as a new camera so try to avoid this.

“Club lasers can do this too but we’d never seen the reflection of a laser beam do damage, only when the beam itself hits the sensor.”

So if you’re ever around any kind of powerful laser being used for any kind of purpose, you may want to think twice before pulling out your digital camera.

(via Andy Boyd via Reddit)


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This ,200 Sony Camera Got Fried by a Tattoo Removal Laser

Flickr Will Save All Creative Commons Photos, Deceased Members’ Accounts

Flickr Will Save All Creative Commons Photos, Deceased Members’ Accounts

Flickr will begin deleting photos of accounts over the 1,000 file limit starting on March 12th, but the photo-sharing service has just announced two changes to its policy: spared from deletion will be all Creative Commons photos and the accounts of deceased members.

Creative Commons Photos

When Flickr announced its Free account changes back in late 2018, it stated that freely licensed public photos (e.g. Creative Commons, public domain, U.S. government works) uploaded on or before November 1st, 2018, would be spared from the mass deletion.

But Flickr is now going a step further by promising that future Creative Commons photos will be protected as well.

“Creative Commons licenses have been an important part of Flickr since we introduced them on our platform in 2004,” Flickr says. “We wanted to make sure we didn’t disrupt the hundreds of millions of stories across the global internet that link to freely licensed Flickr images. We know the cost of storing and serving these images is vastly outweighed by the value they represent to the world.

“In this spirit, today we’re going further and now protecting all public, freely licensed images on Flickr, regardless of the date they were uploaded. We want to make sure we preserve these works and further the value of the licenses for our community and for anyone who might benefit from them.”

Flickr says it now hosts over 500 million public CC-licensed photos.

At the same time as making this CC-photo change, Flickr is also disabling bulk license changing across the site to prevent members.

“We’ve done this to prevent community members from flipping all their images to a new license without first understanding the significant implications of the various free licenses we support,” Flickr says. “Any member (Free or Pro) can still change the license of any of their photos on the photo page.”

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“In Memoriam” Accounts

Flickr is also announcing that it will preserve the accounts of members who pass away.

“Since we announced changes to Flickr’s Free and Pro accounts on November 1, we’ve heard from members who are concerned about what will happen to accounts owned by deceased members, and what will happen to their own accounts when they die,” Flickr says. “We’re photography lovers here at Flickr, too, and we love the idea of photographers’ legacies living on in memoriam—that’s why we’re pleased to announce today that we’re offering ‘in memoriam’ accounts to existing Flickr members who have passed away.”

All public content of “in memoriam” accounts will be preserved indefinitely even if the account’s Pro subscription expires. The account will also be locked (i.e. no one can sign in) and the username will be updated with the “in memoriam” status.

You can help Flickr identify accounts that qualify for “in memoriam” designation by nominating it on this Flickr Help Center page. Once Flickr staff verify the required details, the account will be preserved.


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My Experience Shooting the Yosemite Horsetail Firefall

My Experience Shooting the Yosemite Horsetail Firefall

My name is Aaron Chen, and I’m a photographer in the San Francisco Bay Area. I was in Yosemite for the 2019 Firefall and would love to share my experience so that others can do it themselves!

Prep Work

To start with, if you want to know why the Firefalls are so special, I would strongly suggest Aaron Meyers’s website. In fact, I think his site is the best planning and photographic resource for this event and I even used his knowledge as a starting off point.

Based off of the descriptions and pictures, I decided to go to his spot #3, Southside Drive on the east side, right at a bend in the Merced River

This is a screenshot, but you can click through to get the actual map. Google Maps GPS pin 37.727822, -119.608470

I scheduled 3 nights to be there (Wednesday the 20th to Friday the 22nd), hoping that if I wanted to try a fourth time, I’d be able to find a spot to sleep Friday night. Luckily, the Yosemite Lodge somehow had availability for my preferred dates, and the distance from the hotel to the viewing spot was a seemingly doable 1.5 miles, one way.

I picked this area since I didn’t want to be too close to the falls (as in the El Capitan picnic area), and hoped that this spot would be the least packed. Looking at the map, I figured the picnic area would be busiest since it would be easiest to access (walk the paved Northside Drive for 2 miles to get to the viewing area). Since the park said they’d be closing the pull outs and parking spots on Southside, it looked like you’d have to hike over snow or snowshoe over to the viewing spot I picked and I thought that would deter most visitors.

Wednesday the 20th

Storms rolled in through most of California and I decided to take it easy and not try to race in to catch the sunset. I arrived in Yosemite at about 9pm. Clouds were so thick that the entire valley was dark instead of being moonlit. One chance down.

Thursday the 21st

I wanted to do a dry run and just see how long it would take me to hike over those 1.5 miles. Plus, I could then plan out my shot once I arrived. Google Maps suggested walking on Southside Drive, but the Park said they were going to be giving $280 tickets for being in the road, and I can’t afford that. The hotel had drained my account!

Instead, I thought I would be safer and smarter and follow the riverbank. A good portion of the walk over was over hardpack snow and it was pretty easy to cross over Swinging Bridge. I saw that a few people had the same idea that I did since there were prints and snowshoe compressions along the river and I gladly followed their path. This was a bad idea.

I likely had been hiking at maybe just under 3 miles per hour on the hardpack with my snow boots. About the last half mile, the snow became significantly less packed and I started having to dig myself out of the snow every other step. My pace went down to about 0.3 miles per hour, if that. One leg pistol squats with 40 pounds of photo gear on your back? Very tiring.

I put on some snow and ice trekkers over my boots, but those didn’t help in the loose pack or when the snow kept collapsing under me. This path did let me see how many people were walking on Northside Drive to the picnic area, and I was glad I didn’t go there. I ended up arriving at around 4 pm, sweaty and tired, and there were easily 100 people in 3 spots along the southern riverbank. My estimate was that they were all in 200 total square feet of area as trees obstructed the view along most of the river. I politely asked if I could squeeze in among the tripods, and a few people graciously let me in.

Gear Talk

What did I bring along, gear wise? Well, I knew from Aaron Meyers’s site, that I would need telephotos to go for the composition I wanted, so I brought my Pentax 645Z with 120mm and 200mm primes along with a 2x teleconverter. I do have a 400mm prime for the 645Z, but I didn’t bring it along because of its huge size and the vibration issues I’ve been seeing when using that lens. I also brought my Gitzo tripod with Really Right Stuff BH-55 ball head.

For my composition, I had originally envisioned a few shots. I really wanted a slightly wider view that showed off the face of El Capitan. However, once I got there and started shooting, I noticed a few things. I liked how the granite mirrored/paralleled the color of the Firefall but I didn’t like the totally empty sky in the background causing quite a hot area around El Capitan. Plus, that composition made Horsetail Falls look very small. I ended up going for the classic tight crop using my 200mm and 2x teleconverter in a vertical orientation. We lucked out and the wind blew the mist from the falls into a strikingly vibrant plume!

I had a great time being there on Thursday! It was nice to socialize with other photographers and just take in the moment of being there (“Moment” being a bit of a euphemism, as I was there for over 2 hours). I then went with a group of photographers back to Swinging Bridge and saw that there was a packed down trail in the snow. Even though this path was longer than the one I took, it was significantly easier and faster to walk.

With these time estimates in mind, I decided that I would aim to arrive at the spot on Friday at around 1 or 1:30 pm, at the latest. I figured this would get me there before Aaron Meyers’s recommendation of 2:30 pm.

Face of El Capitan with Glowing Horsetail Falls. Before the peak color burst of Firefall, I tried to go for a wider shot including the face of El Capitan with Horsetail Falls. I think this would be a stronger photo with clouds in the sky, but figured I’d show the result here.
Gusty Firefall
This was the tighter composition I settled with. Lucked out with windy conditions!

Friday the 22nd

Friday the 22nd was estimated to be the peak for Firefall and was supposed to be “the day” for me. I really liked my photo from Thursday, but I wanted to see if it would look better without the tree silhouette I had. I went to get breakfast in the Lodge and quickly realized how many people were coming in for the weekend just to see Firefall.

I overheard the staff telling guests that all accommodations in the Valley were sold out, so I now knew that I’d either have to sleep in my car or leave the park and come back if I wanted to try again on Saturday. People who were chatting with me on Thursday saying that they wanted to head down started messaging back with “there’s too many people going and the weather looks bad for the rest of the weekend”. A quick search of the weather forecast during breakfast made me decide to pack up and head home after Firefall, meaning today was my last chance this year.

I had originally thought to move my car someplace closer, but that wasn’t going to work. Most of the parking spots were closed and the only closer lot was Camp 4…a whopping maybe fifth of a mile closer. By the time I checked out, I figured it was also too late to move to Camp 4 parking because there were massive crowds walking around.

I wolfed down lunch and began my walk over. I took the longer, packed down way along the road and was alarmed when I saw two photographers leaving about a fifth of a mile from the spot. “There’s already a lot of people,” they said.

Before Firefall

This is the very front of the southern riverbank and you can see how many people are waiting for sunset

I arrived at 1:10 and there were already 20-30 people in the spot I wanted to use. Some were actually there waiting, some had left tripods and chairs and walked away to do something else. Again, I politely asked to squeeze in amongst the people already set up and was very graciously let in. Some even fed me a little and offered to change their setups so I could fit in. After setting up my gear, there was a lot of second guessing going wide or going tight, gear talk, and just general hanging out with other photographers. We had about 5 hours to go.

I got cabin fever and went for some walks in the snow at 4 pm. I wanted to see the other groupings of photographers and count how many there were. I ended up chatting with two volunteer rangers who were doing site impact surveys and they told me there were 100 people in a smaller area in front of where I was. Likely over 200 people total on the southside. The trips people made to see this were crazy. Some told me they decided to go on a whim and left at 2am to get a spot at 9am. Some said they weren’t planning on sleeping after Firefall and driving back home directly. Plenty mentioned leaving the park and sleeping in their cars.

“The Show”

Composition-wise, I did end up finally deciding to go for the tight crop. There were some clouds in the sky that made for better backgrounds than on Thursday, but my viewing spot had too many branches for me to like the results. I aimed the camera hoping to get the same wind gusts we got on Thursday, but no such luck. Check the photos below to see how the lighting conditions change from the same exact spot.

Daylight. Because Horsetail Falls is fed with all snowmelt, it is extremely hard to find earlier in the day. Here, you can barely make out the waterfall, but for a few hours beforehand, there was zero flow.
Golden Hour. As with all sunsets, the light starts out gold.
Peak Conditions. The whole show only lasts maybe 20 minutes or so. At what I consider peak, the falls will appear vibrant orange. Afterwards, the light levels drop and less of the falls will be illuminated.
“Twilight”. At this point, boosting the ISO becomes necessary as the ambient light conditions are getting very low. If you’re going for red and blue as the standout colors in your photo, this would be the time. Act fast as this light is fleeting!
Last Light. Not too long after the last photo, the sun will only light up near the top of the falls and much of the valley will go to shadow. At this point, many photographers will be packing up and heading out.

Despite the lack of wind making for a dramatic photo, Friday was also a great experience! Chatting with more people and everyone just being kind all around definitely helped as we all sat or stood in the cold. As far as I know, there was only one jerk on Friday. He showed up at around 3:45 pm, walked directly in front of all the photographers and complained that everyone was in his spot since he “needed to shoot ultrawide”. He was asked to leave and show up earlier next year.

I lingered at the spot after sunset for a little bit to just look at El Capitan. There’s nothing quite like how it looks when clouds are visible, in my opinion. I didn’t get a photo of it because I just wanted to really appreciate the view for myself instead of unpacking everything and setting up again for a completely different shot in the quickly fading light.

After that, I went back home. I should’ve planned better or slept better as I almost fell asleep in the car and promptly fell asleep once I hit the bed at 11.

I’m glad I didn’t stay for Firefall on Saturday, as the weather did not cooperate at all. I’m sure people got some glorious sunset photos, but the clouds prevented Firefall from showing and instead made the rest of the valley very pretty.

James Mead, whom I met Thursday evening, gave me a breakdown as to what happened Saturday. He didn’t actually go for Firefall because of the forecast and instead spent the day getting creative with ice falls before settling in for sunset shots. He hung around until about an hour after sunset and, on the six-mile drive down into the valley, passed 100 + cars going up 120. “Absolutely insane in the valley, with more traffic than even at the high point of summer or the Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends,” he said.

For 2019, there were projections for Firefall conditions lasting about two weeks. However, in chatting with people who visited earlier than I did and keeping tabs on the weather conditions, I found out that the real viewing conditions were much smaller. People told me the Falls first lit up on February 18th, with decent viewing on the 19th. Weather blocked the light from the 15th to 17th, and likewise again from the 23rd to the 27th. I had actually thought of making a day trip to try to reshoot the falls sometime between the 25th and 27th, but it began snowing in the valley. That left only four viewing days out of the whole year!

Honestly, I think the experience being there was worth it. However, one can’t have an attitude going there about getting the best photo of the Firefall. You will be packed in with hundreds of other people who will get almost the exact same photo as you, so if there’s ever a time to be welcoming and get along with others, it is during Firefall.

I think I prefer the random photos I got while walking around and just paying attention to my surroundings over my Firefall photo just because they are more unique.

I obviously remember getting the picture and seeing the results, but I remember the people around me more as they helped make the experience. The whooping and yelling from excited photographers as the wind blew the mist into clouds sounded like a sports event. The adoring “wows” in multiple languages as people watched the falls change color seemed to amplify my own goosebumps. The chats I had with people were great. Some were about their trips in or favorite destinations, others about what they were looking to do with their visit; some wanted to get a killer shot, some were relatively new to photography and just wanted a reason to use their gear, and some were all about the experience of being there. One of the coolest groups I chatted with didn’t even have any cameras. They made it all the way to Yosemite to see the Firefall since they heard so much about it and wanted to see it for themselves. During “the show”, the dad even started asking what to delete from his phone so he could get more photos and video and commented, “I should probably get a real camera. I’ve been thinking about it for so long.”

I think this experience reminded me to live in the moment with others, but also not to be a jerk to people. When I chatted with Rangers and staff at Yosemite, they all discussed that they’re pretty ambivalent on Firefall. On the one hand, it brings a lot of tourism to the already famous park. On the other hand, very few of these tourists want to do anything other than grab some photos and leave. Plus, the reduced winter staffing seemed to make things more difficult for the employees. Lastly, what made things harder for them this year was getting back up to speed after the government shutdown and the huge amounts of rain and snow causing landslides that closed or damaged portions of the park.


About the author: Aaron Chen is a photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. You can find more of Chen’s work on his website, Twitter, and Instagram. This article was also published here.


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My Experience Shooting the Yosemite Horsetail Firefall

Sony Smartphone Cameras Trail Rivals Due to Fears of Cannibalizing Itself

Sony Smartphone Cameras Trail Rivals Due to Fears of Cannibalizing Itself

Sony’s imaging sensors have been the talk of the photography world for several years now, and the company’s mirrorless cameras have been praised for their imaging quality and abilities. But while Sony dominates the global image sensor industry, its own smartphone cameras have trailed rivals in hype and features.

In an interview with Trusted Reviews, Sony Senior Manager of Global Marketing Adam Marsh revealed that politics and fears of self-cannibalization may have held Sony back in the past from dominating smartphone photography more.

“Even though we’re one company, there are still sometimes barriers that Alpha doesn’t want to give Mobile certain things, because all of a sudden you have the same as what a £3,000 camera’s got,” Marsh tells Trusted Reviews. “Now that barrier’s gone a little bit. They’re saying, ‘Okay, we see that having a smartphone and camera that gives you the same experience is a good thing.’”

After Sony CEO Kaz Hirai stepped down and was replaced in 2018, executive Kimio Maki was changed from shepherding the Alpha division to becoming head of product development for Mobile. And now Sony is looking to make waves with its future smartphone cameras.

“[Maki] said ‘Okay, so we work with Alpha here, let’s take this bit, we work with the CineAlta brand, let’s bring this bit.’ He opened up the whole of digital imaging for us,” Marsh says. “Because that imaging team is all together, they can share that experience across Cybershot, Alpha and Xperia.

“A closer collaboration with Alpha is a definite, thanks to the management change that’s happened in Tokyo with Mobile now belonging to Imaging.”

Sony’s new Xperia 1 marks a change of approach for Sony, Trusted Reviews says. The phone features a triple-camera system with the BIONZ X image processing engine, RAW noise reduction, manual control of shutter speed and ISO, 21:9/4K/HDR/24fps video recording, optical and electronic image stabilization, 2x optical zoom, 10fps (with AF/AE), and Eye AF (the first in a smartphone).

Sony has also benefited from rival companies’ self-cannibalization fears. Even though Sony jumped into full-frame mirrorless cameras with the a7 back in 2013, Canon and Nikon didn’t unveil full-frame mirrorless cameras to rival Sony until late 2018 due to fears of cannibalizing their bread-and-butter DSLR sales, allowing Sony to enjoy years of growing as a near-monopoly in the full-frame mirrorless market.


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The Power and Problems with Photo Clichés

The Power and Problems with Photo Clichés

Filmmaker and journalist Johnny Harris made this inspiring 7-minute video about the picturesque Austrian town of Hallstatt, which sits nestled between a lake and a mountain in the Alps. Harris looks at the idea of photography clichés and breaking out of them to find unique photos and experiences.

Once known for its production of salt dating back to prehistoric times, Hallstatt is today dominated by tourism. And take a look on Instagram and elsewhere on the Web, and you’ll find an infinite stream of photos showing Hallstatt, many of which were shot from exactly the same spot.

Photo by Nick Csakany.
Photo by Daniel Frank.
Photo by Julius Silver
Photo by Thomas Fabian and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

“This town, this photo rather, has become a cliché to me,” Harris says. “Every photo taken from the same place, from the same angle. This place is not a place to me — it’s just a symbol. A single dimensional caricature seared into my brain from so many exposures to this one angle.”

But while Hallstatt looks peaceful and idyllic in photos, pay a visit to the town and you’ll find bus after bus dropping off crowds of tourists who are all journeying from their homelands to capture the same photos as countless people before them — “to seek out iconic places to show that they too are part of the club,” as Harris puts it.

“What if you did things differently?” Harris asks.

Instead of following the masses visiting Hallstatt, Harris and his friends decided to break away, go in a different direction away from the town, and find places and experiences that aren’t overly documented online. And in doing so, Harris found his own slice of peace and beauty.

“In the end, I’m grateful this town exists,’ Harris says. “It’s beautiful. Its history is beautiful. But this isn’t the whole package, and in fact, I’m certain that the best parts of the place lie far away from here, on your own quiet road waiting to be explored.”


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The Power and Problems with Photo Clichés

I Photographed My 5-Year-Old Girl as Captain Marvel

I Photographed My 5-Year-Old Girl as Captain Marvel

My daughter loves female superheroes and I love making her superhero dreams come true. The other day she literally thought she was a superhero. She came home from school one day and told us that her friends had made fun of her because of her worn down shoes. To my surprise, she didn’t seem too affected and so I kept asking for more details. After all, she is a 5-year-old who makes up a bunch of stories anyway, and I wanted to get to the bottom of it.

She told me that in fact she had been made fun of but instead of being sad, she told me it was okay because she was a superhero! I didn’t realize the impact that my photo shoots had on her until just yesterday when she told me that. So all that being said… here is what I surprised her with:

After doing a bunch of these photo shoots, my daughter has become actually good at posing and getting into the zone when it’s time to shoot. She loves posing and “pretending” to be a superhero.

When I was young, I thought my dad was Rocky. Why? Because we are Italian and he loved that movie, and he kinda looked like him too. Either way, it gave me confidence and family pride to know that my dad was Rocky! I see that the same thing is happening for Nellee after doing these shoots with her, and she has definitely grown in confidence.

The costume took about 1 month and was created by the amazing Julie Whiteley.

The photoshop work took me about a week. Each image normally takes 1 day to complete. My process usually goes like this…

1. I find inspiration for the image
2. Take the right photos then send them to my guy overseas to cut out
3. Create a very rough draft of all images
4. Edit individual images, take a 30-min to 1-hour break
5. Finalize the photo

I decided to leave the tooth out because it’s pretty hilarious in this hardcore image. This is what Nellee looks like when she’s hungry.

And this is Nellee when she gets out of school with an empty stomach:

This one was Nellee’s favorite:

This image was pretty lucky, mainly because it’s hard for me to hold her upside down, place her arms in the right positions, then have my wife take the photo and make sure Nellee is putting on a good face:

Here’s some other fun ones we created from movie scenes:

Thanks to my wife Roxana for helping with posing, keeping kids fed, snack time, sleep time and everything else when it comes to coordinating photographing our kids!


About the author: Josh Rossi is a commercial and advertising photographer based in Los Angeles and Puerto Rico. You can find more of his work on his website, training site, Facebook, and Instagram. This article was also published here.


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Hipster Pissed Over His Photo in Article on Hipsters Looking the Same… But It’s a Different Hipster

Hipster Pissed Over His Photo in Article on Hipsters Looking the Same… But It’s a Different Hipster

The MIT Technology Review recently published a story titled, “The hipster effect: Why anti-conformists always end up looking the same.” The photo accompanying the article pissed off a hipster, and hilarity ensued.

The article was a summary of a research paper that found that in trying to make a “counter-cultural statement,” hipsters often end up looking like each other. And at the top of the article was a photo illustration of a hipster with copies of him:

The Register reports that the magazine soon received an angry email from a man who wasn’t happy when he saw himself being used as the lead illustration for the article. He accused the Technology Review of “slandering him.”

Here’s the story told in a series of Tweets by MIT Technology Review editor-in-chief Gideon Lichfield:

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Lichfield then looked into whether the magazine had the proper model releases to use the man’s likeness.

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It turns out the photo illustration was based on a Getty Images stock photo titled, “Styled for the street: Shot of a handsome young man in trendy winter attire against a wooden background.”

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The photo had a restriction stating that any use in an unflattering way must be accompanied by a note stating that the subject is a model.

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And here’s where things get hilarious: the furious hipster who emailed wasn’t even the hipster in the photo.

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“He’d misidentified himself,” Lichfield writes. “All of which just proves the story we ran: Hipsters look so much alike that they can’t even tell themselves apart from each other.”


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Hipster Pissed Over His Photo in Article on Hipsters Looking the Same… But It’s a Different Hipster