Reuters Bans RAW Photos

They want in-camera JPEGs and only those JPEGs
By William Sawalich
In an effort to curb unethical over-manipulation by unscrupulous photojournalists, news agency Reuters has issued a worldwide ban on its photographers submitting images made from RAW files. If a photographer still wants to shoot RAW, that’s fine—but they must shoot JPEGs too, and submit only the JPEG image files. It…

It’s Not the Camera, It’s the Creator

Canon Australia has produced an interesting photographic experiment
By William Sawalich
With the tagline, “A photograph is shaped more by the person behind the camera than by what is in front of it,” Canon Australia has produced an interesting photographic experiment. They recruited half a dozen different photographers, placed them in the same location, and provided them with a person to…

The Proper Placement of a Reflector as a Key Light

It’s the most powerful key light you’ll ever need, as long as you know how to use it
By William Sawalich
A simple reflector might be the best, most powerful key light you ever need. As long as you know how to use it, that is. Proper placement of a reflector is especially important when using the reflector as a key light (in open shade, for instance). Here’s a great tip…

Blair Bunting Unearths Some Great Portraits

The super-talented commercial photographer shares some unseen images from Deadliest Catch
By William Sawalich
Our good friend and super-talented commercial photographer Blair Bunting dropped us a line the other day to tell us about a new blog post he was planning. It’s all about some recently uncovered images from several years back when he was photographing an ad campaign for the Discovery Channel’s popular…

How to Communicate with Aliens Via Photographs

This selection of NASA-approved images is a case study in non-verbal communication
By William Sawalich
Way back in 1977, as NASA was preparing the Voyager 1 space probe for lift off, the space agency selected 116 images to share with whoever may eventually find the probe—be it alien life forms or simply future generations of earthlings. Voyager 1 is now somewhere around 12 billion miles…

Don’t Tread on the Rights of Photojournalists

A great read on what happened when some people who should be working to protect the rights of journalists temporarily lost their minds
By William Sawalich
With all the tumult in the world today, a free press—which includes photographers—is more important than ever. To that end, I’d like to talk about the fallout from last week’s University of Missouri student protests and the challenges made to the first amendment by some university faculty and staff who—seeing…
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