David Schonauer

What We Learned This Week: Kodak Goes Crypto, Facebook Gets Personal

By David Schonauer   Thursday January 18, 2018

Kodak is going crypto. Should You? This week we learned that Kodak is launching a new image-licensing platform that uses blockchain technology to authenticate works and crypto currency to pay photographers and contributors. Essentially, photographers who license work through the platform, called KodakOne, will receive payment in KodakCoin, a new crypto currency. Kodak says the currency will provide photographers with a new revenue stream ...   Read the full Story >>

Tech News: Leica Unveils 75mm f/2 and 90mm f/2 Lenses for the SL System

PetaPixel   Friday January 19, 2018

Leica has announced two new prime lenses for its Leica SL-System: the APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH and APO-Summicron SL 90mm f/2 ASPH. Both lenses have fast and silent autofocus systems, with a “considerably” close focus limit: 0.50 meters (19.69 inches) for the 75mm, and 0.60 meters (23.62 inches) for the 90mm, notes PetaPixel. The entire focus range can be traveled in an impressive 250 milliseconds, thanks to powerful stepping motors with DSD (Dual Syncro Drive). The 75mm and 90mm lenses will be available in February, costing $4,750 and $5,150 respectively.   Read the full Story >>

Nature Watch: Explaining Glacier Melt with Fire and Ice

NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC   Friday January 19, 2018

National Geographic photographer Simon Norfolk  came up with a creative way to show the impact of melting glaciers by combining fire and ice. And his work, notes Nat Geo, has had impact online. During a stay at Mount Kenya, Norfolk used a gasoline-fueled line of flame to mark the boundaries from which the melting glacier had retreated. His series “When I am Laid in Earth" has racked up nearly 700,000 likes since it was posted to National Geographic's Instagram account on November 25.   Read the full Story >>

Honors: David Burnett and Al Tompkins Win NPPA Sprague Award

National Press Photographers Association   Friday January 19, 2018

The National Press Photographers Association has given its highest honor, the Joseph A. Sprague Memorial Award, to photojournalist David Burnett for a career stretching back 50 years. “He has worked to inspire countless generations of photojournalists but also continues to give back. He's worked with Photographers for Hope to bring attention to homelessness,” notes the NPPA. “Adventure starts and ends with being able to take your camera and go someplace,” Burnett says in an interview. Also receiving the award is Al Tompkins, a Poynter Institute  faculty member and popular journalism teacher.   Read the full Story >>

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