Weighing in on Photographer Jason Lanier’s Sexual Assault Allegations

“When you get pregnant – not by me – when your life that you were doing with my company ends, and you become bitter, stop taking it out on me” – Jason Lanier, 50:40)

Former Sony Artisan Jason Lanier (who was dismissed for undisclosed reasons) is now facing multiple accusations of sexual misconduct from several models who have previously worked with him. To engage in this discussion, we need to break a few things down first; one is the importance of power dynamics at play in a situation like a photographer/model relationship. One woman’s video speaks to character assassination on multiple, professional levels – a fear so many of us deal with when faced with these situations.

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7 Things That the Photography World Needs Transparency On

I have so many feelings about transparency in the photography world that have built up, and I need to get it out.

If you’re not one yourself, there are tons of photographers who aren’t transparent with the people they work with. It’s a wound that runs deep, turns into a scar, and affects you for the rest of your life in some way. And I think that honesty is the best policy. In a world of influencers, shady models/agents, and Instagram algorithms, we need to be upfront with one another. Once you’re found out to be a sham, it won’t look good for you. And it’s rampant in every part of the industry. This blog post is one that’s going to address it in a few areas of the photography world. But there’s a lot to talk about.

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On the Slow Response from Magnum on David Alan Harvey

Magnum is stepping up its investigation of the allegations made against long-standing member David Alan Harvey.

In the final weeks of 2020, The Columbia Journalism Review published an article regarding Magnum’s David Alan Harvey. 11 women stepped forward to share their experience with Harvey. All the women stated he had acted sexually inappropriately with them. The allegations ranged from inappropriate comments to masturbating in front of them without consent. Magnum, already aware of the allegation, had suspended Harvey back in October 2020. But while the investigations continue, we ask: is Magnum doing enough and should you still support Harvey’s work?

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Why We’ve Deleted All Content About This Photographer From Our Site

Photographer Jeff Rojas is admitting to issues brought up by PRO EDU’s Gary Winchester.

We’ve worked with photographer Jeff Rojas a number of times in the past. Very recently, we deleted all 21 blog posts promoting anything in regards to sales with him, short interviews, and sections of larger features he’s been involved in. When we had him on Inside the Photographer’s Mind with Adorama a while back, we were cautioned about working with him. And we’ve heard enough from a large body of women and prominent people in the photo industry to dissolve our relationship with him. So, why write this post? Well, you should probably know what’s going on.

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Guys: Please Stop Objectifying Women in Facebook Groups for Likes

The real title of this should be, “Please stop objectifying women.”

Objectifying women has gone on for a very long time, but I feel like it’s gotten way worse in the age of Instagram and Facebook groups. It seems like the golden formula for success is to have an attractive woman with beautiful lighting, and that’s it. You’re then bound to get likes, comments, etc. It’s time that we, as photographers, start trying harder and stop reaching for low hanging fruit. We need to start coming up with creative ideas and reasons why a woman needs to be nude or barely clothed. And for that to happen, we have to really justify it to ourselves.

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Creating the Photograph: Jose Torres ” A Splash of Flavor”

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they concepted an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Jose Torres is an artist & photographer based in Central Texas that started his journey three years ago. He was already and artist, and so he just needed to learn the technical side of photography: which is what he’s been working on. So he went about learning about the settings, lighting etc. He admits that learning how to light drastically improved his imagery.

Inspired by Jason Lanier’s Workshops, Miguel Quiles’ Sony alpha tips, and Joshua Cripps’ professional photography tips, he’s been steadily moving forward with his craft.

In a recent email to the Phoblographer, I found an image of his involving a grapefruit being dropped into the water. Splash photography is always fun, and so I was curious to know how he did this one.

Here’s his story; and be sure to check out his Facebook and Instagram for more.

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Letters to the Editor: What’s the Best Photography Community?

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Letters to the Editor is a recurring series where Chris answers specific emails/letters that could benefit more than one photographer, interesting questions or questions that come in often. Have a question? Send it to chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com with subject: Letter to the Editor: (Your name here).

Hey everyone, Letters to the Editor is back! My apologies for the delay; I was busy with media press trips, catching up on work, etc. But enough about me. Just remember that when you send questions, please send it with the Letters to the Editor subject line so that I know that I have your permission to share it in one of these posts.

Today’s question comes from Michael, who is asking about the best social media platform for a growing photographer. It’s a question that you all ask very often.

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Creating the Photograph: Ioana Porav’s “Soul and Beauty”

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Creating the Photograph is an original series where photographers teach you about how they concepted an image, shot it, and edited it. The series has a heavy emphasis on teaching readers how to light. Want to be featured? Email chrisgampat[at]thephoblographer[dot]com.

Photographer Ioana Porav was born in Romania and now lives in London with her husband. She started to get seriously into photography about a year ago and joined the droves of photographers switching from Canon over to Sony. Ioana learned how to shoot from her husband and by watching videos on YouTube. Her biggest influences: Jason Lanier, Sue Bryce, Emily Soto, etc. And so that explains her creative vision in her image “Soul and Beauty.”

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Mark Wallace Spends Way Too Long Explaining Why He Switched to Leica From Canon

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Screenshot taken from the video

Photographer Mark Wallace recently switched from using Canon DSLRs to the Leica M as his primary camera kit. While many videos like this have been long and thorough, they spend much less time focusing on gear and more time on feature sets–with the most famous being Jason Lanier’s.

Wallace talks about how he is replacing lots of the zoom lenses in his Canon kit with small primes. For example, the 16-35mm f2.8 L is being replaced by the Leica 21mm f3.4 and his 70-200mm f2.8 L IS USM II is being replaced by a 135mm prime. He spends a lot of time talking about weight and size–specifically in regards to how it affects him when he is travelling as a photographer. Wallace cites situations where he is wearing over 60lbs of gear and needs to run for a subway or a cab–which can sometimes be all too much of a reality for NYC photographers.

The majority of the video talks about the gear with only the last couples of minutes getting to the real meat of the deal–and could have been cut down tremendously to just focus on the nitty gritty. Mark explains that in a place like where he is in Brazil, DSLRs can get easily stolen. But a Leica rangefinder on the other hand is ignored somewhat. Indeed, rangefinders can be very fooling and are much more low profile except to those that actually know better.

Mark Wallace’s video for AdoramaTV is after the jump.

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Lukas Gisbert-mora Spends 17 Mins Explaining Why He Switched from Nikon to Fujifilm

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 60mm f2.4 review product photos (4 of 8)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 4.0

“I don’t work for DxOMark. I’m not interested in numbers. I’m interested in what comes out of the camera.”

Continuing the trend of photographers talking about why they switched, Fuji Rumors shared a video from Lukas Gisbert-mora on why he chose to leave Nikon for Fujifilm.

First he talks about the problems first: which have to do with the battery levels and the video capabilities. This is what happens with cameras that have an EVF, but Fujifilm has lacked on the video capabilities for a while. They’re also only starting to pick up speed.

Lukas also admits that Fujifilm’s flash capabilities are nowhere near Nikon’s. In our testing, we have to agree. PocketWizards with a Lumopro LP-180 are much better–but that offers manual capability. If you want TTL usage, there aren’t many good radio trigger options with the exception of Yongnuo–and they’re hit or miss.

So why did he pick Fujifilm?

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Sony Pro Support Service Adds Repair and Gear Loans for Professional Photographers

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Sony has pretty much revamped its entire line of Alpha cameras from the entry level A5100 all the way to its top of the line A7r. Now the Japanese camera company is launching a PRO Support service program for professionals picking up all its new models.

The premium service offers users—for a $100 annual membership—dedicated phone support, free camera maintenance, expediated repair services, and included loaners while their camera is in the shop. What’s more, Sony PRO Support service subscribers will also have access to loan equipment. So if you ever wanted to use that super expensive Sony 500mm f4.0 G lens without plunking down $12,998? Well now you can.

But before you enroll on the Sony PRO services site, there’s some criteria you’ll have meet.  Firstly, you have to be the owner of two Sony Alpha full-frame interchangeable lens cameras, whether its part of the Sony A7 family or the A99. Subscribers also need to already own three Sony Zeiss and/or G-Series lenses. Additionally, you’ll have to prove that you’re a working professional photographer whether it’s in a self-employed capacity or as an employee of a larger business.

All in all it’s a service that follows closely to the model set by Canon and Nikon’s Professional Services. Call it unoriginal but Sony needs this to create this service as its full-frame mirrorless systems steal away more photographers like Jason Lanier.

In another bit of news Sony has also added more photographers to its “Artisans of Imagery” campaign to show just how good the Alpha camera line can be. The new roster of photographers includes 21 new renowned professionals including Joe Brady, Zabrina Deng, and Eli Reed.

Can the New Rotolight HSS RGBWW Flashes Replace Studio Strobes?

LED lights can be very fun, but we’re still not quite convinced that they can outdo flashes and strobes. However, Rotolight is currently funding something incredibly intriguing on Kickstarter. The new Rotolight NEO 3 and Rotolight AEOS 2 are brand new LED lighting products. They’re making the pitch to both photographers and filmmakers. But what’s really making our eyes sparkle is the promise of a high-speed sync light. This has been one of the many shortcomings for LEDs over the years. But did Rotolight finally get it right?

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When Photographers See Models as Human Props Instead of People

Sometimes photographers forget that models are human beings.

Models provide opportunities to learn, they reignite inspiration, and connecting with them provides an excellent excuse to get out of our editing caves and meet with other creatives. As such, several members of The Phoblographer staff and I joined a model on the last day of the Photo Plus Expo and discovered a story deserving of discussion that unfolded right before our eyes. Usually, photo walks are quite fun and create great ways to connect with other photographers. But, this walk became a different sort of revelatory encounter. As the model who was hired to help with the photo walk joined us, we watched what we’ve probably seen all too often on the set of a shoot: a slow but steady dehumanization of the young woman in front of us: beautiful, photogenic, and seen as a prop instead of a person.

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