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

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

Skylum Releases Luminar 3 With Libraries

Skylum released Luminar 3.  This significant upgrade adds libraries and image management to the already capable package.  Luminar features “the most essential tools for professional photographers.” Additionally it’s “quick & awesome” features called “magic sliders”  include Saturation/Vibrance, Clarity, and Accent AI–which is a unique feature to Luminar.  Further, Skylum features and Aerial Photography workspace “inspired by DJI” for imagery captured with drones. See the full release information and purchase or upgrade the software if you are so inclined at Skylum’s Luminar page. 

DJI Launches DJI Pro Website

DJI launched its Pro website targeted at photographers and videographers. Read the full news release here

From DJI’s Website: 

DJI Pro is dedicated to professionals using DJI’s advanced aerial and gimbal technologies, such as the Inspire and the Ronin series. The new website consists of five categories: 

Product Information: Explore DJI products. 

DJI Masters Program: Learn from professional cinematographers with unique insights into the industry as well as the innovative imaging technology they use. 

Showcase: Find out how DJI products are being used on film sets.

Education: Learn about how to setup and use each product.

Events: Get the latest info on DJI, local events, workshops and more. 


Leica Japan Announces f/5.6 Summaron-M Black Limited Edition Lens

Leica Rumors reports that, according to Japanese site DC Watch, Leica Japan announced a black, limited-edition version of the Summaron-M 28mm f/5.6 lens.  The Summaron-M 28mm lens is a vintage lens design that was originally produced in screw mount at the Wetzlar, Germany, factory from 1955-1963.  According to Leica’s website, the new version, originally only available in silver, is a “slightly revised design” with an M-bayonet mount and 6-bit coding for modern Leica rangefinders.  The Photo Beat has not been able to find a corroborating news release from Leica Camera. 

Facebook Photo API Bug Exposes Millions of User’s Photos to Third Party Apps — Facebook Says It’s Fixed

Facebook notified developers that third party apps had access to a “broader set of photos than usual for 12 days between September 13 and September 25, 2018.”  Facebook believes 6.8 million users may have been affected and states up to 1,500 apps by 876 developers were affected. Facebook says the issue has been corrected. Additionally, the announcement states Facebook will roll out tools in the coming week to help developers who was impacted.  Finally, Facebook will notify users they think have been impacted and advise all users log into third party apps to “check which photos they have access to.”  Read the full Facebook announcement here