Could D.I.Y. Photo Gear Cause Patent Lawsuits?

Start sharing that creation with your readership, or worse still start selling it on the open market, and you're likely to find a patent lawyer sending you your own sternly worded letter.
By William Sawalich
The folks at PetaPixel recently found themselves on the wrong side of United States patent law. Patent law protects intellectual property of inventors and manufacturers in much the same way that copyright law protects the intellectual property of photographers, musicians and artists. So when PetaPixel published a "how-to" guide to…

Potential Cure For Colorblind Photographers

The shot is about to enter the human testing phase, which means to could just be a matter of a few years before relief is—pardon the pun—within sight.
By William Sawalich
Nearly one in ten men are color blind, which means there are sure to be plenty color blind photographers running around out there. And as any color blind photographer will tell you, it can sure be a challenge dealing with color! For instance, how do you tell if your white…

How One Travel Photographer Earns His Living

What I think is most interesting about Brendan's story is that it serves as both a cautionary tale and as inspiration. On one hand, it appears to be quite difficult to earn a living as a travel photographer in 2015.
By William Sawalich
Brendan Van Son is a 30-year-old travel photographer who has spent the past five years traveling the world on assignment. He recently wrote a great post about what the life of a travel photographer is like. Of particular interest to those among us who try to make a living with…

Lessons Learned From Photographing A Master Photographer

Davis's account is the revealing story of how a photographer goes about photographing a photographic icon.
By William Sawalich
The New York Times sent photographer Leslye Davis on a great, if daunting, assignment. Davis was to travel to rural Virginia to photograph iconic photographer Sally Mann. She spent the seven-hour drive planning how she would photograph one of the most respected photographers of the last 50 years, but as…

Meet The Newer, Cheaper, Chinese GoPro

If you want to buy one or two or ten of these little guys, take a look at the Fstoppers breakdown, which reports pretty favorably on the new import.
By William Sawalich
The tiny GoPro action camera, an itty bitty HD video camera capable of shooting stills, is the industry standard in wearable cameras. But now it's got competition from a Chinese smartphone maker named Xiaomi. The Yi Action Camera is smaller than the GoPro Hero, but it meets or exceeds many…

Scanning Entrepreneur Sued For Nearly $100 Million

It's unclear at this point exactly who is suing Rogers and for exactly what, but it appears to include everyone from collectors who thought they were purchasing vintage originals to publishers who didn't understand they were giving their archives away. It will be an interesting story to follow.
By William Sawalich
The owner of Rogers Photo Archive, John Rogers, is being accused of fraud and sued by a dozen different entities for almost $100 million. The most notable part of the story—to me, anyway—is that Rogers was earning $120,000 every week by scanning photos. What? That's amazing! What Rogers had done…
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