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Facebook integrated into photo store

by on Oct.04, 2010, under Uncategorized

You can now leave comments on your favorite (or least favorite) photos. Just make sure they are not offensive or vulgar.

Test it out any of our photo galleries and photos.

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Week 5 – All over the place!

by on Sep.30, 2010, under football, MIAC, SCIAC, soccer, WIAC

We’re all over the place this week.

Well, not really, but we’re really busy. And another blog to come covering rivalry games and the interest things seen on the sidelines and in the games, the drama that makes them all the more fun (some coverage in this week’s D3football Around the Nation podcast).

Football
No. 19 St. John’s hosts No. 4 St. Thomas – Photos by Ryan Coleman, Scott Pierson, Tim Ward and Greg Kremer. And possibly a guest appearance from Pat Coleman of D3football.com (in video interviews below)

No. 2 Mount Union hosts No. 8 Ohio Northern – David Rich
Redlands hosts No. 23 Cal Lutheran in a night game – Joe Bergman
Methodist hosts Maryville (Tenn.)  – Bruce Lee
Wisc.-Oshkosh hosts Wisc.-La Crosse in a night game – Larry Radloff

Soccer
St. Thomas hosts No. 15 Wisc.-Whitewater, Men’s – Caleb Williams
Methodist hosts Shenendoah, Men’s – Bruce Lee
Wisc-Oshkosh hosts N0. 10 Wisc.-Stevens Point, Women’s [gallery] – Larry Radloff
Bethel hosts Concordia-Moorhead, Men’s [gallery] – Ryan Coleman
Bethel hosts No. 19 Concordia-Moorhead, Women’s [gallery] – Ryan Coleman
Macalester hosts Carleton, Men’s [gallery] – Ryan Coleman
Augsburg hosts St. Olaf, Men’s [gallery] – Ryan Coleman

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Getty photographer fired over altered golf photo

by on Jul.20, 2010, under Insights

Peek-a-boo — now you see him, and now you don’t.

Read the full story here.

One of Getty’s freelance photographers, Marc Feldman, took multiple photos of golfer Matt Bettencourt at the same moment during the Reno-Tahoe Open golf tournament. In one he removed a distracting person from behind the golfer, in the other he left the photo as is. Photojournalistic policy and ethics follow the rule that the content of a photo should not bet edited, only exposure, contrast and minor color correction.

Should the photographer have altered the image? Was Getty right to hand him his pink slip? Should the truth of the situation take priority over aesthetics? Is Getty’s reaction appropriate? How important is the integrity of the photo?

I understand where Getty is coming from with my background in photojournalism. In the end he probably should be terminated since he took reprehensible actions regarding the manipulation of the photo. However, I don’t think this is as serious an infraction as others that have happened in recent years where photographers misrepresented a photo and the events transpiring it supposedly captured. Taking out the distracting figure doesn’t try to suggest something happened that didn’t. It looks better, but he shouldn’t have done it.

When I shoot a sport sometimes all my photos won’t be perfect and I just have to deal with it. Things happen very quickly and you just have to react. There isn’t always time to change position or get the ideal composition. A lot of times you have to do the best you can with what you have to work with.

This makes me wonder why the photographer made the change to the photo. Why alter the image? Was he not confident about his work? Did he realize what he was doing and the repercussions it might have?

If this wasn’t done for news purposes I wouldn’t really care what was changed to get a good photo. For a news or journalistic photo only the minimum should be done during editing. I definitely admire and respect a photographer more if they can get quality photos without much editing being done after taking them.

Take a look at this softball photo I took a while ago. This one I edited in a similar manner to the Getty photographer in Photoshop a few years ago. At the time it was a challenge to myself and a test of my Photoshop skills to see if I could edit the girl’s body out and it was never used in print or online. In other words for journalism it is ok to crop the pitcher to a vertical image, but not ok to remove the head from the horizontal photo. The logic here is a bit of a gray area. The ultimate goal is to uphold journalistic integrity.

Reporting and photographing anything for journalism is about telling the truth of what happened. Try and compose the best possible photo when taking the photo. If you have to do too much editing or change the background after taking the photo, then you didn’t take a high quality photo.

With everything we as photographers can do with Photoshop it has become a crutch. It’s hard to believe Photoshop is 20 years old and it has become second nature to use as a tool of photography. We can’t forget what it’s really about as a photojournalist. The truth, reality and accuracy of a photo are the most important aspects of reporting on an event. Film photography never allowed the creative liberties of Photoshop.

As Ansel Adams once said, “Not everybody trusts paintings but people believe photographs.” The line is constantly blurring between art and truth in photography. This photographer being fired is an unfortunate example of upholding photographic standards. People have to trust that the news they are reading about is really an honest account. If they cannot then we are compromising our integrity and virtues as journalists.

[Editor’s note: Jeff Levy is a freelance photographer based in the central New Jersey. His work has appeared on D3football.com, D3hoops.com, NewJerseyNewsroom.com, Ultimate Athlete Magazine and the Erie Times-News just to name a few. You can find his photography portfolio on his website at jefflevyphoto.com]

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Weather weather everywhere

by on Jun.26, 2010, under non-sports, Personal posts

Sunset over Woodbury

The clouds light up purple after I returned home to Woodbury.

I was stranded in Uptown late yesterday afternoon… well, not exactly stranded – I’ve been working on the website for Caffetto and it made more sense to me to work on it in their store than at home and I can hang out with some friends while I’m at it.

The Twin Cities were hit by a few pretty wicked storms between 4pm and 7pm yesterday. And Caffetto is located halfway up a hill that’s a fairly prone to flooding.

I knew that the storm was coming and I had a thought that I might have gear in my car to shoot with. It turns out that I did indeed still have my 40D in the car, with a 75-300 and 200-400 lens, a few batteries and cards. Jackpot!

Over the course of the next 2.5 hours I took over 400 photos, 142 of which landed on my Facebook and Flickr pages.

We’ve got another storm coming in but this time I am at home.  I am thinking I should, though, run to my car and grab the entire bag of gear I have there and bringing it back up to my 3rd-floor west-facing apartment… just in case.

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W00tstock 2.3: The Holiday Special (the first 3 scenes)

by on Jun.09, 2010, under non-sports, Personal posts

Monday evening marked the fourth installment of the W00tstock franchise’s sequel. You may have seen my earlier post about this show and subsequent postings up of videos on YouTube and Vimeo.

Today I am going to attempt to do this all in order. As I am writing this the last piece (a 24minute, 11second routine by Tim Bedore — a Minnesotan by transplant and marriage) is uploading to Vimeo, sucking up 1.05GB of the 1.1GB remaining in my weekly upload cap. Bugger.

And YouTube only allows 10 minutes in source length… So the opening sequence (which was 11min, 50sec) was chopped into two… before and during Wil’s lesson to us all on the fine art of Creative Commons licenses and the physics of superheroes.

(continue reading…)

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