This week on TWiP: CNN lays off photojournalists citing the accessibility of quality cameras, brick and mortar camera shops start charging you touch the goods, looking back a the most memorable stories and images from 2011, and an interview with Paul C. Buff.
Hosts: Frederick Van Johnson, Doug Kaye, Bruce Clarke
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NEWS & DISCUSSION
CNN Lays off Photojournalists Citing the Accesibility of Quality Cameras
From Petapixel: Roughly 50 staffers at CNN were given pink slips today, including nearly a dozen photojournalists. In an email to the staff, Senior VP Jack Womack cited the accessibility of cameras and the growth of citizen journalism as reasons for the terminations.
Frederick, Doug, and Bruce discuss the reasons behind this move by CNN and speculate on whether we will see more of this in the future and if other news agencies will follow suit. Doug points out that this has happened in other areas such as Bloggers replacing Journalists, micro-stock replacing professional photographers, etc and see this as a business change.
Bruce thinks this trend will continue but hopes that there will still be a place for professional photojournalists who are trained in telling a story.
Camera Shop Charges $30 ‘Explanation Fee' for Handling it's Cameras
From Petapixel: Here's another sign of the changing times: so many camera shoppers are turning to the Internet for deals that some cameras shops are now charging fees for customers who want to test out their cameras.
A survey conducted by the paper of more than 1000 people also revealed that 61% had tried out products in local stores before actually buying them online, and half of those people had done so more than five times.
Yahoo! Releases it's 2011 Year in Review
Ernest Aguayo, a former TWiP staffer, left us a few months ago to work on a secret project for Yahoo which was just released this week. Ernest was finally able to reveal that the secret project he's been working has been as the photo editor for the 2011 Year in Review and features some of the top searches and news stories in 2011.
Top search – the iPhone. Top news story – the Casey Anthony trial. Buzzfeed also recently published it's list of the 45 most powerful images of 2011.
One of Doug's most memorable photos from the year was ones that he took while on vacation in Egypt in Tahrir Square, Cairo, Day One of the Revolution: http://www.blogarithms.com/index.php/archives/2011/02/06/egyptexodus/.
Frederick's most memorable photograph is one that Trey Ratcliff took of the Space Shuttle going into the clouds.
For Bruce, many of the photos that came out of Japan during the earthquake and tsunami were among the most memorable images from 2011.
INTERVIEW WITH PAUL C. BUFF
This week, Frederick sat down with with Paul C. Buff who has produced several well known lighting products including White Lighting and Alien Bees and built a company supplying these products to photographers. Frederick chats with Mr Buff about how he started the business and how he built it to the point where it's at today. For more information on his products, check out their website at www.paulcbuff.com.
Question 1: Chris Carpenter in the forums wonders: Is the Go Pro a camera that would cover our need to take nice looking video of family stuff or am I better off getting a D300s or D7000 for video and forgetting my full-frame lust?
Bruce: If he's looking for just something to shoot video, the Go Pro will be easier to use and isn't very expensive but if he's also planning to shoot stills and do video, then he'll want to go with the D300s or D7000.
Both Frederick and Doug agree that if he wants to shoot video with that shallow depth of field and cinema film look, then he'll want to go with the dSLR but they are more complicated and clunky to use and not the best tool for a quick video grab.
Question 2: Forum member Cobus writes: I have a bunch of books on technique and composition. I am becoming reasonably proficient with my camera and with composition. However, I find that I need some creative inspiration and decided to try and find some books along that line.
Doug recommends David DuChemin's Craft and Vision series.
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There is also a TWiP Meetup on Friday, December 9th
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