We’ve shown you how to clean your lens’s contacts, but what about when you’re out in the field and don’t have the right equipment with you? Well, Magnum Photographer David Alan Harvey has been in the situation many times and can show you with experience exactly what you’re supposed to do. Despite the fact that you should always have a lens cleaning cloth on you (the microfiber kind) sometimes you can’t always get to it.
Instead, Dave recommends reaching for some good ol’ Fruit of the Loom–or flannel. No, we’re serious.
In truth, we did the same thing when I was a working photojournalist and packed tightly shoulder to shoulder with other photographers during hot New York summers. Providing my shirt wasn’t soaking wet from sweat to begin with, it worked well enough providing that there wasn’t any sediment on the lens–otherwise you’re scratching the coating. But if there is already water on it (and lubrication is important) then you should be fine.
If you’re an avid 500px user, then you’ll be happy to know that the company has created a licensing service. It’s called 500px Prime. In the blog post that the company announced the service in, they summarized a couple of key points. Firstly, their licenses start at $250. Then you’ll be getting 30% of the sale–which means that if some how or another their master negotiators snag a $1,000 deal, you’re getting $300 of that.
If you want to be part of prime, they’re encouraging you to send their team an email (email@example.com) to let them know.
It was only a matter of time until 500px decided to take the stock photography approach. But despite them being your own personal stock agent, effective self-marketing is still one of the best ways to get your photos seen and sold. In which case, why you would you only give yourself a 30% cut? If you don’t have a network of editors at your fingertips though, then this could probably help you score some beer money at most.
A friend of mine once said that there are around seven great street photographers in the modern time with everyone else just being a troll. To help you get better, we’re listing a couple of tips for you.
New York, New York. Blowing horns on Bleeker Street on New Year’s Day
All photos from the Library of Congress.
Depending on where and when you’re reading this, it’s already time for you to ring in the traditional calendar New Year. Your social media feed will probably be inundated with New Year’s Eve celebration selfies and other photos, but we’re inviting you to take a step back into the past and to take a look at how folks in the days of old got down when it came to celebrating. We took a look through the archive of the Library of Congress to share these images.
They call it McMoon: it’s an old McDonalds that has been rehashed into a scanning facility for NASA. The facility is meant to scan the images that NASA took of the moon’s surface before anyone had gone there–which is pretty much the pristine and totally untouched moon. In McMoon, there are canisters from Lunar Orbiter 1; and we’re not even sure about the scanning technology that they’re using.
Further Google Research reveals Flickr photos that showcase, “48,000 lbs of 70mm tape… the only copy of extremely high-resolution images of the moon.”
Business Week recently interviewed the folks over at the facility, but so did another Vimeo user. And that video is after the jump.
We recently found this collection from the Sydney Living Museums via the Historic Houses Trust that contain a plethora of mugshots from the 1920s. And the photos themselves were not only kept in impeccable condition but they also have details such as the person’s name, the crime they committed and more.
But even more awesome is the fact that they’re remarkable looking and significantly better than modern day mugshots where the person takes a frontal photo with a sign and side photos.
On the website’s blog, they talk about the over 2,500 glass plate negatives and some cellulose negatives. The photographer perhaps asked the folks to pose themselves. More of the images are after the jump.