Suspected Thief Caught Trying To Enter Olympic Media Area

As a photographer, it is essential to always keep an eye on your gear when traveling because even the most seasoned photographers can become victims of theft.

Just last week, News Corp photographer Brett Costello was the victim of a robbery where over $40,000 of his camera gear was stolen at a cafe in Rio while he was there covering many of the 2016 Rio Olympics. But in a bizarre turn of events, Yahoo Sports reported that while Costello was entering Sambodromo stadium for the men’s archery competition, he noticed another man entering behind him wearing an official photo vest.

While Costello likely helped prevent many other photographers from losing their equipment, there is unfortunately no word on whether Costello has recovered any of the $40,000 equipment he lost.

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Insurance Providers Prepare For Drones

Aviation Practice Leader James Van Meter for Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty chats about how the long-awaited regulations will impact the emerging drone market for photographers and videographers. Industry readies for major growth from drone industry.

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Photographer Climbs 1 World Trade Center With a 360 VR Camera

Climbing photographer and National Geographic shooter Jimmy Chin was asked by the New York Times to ascend to the top of 1 World Trade Center to make an interactive panorama using a 360 VR camera and the results were incredible!

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Photographers Open Up About Their Most Challenging Photos

(From Huffington Post)
Sometimes the most beautiful wedding photos are the ones that are hardest to get.

love and water photography

“This beautiful location on Maui has been shot so many times by so many talented photographers, so we really wanted to create a new perspective for our clients. This involved Adam, the photographer, changing out of his wedding attire after the ceremony and into his wetsuit top and board shorts, swimming out above shallow coral reef and positioning himself to shoot from the water back at the land. After the shots were taken, Adam quickly dressed to be back in time for the reception entrance.” — Shawn-Marie Ravazzano (Love and Water Photography)

helena and laurent photography

“This was a tricky procession. Half of the aisle was in shade, and the rest of it in very bright, direct sunlight. I had two cameras on me; my telephoto exposed for the shade and my wide angle exposed for the light. I switched between them for each person as they came down the aisle. I caught his moment of the bride and her dad just as they hit the bright light, making the shadow space behind them drop to black. It’s a good reminder, when you see those lighting situations that make you start to sweat, that maybe there’s a unique opportunity there.” — Helena Martin (Helena and Laurent Photography)

justin johnson photography

“How do you plan for photos in 50-mile-an-hour winds and 30 inches of snow? You really can’t. Inside the venue, I quickly huddled the bridal party together — like we were playing football — to go through all the movements and poses that they would shortly go into whiteout conditions to bust through. The blizzard couldn’t bring them down. This easy-going group made it a breeze to handle the challenging weather.” — Justin Johnson (Justin Johnson Photography)

rowell photography

“The bride and groom wanted to do their first look on the subway platform in downtown Toronto. We all had to time it perfectly so the groom would be waiting for his bride on the right platform, at the right time. In addition to timing, we had loads of busy Torontonians unloading at their stop, so their first look was literally in a sea of people, who erupted in cheers and applause for the happy couple.” — Erika Rowell (Rowell Photography)

rob greer photography

“It took five minutes to walk down two flights of stairs, cross the street and walk far down a sidewalk to reach the ideal position for this epic wedding-day photograph. Let’s just say that yelling detailed posing instructions to a couple across a busy street when you’re hundreds of yards away makes it really hard to capture a photo like this one.” — Rob Greer (Rob Greer Photography)

matthew druin

“Recently at Darby and Kimbra’s wedding at Edisto Island, South Carolina, we had to deal with having an outdoor wedding with Tropical Storm Bonnie. It rained non-stop and the wind whipped strong most of the day, but we still wanted to create something epic for their portraits. With a twenty minute window after their ceremony where all the weather just seemed to eerily stop, we rushed out to the sea. We carefully placed Darby and Kimbra on top of some very slippery rocks that protruded out to sea.” — Matthew Druin (Matthew Druin)

tana photography

“My wedding clients requested to be photographed on one of the resort’s boat docks with the gorgeous Sawtooth Mountains in the background. It was an extra windy day, and I saw the potential to showcase the layers of the bride’s Sarah Seven dress. You can’t tell in the photo, but the boat docks were super crowded with lake goers and rocking so bad I ended up sitting/laying down to keep from falling off! Even with the dock rocking, the couple precariously swaying, lake water sloshing up between the planks and trying to keep me and my assistant from falling off the sides, I caught this image.” — Tana (Tana Photography)

we photographie

“For starters, the bride and groom had so many friends that they asked 24 people to join in on their wedding party. If that wasn’t challenging enough, it was pouring buckets of rain for about 90 percent of the day. We’ve photographed rainy weddings before, but nothing like this. When it came time for group portraits, we scrambled. We thought about trying to wait for a break in the rain (which never came, by the way), but thankfully we locked eyes on the wide, covered porch on the side of the stables. We knew it would be perfect and everyone would stay dry — except for us — as we captured some of our favorite wedding party shots to date! The rain was an added challenge, but worked in our favor for a fun and unique group portrait.” — Emma Teague (W&E Photographie)

jonny draper photography

“I took this photograph of Catherine and her grandad just after she’d gotten married. He was only able to attend the ceremony, so this is them saying their emotional goodbyes. Catherine had an amazing relationship with her grandad which reminded me of the relationship I had with my own grandad, who sadly had passed away just a couple of days before I shot Catherine and Tom’s wedding. I find weddings hugely emotional under normal circumstances, but this one gave me a lot to think about. Seeing this moment unfold in front of me became a personal challenge I had to overcome. I could hardly see through tears while capturing this moment, but I knew it was so important.” — Jonny Draper (Jonny Draper Photography)

del sol photography

“Our instructions were to go scouting in Belize after arriving and look around for a sandbar to hold a small destination wedding of 15 people or so. We live five hours away, so all this was new. I figured it was absolutely necessary to carry our underwater housings on this journey. Housings are big, bulky and not travel-friendly and make the job harder, especially when the images you will be getting are for that ‘one shot.’ We carried these housings on five boats on the wedding day, at the same time documenting the entire event.” — Matt Adcock (del Sol Photography)

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Funny Photographer ‘Confessions’ You Can Probably Relate To

Funny Photographer ‘Confessions’ You Can Probably Relate To…

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Samy’s Camera celebrates 40 years with PhotoCon LA

PhotoCon LA
From beginners to professionals, all levels of photography enthusiasts and camera lovers will come together for a true photo and cinema extravaganza in Downtown Los Angeles, May 21st – May 22nd.

With over 50 of the photography and video industry’s top brands on hand to offer exhibition and demonstration of their cameras and photography related products, as well as a virtual Who’s Who of the Los Angeles photographic and cinema communities providing entertainment, education and opportunity for all levels of photography enthusiasts and professionals, PhotoCon LA will be an unmissable celebration of photography and video.

PhotoCon LA’s 2016 theme is a celebration of Samy’s Camera 40 years in business in Southern California. The legendary camera retailer has been a part of the Los Angeles photographic community since opening their doors in 1976.

For tickets to this event, visit

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This Is What Happens When A Drone Propeller Hits Flesh

How much damage can a tiny drone propeller really do when it comes up against a person’s flesh? Aalborg University in Denmark has answered that question with a rig that can ram a spinning drone propeller into a piece of flesh at 33mph.

The video below is an accurate (and slightly gruesome) demonstration of what could happen if you lose control of your drone and it hits a person, propeller spinning…

This Is Why You Should Be Careful With Your Drone

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Photographer Captures Firefall at Yosemite

Lava? Not quite. This photo is an example of a phenomenon called a Firefall in Yosemite that only happens two weeks out of the year.

The photographer, Sangeeta Dey, told the SF Gate:

This is Horsetail Falls in Yosemite.

Every year for two weeks in February, the sun sets at a certain angle and illuminates the waterfall in luminescent orange and red, making it look like a fluid fire.

I’ve met photographers who said that they have been coming for 11 years only to see this happen 2 or 3 times.

It was supposed to happen at around 5:30 in the evening, but I was there at 2 PM to find a spot. I finally settled for a tiny space under a thorny bush.

When the fall started glowing, I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. For 10 minutes, all of us sat there mesmerized by this spectacle. When it ended, a few of us had tears in our eyes. Some of us were clapping.

And others were just ecstatic to finally get a chance to see it after trying for years.


Photo by Sangeeta Dey

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Drone Operators Chasing Thrills Interfere with Firefighting Efforts in California

By Robert V. Nuccio
R.V. Nuccio & Associates, Inc.

It is becoming more and more of a common occurrence: Firefighters battling massive wildfires are forced to suspend aerial firefighting efforts because of unmanned aerial systems, better known as drones.

With California in the midst of a very serious drought and fire season turning from a summertime to a year-round threat, two legislators in California, Senator Ted Gaines and Assemblyman Mike Gatto, have introduced a bill this month that would, “charge offenders a vastly increased penalty for [impeding firefighting efforts] and will also consider adding incarceration as a penalty when the offense involves unauthorized drone use,” according to a statement released on Senator Ted Gaines website.

“Drone operators are risking lives when they fly over an emergency situation. Just because you have access to an expensive toy that can fly in a dangerous area doesn’t mean you should do it,” said Assemblyman Mike Gatto. “The legislature needs to act swiftly to make sure we send a signal that our society won’t put up with this nonsense after seeing drone operators once again interrupt firefighting efforts.”

This sentiment was echoed earlier this month in a speech by Shawna Legarza, Director of Fire and Aviation for the U.S. Forest Service’s California Division, at a joint press conference with Cal Fire, the National Park Service, and the California National Guard.

“Wildland fire response in California is not just one agency, it’s all the agencies together, so federal, the state, the county, the city, the local government, the National Guard, the volunteers,” stated Legarza. “Getting all those agencies to work together can be hard enough, but the increasingly common problem of drones flying into fires makes it even more difficult.”

These calls for action come following FAA issued regulations introduced in February for drones. Unfortunately, drone users seem to be unaware of the regulations to which they are expected to abide.

Just this past Friday, July 17, officials said five drones hovering in the area delayed firefighters from dropping water buckets from helicopters onto a fast-moving wildfire that crossed a freeway between Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

Eric Sherwin of the San Bernardino County Fire Department told CNN, “Fortunately, there were no injuries or fatalities to report, but the 15 to 20 minutes that those helicopters were grounded meant that 15 to 20 minutes were lost that could have led to another water drop cycle, and that would have created a much safer environment and we would not have seen as many citizens running for their lives.”

In comments to the New York Times, Rich Hanson, the director of the Academy of Model Aeronautics, a nonprofit whose members fly model airplanes, shared his opinion on drones and those individuals who are piloting them.

“These [drones] are being sold by the thousands, and many of these people buying them are not traditional modelers, and they are certainly not aviators.”

Hanson continued, “These people have no idea that the FAA even exists, let alone what the regulations are. They are just having fun and looking for some kind of self-aggrandizement or some fame on YouTube.”

In an effort to educate drone owners, drone industry leaders have launched a campaign and website called Know Before You Fly to raise awareness of the FAA regulations for drones, and to provide a resource for questions regarding drone safety.

If you operate a drone, be sure to follow all FAA and other UAS regulations.

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How To Protect Your Camera Gear from Thieves

National Geographic photographer David Alan Harvey offers this 40-second tip on how you can protect the theft of your camera gear.

It’s pretty simple: you just need to be wise about how you wear your camera bag.

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