Online Photo Infringement Costs R74.2 Billion? Really?

"The professional photography industry has no reliable numbers about the potential fees lost every year because of online infringement. But one image licensing company has taken a guess: $10 billion a year. That estimate deserves a skeptical eye. Vivozoom, a microstock site run by two former Getty Images executives, is trumpeting the $10 billion figure in the headline of a press release today. Vivozoom cites research from the image-tracking firm PicScout, which found 85 percent of the rights-managed images on commercial Web sites are being misused. From that, Vivozoom concludes: “Stock and microstock theft totals up to $10 billion, based on PicScout’s 85 percent figure and annual revenues of $2 billion for the stock image market.” Vivozoom is muddling print spending and online spending, which are vastly different numbers. The $2 billion figure is commonly cited by stock industry authorities—including Corbis CEO Gary Shenk last year—to describe the global market for all stock photography, including print." Source: PDN   Read full Article

Canon SA introduces the EOS 7D

Johannesburg, South Africa. 1 September 2009 - Canon today unveils the EOS 7D digital SLR camera - a completely new design to meet the specific demands of photographers. Incorporating a new 18MP APS-C CMOS Sensor, developed by Canon, the EOS 7D also features: Dual "DIGIC 4" processors to offer fast, high-quality performance in all light conditions, an ISO range expandable to 12,800 and continuous shooting at 8 frames per second - without the need for additional accessories. Impressive technologies are matched by excellent build-quality designed with the photographer in mind - to create a whole new photographic experience.  

Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR

"Today, Canon has announced the EOS 7D to add to its lineup of DSLRs. The Canon 7D is an 18-megapixel DSLR that adds several upgrades from prior generation prosumer DSLRs.

While the 18-megapixel APS-C (1.6x crop) CMOS sensor is an upgrade of 3-megapixels over the 50D, the Canon 7D is more akin to the pro-level 5D Mark II in terms of its features and build.  A new autofocus system consisting of 19 cross-type points will likely be welcomed by most shooters.  Additionally, Canon has addressed the cries of many aspiring filmmakers by including several frame rate options, including 1080p recording at 24fps.

The Canon 7D is likely to become known as the pro-level crop-sensor camera in Canon’s lineup.

Showcase: The Bang Bang Club (Part 2 of 2)

"In the second of a two-part series on the Bang Bang Club — a group of four young photographers who unblinkingly chronicled the upheaval in South Africa in the 1990s — Greg Marinovich recalls the torment of watching deadly violence unfold before him. In an instant, he had to decide whether he could do more good by intervening personally or by chronicling the moment to let the world know what was happening. His pictures of a man being burned alive won a Pulitzer Prize in 1991. Readers are cautioned that this scene and several others in the audio slide show are quite disturbing." Source: The New York Times blog By David W. Dunlap

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Showcase: The Bang Bang Club (Part 1 of 2)

This is an incredible two-part series on the Bang Bang Club. In the first part ,Joao Silva discusses his photography in South Africa in the 1990s.

"Though legendary in photojournalism circles, the Bang Bang Club never formally existed. It was really more of a bond among four young photographers — Kevin Carter, Greg Marinovich, Ken Oosterbroek and Joao Silva — united by their ideals, their photography and the historical events unfolding in South Africa in the 1990s." Source: The New York Times By Sandra C. Roa.

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