Interview with Jim Richardson

Jim Richardson is a well known and beloved National Geographic photographer. The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library did this interview.

A few Richardson gems from the interview:

“The world is a very rich place.”

“There are commonalities in human life.”

“Think about taking useful pictures instead of good pictures.”

“Use your camera to explore.”

“A great camera will not automatically make you a great photographer.”

Frequently Asked Questions on Jim Richardson’s web site.

[via PetaPixel]

Japan Airlines CEO cuts own pay and perks

Now, if American CEOs did this, members of Congress did this, President Obama did this, we might be able to stomach asking working people for so many concessions to make things right.

The least American CEOs could do is what Steve Jobs at Apple does: take $1 in salary and get the rest in stock options, the worth of which are determined by how well the company does.

It infuriates me that members of Congress have excellent health care and pensions and are legislating that everyone else needs to belt tighten. Put them all on commission and force them to buy health insurance like the rest of us.

[via Boing Boing]

Ordering iPhone 4: less than fun

Errors Mar Initial Sales of iPhone 4

I own an iPhone 3G. My wife and I decided that I’d get an iPhone 4 and give her the 3G. I called AT&T a week ago to find out how best to do this purchase and change to our account. I spent twenty minutes discussing various ways to go with an AT&T sales rep on the phone.

She told me that she had put all the choices I made and the process for the upgrade in our AT&T call plan in my record and that any AT&T or Apple store involved in my buying an iPhone 4 would have access to that information.

Yesterday I went down to our “local” AT&T store to put in an order for the new iPhone. I went in the middle of the day, thinking that the lines might be long at opening. The store was empty and I was greeted by the same sales rep who had sold me my 3G. He handed me a paper form to fill out and I told him that my choices were in my account with AT&T online. He fed me a line about the folks at AT&T’s call in order center not knowing what they were doing and no doubt they’d messed up my request and that I should just do it all again with him. I again asked him to look at my account for a record of my discussion with AT&T and he at no time told me their network was down. In other words, he lied to me.

I filled out the form and he wrote down my credit card number and added my form to a stack of forms on a table and I left but I was not happy about what had happened.

If this ordering fiasco can be traced back to AT&T I hope Jobs goes through the roof and reads them the riot act. There’s only so much of this crap Apple customers should put up with before Jobs dumps AT&T for another carrier. It’s not just that they’re cell networks aren’t great, the back and front ends of their ordering operation sucks too.

Reuters Retracts Icelandic Volcano Photo

Reuters Retracts Icelandic Volcano Photo

This is a fascinating story. This is the comment I made in the thread at PetaPixel:

I think most of us can agree that a DSLR is doing some processing before the image gets written to the card and how a photographer sets things up will determine how little or much is done. There is no “turn off all in-camera processing” as all DSLRs process the image that coms off the sensor in some way, even RAW files.

Maybe pointing the finger at processing or post processing is a mistake, let’s just let photo editors decide what they want and leave it at that. If they want a more conservative look or they want an amped up look, that’s their decision.

As photographers we know that even if we attempt to take and process images that, to the best of our ability channel reality, we all have different eyes and a different sense of what “real” is so it’s subjective all the way down.

As is said above, Ansel Adams put a red filter on to make Half Dome look more dramatic, and it worked. As one who’s spent a lot of time both in front of and on Half Dome, I can assure you that while I love the Adams image, it’s not the way Half Done looks to most if not all human eyes. Again, great image, but a Reuters photo editor might rightly reject it.

This remains a fascinating topic that has been “discussed” for years and will continue to be discussed for many years to come.

For Photographers, the Image of a Shrinking Path

For Photographers, the Image of a Shrinking Path

A rather depressing look at how amateur photographers are getting a bit of money from stock agencies but having a tough time putting together enough work for a living, and professionals are being squeezed as well.

No doubt this situation will settle out in time but it probably won’t be the same as it was pre digital and pre internet. Those days are over.

French TV show uses famous Milgram torture experiment

French TV show uses famous Milgram torture experiment

Here’s the BBC piece: Row over ‘torture’ on French TV

I can’t make myself watch it and amazingly, as Mark Frauenfelder at Boing Boing quotes:

Egged on by a glamorous presenter, cries of “punishment” from a studio audience and dramatic music, the overwhelming majority of the participants obeyed orders to continue delivering the shocks – despite the man’s screams of agony and pleas for them to stop.
Eventually he fell silent, presumably because he had died or lost consciousness. The contestants didn’t know that the man, strapped in a chair inside a cubicle so they couldn’t see him, was really an actor. There were no shocks and it was all an experiment to see how far they would go.

Only 16 of the 80 participants stopped before the ultimate, potentially lethal shock.

Milgram was right, people, even later generations who should know better, will follow orders and hurt or kill other people.

More on this famous experiment at this site.

[via Boing Boing]