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“What would happen if we stop posting anything until Tumblr decides to protect the creators’ rights by making it impossible to erase the credits”

This eerie quote seems to have started with photographer Claudio Judkevitch, who expressed his disappointment with Tumblr and the company’s lack of wanting to protect artists from copyright infringement and theft–which is rampant all across the platform. As a result, he’s calling on creatives to band together and change their profile photo on Tumblr to the Protect the Creators image to send a message to the company. So far, it seems to have caught on and is becoming more and more viral.

Tumblr was bought by Yahoo! years ago, who also own Flickr. With protection in place on Flickr and just how well regarded the Tumblr platform is for creatives, Yahoo! hasn’t implemented any sort of creative rights for Tumblr content being put out by creatives yet such as Creative Commons, All Rights Reserved, etc. Sure, you can see this on someone’s personal page, but most folks don’t go the pages and instead simply browse the dashboard.

Something like this may not get the attention of Tumblr’s execs as much as a lawsuit will, but at least it’s an attempt to get attention from the company about the issue.

PS: We’ve recently revamped our own Tumblr a bit to be a lot better visually.

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Image by Eric Kim. Used with permission.

Eric Kim is a heck of an inspirational photographer, and he spends lots of time helping other photographers out in his latest video. Every photographer has to deal with creative blocks of some sort, but not everyone knows how to get out of it quickly. Eric talks about how photographer’s block isn’t solved with getting new gear, but instead it has a bit to do with being a perfectionist and psychology. In fact, Eric states that psychologists state that trying to be too perfect makes you analyze your options too much and therefore paralyzes you.

The video is very worth listening to in the background and watching as Eric gives great advice.

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All images by Tyler Shields. Used with permission.

Photographer Tyler Shields has been creating interesting and controversial photography for a couple of years now, and his most recent series called “Historical Fiction” is turning lots of heads in light of many of society’s recent social uprisings. The series is currently on display at the Andrew Weiss Gallery and has caught the eyes of the folks over at TMZ and People.

Tyler states that he has been working on the project since before the Ferguson riots that were all over headlines not too long ago, and includes specific social commentary about so many things in today’s America. “When people die now, its posted on Instagram, and then the next day everyone forgets about it.” says Tyler in our interview with him. “Things back then had more weight.”

We talked to Tyler about the inspiration for the series and putting it all together.

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Rollei Superpan (BW)

At a time when camera technology’s advancing at a clip, there seems to be an equal push in the opposite direction to bring back aesthetics that have taken a backseat. Film is alive and well, though there are fewer options today than there were during much of the 20th century. While the actual film stock may be gone, there is software from the likes of VSCO, RNI, and in this review’s case, Totally Rad, to imbue your digital images with older looks. We took a look at RNI’s All Films 3.0 earlier this year, but today, we’re taking a look at Replichrome III: Archive, a suite of presets solely focused on very old, long since discontinued film stocks. All told, there are 22 films and 183 presets.

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It’s very easy to think that a new camera or a new lens is the answer to a photographic impasse. I have, on many occasions, scrolled through seemingly endless eBay listings of cameras I can’t afford, but they hold an allure because they’re new to me and ostensibly better than what I have. Yet, a new camera won’t make me or anyone a better photographer. Will it up the image quality on a technical level? Most probably, but it won’t up the photograph’s emotional resonance. The camera is the first step towards making photographs, but once a creative block sets in, a new (or used) camera or lens won’t do anything but make a hole in your bank account. There are things besides gear that can rejuvenate you.

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We’re curious about what you have to say: do you prefer to use prime or zoom lenses? Why? Let us know in the comments below and please vote in our poll after the jump.

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