Fujifilm X-T2/X-Pro2 Firmware Update to Bring 33 Improvements

Fujifilm X-T2/X-Pro2 Firmware Update to Bring 33 Improvements

Fujifilm have just anounced upcoming updates to the X-T2 and X-Pro2: the new firmware will bring a whopping 33 functional and operational improvements.

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Red Zone || UK's proposed Espionage Act will treat journalists like spies - Committee to Protect Journalists

Journalists in Britain are becoming increasingly alarmed by the government's apparent determination to prevent them from fulfilling their mission to hold power to account. The latest manifestation of this assault on civil liberties is the so-called Espionage Act. If passed by parliament, it could lead to journalists who obtain leaked information, along with the whistle blowers who provide it to them, serving lengthy prison sentences.

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Red Zone || Met police accused of using hackers to access protesters' emails journalists and sympathetic photographers | UK news | The Guardian

The police watchdog is investigating allegations that a secretive Scotland Yard unit used hackers to illegally access the private emails of hundreds of political campaigners and journalists.

According to the letter, the “most sensitive side of the work was monitoring the email accounts of radical journalists who reported on activist protests (as well as sympathetic photographers)

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Format Festival – the low down – British Journal of Photography

This year’s edition of the biennial photography festival Format foregrounds work that describes the world around us at a specific moment in history. Habitat is a broad and yet provocative theme, one that is designed to interrogate not only our physical surroundings such as land, sea, plants, other humans and wildlife, but a range of less tangible and often more visually evasive things – the digital and political worlds, for example, or mass migration – which nevertheless have considerable repercussions on our lives.

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Is Street Photography Killing Itself? - PetaPixel

This question hits right at the heart of photography and, most specifically, digital photography. If something is easy, more people will do it. The more people doing it, the more ‘cultivated talent’ there will be (which is a good thing). However, there can be a cost: the dross can become overwhelming.

Street photography is easy for everyone to engage in. If you have a camera and are able to access public areas, you can shoot street photography. While this sounds great, I can’t help but feel something of a massacre is taking place. Cameras have become optical machine guns, mowing down everyone and everything with carefree abandon.

The problem, as I see it, is exacerbated by a particular catalyst: for want of a better word, it is ‘cool’. When something is fashionable in this way, the self-image can become the real target, rather than the photograph itself.

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So whats your thoughts? Let us know in the comments bellow


Dog's tooth leads to discovery of earliest known journey in UK history | Science | The Guardian

Dog's tooth leads to discovery of earliest known journey in UK history | Science | The Guardian

Archaeologists have discovered evidence of what they believe is the earliest known journey in British history: a 250-mile trip from York to Wiltshire made 7,000 years ago by a Mesolithic hunter-gatherer and his dog.

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Archaeology dig in Spain yields prehistoric 'crystal weapons' -- Secret History -- Sott.net

Archaeology dig in Spain yields prehistoric 'crystal weapons' -- Secret History -- Sott.net

The rock crystal source used in creating the crystal weaponry has not been pinpointed exactly at this stage, though analysis suggests two potential sources, "both located several hundred km away from Valencina".

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Is Street Photography Legal? - Art Law Journal

Is Street Photography Legal? - Art Law Journal

Since the birth of street photography, there has been a clash between the photographers prowling the streets trying to capture the lives of ordinary people to turn them into works of art, and the subjects of those photos who feel violated by the unauthorized use of their likeness

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‘Don’t Blink’ on the New Robert Frank Documentary | The Creators Project

58 years after The Americans was published, Frank’s work and life are intimately profiled by director Laura Israel and producer Melinda Shopsin. Don’t Blink, which makes its theatrical debut tonight at Film Forum (where it plays for the next week), gives a “vivid sense of the man’s living presence” according to the New York Times, and contains rare footage of Frank’s own films, as well as a soundtrack comprised of greats like the Rolling Stones, the Velvet Underground, Patti Smith, and Bob Dylan.

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Insurance for freelance newsgatherers: What you need to know | Rory Peck Trust

Rory Peck Trust have a fantastic list of insurers for freelancers, especially for those working in high-risk, conflict situations.

Although many photographers may have their camera equipment listed on home content insurance or have business insurance it can come as quite a shock to find riots or unrest invalidates your claim when you have actively gone to cover the said event as part of your job.

It's always in the small print!

Check out the list here

Handmade Books for Photographers, with John Blakemore | Redeye - A rare opportunity not to be missed

Handmade books are the ultimate way to express yourself as a photographer. 

You are not limited to the layout of a web page, blog or the size of the gallery wall or the restrictions of print cost in a self-published book

I was lucky to have had John Blakemore as a lecturer at my time at university and if I am honest he’s the photographer I have the most respect for, forever patient and honest (which sometimes hurts) and has a wealth of knowledge that is just so hard to comprehend it blows your mind at how long a journey of being a photographer is.

The way he looks at photographs and sees sequences, that you haven’t even thought of and ideas on how to display photographs just go on and on.

Watching John Blakemore make a black and white print was also truly amazing dodging and burning with a piece of wire, blue tack and his trusty piece of card as his hands danced around the print with the timer ticking away was just a breathtaking experience, but sadly printing is not in the workshop!

John Blakemore is running a 2-day workshop with Redeye at the Manchester Art Gallery 7th/8th May 2016 and is a rare opportunity to learn from a true master!

Don’t miss it!

Details Here