Photojournalist João Silva, who lost both of his legs to a land mine while on patrol with American soldiers in Afghanistan last October, recently spoke about his injury, the state of photojournalism, and what he considers to be his role as a “historian with a camera.” Here is the full transcript of his speech, which is as powerful as it is humbly stated. Silva simply says, “It happened. My time came, I guess,” and is already looking toward the future.
Those interested in purchasing one of Silva’s powerful prints in order to support him can do so here. According to the site, “Should João not need the funds raised through your generosity, he will donate to causes of his choice.”
Flickr has just announced a new privacy feature for geotagged photos, called Geofences. Over 300 million photos and videos have been geotagged by Flickr members so far, and the engineers wanted to make managing privacy of these geotagged shots easier for the community. Instances in which you might want to conceal your photo’s location include: shots taken at home or at the private residence of someone else whose exact location you don’t feel comfortable broadcasting to the world at large. According to one Flickr engineer, who helped develop the new feature, “Geofences are special locations that deserve their own geo privacy settings. Simply draw a circle on a map, choose a geo privacy setting for that area, and you’re done. Existing photos in that location are updated with your new setting, and any time you geotag a photo in that area, it gets that setting too.” This saves the photographer the hassle of tweaking default geo settings every time she uploads media taken in a location she has deemed private.
Sony has just announced the new NEX-7 digital camera, the latest in the compact interchangeable lens lineup. Like the new a77 and a65 DSLRs announced today, the NEX-7 boasts a 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor, which paired with Sony’s BIONZ image processor should result in what Sony says will be “flawless image and HD video quality with very low noise and exceptionally fast shooting responses.” The NEX-7 also features “an intuitive new TRINAVI control interface,” which gives more advanced photographers the option of “three customizable, manual controls and the ability to create images with the flexibility and precision of an advanced DSLR camera.”
The Sony NEX-7 will be available in November in a kit with an exclusive black 18-55mm zoom lens for about $1350, or as a body-only for about $1200. See the full press release from Sony below.
Sony has just announced two alpha series DSLR cameras: the a77 and a65, which are the latest in Sony’s Translucent Mirror Technology lineup. According to Sony, “these new cameras [are] the fastest, most responsive interchangeable lens cameras in their class, [and] set new performance benchmarks that even professional DSLRs have yet to achieve. ” Each features a 24.3-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor, and the a77 boasts the “world’s fastest continuous autofocus (AF) shooting performance (among DSLRs in Aug 2011), capturing a burst of full resolution, 24 megapixel images at 12 frames per second with full-time phase-detection AF.” Additionally, the α65 has a 10fps shooting speed.
Both the a77 and a65 feature a new OLED Tru-Finder viewfinder, which has the advanced capability to adjust exposure, white balance and other settings in real-time. Sony says, “Photographers can also make fine focus adjustments via a zoomed-in portion of the image.”
The α77 Translucent Mirror interchangeable lens camera will be available in October in a kit with the new SAL1650 f2.8 lens for about $2000, and offered as body-only for about $1400. The α65 Translucent will be available in October in a kit with a standard 18-55mm lens (SAL1855) for about $1000, and offered as body-only for about $900. Read the full press release from Sony below.
Both Olympus and PENTAX have been playing the extreme-camera game for years, challenging the earth’s elements on behalf of adventurous photographers with rugged cameras like the Olympus Tough TG-810 and PENTAX Optio W90. Finally, Nikon has joined in on the fun with the just announced COOLPIX AW100, a waterproof, freeze proof and shockproof compact camera that features full High Definition (1080p) video recording, a 16.0-megapixel backside illuminated CMOS image sensor, and a 5x wide angle NIKKOR ED glass lens (35mm equivalent of 28-140mm). The AW100 also has a GPS function and internal map display, which allows photos to be “displayed via location information and saves latitude and longitude information in the image data,” according to Nikon.
The COOLPIX AW100 will be available in early September for an estimated $379.95. Read the full press release from Nikon below.