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Winners of the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012

August 17th, 2012

The winners of the 24th annual National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest have just been announced, with a group of ten photos coming out on top, plus one Viewer's Choice winner. These eleven images were chosen from more than 12,000 entries submitted by 6,615 photographers from 152 countries. National Geographic was kind enough to allow me to share the winning photographs with you here, from four categories: Travel Portraits, Outdoor Scenes, Sense of Place, and Spontaneous Moments. Also, be sure to see the earlier entry featuring 40 images from the submissions to this year's contest.

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Is it a crime to take photos in public

August 17th, 2012

Is it a crime to take photos in public

Is it ever a crime to take photos in public?

That important question was at the heart of a Q&A on the New York Times’ Lens blog yesterday, and is the focus of the blog I’m a Photographer, Not a Terrorist. It’s also a question that undoubtedly affects iReporters and citizens around the world.

The short answer in the Times' piece is no, it’s not a crime in the United States. Regardless, it seems more and more often we hear stories of photographers being arrested or stopped from capturing images in public. In particular, such incidents occurred during the Occupy Wall Street movement last year, when photographers – professional and amateur – documented the protests and clashes between demonstrators and police.

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Fraud Alert

July 19th, 2012

Fraud Alert

It has come to my attention that someone has been using HellmannPhoto.com as an return address for correspondence. Pete Hellmann Photography does not send out a newsletter or unsolicited email of any kind. If you are contacted by anyone asking you to cash checks for them they are not affiliated with Pete Hellmann Photography or HellmannPhoto.com. No one at Pete Hellmann Photography is in the business of giving away money. As the old saying goes, if it seems too good to be true, it is.



Great Photos of 2012 Olympics Athletes In Training

July 19th, 2012

Great Photos of 2012 Olympics Athletes In Training

With the Olympics about to get underway you should check out this great article at Boston.com.

In just over a week, the years, months, days, and minutes athletes have spent training will be put on display. The 10,000 competitors who will be vying for medals in 26 different sports have begun arriving in London. Here’s a look at many of those athletes competing for a spot in the upcoming Games, which run from July 27 to Aug. 12. -- Lloyd Young (35 photos total)

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Eight Cameras that will Surely Drive Photographers Crazy

July 19th, 2012

Eight Cameras that will Surely Drive Photographers Crazy

For a photographer, choosing the best camera for them is like finding a pageant winner. They primarily set a checklist of criteria. When one candidate fails to deliver, it is automatically out of the game.

Basically, a photographer assesses the screen size, resolution, zooming capabilities, video options, weight, and battery life. Among the hordes of cameras in the market, eight made it on the list as the best ones so far:

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Panasonic LX7 previewed

July 19th, 2012

Panasonic LX7 previewed

Revolution! No sooner has Samsung launched the interesting EX2F digital camera, and claimed the throne for the brightest compact camera lens, than it's been ousted! Panasonic has today launched its new Panasonic LX7 compact, with the same sensor size and a greater zoom range--and yet its lens is even brighter.

At wide angle, there's nothing in it. Both cameras have the same 24mm-equivalent wide angle, and the same f/1.4 maximum aperture. It's once you zoom in some that the difference becomes clear. The Samsung EX2F's lens stops at 3.3x zoom, with an f/2.7 aperture. The LX7, by contrast, continues on to 3.8x, and somehow manages to retain an f/2.3 maximum aperture even at that telephoto position. Impressive stuff!

At ten megapixels, the Panasonic LX7 has slightly lower resolution, but in our book that's an advantage. It's still plenty for most purposes, and all other things being equal should equate to slightly lower noise levels, to boot. While it's the same sensor size and resolution as used in Panasonic's LX5 two years ago, the company says it has brought about a 1.5 dB improvement in noise levels versus the previous sensor.

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Faces of Ground Zero Exhibit Opens Today

August 25th, 2011

Faces of Ground Zero Exhibit Opens Today

In the aftermath of 9/11, internationally acclaimed photographer and Nikon shooter Joe McNally created 246 life-size portraits of the rescuers, volunteers, survivors, victims’ family members and other individuals whose lives were affected by the tragedy. This historic collection was seen by over a million people during a six-city tour, became a popular book and helped generate over $2 million for the relief effort. It is considered by many museum and art professionals to be the most significant artistic endeavor to evolve from the 9/11 tragedy.He entitled the exhibit Faces of Ground Zero: Portraits of the Heroes of September 11, 2001.

Earlier this year—a decade later—McNally revisited many of his original subjects to find out where they are now and how 9/11 has affected their lives. Using the latest Nikon cameras and equipment, he created stunning new digital images and exclusive video interviews to accompany his original portraits. "It's been a truly amazing experience to recreate this exhibit," said McNally. "It's an honor to be able to visually tell the ongoing stories of the incredible people I first met 10 years ago who continue to be an inspiration every day."These are some of the heroes of September 11, 2001—ten years later.

Time Warner Center, New York, NY
August 24 – September 12, 2011
Daily: 10am – 9pm
Sunday: 11am – 7pm
The entire FACES OF GROUND ZERO: 10 Years Later exhibit is free and open to the public.

For more information please visit www.facesofgroundzero.com

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Ilford Galerie media earns 200-plus-year print permanence rating

August 23rd, 2011

Ilford Galerie media earns 200-plus-year print permanence rating

ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH , Marley, Switzerland, announced its Galerie inkjet photo media line has received high print permanence ratings from Wilhelm Imaging Research Inc., Avon, Conn., an independent permanence testing laboratory.

Wilhelm Imaging’s research shows Ilford Galerie Gold Fibre Silk, Smooth Pearl and Smooth Gloss media achieved a very high level of overall Print Permanence and Dark Storage Stability Ratings. When printed with HP Vivera pigment inks, the papers were found to withstand fading and yellowing for more than 250 years in archival album or dark storage conditions, and are stable for more than 200 years when displayed under glass. The Smooth papers also demonstrated a “very high” resistance to high humidity.

The research results can be found here.

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20 Myths About Becoming A Pro Photographer

August 4th, 2011

20 Myths About Becoming A Pro Photographer

Starting out as a pro photographer is very exciting. It’s fun to realize that a photography hobby can also be a great way to earn a little extra money on the side. Unfortunately, I have seen dozens and dozens of photographers start out with all the excitement in the world, but eventually fail as a pro photographer.

Sometimes the failure means they simply don’t find enough clients, sometimes that failure means getting sued, sometimes that failure means losing more than you gain, but most often…. that failure occurs when–one year into running the side business–the photographer realizes that it just isn’t bringing in enough money to be worth her time.

It is my hope that this list will not discourage anyone from becoming a professional photographer, but I do hope that it will make you aware of the unbelievably common misconceptions that many newbies have about earning money with photography.

Before I begin the list, I have to point out that OBVIOUSLY these “myths” are not true in every circumstance. Without any doubt, there are people who can pull off just about anything, but I think most competent pros would agree with 99% of what is on the list.

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Mobile imaging entrepreneurship,innovation to converge at 6Sight Summit in Sweden

August 2nd, 2011

Mobile imaging entrepreneurship,innovation to converge at 6Sight Summit in Sweden

Mobile Imaging is booming worldwide, with skyrocketing smart phone sales, fun and popular photography apps, and new ways to use, enjoy, and profit from pictures — and 6Sight will showcase these important global trends at its new European conference.

This week 6Sight® Conferences LLC announces the program for its Mobile Imaging Summit in Malmo Sweden on Nov. 15-17, 2011. The event is co-hosted by Scalado and Invest in Skåne, and sponsored by Sony Ericsson and other world-leading mobile imaging companies.

Among the conference sessions:

Leading cell phone manufacturers will debate the future of Mobile Imaging Platforms, with a market overview presentation from pioneering camera phone analyst Tony Henning of 6Sight.
The top OS developers will discuss Mobile Operating Systems, with an overview from noted analyst Dr. Gerry Purdy of MobileTrax.

Additional session topics include:

Image Sensors
Optics
Mobile Operators
Augmented Reality
Mobile Imaging Apps
Social Imaging
Analysts Roundtable presenting global Mobile Imaging data

The 6Sight Mobile Imaging Summit will examine both the broad worldwide market forces and the individual components and technologies that advance phone-based photography. Registration is now open and the full program is here. Companies interested in participating in the program are requested to complete this form.

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