This week on TWiP: Is film the new “F” word? The Partridge Family sues Corbis, and getting your learn on in 2011.
Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Joseph Linaschke, & Tyler Ginter
NEWS & DISCUSSION
PhaseOne Introduces New IQ Line of Digital Backs Featuring up to 80 MP and a Touch-Screen Interface
PhaseOne has come out with a new line of high-end backs that feature a touch-screen interface. The panel discusses when we'll start to see this technology find it's way into consumer level dSLRs and are we moving towards a future when a camera manufacturer will come out with a camera that will just use a smart phone as it's interface? Or, with the rise in popularity of lomography and film cameras, are we moving back into an era where people want something more simplified?
Actress Sues Corbis to Shut Down Online Marketing of Celebrity Images
Shirley Jones of Partridge Family fame is suing Corbis for what she feels is a violation of her publicity rights. Jones is arguing that by displaying her image on its database, and using her name to facilitate customer searches of that database, Corbis is gaining commercially from her name and likeness without her permission.
Panasonic Launches 4 New Lumix Cameras
Panasonic announced the release of four new Lumix cameras this week: the DMC-TS3, DMC-FX78, DMC-ZS8, and DMC-ZS10. The DMC-TS3 features include a rugged design, built-in GPS, compass, altimeter, and barometer. The camera also features the new Panasonic 3D Photo mode, which produces a realistic 3D photo by taking 20 consecutive photos and overlays the two best to create a 3D image that can then be played on a 3D HDTV and other MPO-compatible equipment such as digital photo frames and printers.
GETTING YOUR LEARNING ON IN 2011
With the start of a new year, it's a good time for photographers to plan their calendar of photography events in terms of education and workshops. What workshops, conferences, courses would each of our guests recommend and/or which ones are they planning to attend?
Joseph – the way to improve is by surrounding yourself by people who are better than you at whatever it is that you're trying to improve on. There are so many great resources out there from free to expensive – online and in person. There are so many great online resources available that there is no excuse why photographers can't learn something without having to leave their homes or spend money on flights. If you still can't find something online or can't afford to enroll in any online courses, just get out there and shoot.
Tyler – I attend a few tradeshows every year including NAB and there is something to be said for meeting people face-to-face and getting to know people who perhaps you've only ever met or worked with online. If you can't make it out to any those shows, try to get out and network with people in your local area.
Frederick – you can learn a lot online at places like Lynda.com, Kelby Training, CreativeLive, etc. I will also go over to places like iStock and see what other photographers are doing and try to recreate their work and learn from it. Another great resource is Meetup.com where you can connect with other photographers and attend some local events. We do some great TWiP meetup events in my local area. Just head over to www.fvj.me/meetup for a list of dates and locations.
Listener Nick Mazur has been asked to photograph a charity lacrosse event and is looking for some advice for doing event photography. https://thisweekinphoto.com/forum/frequently-asked-questions/event-photo
Tyler: I'm not sure what his budget is or what kind of gear he has so I'm going to give some general advice based upon my experience shooting events. As far as gear, I would recommend getting a fast focusing body with a crop sensor like the 7D and a fast lens like a 70-200mm f2.8. If he doesn't have the gear, then he could always rent it. Pick out a story and try to tell the whole story of what is happening.
Joseph: Make sure to focus not only on the people but try to capture them in the environment so that it really tells the story of where they were and what the event looked like. Also, during events you can wind up taking a lot of photographs of people eating which is a time when nobody will look attractive so try watch for that when shooting. Go for groups of people and look for candid moments rather than posed group shots.
Atcavi8or has recently retired from the US Air Force and is looking to photography to supplement his income. He's looking for some advice on what would be a reasonable income to expect from photography? https://thisweekinphoto.com/forum/talking-business/using-photography-to-supplement-income/#p2879
Joseph: There is no easy answer here. It all depends on what you're doing and how much time you're willing to invest in it. In general, if you're just getting into and are a new photographer, I wouldn't plan on expecting to make a whole lot of money at it at the start. It takes time to get into and build your client base. You have to nurture those clients and make sure they are happy and willing to refer you.
Tyler: Getting into the industry takes hard work and passion to break into. You may have to start out working for free to build your client base.
Glenn writes: I have been taking lots of pictures of my kids and their friends, honing my skills as a portrait photographer to hopefully soon open a studio. I have also taken team photos of their soccer teams which were the first photos I have ever sold. My question is this: Can I post pictures of the kids I have taken on my website and use in my portfolio or should I get permission from the parents before doing so? So far the only pictures I have on my website are my own kids and a friend's kid whose mom doesn't mind and in fact assists me during photo shoots sometimes. https://thisweekinphoto.com/forum/frequently-asked-questions/using-photos-on-my-website/#p2914
Tyler – It's always best to ask. There are cool apps now that let you do model releases or print out a model release for yourself. It's a gray area but especially if you are isolating a single child in your photo then it's best to get permission. However, if the child is in a public location I'm pretty sure you don't need permission as long as you are not selling the prints for profit.
Joseph – People can say they are fine with things one minute and then change their minds in a very expensive way in a hurry so make sure you get those signed model releases.
PICKS OF THE WEEK
Tyler – Petapixel Blog
Frederick – a negative tip – Meetup.com's new redesign
Also be on the lookout for a new eBook from Joseph along with some free online Aperture training.
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