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Initial Investigation / Reports Suggest liveBooks Might be in Trouble

UPDATED: LIVEBOOKS ACQUIRED.
ORIGINAL STORY: While we don’t like to lean heavily on rumors, our own investigations are pointing to some validity with regards to Vincent Laforet’s recent article regarding liveBooks. liveBooks is one of the staples of the industry, providing seriously high end, powerful and great websites to photographers worldwide. However, Vincent’s sleuthing (backed up by some emails I just sent to liveBooks) hints that all might not be well in the kingdom. [more]

Fstoppers Review PhotoShelter’s New Portfolio Websites

Starting today PhotoShelter released their new “Beam” portfolio websites templates on top of the secure cloud storage, e-commerce capabilities, SEO, image delivery and client proofing tools that are available to PhotoShelter’s existing members with Standard and Pro accounts. PhotoShelter’s CEO Andrew Fingerman gave me a quick rundown of the new designs during a walkthrough last week and from everything I saw it looks like it could be great tool for account holders who need a functioning website with minimal set up.  [more]

Nikon Looking to Change the Concept of Cameras

We’re embarking on some frightful times for camera manufactures everywhere. With stats showing that the Apple iPhone being the most popular camera used today, and Canon/Nikon/Sony producing virtually none of the camera phones components, they must come up with new ideas to win back the industry from Apple and Samsung. Nikon is looking to recapture the market, and plans for some exciting news in the future. [more]

Phottix Brings a Collapsible, Soft Box-Style Beauty Dish to Market

About two years ago, Chimera showed us the first collapsible beauty dish at WPPI, something that promised to make traveling with the bulky, often heavy modifier a lot easier. However, with a price point of $230, it was a bit pricey for many. In the past few days, Phottix has released their version of the collapsable beauty dish. It has several distinctly different features that separate it from the Chimera version, but there is one thing that will stand out: the price is only $75. [more]

Using Photography to Put an Awesome Twist on a Family Game

The Fourth of July has come and gone here in the states and while most photographers spend that evening trying to capture the light of the explosions, I opted to give my family something fun to do after the shows. That turned into an awesome game. It went over so well that I pretty much have to share it with you. [more]

15 Photos Showing The Largest Political Event In History

Only 2 years passed since the 2011 Egyptian revolution where president Mubarak was replaced by president Morsi, and this week the people of Egypt decided to make another change and oust the elected president in what is now known as the largest political event in history of mankind. Over 14 million people flooded the streets of Egypt this week to protest against President Morsi, and Tahrir Square came to life once again. [more]

No Jail Time for Olympus Execs behind $1.7 Billion Accounting Scandal

Remember the huge brouhaha surrounding Olympus back in late 2011? The former presidents of the company Masatoshi Kishimoto and Toshiro Shimoyama as well as the chairman Tsuyoshi Kikukawa and a few other execs were found to be lying about massive losses the company sustained, about $1.7 billion in discrepancies. They were finally ruled against, but no one is serving any jail time. Weak. [more]

TSA Starts Instagram Account of Crazy Contraband

Social media being the powerhouse of outreach that it is, it only stands to reason that generating unique sharable content is THE way to get attention today. The TSA has taken heed in a unique way and started an Instagram account to build awareness of what it deals with. Back in 2008 they opted to start their outreach with a blog to discuss changes in the ever-evolving security industry. [more]

Canon Calls the 70D a “Game Changer,” Watch Their Promo Videos Now

Last night Canon unveiled the successor to their popular 60D DSLR, the EOS 70D. There is a lot to like about the camera, but where Canon is focusing the brunt of their marketing is around the new Dual Pixel sensor which supposedly offers significantly faster focusing during video production. We’ve gathered a few videos from numerous Canon sources for your perusal to get you excited for Canon’s next camera. [more]

Canon Announces the New EOS 70D Equipped with a Dual Pixel Sensor

In recent months Fstoppers has shied away from churning the rumor mill, but you no doubt have read about the expected announcement of the new Canon 70D from other blogs. We’ve been eagerly waiting for its announcement because of what we understand to be a totally new sensor housed within the successor to the 60D: the Dual Pixel CMOS. Canon’s newly announced 70D comes with this sensor, which focuses more accurately and faster when shooting video. [more]

Shutterstock Founder Becomes First Silicon Alley Billionaire

Shutterstock founder Jonathan Oringer became a billionaire yesterday when Shutterstock Inc (SSTK). shares rose to a record high. Shutterstock is the world’s largest photo and video marketplace and has about 28 million licensed photos, illustrations and videos available for sale on its website.

39 year old Oringer owns about 55% of Shutterstock’s shares, [more]

Photographer Sues Celebrity Blogger Perez Hilton for Copyright Infringement

Interesting story of the week. Famous blogger, Perez Hilton is being sued by NYTimes Photographer Robert Caplin, who also runs the Photo Brigade. Perez Hilton is being sued for copyright infringement of 14 photos of Glee star Darren Criss (who doesn’t love Darren Criss?). Robert is seeking $150,000 per photo which equals out to an astonishing $2,100,000 dollars. [more]

Videographers Must Help One Another Out To Combat Thieves in the Industry

It seems like every week another story is circulating around the industry about one photographer stealing from another. Often the theft is done to build a portfolio of images they then use to promote themselves with and gain more business. This morning, though, I experienced a first. I learned that another company has stolen a video, put their header logo on it and is sharing this video on their site to promote themselves. Amazingly this was a video we featured here on Fstoppers and even shared how the original creator and owner of the video Simeon Quarrie put the whole thing together. [more]

Blair Bunting’s Aaron Hernandez Photos Taken Mere Hours After Athlete Allegedly Shot a Man

So if you’re a sports fan, you probably know the huge scandal unfolding right now surrounding Aaron Hernandez, the former NFL star who was recently released from the New England Patriots. He is now under arrest for a murder that happened on June 14, but last February he allegedly shot a man in the face, a man who survived and is now suing him for it. Thing is, the EXIF data on images recently released by Fstoppers contributor Blair Bunting show the photo shoot took place only a few hours after that alleged shooting. Freaky. [more]

Photography Legend Bert Stern Dies

Iconic photographer Bert Stern has died at the age of 83. Stern, probably best known for his images of Marilyn Monroe, passed away at his home in Manhattan on Tuesday. He is survived by Shannah Laumeister, a longtime friend, who has said that she and Stern had been secretly married since 2009. Laumeister is also the director of a recent documentary featuring Stern, “Bert Stern: Original Madman.” [more]

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