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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony NEX 3N product photo (1 of 1)ISO 1601-200 sec at f - 2.0

Years ago when the idea of mirrorless cameras and systems was pitched, the premise behind it all was that overall it would create a lighter and smaller kit. And for the most part, manufacturers have stuck to that statement. But at certain times, they really don’t seem to be sticking to it. This concern comes up now more than ever considering that Sony has a full frame mirrorless camera system.

Photographer Tom Northencold wrote a piece recently about why he’s sticking to Micro Four Thirds. The answer: the weight differences vs his Nikon system.

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Ferguson Al Jazeera Tear Gas

Image courtesy of Brandon Wall

Emotions are raw in the city of Ferguson, Missouri following the unprovoked police shooting of Michael Brown, an unarmed 18-year-old who raised his hands in surrender. Since the shooting Ferguson residents have cried out against the police demanding justice in protests while full-on riots breakout. However on the fifth day into the protests the police were enforcing a complete media blackout more akin to a war torn country than a nation built on free speech.

Yesterday one of the police’s most heinous acts was teargasing a crew of Al Jazeera America TV reporters. After the journalists cleared out of the gas cloud, a SWAT team dressed in full riot gear descended on the camera equipment and broke everything down to the lighting equipment. This was just one of many cases where photographers and journalists had their rights violated while reporting on the event.

At a McDonalds police also arrested Huffington Post journalist Ryan Reilly and The Washington Post’s Wesley Lowery. Supposedly the grounds for the arrest stemmed from the pair of reporters were not vacating the fast food establishment quickly enough.

Photographers and reporters are accustomed to being turned away by police and “rent-a-cop security” but this is a direct attack on free speech and civil rights. Police in Ferguson have reportedly been approaching news reporters telling them to shut off their cameras. If these photojournalists disagree, the law enforcement in the area has allegedly threatened open fire with rubber bullets or unleash a canister of tear gas.

The good news is the two arrested journalists mentioned earlier have been released. Meanwhile, the Governor of Ferguson Jay Nixon has pulled back the St. Louis County Police Department on Thursday night. Protests from last night supposedly took a jubilant energy with a racially mixed crowd. Posts on social media described the atmosphere as parade or block party as streets were filled with music, free food, and even laughter.

Today thousands of demonstrators peacefully march down the streets alongside members of the Missouri Highway Patrol, which has since taken control of the situation from the St. Louis County Police.

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I shoot people front

Teespring has something that is appealing to the story of the lives for many portrait photographers. They have this really cool T-shirt that lets everyone know that you shoot people. To that end, it states “I Shoot People.”

It’s bound to happen at least once in your career: you tell someone what you do for a living and somehow or another it becomes known that you shoot people. The difference then between you and a serial killer is not only mental sickness, but choice of gear. While they may be touting a rifle of some sort, you’ll be peering down at your subject through a viewfinder.

Well; that and your target won’t be screaming in agony or bleeding. At least we hope that they don’t.

Want one? It’ll set you back around $22.50-24.50. But act fast! You have one day left to get your hands on them!

woman beats photog

“Holy crap, this woman is bonkers!” That was my first thought when I saw this intense video of a Madison, CT woman assaulting a photographer for taking photos on the beach (she even said, “maybe you shouldn’t be taking photos of people on the beach” when the photographer asked her to stop.)

Granted, he was taking photos from a multicopter, which many of us admit have not been perfected yet and can be, at times, a danger to others (as proven during this incident in the Amazon rainforest); and we can definitely understand a reason for concern from bystanders. But to this extent? We think not!

It’s one thing to ask the photographer to please stop using his drone and ask the cops to intervene if he doesn’t, if you really fear for your safety. It’s an entirely different matter to

(a) demand that a photographer stop taking photos in a public space – why do you think it’s called “public”, and

(b) BEAT THE CRAP OUT OF THAT PHOTOGRAPHER when he doesn’t. That’s just borderline insane, you need to start seeking help for anger management or something.

Even worse, this woman, who’s been identified as Andrea Mears, told the cops when they finally arrived that the photographer assaulter her! You know, to try and get him arrested because she probably realized, while in the middle of hitting him, that she had no grounds at all. Luckily, the photographer kept his wits about him and secretly recorded the whole incident with his camera phone. He showed that video to the cops and this abusive woman ended up getting arrested for assault and breach of peace instead. Let’s just hope, for all our sakes, that they’re sending her to counseling.

We’d like to describe the appalling confrontation for you but it would be best if you see it for yourself. Watch the video after the jump.

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Cory Richards, adventurer and respected photographer for National Geographic, he has gone to great lengths–and heights–to get his iconic shots. He has climbed the highest mountains, explored the deepest oceans, attempted to break world records, even endured and survived a massive avalanche in a Himalayan mountain, and made lifetime friends in the most inaccessible regions of the world.

He has never had a formal education in photography but he has effectively used the craft as his voice, as his way of translating how he sees the world. And his images are not only stunning but also influential and powerful, which, he explains, root from getting out of his comfort zone and according to him, “observing what was happening around me and observing (the) richness that comes with struggle.”

In a new, inspiring video put together by Blue Chalk, Richards talks about why he goes to such extremes and how his efforts have make a huge impact on his work as an adventure and exploration photographer and an even more amazing storyteller. Entitled “A Tribute to Discomfort,” the 4-minute video is a nod to determination and to pushing oneself to be better at the craft that has the capacity to stir millions.

Watch it after the jump.

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Earlier last year, Justin Bieber was sued by a photographer when his body guards forced a photographer to delete the images shot of the stripclub attending starl and even threatened him with a gun. But the guards and the Canadian who found fame here still haven’t learned their lesson. Resource is reporting that photographer Manuel Munoz is suing Bieber after his bodyguards, “locked him in a nearby Subway restaurant and demanded he delete the photos he took of the star…Munoz and Patterson haggled in the restroom of the Subway restaurant for Bieber’s pictures for 10K but the bodyguard was only willing to pay 5K.”

But the story doesn’t stop with forced incarceration. It gets worse–Munoz states that he was punched and kicked by the guard who then took the photographer’s memory card. Additionally, this was two hours before Bieber was arrested for a DUI.

The problems with the lawsuit though state that Munoz only told the cops that he was tripped and suffered a scratch on the knee. But now he’s saying that he was further physically assaulted. To begin with, he should be suing for being locked in a bathroom and being forced to delete the images that were taken in public.

As a former paparazzo who has spoken about issues like this on television, you should know that Munoz was really just doing his job. paparazzo don’t exactly stalk their subjects–the agents for the talent tell photographers where their clients will be. So with that said, they want their clients to be found. Problems like this don’t often happen to this degree but I’ve had my share of threats from guards and most celebs are perfectly fine with being photographed because it means extra press for them and therefore more money.

Bieber has more money than most people though; so he probably doesn’t care.