The state’s highest criminal court on Wednesday tossed out a state law banning “improper photography” — photos or videos taken in a public place without consent and with the purpose of sexual gratification — as a violation of free-speech rights.
In an 8-1 ruling, the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals said photos, much like paintings and films, are “inherently expressive” and therefore protected by the First Amendment.
via Texas court tosses out ‘improper photography’ law | www.statesman.com.
iPhone Photography Awards™ (IPPAWARDS) is the first and the longest running iPhone photography competition since 2007
via IPPAWARDS | 8th Annual iPhone Photography Awards™ » 2014 Winners.
Reuters photographer Chris Helgren compiled a series of archive pictures taken during the 1944 invasion and then went back to the same places, to photograph them as they appear today
via D-Day sites, then and now — Chicago Tribune.
During their long and decorated service in the world’s war zones, the AP’s Kathy Gannon and Anja Niedringhaus won many admirers among their colleagues. The two journalists were shot on Friday by an Afghan policeman while they sat in a car on an assignment near Khost, a province along the Pakistani border in eastern Afghanistan.
via Journalists remember their AP colleagues who were shot in Afghanistan – The Washington Post.
2014 Sony World Photography AwardsMore than 125,000 images were submitted by amateur and professional photographers from around the world for the contest. The winner of the Photographer of the Year title will be announced on April 30.
via 2014 Sony World Photography Awards – The Washington Post.
Panasonic Corporation will be halving its compact digital camera output next year. The total number of compact digital cameras released next year will be five, which is half of what the company released this year.
Panasonic expects this fiscal year that it will end up with 2 million less units sold, taking the overall total down to 4 million. This is expected to be the company’s second year in a row of digital camera business losses.
via Panasonic to reign in digital camera production next year – SlashGear.
Any journalist who snaps Sepia Instagrams of their brunch at the Sochi Olympics will promptly lose their accreditation for the games.
via Journalists Reportedly Banned From Smartphone Photography At Olympics In Russia | TechCrunch.
The approach used in this paper instead minimizes seam artifacts by smoothing the transition between the images. The mosaic image here is a weighted combination of the input images. This means the pixel values from the two overlapping images are combined using a weighted average for qualities such as exposure, local contrast, saturation, etc.
via Seamless photography: Using mathematical models for image stitching.
This month, National Geographic magazine celebrates its 125th anniversary in a special issue devoted to the power of photography. “The Photo Issue” features images spanning the organizations storied career.
via National Geographic Celebrates 125 Years Of Photography : The Picture Show : NPR.
Photographer Anton Orlov recently discovered over 600 color images from World War I on “Magic Lantern” slides in a house in Northern California.
via Rare color photos of World War I Pictures – CBS News.