TWIP #126 – Racism in Photography – Don’t Blink!

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This week: Is face detection racist? 128 Giga-byte Compact Flash Cards…and an interview with safari photographer Andy Biggs.

Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Alex Lindsay, Ron Brinkmann, Nicole Young


Face-Detection Cameras: Users’ Racism Charges Explained
New cameras have the ability to track faces and detect when the subject is blinking. There have been reported problems when photographing Asian eyes (which the cameras thinks are always blinking). There is also a problem with African-American skin tones that don’t register.

Silicon Power Announces 128GB 400X Compact Flash Card
The new 400X CF card is designed to offer the ultimate storage capacity while not compromising performance, featuring a write speed of up to 90MB/sec. The card supports PIO Mode-6 and Multi-Word DMA 4 transfer mode in quad-channel configuration. In addition to the 400X cards, Silicon Power also offers 600X CF and 200X CF cards suited for devices (DSLR, DV, PDA, etc) that use CF cards.

Photographer Loses Bid to Refuse Same-Sex Wedding Jobs
A New Mexico wedding photographer who refused on freedom of speech and religion grounds to photograph a same-sex commitment ceremony in 2006 has lost her anti-discrimination appeal. The group discusses whether a photographer has the right to decline services or not.


Andy was on the show last year. Andy spends a lot of time in Africa taking folks like you on photoC safaris. As the leader of African safaris, he regularly helps other photographers get the pictures of their lives, while in the process of changing their lives by introducing them to the beauty and culture of Africa. And while not chasing wild leopards around Africa, he’s busy with his company, Gura Gear. They make an amazing camera bag that was born out of the real-world necessaries of a working adventure photographer.

Andy Biggs’ website.


Nicole: Two picks: US Highway 89 by Ann Torrence (book) and Custom Brackets
Ron: ShootShifter — program to sync photos between multiple cameras.
Alex: “Understanding Photoshop” iPhone app by Richard Harrington


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Frederick has a blog posting called, “Fight or Light,” asking the question, as a photographer what do you do in a disaster: take the picture first and then help? Read the blog post and the comments at

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Nicole can be found at and on Twitter Nicolesy


Show notes provide by Tom Newman of Fogview Photos and via Twitter: Fogview

Producer: Aaron Mahler – Twitter: halfpress

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  • hahaha.. "Why are all cameras black?…and why and the expensive canon lenses white? I don’t get it…" -awesome Fred quote..

    Yeah what happened to the mics? This podcast usually has very clear audio. The skypers seem to be fine but not those in the studio, assuming Fred and Alex are in the studio. Almost like you have one common mic in the middle of the room and you’re sharing it. Oh well.. we all have our bad days..

    Keep up the awesome work guys!

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