Photographer Banned from Artist’s Show and Clothing Company Shuts Down Due to Threats; We’re Sure There’s a Lesson In There Somewhere

Last week, FStoppers published a story about Dutch photographer J Salmeron’s copyright conflict with the band Arch Enemy and one of their sponsors, Thunderball Clothing–a small independent company based in Poland. Thunderball reposted an image of Salmeron’s without permission — by reposting it from the sponsored musician’s Instagram feed, not the photographer’s.

Today, FStoppers issued an update to the story. Apparently, the owner of Thunderball Clothing reached an agreement with Salmeron, but due to the intense amount of backlash from the public, has decided to shut down her company.

Both articles are worth reading. At The Photo Beat, we imagine that the opinions will vary widely across the spectrum of possible interpretations. However, there are certainly lessons to be learned here.

ON1 Software Releases ON1 Poto RAW 2019.1

ON1 Software released their ON1 Photo Raw 2019.1 software with a significant list of changes. ON1 improved editing workflow, the layers workflow, and added the ability to migrate Adobe Lightroom photo settings. Additionally, it features a text tool “for creating posters, adding your byline or adding editing annotations.”

The software packages also features a layered HDR workflow, improved portrait tools and better focus stacking work, auto-aligning layers, and local adjustments. Photo Raw 2019.1 competes directly with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC by offering an image catalog feature. See the full list of new and upgraded features here.

Both full and upgrade versions of On1 Photo RAW 2019.1 are currently $10 off, priced at $89.99 and $69.99 respectively. A 30 day free trial is available here.

Photography and Chill: What to Read and Watch This Weekend — December 28, 2018

What to Read

Bruce Gilden on the Art of Street Photography and His Pursuit of Good Portraits — Wallpaper

How Peter Jackson Made WWI Footage Seem Astonishingly New — The New York Times

Diary of a Photojournalist: Alain Keler Discusses his Career and the Theme of Photography as Memory — Leica Camera Blog

In Defense of Documentaries as Journalism — Columbia Journalism Review

22 Predictions for Social Media in 2019 — The Verge

Rising Instagram Stars Are Posting Fake Sponsored Content — The Atlantic

What to Watch

Think More Shoot Less – The Ray Barbee Interview by Dave Rollans Films

Because It’s Cool

Ken Block’s GYMKHANA TEN: The Ultimate Tire Slaying Tour — The Hoonigans

Rumor Roundup – December 27, 2018


Patent: Canon RF 90mm f2.8L IS Macro — Canon Rumors


Venus Optics Teasing Accessory for DJI Inspire 2 Users — photorumoros


Pixii Raises 95,000 EURO for Digital Camera with Leica-M Mount — Leica Rumors


Nikon Z Noct 5800 f/0.95 lens “coming soon” — Nikon Rumors


New Olympus 150-400mm lens has integrated 1.25x TC and 2X TC — 43rumors

E-M1X Announcement Around January 20, 2019 — 43rumors


Expect a New Sony Camera in January: Perhaps the Much Rumored a7000 — Sony Reconsidered

Annual Best & Worst Picks

As 2018 winds down, media outlets are releasing their best and worst lists content and gear released this year. Follow the links below:

British Journal of Photography – Best of 2018: BJP Editorial Director Simon Bainbridge

DPReview – Gear of the Year 2018 – Barney’s Choice: Nikon Z7

DPReview TV – Best and Worst of 2018

News Shooter – Best Audio Product of 2018

News Shooter – Best Camera Accessory of 2018

News Shooter – Best Mirrorless or DSLR of 2018

Drone Chaos in the UK

Gatwick Airport in the United Kingdom canceled hundreds of flights for the third day in a row due to drone activity in the vicinity of the airport. The Transportation Secretary issued statements regarding the matter. The Army and Police are investigating and pursuing persons of interest in the matter. It appears to be a deliberate attempt to disrupt air traffic using drones. Dronelife published an article regarding the impact to the drone industry and perceptions of drone aviation as a result.

Photography and Chill: What to Read and Watch This Weekend – December 21, 2018

What to Read

Harold Feinstein: America’s Forgotten Photographer — Huck

Meeting the Real Coffee Makers an article by Santiago Albert — Leica Camera Blog

Pigeons by Alan Shaller — Leica Camera Blog

Sigma Art Lenses Are Becoming Far Too Ridiculous by Usman Dawood — FStoppers

FORMAT Festival returns to Derby UK from 15 March -14 April — British Journal of Photography 

What It Takes to Live as an Artist in New York — Artsy

What to Watch

Behind The Scenes Of The Dawn Wall Film — Red Bull on Youtube “Rock climbers Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson show you the behind the scenes to the Dawn Wall documentary” 

Meet California — a commissioned film of a road trip through California. The British Journal of Photography in partnership with Visit California commissioned the film. Four photographers were selected to create “a new personal project that would shed light on the lesser-known sides of the state.” Interestingly, none of the featured photographers are based in California. Instead, they’re from Portland, Toronto, London, and Paris. Read the BJP’s article and watch the film as well as behind the scenes footage of the film here.

A Drink with Photographer Steve McCurry — NBC Nightly news published a 15 minute interview with Steve McCurry. It’s worth watching and McCurry shares some great photography insights from his over 30 years of professional experience.

And Then There’s This:

Photo of Couple Boning on Top of Pyramids Prompts International Investigation — Vice