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Reflection on Web Curation

This is not my first blog, in fact this is my fourth, but this is my first time doing a blog that purely curates previously produced material on the web and, honestly, I did not really enjoy it that much.  I just find that creating and reporting on content that is generated by you is so much more interesting, challenging and rewarding.

With that said, it is not that I don’t think content curation is important.  According to Mashable/Social Media, content curation is a more advanced solution to search engines.  Instead of using keywords to survey the entire web, a user is able to simply navigate to a curation blog they are interested in and find links that apply directly to what they are looking for.

The use of sites like this is obviously necessary in the current age of “content abundance,” but how far is to far?  I’ve found self-generated aticles I’ve written and photos I’ve taken on the web without my name being mentioned anywhere.  Sometimes I’ve even found my photos used on sites with ads meaning that they are essentially making money off of work I have done.  Content curation is useful and important, but sometimes it goes way too far.

The Mashable article states that, “Curation is not a part of the content creation, it doesn’t kill anything, rather it adds a powerful new tool that will make content destinations more relevant…”  While I agree that curation can be a tool, it can also be a creativity killing weapon.  The fact is, it is just easier to find information that is already out on the web and republish it then it is to create new content.  Curation can be monetarily succesful and it seems to me that we are in danger of many curators benefitted from the work of a few creators who may not be as succesful financially.

Content curation is here to stay, there is no denying that, but we need to find a way to make sure the content creators are still benefitting from their labors.

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Photo Technology Updates

The world of camera technology is constantly changing.  New cameras and accesories are announced daily.  Here is a list of a few of the most recent updates in camera gear to hit the shelves soon.


Sandisk, Sony and Nikon announce new memory card technolgy

Experts say new technology could increase card capacity and speed enabling faster RAW format imaging.

 

Sony releases its first full frame dslr

a long time dslr producer, sony, releases their first full-frame sensor camera


 

Nikon releases D7000 and D3100: More dslr cameras featuring HD video for Nikon.

 

 

Sigma releases its first dslr

Sigma, a long-time lens producer, releases its first dslr.

 

Leica releases lens adapters

Now medium format fans can use their Hasselblad and Mamiya lenses on Leica cameras.

Kuwaiti DSLR Ban a Hoax

Last week photography blogs and news outlets across the internet reported that the country of Kuwait had banned digital slr cameras in public places.  The report, based off an article by the Kuwait Times on November 20, was retracted 3 days later.  The statement indicates that the newspaper failed to verify the information before publishing it. 

The false news of a dslr ban had caused an uproar in the photography community due to its restrictions on virtually anyone, even journalists.

Kuwait Bans DSLRs

As part of a series of strict communication rules passed by the Kuwaiti government, The Kuwaiti Ministry of Information, the Ministry of Social Affairs and the Ministry of Finance have all banned the use of Digital SLRs in public spaces.

This rule will be applied to all amateur photographers as well as professional photographers when they are not using their cameras for journalistic purposes.

For more information click here.

 

Photographer Uses Iphone to Document War

When Damon Winter went to Afghanistan to follow an army batillion he brought along his Canon digital cameras with the intention of using them for both photos and video, but he found that the obtrusiveness in their size inhibited his ability to capture the moments he wanted to get.  The solution came, not in the form of a high-tech digital slr, but in an Iphone app.

The Iphone’s hipstamatic app mimics the style and color of older film cameras and through its size Winterwas able to take his photos without making the soldiers feel uncomfortable.  The time lag in the hipstamatic only allowed Winters to take one photo every few seconds forcing him to really concentrate on each image.

Winter’s photos ran on the front page of the New York Times in mid-November along with a story written by James Dao.

Kodachrome Processing Hault Announced

Kodak’s Kodachrome Slidefilm has been a long time favorite of photographers looking to add some interesting color to their prints, but after this year there will be no more new photos made from the film.  Kodak announced the discontinuation of the film and all processing of the film stopped save for one.

Today Kodak announced that the last Kodachrome processor, Dwayne’s Photo in Kansas City, Missouri, will stop processing Kodachrome as of December 30 of this year.  The processing hault comes after 75 years of Kodachrome’s use in color photography.

While Kodachrome sales have dropped significantly over the past few years, in its hey-day it was the first commercially succesful brand of color film.  The film was later made famous by photojournalist Steve McCurry who used it to shoot perhaps the most recognizable photograph ever run by National GeographicAfghan Girl.

For the full story click here.

Photographers Cover Cholera Epidemic in Haiti

More than 900 people have died in a cholera epidemic that is currently sweeping Haiti.  The wave of sickness comes to Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck late last year.  Some of the best photojournalists have flocked to the country to cover yet another catastrophe in the disaster-ridden nation.

Los Angeles Times photographer Rick Loomis was one of get to Haiti and released a photo audio slideshow soon after his arrival.  The slideshow explains Loomis’s experience in Haiti and his encounter with a two- year-old boy who died of cholera.

Also on the scene is the National Press Photographer’s Association’s Photographer of the Year Emilio Morenatti on his first disaster assignment since  the loss of his left foot while on assignment in Afghanistan last August.    According to Morenatti’s employer, The Associated Press, Morenatti called asking for the Haiti assignment to get back in the swing of things.

Morenatti’s return to disaster photography comes in a wake of photojournalist injuries most notably that of Joao Silva who was more seriously wounded in Afghanistan.