Unidentified woman taking her own photograph using a mirror and a box camera, roughly 1900, Scanned from the original 4×5 inch glass negative.
Three years ago, on the 18th of November, 2013, the Oxford English Dictionary named the term “selfie” as their Word of the Year.
It was a term coined by an Australian, who took a photo of himself. He then posted it on an ABC online forum, saying, “Um, drunk at a mates 21st, I tripped ofer [sic] and landed lip first (with front teeth coming a very close second) on a set of steps. I had a hole about 1cm long right through my bottom lip. And sorry about the focus, it was a selfie”.
Today the term crops up with the regularity of death and taxes in news feeds across the world, and like death and taxes, it releases myriad conflicting contrails. (more…)
The Google Nik Collection — tools that enhance Photoshop and Lightroom
On Thursday, March 24th, 2016, Google made its Google Nik Collection free for the taking. The Nik Collection is a set of premier photo editing plug-ins originally priced at $500 and later at $150. Google bought Nik in 2012. Google says that it will fully refund 2016 purchases of the software.
Google hints that the tools are now free because Google will concentrate on designing complementary mobile applications of it in the future:
As we continue to focus our long-term investments in building incredible photo editing tools for mobile, including Google Photos and Snapseed, we’ve decided to make the Google Nik Collection desktop suite available for free, so that now anyone can use it. (more…)
This is huge.
Lynda.com is now available at many public libraries in the United States. (more…)
Dear potential photo customer,
If you have been directed to this page, it is likely that you have requested the use of an image or images for free or minimal compensation — or perhaps you’ve requested a free photographer.
As professional photographers, we receive requests for free images on a regular basis. In a perfect world, each of us would love to be able to respond in a positive manner and assist, especially with projects or efforts related to areas such as education, social issues, and conservation of natural resources. I have given a lot of time to the arts, particularly to arts events, museums, and galleries of all kinds. (more…)
This lovely image comes from the Farm Security Administration and is of a Polish Farming couple. Photo by Jack Delano and assumed to be in the public domain.
Updated June 30th, 2019
“Viva public domain.” The words tantalize us with their promise of free images for our videos, web sites, and publications. Public domain images and audio can come from the government, the public, and commercial works whose copyright has expired.
But there’s a price to pay for all that free public domain candy. You need to know some basic rules, or you could wind up in court or owing someone money.
For instance, public domain does not mean “released.” “Released” indicates that the human subjects in the photo have been properly released, usually by signing a subject release form and being paid a sum of money. (more…)
The boss revisited
If you haven’t discovered sleeveface photography yet, you’re in for a treat. It’s a great way to recycle old album covers! And for some purposes, DVDs work just fine, too. Check out more sleeveface photographs.