L’Oreal ads of Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington banned for airbrushing.  This one is funny, and outrageous.  The British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banned both of these ads in the U.K. because ‘someone’ believed the results “were not representative of the results the products could achieve.”   Really? It’s makeup.  It’s designed to cover and hide blemishes. That’s a big part of what makeup does.  Does the ASA have a makeup guru familiar enough with makeup and this specific product to ascertain the results couldn’t be achieved?

What’s interesting to photographers is that the ASA said they could re-evaluate their decision if the photographer would turn over un-retouched photos for their inspection.  Fortunately Julia Roberts’ contract prohibits un-airbrushed shots from being released.  L’Oreal admits ‘some’ retouching took place, but it takes place on virtually 100% of fashion photography.  My point is IT’S MAKEUP.  Makeup is physical retouching which is the point of the product, but the ASA is complaining about digital retouching (the photography). In the fashion world they work together, which way you lean (more makeup vs. more photoshop) is a decision for the photographer or art director.  Not politicians.

 

L’Oreal ads of Julia Roberts and Christy Turlington banned for airbrushing.  This one is funny, and outrageous.  The British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) banned both of these ads in the U.K. because ‘someone’ believed the results “were not representative of the results the products could achieve.”   Really? It’s makeup.  It’s designed to cover and hide blemishes. That’s a big part of what makeup does.  Does the ASA have a makeup guru familiar enough with makeup and this specific product to ascertain the results couldn’t be achieved?

 

The Photograph That Became An Unintentional Cultural Icon.  A great story on how a few photos uploaded to a popular photo sharing site ended up illegally on websites around the world, never licensed but once, in 30-40 different countries. A photo which ended up a cultural icon and would have made the photographer famous and perhaps even rich. You’ve seen it. The Silent Scream.

 

The Photograph That Became An Unintentional Cultural Icon.  A great story on how a few photos uploaded to a popular photo sharing site ended up illegally on websites around the world, never licensed but once, in 30-40 different countries. A photo which ended up a cultural icon and would have made the photographer famous and perhaps even rich. You’ve seen it. The Silent Scream.

 

Stunning cookbook with stunning photography and a stunning price of over $600.  Recipes from the ‘new school of cooking’ illustrated with fantastic photography.  Check it out.

 

Stunning cookbook with stunning photography and a stunning price of over $600.  Recipes from the ‘new school of cooking’ illustrated with fantastic photography.  Check it out.  Stunning cookbook with stunning photography and a stunning price of over $600.  Recipes from the ‘new school of cooking’ illustrated with fantastic photography.  Check it out.   Stunning cookbook with stunning photography and a stunning price of over $600.  Recipes from the ‘new school of cooking’ illustrated with fantastic photography.  Check it out.

 

Apple under fire for ‘gay conversion app’. Apple accepts apps from third parties in their store. They accepted this application which offers guidance on how homosexuality can be ‘cured’. Was it a mistake? Did they give in to pressure? Or did it just slip in undetected?

 

Apple under fire for ‘gay conversion app’. Apple accepts apps from third parties in their store. They accepted this application which offers guidance on how homosexuality can be ‘cured’. Was it a mistake? Did they give in to pressure? Or did it just slip in undetected?

 

A French photographer lays her body bare for self portraits in everyday work scenes. I have to ask, if she wasn’t attractive would she have chosen this method of furthering her career?  Photography is about being creative and coming up with images people want to see, and she’s certainly done that.  A man or woman using their looks to further their career is nothing new, what do you think?

 

A French photographer lays her body bare for self portraits in everyday work scenes.  I have to ask, if she wasn’t attractive would she have chosen this method of furthering her career?  Photography is about being creative and coming up with images people want to see, and she’s certainly done that.  A man or woman using their looks to further their career is nothing new, what do you think?  A French photographer lays her body bare for self portraits in everyday work scenes.  I have to ask, if she wasn’t attractive would she have chosen this method of furthering her career?  Photography is about being creative and coming up with images people want to see, and she’s certainly done that.  A man or woman using their looks to further their career is nothing new, what do you think?  A French photographer lays her body bare for self portraits in everyday work scenes.  I have to ask, if she wasn’t attractive would she have chosen this method of furthering her career?  Photography is about being creative and coming up with images people want to see, and she’s certainly done that.  A man or woman using their looks to further their career is nothing new, what do you think?

 

The ‘Mame-Cam DX’ is certainly one of the smallest cameras I’ve seen capable of recording HD video. 30fps HD video in the palm of your hand. $99 USD’s.  Personally I think without the weather protection and multiple mounts of the similar GoPro camera, it just won’t make it.

 

The ‘Mame-Cam DX’ is certainly one of the smallest cameras I’ve seen capable of recording HD video. 30fps HD video in the palm of your hand. $99 USD’s.  Personally I think without the weather protection and multiple mounts of the similar GoPro camera, it just won’t make it.

 

Beijing artist Li Wei is certainly creative.  Check out her work.

 

Beijing artist Li Wei is certainly creative.  Check out her work.   Beijing artist Li Wei is certainly creative.  Check out her work.    Beijing artist Li Wei is certainly creative.  Check out her work.

 

Microsoft releases (finally) codec support for RAW files in both x32 and x64 versions.  Hurray!  They should have done this years ago. And to add insult to injury very few current cameras (those released in the last 12-18 months) are supported, like the popular Sony NEX-5, Fuji x100, Canon 7d, Nikon 7000.  So why release such an incomplete product?  Only Microsoft knows.  However, if you’ve ever wondered why your thumbnails of raw files don’t show up in Windows Explorer, or aren’t supported in any of the Microsoft image viewers, it’s because these codecs weren’t yet available.  Fast Picture Viewer was kind enough to release a more complete codec pack several years ago, I suspect many will still be using it over the Microsoft version.

 

Microsoft releases (finally) codec support for RAW files in both x32 and x64 versions.  Hurray!  They should have done this years ago. And to add insult to injury very few current cameras (those released in the last 12-18 months) are supported, like the popular Sony NEX-5, Fuji x100, Canon 7d, Nikon 7000.  So why release such an incomplete product?  Only Microsoft knows.  However, if you’ve ever wondered why your thumbnails of raw files don’t show up in Windows Explorer, or aren’t supported in any of the Microsoft image viewers, it’s because these codecs weren’t yet available.  Fast Picture Viewer was kind enough to release a more complete codec pack several years ago, I suspect many will still be using it over the Microsoft version.