Samsung blazes new trail with the world’s second Android based camera

In short, the Galaxy Camera is a compact digital camera with a very fast f/2.8 lens that runs Android but does not make phone calls.

Samsung Galaxy Camera

 

In Twilight New Moon, Swedish songwriter/singer Lykke Li performs a song called Possibilities. What does that have to do with a camera from the largest smart phone manufacturer in the world? Well it’s be best way I can describe the Galaxy Camera in one word.

When it comes to cameras running Android, it’s not really news. It’s likely you already have one if you have an Android smartphone. If you own an Apple iPhone, you know you can already take fairly high quality pictures under ideal lighting conditions. As a camera that can upload images to social media, that too is old news as the latest update to the Facebook app allows automatic photo sync. Besides, that feature has been available for a long time from Google Picasa and services like Apple iCloud. Continue reading “Samsung blazes new trail with the world’s second Android based camera”

My only rule in shooting models – no set rules

I often see an us vs them attitude when it comes to certain hot button issues in the photographer-model relationship. I find such inflexible stances counter productive and ultimately creates an environment of hostility between various team members, especially when such positions are boldly stated on internet modeling site profiles and forum postings.

I often see an us vs them attitude when it comes to certain hot button issues in the photographer-model relationship. I find such inflexible stances counter productive and ultimately creates an environment of hostility between various team members, especially when such positions are boldly stated on internet modeling site profiles and forum postings.

Flexibility is a great attribute when working with people and I have never had firm rules on these issues when so many insist on drawing a line in the sand. Continue reading “My only rule in shooting models – no set rules”

Sports photography is not a crime. Joseph M. Delpriore arrested for taking pictures.

I just came across this news piece and it’s an insult to even call it news. It’s some of the worst news reporting I have ever seen. Now let first stay that the subject in question is probably no angel but let’s see some real evidence of this alleged stalking. 1,400 pictures of teen athletes is not a crime and parents have no more right to take photographs than a stranger.

I just came across this news piece and it’s an insult to even call it news. It’s some of the worst news reporting I have ever seen. Now let me first say that the subject in question, Joseph M. Delpriore,  is probably no angel but let’s see some real evidence of this alleged stalking. 1,400 pictures of teen athletes is not a crime and parents have no more right to take photographs than a stranger. Continue reading “Sports photography is not a crime. Joseph M. Delpriore arrested for taking pictures.”

No reply means not interested

So yeah, I ignore anything I’m not interested in. If I replied to every email solicitation, it would be a full time job. And I’ll end with one last point. It is rarely ever a simple “no thanks”. A small percentage of socially inept members on these sites have trained models to ignore offers they are not interested in by be crybabies when they get rejected.

Years ago I used to hang out occasionally with a friend and at the end of our time together, I might say something like “I’ll give you a call sometime”. The next time I ran into her, she would say “You said you’d call me but you didn’t call”. Apparently, she took it a lot more literally than I did.

One of the repeating topics in modeling forums is the tired rant from mostly photographers who complain it’s unprofessional that a model didn’t reply just to say no thanks. Of course, it happens both ways but most of the complaints come from photographers because it’s usually photographers soliciting models for shoots. Interestingly, traveling models regularly solicit photographers for paid shoots and probably get ignored but they rarely rant about the professionalism of the photographers’ lack of response. Continue reading “No reply means not interested”

International Fashion Model Management

We are International Fashion Model Management. We have no clients, no references, no agency license, no functional website, no models to show you, no publications we work with. We want you to sign this agreement assigning your copyright to us for any images we use on our website and you cannot use the images online or publish them anywhere. Pay? What pay? We told the model to contact you via Model Mayhem, iStudio, or Craigslist. Everyone knows those are the places to get free shots.

Do any of these sound like a good deal to you?

  1. You shoot my ugly cousin’s wedding for 10 hours for free and give me all the photos. In exchange, I’ll let you use a few pictures that I approve for your portfolio. BTW, only top rated photographers need apply.
  2. I’m a model, you get to shoot implied nudes of me. I get all copyrights and I can use them on my subscription website. You can use a few photos on your portfolio but only the ones I approve.
  3. I’m a fashion designer and want you to shoot my look book for free. No, I have nothing to show you about my designs. Just trust me when I tell you it’s HOTTZ and EDGGGGY.

OK. How about this?

We are International Fashion Model Management. We have no clients, no references, no agency license, no functional website, no models to show you, no publications we work with. We want you to sign this agreement assigning your copyright to us for any images we use on our website and you cannot use the images online or publish them anywhere. Pay? What pay? We told the model to contact you via Model Mayhem, iStudio, or Craigslist. Everyone knows those are the places to get free shots. Continue reading “International Fashion Model Management”

Signs that you’re an internet modeling site noob

The Mayhem List: Signs that you’re an internet modeling site noob

Photographers

You think unanswered email solicitations are rude and unprofessional.
You bitch about it using a fake profile with stolen pictures from a well published fashion photographer.
You list your gear on your profile.

The Mayhem List: Signs that you’re an internet modeling site noob

Model: Kylie Gilcrest

Photographers

  1. You think unanswered email solicitations are rude and unprofessional..
  2. You list your gear on your profile.
  3. You list awards nobody cares about on your profile. (ie: Model Mayhem picture of the day)
  4. You think copyright is a blanket model release.
  5. You think shooting minors nude is illegal in the U.S.
  6. Your “model release” contains a model release, a usage license, a shoot agreement, last week’s shopping list, and a 5 star rating system on the model’s hotness.
  7. You show up at a shoot without confirming by phone 24 hours before.
  8. You leave it up to fate and hope the model shows up.
  9. When the model didn’t show up, you think you are the first one to suggest a model flake list.
  10. You assume the model is thinking the same thing you are thinking.
  11. You think models are actually interested in you.
  12. You think giving models all images will get you laid.
  13. You think models actually want to hear about your day in that 11 pm phone call.
  14. You think models will say yes if you ask them if you can masturbate in front of them. Continue reading “Signs that you’re an internet modeling site noob”