I looked it up, the United States has faced 178 weather and climate disasters since 1980 according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.  These 178 severe enough weather events to be classified as climate disasters have inflicted more than $1 trillion in directly measurable economic costs, and have been accompanied by incalculable costs in human suffering. […]

Net neutrality. Speak the words, savor the flavor of freedom as it rolls off your tongue. Net neutrality. As a photographer, those are becoming the most important two words you will hear in this decade. Net neutrality means all internet traffic is considered equal, from whatever the source, and none shall be given a preference […]

After a seven day trial, on November 22, 2013 the jury in the Daniel Morel vs. Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Getty Images (Getty) trial awarded the defendant, Daniel Morel, the maximum statutory damages allowed by the law.  The jury awarded in the amount of $1.2 million while finding that the corporations acted willfully in violating the copyright act and […]

Psssst… want to buy a Larger Format?  Astounding as the news may be to some, the world of high-end cameras just got a little smaller, with Leica Camera AG purchasing Swiss large format camera maker Sinar. Details are still very sketchy, as neither company is willing to discuss the terms of the deal.  It is also […]

Today, hundreds of thousands of photographs will not be taken.  The US Congress has declared war on landscape photographers.  Thousands of locations are now posted:OFF LIMITS.  Across the country, vacations, that dreamed of and earned respite from a year’s toil, are being collectively ruined. People who actually work for a living and do their jobs […]

Filmmaker and documentarian Werner Herzog (Aguirre: The Wrath of God, Grizzly Man) has directed a short film on the dangers of texting and driving. From One Second to the Next looks at how four lives have been impacted by texting-related accidents.  A gripping subject, from an excellent and inspiring filmmaker.   Created for AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign, […]

MIDWAY – Plastic Beach from Midway on Vimeo. “In the Greek mythology, Sisyphus was a king who was cursed to roll a huge boulder up a hill, only to watch it roll back down, and to repeat this throughout eternity. A beach cleanup on Midway Atoll made us feel just like Sisyphus.”   There are […]

MIDWAY, a Message from the Gyre : a short film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo. MIDWAY, a Message from the Gyre, is a short film. It is a powerful visual journey into the heart of an astonishingly symbolic environmental tragedy. On one of the remotest islands on our planet, tens of thousands of […]

“To me, photography is an art of observation. It’s about finding something interesting in an ordinary place… I’ve found it has little to do with the things you see and everything to do with the way you see them.” Elliott Erwitt Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/e/elliotterw141210.html#YaV7zlv86uYAGFAJ.99 Another in my series of mining the video vaults of history, […]

My Keynote Address from Mike Brookes on Vimeo. Last month, Apple opened its Worldwide Developers Conference with an inspiring video outlining its core brand values. Here are Mike Brookes core values.  I think Mike speaks for all of us in the creative industry. His name is Mike Brookes; He is senior designer for Across the […]

  St. Paul MN based Fly Boys Aerial Cinematography‘s drone fleet was grounded by the FAA last week for flying without a proper FAA permit.  Asked for comment, Fly Boys response was the FAA doesn’t anticipate issuing commercial permits for UAVs until 2015. What are we supposed to do?  This could be the first in […]

I am reposting below Roger Cicala’s blog post of “A Photography Consumer’s Bill of Rights” in its entirety.  I could not agree more with Roger’s position that these should be basic consumer rights for retail photography products sold here in the United States.  Unfortunately, the situations do exist still today where manufacturers refuse to acknowledge problems with […]

KILLING ME SOFTLY — A CANON 1DC SHORT FILM from Andrew Wonder on Vimeo. When God designed lobsters he built them very different from humans, so it’s hard for us to imagine how they perceive the world.  Where humans are the dominate species on land, a water based habitat requires things work just a bit […]

Henrick Interview from The Luminous Landscape on Vimeo. Michael Reichmann of The Luminous Landscape recently interviewed Henrik Håkonsson, CEO of Phase One, about the state of the marketplace and the future of Medium Format in general.  The PhaseOne Companies are comprised of PhaseOne, CaptureOne Software, Leaf, and Mamiya of Japan.  PhaseOne specializes in building ultra high […]

Filmmaker Interviews: Rick Gershon from Canon Pro on Vimeo. MediaStorm’s Director of Photography, Rick Gershon, brought the C300 to Angola to shoot their documentary “Surviving the Peace,” which follows the progress of the Mines Advisory Group as they clear unexploded ordnance. Watch as he shares his thoughts on how the C300 helped realize their vision […]

If there is one man’s words I will spend the rest of my life trying to feel, they are those of Henri Cartier-Bresson.  Yes, I said feel, as from my hours of study I find Cartier-Bresson unique in the world of photographers.  Like few others in history, Cartier-Bresson was very upfront and open about sharing […]