This month’s issue is packed with lots of industry news and tips to help your photography and get your creative juices going. So let’s get started…
The stock agency Alamy testing news wire service
The stock library Alamy is planning a break into the breaking news field by announcing the launch of 24/7 news feed in May which will feature images of breaking news and events sourced from the agency's international network of editorial photographers. This will see the agency compete against established news wire services such as Getty Images, Agence France Presse, Associated Press and Reuters. The news feed will first launch as a beta version, with a proper launched scheduled for later in the year. In the build up for the launch the agency has been recruiting photo journalists and for those interested in joining the scheme can apply online
UK Met Police clarifies public photography guidelines
Back in July 2010 the UK Metropolitan Police issued a series of guidelines for its police officers that highlighted the rights of photographers when stopped by police forces in the streets of London. The guidelines were deemed ‘flawed’ by media law experts and caused an outrage in the photography field leading to campaigns the likes of "I'm a Photographer Not a Terrorist!" which we covered in our Sep 2009 issue .
While the Metropolitan Police's guidance made it clear that public photography was legal and shouldn't be restricted with the use of anti-terrorism legislation such as the Terrorism Act 2000, the guidelines did not point out that police officers have no right to delete or to ask a photographer to delete images. The new guidelines now state: "Officers do not have the power to delete digital images or destroy film at any point during a search. Deletion or destruction may only take place following seizure if there is a lawful power (such as a court order) that permits such deletion or destruction."
As for Section 58A of the Terrorism Act 2000, which makes it a crime to take images of police officers and armed forced for terrorism purposes, the Metropolitan Police has strenghtened its caution against the use of the powers to restrict public photography. While the original guidelines said that "it should ordinarily be considered inappropriate to use Section 58a to arrest people photographing police officers", the new guidance says that such use would be "unlawful".
An arrest would only be lawful, the guidelines read, "if an arresting officer had a reasonable suspicion that the photographs were being taken in order to provide practical assistance to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism."
US legal action seeks public photography rights
In appears in the US, photographers have been the victims of similar restrictions with police officers and security guards. The New York Civil Liberties Union is currently suing the United States Department of Homeland Security in a bid to legalise photography in public places surrounding federal buildings such as courthouses. More details can be found in the New York Times article on the subject.
Adobe Lightroom 3 (Beta 2) Video: Ice-Climbing Shoot with Adventure Photographer Tyler Stableford With the final version of Adobe's Lightroom 3 image management software expected to be released in the next few months, Adobe has released a second Beta version of the software which you can still download for free .
Coinciding with that Adobe has posted a new video featuring Colorado-based adventure photographer Tyler Stableford using the Beta 2 version of the software to organize, edit and post images from an ice-climbing shoot.
The video does feel a bit like an extended commercial for Adobe, but does offer some good examples of the new features in Lightroom 3 including its revamped import abilities that bring still and video files into one location; the redesigned post-crop vignette tool; the highlight recovery tool; graduated filter and more. Definitely worth a look !
Adobe Posts Video Preview of Lens Correction Technology in Camera Raw 6 and Lightroom 3
In addition to the above mention video, Adobe also posted a video preview of new lens correction technology which will be included in its upcoming Camera Raw 6 and Lightroom 3 software. It appears the technology will use both lens profiles and manual correction. Watch the video here:
Leica releases S2 firmware update Leica has released a new firmware update for its Leica S2 medium format camera. The new firmware - version 126.96.36.199, extend the camera’s functionality, with the following improvements:
New white balance presets such as additional HMI white balance preset
Consistent, continuous image numbering
Accelerated data transfer speed for computer-tethered shooting
Increased compatibility with memory cards not formatted in the camera
Improved handling for selection of exposure modes
Custom setting for depth of field preview button
Compatibility with new Leica Summarit-S 35mm and 120mm lenses
Improvement in JPEG image quality
Automatic detection of interchangeable focusing screens
Improved image viewing on the camera display
Simplified image review selection
Addition of a control element lock, which prevents inadvertent shifts of the shutter speed and aperture dials while shooting.
Nikon unveils redesigned 200-400mm lens AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II
The predecessor of this lens has become a definite must-have for professional sport and wildlife Nikon photographers. And this new redesigned model makes for even better offering as it features Nikon's new Vibration Reduction technology, which has been rolled-out in other Nikon lenses over the past year and lets photographers shoot at shutter speeds of up to four stops slower.
It also offers a new A/M mode enabling autofocus priority even if the focus ring is being handled during shooting, as well as a silent wave motor ensuring "fast and quiet" focusing.
In addition, it has a new Nano Crystal Coat, which helps reduce ghosting and flare, along with four ED glass elements to minimise internal reflections and aberrations.
It is rather pricey, retails at £6250 ($7K) and will be available from 28 May.For more details, visit nikon.co.uk .
New York Photo Festival brings 40 experts for portfolio event The next month's New York Photo Festival, to be held between May 12-16th , offers a great portfolio review opportunity both to aspiring as well as professional photographers . There will be over 40 international photography experts coming from the art, media and advertising worlds, to lend their expertise in the festival's portfolio review event. It and will be divided into two review sessions a day - one from 10.30am to 1.30pm, the other from 2.00pm until 5.00pm.
Attendees are entitled to five one-on-one sessions with the reviewers over the course of three days. Prices start at $315 and include entry to all exhibitions.