Category: Photography

Photo Tampering Throughout History

Well these folks never waited for photoshop. How I see where is headed! A great sampling of photo tampering throughout history.

Circa 1860:
This nearly iconic portrait of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln is a composite of Lincoln’s head and the body of Southern politician, John Calhoun. Putting the date of this photo into context, note that the first permanent photographic image was created in 1826 and the Eastman Dry Plate and Film Company (later to become Eastman Kodak) was created in 1884.


Photo Industry

The future growth of the industry will be driven by microstock. No kidding! The photo industry enters the long tail!

Getty considers new microstock customers and Web uses, especially
images in online advertising, as cornerstones for future growth.

Daryl Lang from PDN has a little summary of key findings here.


TinEye, l’avenir dans la protection des images !

Oh you knew this was coming: French reviews for TinEye! For those of you not familiar with the world’s loveliest language, we will translate it for you so here you go: TinEye rocks!

Vous l’avez compris : c’est un extraordinaire outil que ce moteur de recherche expérimental, qui devrait non seulement révolutionner le travail des photographes et graphistes dans le contrôle du droit d’auteur, mais aussi permettre aux agences de communication de vérifier simplement et rapidement, en quelques clics, si une photographie est déjà utilisée ou non …

A great TinEye review by Cedric Girard on Aube-Nature (in French folks!).

DeviantART + TinEye

I am a huge DeviantART fan. Yes. I am deviant – but you all knew that! So it is doubly fun to come into the office and find out we made news on DeviantART – thanks Paula for letting us know. Great new fans today! Folks we will approve you all as quickly as we can! I know some of you have already started using TinEye and we welcome your comments and feedbacks. What I hear so far:

Paula: curious [about] how famous you already are 😉 ) try TinyEye.

kkart: This thing is INCREDIBLE!
Oh yes, we agree. TinEye is incredible!

evile33: That thing blows me away…I got approved and got the FF extension…it’s awesome!

The Firefox extension we developed is awesome of course. Allows you to search for any image you find on the web with a single click so if you are a TinEye user, don’t go home without installing it.

We will get back to work at the Ideeplex and make TinEye better! We are working on an extension for IE so that should be out there soon!

The audience is now in charge. Turn them into fans.

I enjoy Rob’s blog. One of his latest post "a thought on the future of photography" nails it. I have had so many conversations over the years with photographers and it strikes me still how many times I hear: "don’t put your images on flickr", "don’t show high resolution images online", "don’t display your images online as they will just be stolen". I can only find out about your work if it is out there. I can only hire you if I can see your work, I can only recommend you to the 1000 fans you need if you are out there. So be out there. Rob has of course a much nicer way of saying it. And don’t forget to read Kevin Kelly’s awesome 1000 fan blog post.

You’ve got to make your photos available online for free. Anything that can be distributed digitally must now be distributed for free to remain competitive. Not for commercial use and not without attribution but fans should be able to distribute your photography for free and view it big on your website without watermarks and other barriers. It’s not like you don’t already do this it’s just that there’s a lot of hand wringing going on about the ability of consumers to scrape your photos off your website. It’s not necessary because they’re the fans you want to sell prints, books, lectures, clinics and personal commissions to. You should encourage them to look at and help you distribute your photography so you can bring in more fans. Don’t forget that some of those people will be Art Buyers and Photo Directors.

Don’t buy stock photography from a stranger

Didn’t your mama tell you not to talk to strangers or take candy from them. Today she would probably add another warning: "don’t buy stock photography from a stranger you meet in a sauna of a health club"! She would also probably tell you not to lie about it. Lest you end up on Slashdot and lose a lawsuit!

Behind the scenes from a photographer’s point of view


John Harrington has a fantastic video and script up about coverage of how photographers work when they are covering a State of the Union Address. This is awesome. Kudos to John for taking the time to get this out.

One of the primary positions is the head on position; in addition there is a left position and a right position on either side of the chamber. There are also corner positions and a rear position known as the reversal position. Now in addition one of the very unique positions that’s been added in oh the last 5 or 10 years is the floor pool position.

I am not going to spoil things for you but there are great conversations about photographers, cameras, and  photographers editorial angles (what they were trying to aim for in the photographs shot). Nice work John. A big thank you!