A trade journal of a still-emerging field, written by Adam Tinworth.

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Flickr has published its annual round-up of the most-used cameras. Guess which one wins?

Flickr top cameras 2016

Apple, of course, is a proxy for “iPhone” here. The iPhone is the biggest camera brand on Flickr by a significant margin. And I bet you it would be an ever bigger margin on Instagram.

Smartphones accounted for 48% of the photos uploaded to Flickr, up from 39% last year. DSLR was 25%, down from 31% in 2015, and point and shoot was 21%, down from 25% in 2015. Mirrorless remained flat at 3% of photos uploaded in 2016.

I’m vaguely surprised by the low numbers for mirrorless cameras – that makes me wonder if the community that have adopted them haven’t found themselves a home on Flickr. Or perhaps the mirrorless hype has been over-blown.

Where the phone won’t go

Om Malik speculates about what these figures means for the future of the stand-alone camera:

We are already seeing cameras evolve and become hyper specialized — Snapchat’s Spectacles, GoPro Cameras and Drone-mounted cameras for aerial work. I suspect by the time 2020 rolls around the point and shoot share of overall photography just might be down to single digits.

It feels like stand-alone cameras are being pushed into the niches that phones can’t comfortably fill: you don’t want you phone hundreds of feet away in the sky, nor do you want to strap it to your bike for filming – because it’s more likely to be destroyed in an accident, and the battery won’t hold up as well as a dedicated camera. But these are edge cases, suitable for niche companies.

The phone is now the default camera.

This either awesome – or a complete gimmick…

(I think it’s very responsible of the couple in the video to still be using the same cameras years from now… Apologies for the cheese.)

The EF-M 28mm f/3.5 STM is a macro lens – with a built in light? Neat idea – if it works. The fact that the light is actually two lights, each of which can be controlled individually makes this a really handy tool – potentially. It all depends on how it performs.

But at a fairly affordable $300 in the USwhich will mean £200-and-something UK~~ and £294.99 in the UK (odd exchange rate there, Canon…), I suspect I’ll be giving it a go when it ships in June.

[via PetaPixel]

Using an iPad to prepare photos for the web

This article has me rethinking one of my core reasons for not using my iPad for more blogging:

I’ve pretty much stopped importing and editing images on my Mac. Though I didn’t expect it, the iPad provides me with an easier and quicker workflow for posting hero images on iMore than my Mac ever did.

Basically, while we were all looking elsewhere, the iPad got really good at moving files between applications. And, for some tasks, it’s now better than the Mac.

Yahoo is stopping investing in Flickr

Sad time for those of us that still use and enjoy Flickr:

While products such as Yahoo Games will soon be shut down, Yahoo says that it will be reducing its investment in non-essential properties such as Flickr. Flickr will stay alive, but Yahoo will be reducing Flickr’s resources and attempt to run the photo service in a way that requires minimal overhead.)

Essentially, the best we can hope for is that Yahoo sells Flickr to someone who will care about it – or that Yahoo itself is sold and that the new owners give a damn. Time to pay more attention to 500px again, I think.

It started with a tweet.

Actually, that’s not quite true, but it makes a good opening line, so what the hell.

And the tweet looked like this:

One of my New Year “to-do”s – I don’t do resolutions – was to sort out and professionalise some aspects of my business. Now that it looks like I’m staying self-employed for the foreseeable future, I need to both upgrade my business admin (tax return done today!) and my online persona. For example, a set of pages on here describing the services I offer would be a good idea, wouldn’t they?

And I really, really wanted some decent headshots of myself. I’ve been shot by professionals twice, and I’ve not liked the results either time. The whole process was too “production line”. There was no attempt to express me. I was just corporate drone #1138. And that phase of my life is done.

I’ve been using what are, in essence, a succession of jumped-up selfies. But that couldn’t – shouldn’t – last. But I was a little stumped as to where to find the right photographer to get me some images.

Now, my friends over at Brilliant Noise had some excellent headshots done by lomokev in Brighton, which I’d always quietly envied. His work is great – but not quite what I wanted. And everyone else I saw was doing the standard corporate headshot.

So, basically, I took the easiest option. I procrastinated.

Mounting the stairs, in search of headshots

And then I saw Kristina’s tweet. She’s an ex-student; I did a few workshops with her and her cohort on their online presence. Her website blew me away – for someone who’d been seriously into photography for less than a year, her command of light and form was remarkable. £60 seemed like a reasonable gamble for some decent headshots. And, honestly, I was curious to see how her work had come along in the 9 months or so since I last saw her.

And so, last Monday I found myself climbing some narrow, offensively carpeted steps above a shop, a short walk from Clapham Junction station, to have my portrait made in a studio converted out of a kitchen/diner area. And, as I stared at a serious piece of glass, hearing about her commission to go to Sri Lanka, while desperately trying to remember to keep my chin down, I came to the conclusion I had made the right decision.

And far from the only one to notice her talent. The Guardian ran a spread of her images recently.


The results? They are… pleasing.

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Adam Tinworth headshot

I’m busy rolling them out across my social presences – Facebook, Twitter, this site, Linkedin and Gravatar are done, and I’ll deal with others as I encounter them.

I’ve never really had a set of images I’ve been happy to send off for speaking gigs, or to go on course descriptions, or to accompany the occasion bits of writing elsewhere I do.

But now I do, and I’m very happy with them.

Thanks, Kristina.

A good version of the well-told tale of how Kodak invented digital photography – and then stifled it until it was too late for the company:

“Every digital camera that was sold took away from a film camera and we knew how much money we made on film,” Mr. Sasson said. “That was the argument. Of course, the problem is pretty soon you won’t be able to sell film — and that was my position.”

You can’t help but respect the patience of Steven Sasson, who invented the digital camera, but who sat tight while Kodak failed to take advantage of it.

One photographer has had enough of a viral content site nicking his photos:

California-based photographer Jeff Werner has filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the popular website ViralNova for publishing (and profiting from) his photos without his permission.

Exhibit B

Theft is not curation. Somewhere along the line, the arguments we made a decade ago about curation and aggregation being valuable service to the reader in an age of information overload got corrupted. The bastard offspring of those arguments are these “viral content” outfits, which are, essentially, indulging in wholesale content theft.

It’s not what we called aggregation, which existing in the spirit of pointing people to good things on the internet. These outfits are just lifting good things from the internet – and monetising them. I suspect – and hope – we’ll see more court cases like this – and some punitive victories from the courts.

Here’s a good rule of thumb if you want determine if you’re curating or stealing:

  • Are you just reproducing someone’s work? You’re stealing.
  • Are you quoting someone’s work, and encouraging people to check out the original? You’re curating.


You can see the full complaint at PetaPixel.

On professional photography versus reader-contributed photography:

Not only did viewers know what they liked, but they were able to accurately identify which of the 200 photos and captions they were asked to view were shot by pros, and expressed a distinct preference for the professional over the user contributed images.

So, yes, then.

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This is an interesting move:

But we’ve heard from our community that we’re missing two important designations: Public Domain and Creative Commons 0 (CC0). Many members of our community want to be able to upload images that are no longer protected by copyright and correctly tag them as being in the Public Domain, or they want to release their copyright entirely under CC0.

Flickr has embraced Creative Commons for over a decade. It’s interesting that they’re going a step further and allowing people to release images into the public domain.

I’m serious considering doing that with some of my mother’s old images. It’s not quite SpaceX – who have been the first to do so. But it’s something.

(Of course, bloggers and journalists might want to note that they have a new source of free images…)