What the iPhone hath wrought ...

JOSE "BUTCH" DALISAY, JR., PINOY PENMAN 3.0:

To truly complete the New York Times’ list of things the iPhone helped destroy, let’s add “sense of satisfaction”—the idea that we could happily live with something for at least five years, like the way I’ve blissfully cohabited with many of my fountain pens for three decades now, not mention my wife of 43 summers, even if she prefers Facebook to my drool-stained cheek.

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The future of photography, thoughts on the impact of free photos ...

MIKAEL CHO, PETAPIXEL:

We didn’t start Unsplash to reinvent an industry. We started Unsplash because we thought it might be useful. Unsplash is a community where anyone can share high-resolution photos for anyone to use freely.

It began as a Tumblr blog with ten photos we had leftover from a photoshoot. Instead of letting our photos sit dead in a hard drive somewhere, we thought it would be better if they were put to use to move other creative projects forward. A freelance designer could grab an image to pitch a mockup or demo. An entrepreneur strapped for cash could put a website up with a nice background photo to attract potential customers.

We believed the good from giving our images away would far outweigh what we could earn if we required payment or credit.

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Bookmark this HEIC to JPEG converter if you're upgrading to iOS 11 ...

DL CADE, DPREVIEW:

One of the most relevant photo-centric features coming to Apple's new mobile OS is the introduction of a high efficiency image file format (HEIF) called HEIC. This format should, in theory, make images smaller without sacrificing quality, in addition to a bunch of other useful features.

There's just one problem: Windows users can't natively view HEIC files on their computers. Enter JPEGmini creator Beamr and their new HEIC to JPEG converter.

Read more, here.

ImageRights expands copyright registration, adds new blockchain protections ...

BRITTANY HILLEN, DPREVIEW:

Photo protection company ImageRights International, a Boston-based business with offices in Seattle and Berlin, has launched a new image copyright registration system that anyone can use, not just subscribers. The company offers both a Lightroom plugin and a website-based registration tool that streamlines registrations, including automatically checking for errors and filling in forms.

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Apple joins Instagram to feature the best #shotoniphone photos ...

MICHAEL ZHANG, PETAPIXEL:

Apple just joined Instagram. An unlike most other brand accounts, the new @apple handle won’t ever feature ads or announcements for products and services. Instead, it will be used for one, single purpose: to feature the world’s best #ShotoniPhone photos.

Read more, and see some of the featured photographs, from here.

How to contact and book a model for a photo shoot ...

JAKE HICKS, PETAPIXEL:

Whether you’ve been shooting for five minutes or five years, there will likely come a time when you’ll have to book a shoot with another person. Maybe it will be a friend or coworker and maybe it will be a full-time professional model.

Whoever you’re contacting though, they’ll need to know some fundamental facts about what’s involved in your shoot before they agree to be involved. In this article, I discuss some of the key things you should include when contacting and booking a model.

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How to hold a bad photography client to ransom ...

PAUL ADSHEAD, FSTOPPERS:

Unfortunately, it really is a case of "when" rather than "if" you will experience a bad photography or video client. The biggest problem is that once a person or business has your work there really is nothing to stop them from leaving you high and dry. Here's how to keep the upper hand and maximize your chances of always getting paid.

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Lens Rentals test shows all circular polarizing filters work great, price doesn't matter ...

DL CADE, DPREVIEW:

Our friend Roger Cicala over at Lens Rentals is at it again: buying up super expensive optical testing equipment because someone asked him why LR carries the circular polarizing filters they do. The answer, until now, was simple: make the expensive one on the market their high-end rental, and the cheapest one their "basic." But is there really any difference?

That's what Roger set out to figure out, and the answer might save you a little bit of cash.

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