Weekend Humor: The Paparazzo-Celebrity Rift Goes All the Way Back to a Food Fight in the 1940s

That's a famous person.

That’s a famous person.

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The paparazzo is an often reviled figure in A-list circles. Once Alec Baldwin finds himself staring at the business end of a telephoto lens, a white hot rage forms in the core of his being and surges out into his hands. “Fear the Baldwin” has become an oft-repeated phrase in celebrity headhunter circles, but given the need to put food on the table, most resign themselves going out yet again to sit in a café for eight hours at a time. The divide between the person behind the camera and the one in front of it wasn’t always there. A food fight between Felice Quinto, the grandpapa of all paparazzi, and some kid in the 1940s led to the great schism.

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Weekend Humor: Sony to Release an Actual Camera Phone

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Citing the three-week phenomenon with apps, Sony has decided to abandon the smartphone arena altogether. The three-week phenomenon happens when you download a trending app, use it to a nauseating degree, and ultimately abandon it after three weeks. Angry Birds and Candy Crush are frequent offenders. The XPeria line will be discontinued, and the RX1P will take its place.

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Weekend Humor: Leica Ends Camera Production

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On the heels of news about Leica’s “C Typ 112”, the German camera manufacturer officially announced that it will cease production of new cameras and move exclusively into rebranding. It’s a move that’s largely been anticipated as a sizable amount of Leica’s recent catalogue are Panasonic cameras stripped of their casing and done up like a Leica babe. We got our hands on some on internal memos about the move.

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Weekend Humor: Instagram Introduces Subscription Service for Non-Users


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Don’t make photographers shoot with iPads.

Given recent ruckus over terms of use, Instagram recognized that there’s a market for folks who crave images, but wouldn’t bother joining Instagram. You can follow Tweeters without actively joining Twitter, and now you can you follow Instagrammers without having to subject your dinner to photoshoots. Granted, you could stalk Instagram profiles without an account before, but the company has found a way to monetize it with nifty subscription options.

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Weekend Humor: New “Twerk” App Will Add an Unhealthy Dose of Miley Cyrus to Your Photos

Image courtesy of MTV and the cameraman who had to watch this happen.

Image courtesy of MTV and the cameraman who had to watch this happen.

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Just when you thought this Miley Cyrus thing died, it rose again like a derriere that is not fit to do what more capable women are able to do. I would bring you up to speed on what happened Sunday night, but the image above says enough. The social media sphere exploded with reactions, and nearly every website cashed in on the buzz. Feeds everywhere were littered with attempts to make this tragic act a part of meme culture, and one spunky developer sought to introduce the Miley episode to the world of photography with an app called “Mileyfy”.

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Weekend Humor: Criminals Get More Sophisticated to Achieve Better Mugshots


Courtesy of the Sydney Living Museum.

Following a report earlier this week about snazzy mugshots from the ’20s, criminals have taken it upon themselves to get sophisticated. The traditional bodega heist has become a far more stylish affair with the common suspects ditching sweatpants and t-shirts in favor of three-piece suits and top hats. Originally an uncomfortable affair, mugshots have become all the rage for up-and-coming criminals in the past several days.

Dennis McGraw was a small-time crook who frequented bodegas for Snickers available under the five-finger discount. He’s never been caught, but that changed when he saw our post on vintage mugshots. “You really inspired me to dress nicely,” McGraw wrote, “Before I usually resorted to my gray hoodie and blue sweatpants, but now I want to steal in style.” He also revealed to us that he went so far as to purchase a replica revolver.

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Weekend Humor: The Sun Writes a Letter to Sunset Instagrammers


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Instagram is plagued by a constant stream of sunset shots. An article in Slate notes that while they’re an easy source of beauty, they’re often hard to get right, but despite their inherent difficulty, there will always be someone raising an iPhone to that big yellow dot. Unfortunately, that big yellow dot has had enough of all the portraits. The Sun has issued a letter to the people of earth regarding their Instagram inclinations. Continue reading…

Weekend Humor: Stock Photographers Promote Cheese Sales

 Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Samsung Galaxy S4 camera review (25 of 29)ISO 501-45 sec at f - 2.2

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Earlier this week, we reported on an infographic about the gear used by today’s stock photographers. With cameras at all levels, stock photographers are hard work making images that are removed from picture frames and ignored on drug store windows. It’s not an easy gig, but with a little patience, red-eye removal, and a woman with milk-white teeth, you, too, can take images that everyone sees. Stock photography does more, however, than create visual filler. Cheese manufacturers have found an unlikely ally in stock photographers. Continue reading…

Weekend Humor: Canon Expected to Unveil Neural Imaging Device at Press Event

Canon EOS-1DX Sensor

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The photo world was abuzz with speculation after Canon sent out a slew of invites for a press event on August 21st. Will there be a 7D Mark II? What about some new EOS M mirrorless cameras? Hey, how’s about that 75MP Canon 1 series camera? All of these are fine guesses, but they are just that: guesses. According to sources inside Canon, we have the semi-official word on what will be revealed on August 21, and it will be the perfect marriage of a man and his camera. Continue reading…

Weekend Humor: Instagrammers Are Creeped Out by the New Ad System

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You all thought you were safe with your feed, your likes, your followers, and your cats. Unfortunately for everyone and their #nofilter shenanigans, Darth Zuckerberg has made it clear that Instagram will now have those ads that hit a bit too close to home. For the six of you who don’t use Instagram, don’t worry about this, but for the rest of you, worry about this. The adocalypse is here, and readers sent us notes about weird happenings on their feed.

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Weekend Humor: Why Auto White Balance’s Feelings Are Hurt

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In a recent blog post, Ibarionex Perello wrote about the perils of using auto white balance in that it can deliver inaccurate results. He urged the reader to err on the side of custom white balance and presets in order to get a better understanding of light. Unfortunately, Ibarionex didn’t realize how sensitive auto white balance really is, and what follows is a short, yet emotional, letter that Auto White Balance wrote. Continue reading…

Weekend Humor: New “Luz” Camera Takes Photos for You

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As cameras get smarter, it’s no longer about the image you want to take, it’s about the image you should take. Digital photography’s shot in the foot is that you can hold the shutter down in burst mode, and take shots until the cows actually come home. The folks at Luz Camera, a small outfit out of Sao Paolo of all places, said, “F*** that s***.” They made a camera that will take the image it thinks you should take.

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Weekend Humor: Confused About the Term Megapickle, Consumers Purchase Pickles En Masse

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 70D product images for announcement (3 of 6)

We recently picked up a report about Sony’s new flagship phone having a busty sensor capacity, and the term megapickle sent the world at large into a tizzy. Seemingly confused about the term adopted by members of photography’s old guard as a way to poke fun at the digital arms race, consumers found themselves in a pickle: buy big or go to Burger King and settle for gross imitation sliced pickles. Claussen and Vlasic, both giants in the pickle arena, saw their best quarter yet as consumers stockpiled for the impending megapickle war between Canon, Nikon, and Sony’s hardiest fanboys. Continue reading…

Weekend Humor: EXCLUSIVE!!!! Instagram Comes to the iPad

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Instagram for the iPad (1 of 1)ISO 2001-20 sec at f - 4.0

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Today, Instagram just became a whole lot better. Got an iPad? Great! Instagram has officially launched for the platform, letting you share all those moments instantly from your big ass tablet.

Following the announcement of their video rollout to compete with Twitter’s Vine, Facebook (who owns Instagram) decided that they needed to step it up a notch even more after they saw just how popular video on Instagram became. Every day, people take images with their iPads and upload them to the web. It happens at concerts, during meals, and at baseball games. It was really only a matter of time until this happened.

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Weekend Humor: Kodak’s Bankruptcy Woes Pile On, Owes Tyrion Lannister Cash


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In an effort to help assuage Kodak’s financial woes, a bunch of super rich companies decided to give some of their pocket change to the ailing film giant which it will then have to pay back. Probably. The problem is that the paper trail that led to Kodak’s lucky day goes all the way to Tyrion Lannister who will see that money some time in the future. Here’s the winding tale of how Kodak owes Tyrion some cash.

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Weekend Humor: iOS 7 Makes Siri Snarky About Your Photos

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The talk of the town this week was iOS 7, the latest installment in Apple’s mobile software that premiered at WWDC earlier this week. The upgrade brings with it an entirely new design spearheaded by Jony Ive, traditionally a hardware designer for Apple, and it gave Siri a few new features. Siri will now have both a male and a female voice, both of which will sound more realistic than its current incarnation, but what Tim Cook failed to say was that it will chime in when you take photos. Continue reading…

Weekend Humor: Chicago Sun-Times Gets Punked


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It’s no secret that the photography world pulsed with both sadness and anger at the mass layoff at the Chicago Sun-Times late last month. The decision came as a result of a desire to focus more on video and the iPhone. Their hope was to replace a full-time staff with freelancers which would give the Sun-Times a greater reach and lower expenditures. Hope, like teenage love, is often unfulfilled, and in the case of the Sun-Times’ massive middle finger to photojournalists, it backfired severely.  Continue reading…

Weekend Humor: Canon Asks Nikon to Prom

Chris Gampat Digital Camera Review Nikon D7100 product photos (1 of 7)ISO 5001-200 sec at f - 5.0

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Now that Sony and Olympus are definitely going to prom together, Canon decided to drum up the courage to ask Nikon out for the big night. Panasonic and Leica have been going steady for a few years now, and they were definitely going to prom. Word has it that they’re a shoe-in for King and Queen, but now that Canon and Nikon are an item, those assumptions are standing on shaky ground. The two have been walking in circles for quite some time now, and it was only a matter of time before they came together. They first noticed each other at their Junior Semi-Formal, and this is their story.

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Weekend Humor: Flickr’s 1 TB Per User Ends After Three Days


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In a move that stunned nearly everyone, Flickr became the Oprah of the online photography space when it gave everyone a free terabyte of space. The expansion did, however, cause some restructuring. Namely, the pro option is no more because professional photographers aren’t a thing. If you want no ads, you can pay $49.99, and if you want an extra terabyte and no ads, you can pay $499.99. What fun. There was blowback, however, in the form of kittens, food, and selfies to the point where Flickr said, “No mas.”

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Weekend Humor: Canon Firmware Bug Renders All Photos of Musicians as Their Instruments

Chris Gampat Nikon D3s Concerts (2 of 22)

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It was supposed to be a standard firmware update for Canon, but due to a few sleeping interns, it was one that produced unsavory results. A line of code was accidentally slipped into the update that triggered the camera’s microphone when taking still images. The sound received then screwed with the sensor in that it changed the content of the image. Canon-toting concert photographers everywhere noticed this when their photographs rendered musicians as the sum of their parts.

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Weekend Humor: Pentax Finally Enters the Full Frame Market

Pentax MX

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Official word of Pentax’s entering the full frame market is set to drop by the middle of next week. It is a move that has been long-rumored, but the fine folks at Pentax have largely said nothing, save for some confusing comments by a senior exec in an interview. Our sources told us that the announcement will please few and anger most, but that it is something that Pentax has been planning for quite some time.

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