World Press Photo throws up its hands and gives up: After much careful (and admirable) deliberation on the matter of rectitude and accuracy in photojournalism, a beleaguered World Press Photo has decided to defend its values by offering an outlet to all those who want to manipulate their digital images. After fighting hard for reportorial accuracy, WPP has realized it's probably a loosing [sic] battle. Not only has it relaxed its hard-line requirements for regular news photographs in sensible ways in a new Code of Ethics, but it will begin a new, separate contest a year from now in which the regular rules of photojournalism will be abandoned. This strikes us as sensible: it's like the editorial page of a newspaper—a steam vent. Should have the effect of making it easier for people to conform to the ethical guidelines for the traditional awards. Good move, WPP, probably, but still, good luck with that.
Hey, want to see a hundred thousand pictures of my great-grandfather? Norm Macdonald on photography.
Quote o' the Day Epoch: "We've moved into an age where the ubiquity and complexity of toolsets outpace the ability to leverage them tastefully." —Stanford Design Fellow Jayson Mayden, in an article noting that many people never learn how to operate many of the controls on the complex devices they buy. The article at the Washington Post last March was called "Why Apple and Google are struggling to design simple software." It should be more widely acknowledged that useful, effective simplicity is incredibly difficult to engineer. (I'd say "nobody should know that better than people who use high-end cameras," but that would sound snarky.)
Highly anticipated Hasselblad X1D still high anticipated: n/t.
Expensive processing: Owa Odighizuwa, a defensive end for the New York Giants, was fined $12,154 by the NFL for unsportsmanlike conduct after he pretended he was taking a photo of safety Langdon Collins after Collins returned an interception for a touchdown. Celebrations are not allowed. For that price, it's too bad he didn't actually get to keep the shot.
TOP (tastefully) sells out: As long as you're going to be buying schtuff from Amazon anyway, please start here! As an experiment for the month of November, I'm adding Amazon's sporty new "Native" ads to our posts. Featured Comments will appear below the ads as normal. Although this might appear to be crass commercialism, actually it's...well, crass commercialism. But you know how it is—if you want to keep doing what you like to do, you gotta crack the nut and keep the enterprise humming. I'm going to be picking the items myself, though, to avoid ads for things like tampons, patio furniture, wrench sets, or books about the occult, not that I'd mind if you bought any of those things through the Search Bar. Let me know a) how this works for you, b) whether you find it annoying or interesting or whatever else (if you don't like it, I hope you'll just ignore it*), and c) if you have suggestions for other things I should feature.
(By the bye and not so by the way, this is about the hundredth thing I've tried to make money with the blog. A few of them even work.)
Parade of cuteness: I'm going to be missing the parade of cuteness that used to appear on the doorstep of my old downtown Waukesha house on this day every year. One of the bad things about living in the country: no trick-or-treaters. I lived on one of the best streets in Waukesha and we were a heavy-traffic neighborhood for trick-or-treaters, even some from out of town (city kids with no place to trick-or-treat in their own neighborhoods. Some people didn't like that, but I loved it—kids are kids and should get to be kids, no matter where they live).
Not the next best thing, but a nice idea for a project, is a photographer I found through Popular Photography, Chad Hunt, who sets up a mini-studio on his front porch every year and makes portraits of the kiddos in their costumes. Nice idea. Here's Chad's website, and hey...
*"That's it, I'm leaving!" says cranky guy who never once contributed a dime...who won't even actually leave.
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