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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Organize Your Camera Gear, Receipts, and More With This Smartphone App

Do you have all the receipt records for your photography gear? Do you know all the specific dates of the warranties on that gear? Wouldn’t it be great if there was an easy, digital way to keep track of your camera gear and all the documents associated with it? Great news! There is an app for just that.

Developed by Marc Silber of Advancing Your Photography, a new app called Zither is optimized for photographers to help keep track equipment, receipts, serial numbers, owners manuals, and warranty information all in one place.

Every time you buy a new piece of equipment, adding it to the Zither app is a breeze. First, you scan the bar code on the equipment’s box with the app to identify the item. Next, you snap a photo of the receipt and the serial number so they’re stored inside the product entry. Zither then automatically looks up the correct owners manual for the scanned product, providing an easy way to reference it at a moments notice.

Zither also keeps track of the warranties on your camera gear, It will give a reminder as each warranty get close to its expiration date, allowing a photographer to take action on necessary repairs before they’re no longer covered under warranty.

How much is this app you ask? You can get Zither for FREE in the iTunes App Store.


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How Touchdown Antics Almost Ruined One Photographer’s Game

With more than 15 years of experience in the sports photography business, Matt Zimmerman was considered one of the most well-accomplished photographers in the area. He got his start at the age of 16, taking sports photos for the high school paper. Within a few short years, he went on to work for a weekly newspaper and then started his own sports-centered photography business.

Through the years, Matt’s abilities were always in high demand. There wasn’t a game he couldn’t shoot or any action he couldn’t capture. Though he covered a variety of prep sports, high school football was his favorite. Between the action, the raw emotions, and the fiery crowds, he was sure to always get some good photos.

The touchdown takedown

While working a homecoming football game for the school, the action and the excitement grew as the teams were tied up and the rivalry was high. Sensing a touchdown was near, Matt positioned himself at the edge of the end zone, hoping to catch a shot of the winning touchdown. He had his camera on a monopod and set his bag of extra equipment down next to him in order to free his hands.

Quickly, the home team’s quarterback threw the ball far into the end zone. The receiver had to run deep but snagged the ball for the winning touchdown. In celebration, the receiver spiked the ball onto the ground and proceeded to do an extravagant end zone dance ending with a disastrous back flip.

Matt backed off, but forgot about his bag on the ground. Not aware of Matt or his bag of equipment, the receiver hurled backward through the air. He landed squarely on top of Matt’s bag, crumpling like a ragdoll. Medics swiftly came to the player’s aid, but it quickly became apparent he suffered a potentially serious injury.

Matt felt terrible. The teen might not be able to play the rest of the season, let alone might be permanently injured. All because he left his bag on the ground. Then when he thought of the financial ramifications of the incident, he felt even worse.

The player’s ankle was broken and needed two surgeries to repair the damage. And, his hopes of college recruitment were dashed as this was his final year in high school and could not recover in time.

The player’s family sued Matt for damages in the amount of $1 million. He’d never been sued before and was shocked to discover that the legal defense cost $450 an hour! Luckily, Matt protected his interests with the photography insurance program exclusively available through R.V. Nuccio and Associates, Inc. The insurance company defended Matt, and the court found him liable for just the medical costs associated with the ankle.

Matt learned about the importance of photography-tailored insurance firsthand. If he hadn’t secured the correct coverage, the claim would have wiped out his business and possibly his personal assets too!

Industry-Tailored Protection

Need comprehensive coverage for your business? The RVNA Professional Photographer’s Insurance Program provides everything you need in one convenient place: Property Plus, Liability Plus, and Crime Plus Insurance. This tailored insurance coverage package provides specialized “A” rated protection. Endorsed by the National Alliance of Special Event Planners, R.V. Nuccio and Associates is the only online nationwide insurance source for photographers, offering the most customized protection at the most competitive rates.

Note: This case study is based on real claims scenarios. However, the story has been fictionalized to protect the privacy of those involved.

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School Photo Session Meltdown

Photographer Mike White specialized in school portraits. He traveled to dozens of schools every fall taking student photos. The students and faculty loved working with him because he was positive, professional, and knew how to make even the grumpiest kid smile.

East Ridge Primary was one of his favorite schools to visit every year. He enjoyed working with the kind staff and the gregarious children, who knew how to ham it up for the camera. Mike was especially looking forward to this year’s school picture season. Since business was going well, he reinvested some of his earnings in new camera equipment and lighting. Mike was sure this year’s photos were going to be his best yet.

While the photographer’s away…

As usual, the staff at East Ridge Primary let Mike set up his photography equipment and backdrop in an unused computer lab. This worked for him because he was out of the way and had space to work.

Mike ran his lights, backdrop, and camera equipment across the room, taking care to tape down cords so children wouldn’t trip and fall. He took all the necessary precautions to keep everyone safe.

Set-up had gone quickly and smoothly, so Mike had an hour before the first students were scheduled to get their pictures taken. Having forgotten his lunch at home, Mike decided to dash out and grab a bite to eat. He left the room and shut the door, leaving his equipment behind him.

After lunch, as soon as Mike returned to the school parking lot, he knew something was amiss. All the children were lined up outside and there was a fire truck and two police cars in front of the school.

The kids will play

While Mike was gone, three boys had snuck into the classroom where he had all his equipment. They thought it would be funny to take some candid photos of themselves to see what Mike’s reaction would be when he found their pictures on his camera.

One of the boys turned on the special lights Mike uses. And in the process of the pranksters taking pictures of themselves in various silly poses, the lights were knocked over. The heat of the lights quickly melted the carpet and caught fire.

Luckily, the boys escaped uninjured and managed to pull a fire alarm. Firefighters arrived and were able to extinguish the fire before it spread to other classrooms. But the damage to the room was extensive. The computers and equipment in the lab, valued at $150,000, were destroyed. Also, there was extensive smoke and water damage and the room had to be gutted and rebuilt from the ground up, costing another $75,000.

Fortunately, Mike protected his interests with the photography insurance program exclusively available through R.V. Nuccio and Associates. The insurance company defended Mike and paid $225,000 on his behalf. The court found Mike negligent in that the equipment was accessible and not secured.  Mike learned firsthand the importance of photographer-tailored insurance. If he hadn’t secured the proper coverage, the claim would have wiped out his business and possibly his personal assets too.

Industry-Tailored Protection

Mike protected his interests with the photographer insurance program exclusively available through R.V. Nuccio and Associates. Need coverage for your business? The RVNA Professional Photographer’s Insurance Program provides everything you need in one convenient place (Property Plus, Liability Plus, and Crime Plus Insurance). Underwritten by one of the largest, most respected carriers in the country, this tailored coverage package provides specialized “A” rated protection. Endorsed by the National Alliance of Special Event Planners, R.V. Nuccio and Associates is the only online nationwide insurance source for photographers, offering the most customized protection at the most competitive rates.

Note: This case study is based on real claims scenarios. However, the story has been fictionalized to protect the privacy of those involved.

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