Amazon Let a Fraudster Keep My Sony a7R IV and Refunded Him $2,900

I am an amateur photographer, and Ive sold cameras non-professionally on Amazon for over eight years as Ive upgraded. That trend comes to an end with my most recent transaction. In December, I sold a mint-in-box Sony a7R 4, and the buyer used a combination of social engineering and ambiguity to not only end up […]

Cyclist Slams into Cameraman During Mountain Biking Shoot

Ouch. A video posted by the Instagram account @cinematogr shows what can happen when you risk yourself (and your camera) to capture intense action sports shots. Sometimes, you get run over. The video’s caption doesn’t mention much other than naming mountain biking pro Dillon Lemarr, who may have been the one who hit the unidentified […]

Man Fined $20,000 After His Runaway Drone Landed at a Major Airport

A California man is learning the hard way that you ignore the FAA’s drone regulations at your own risk. He is facing nearly $20,000 in fines from the federal government after his runaway drone flew over the Las Vegas strip and landed next to an active runway at Las Vegas’ main airport. According to local […]

My Facebook Photography Page was Hacked and Used to Scam Hundreds of People

Two months ago, popular photographer and digital artist John Wilhelm‘s Facebook was hacked. Below, he shares the step-by-step story of how the hack happened, and how the hacker used his very popular Facebook page to scam hundreds of his followers out of their hard-earned money. The Hack August 5th I received a message through my […]

Apples MacBook Pro Battery Recall is No Joke, Heres What Could Happen

A couple of weeks ago, Apple announced a recall of “a limited number” of Mid-2015 15-inch Retina MacBook Pros because “the battery may overheat and pose a fire safety risk.” But if you thought that yours is probably fine and haven’t taken the time to check your serial yet, think again. As designer Steven Gagne […]

6 Bad Habits That Photographers Have

Photographer, videographer, and YouTube star Peter McKinnon brainstormed with his photographer and filmmaker friends and came up with 6 common bad habits in photography that photographers should try to avoid having.

This $2,200 Sony Camera Got Fried by a Tattoo Removal Laser

You probably know that the lasers in concerts and even on self-driving cars can damage your camera’s sensor in a direct hit, but did you know that light reflected off skin during laser tattoo removal can also destroy your sensor? Watch this 37-second video to see for yourself. The video was recorded by Andy Boyd, […]

Flickr Will Delete Photos Tomorrow If Youre Over the New Limit

After being acquired by SmugMug from Yahoo, Flickr announced in November 2018 that it would be limiting free accounts to 1,000 photos and videos total. The major change takes effect tomorrow, and if you’re over the limit, your extra photos will be permanently deleted.

Homeland Security Says Photography Could Be a Sign of Terrorism

Homeland Security is running a campaign to teach Americans how to “recognize the signs of terrorism-related suspicious activity,” and one of the signs to look out for is photography. Here’s the alert the Department of Homeland Security Tweeted on Monday: Know the signs! Did you know photography and surveillance could be a sign of terrorism-related […]

This is Why You Shouldnt Leave Your Camera Under a Car

Here’s a pro tip: if you’re looking for somewhere to place your camera for a while when outdoors, don’t leave it under the tires of a vehicle. This 12-second video shows the pain that can result if you do.

Photographer: Beware ImageRights International

Notable American photographer Kalliope Amorphous has published a warning to other photographers who are considering protecting their copyright using ImageRights International. She accuses the company of an “egregious grab” that forces photographers to use the company’s legal services.

Surprise! Holding a Camera to Your Face is Not Good in a Car Crash

Who would’ve guessed it? Holding a camera up to your face during a car crashcan be quite hazardous to your health. New research by the University of Southern California and theInternational Cinematographer Guildhas shed new light on the dangers posed by cameras in “free driving” situations.

Photographers: Beware Violent Antifa Protestors

This past Sunday, I photographed the “Rally against Hate” protests in Berkeley, California, which was organized to oppose a “Say No To Marxism” rally that had been planned. There was very little representation of the so-called alt-right at the park on Sunday.

This is How Shooting the Sun Can Melt Your Camera

Planning to photograph the upcoming solar eclipse? You’d better make sure you have the right solar filter to protect your camera. Here’s a 2-minute video that shows how shooting the sun without protection can completely melt your DSLR’s guts.

I Fell Victim to a $1,500 Used Camera Lens Scam on Amazon

Ive been ordering used lenses for years and have never had a problem with any purchases. That is, until now. I recently ordered a $1,500 used camera lens from Amazon. The lens never showed up, and Amazon is refusing to return my money because they claim the tracking number shows that it was delivered to […]

Male Photographers, Please Dont Be THAT Guy

On the second day of an amazing photography expo and convention, I was sharing lunch with a new friend and chatting about our upcoming photo shoot. Suddenly, we were interrupted with an onslaught of oh baby, thats it, you got it, baby girl, give me that pout, and the most awesome of them all: I […]

TODAY Show Demonstrates Why Train Track Photography is So Dangerous

At least once per month, we hear about someone elsea photographer, photo shoot subject, sometimes just kids messing aroundwho was struck and killed while taking pictures on train tracks. And this weekend, the TODAY show demonstrated how these massive machines are able to “sneak up” on people. We published our latest story of a train […]

Model Dangled Off 1,000ft Skyscraper for Reckless Photo Shoot

Russian model Viktoria Odintsova is being harshly criticized online for a photo shoot she did that involved handling by one arm from the edge of a 1,000-foot-tall skyscraper in Dubai… with apparently no permission and no safety equipment.

This Can Tell You if Your Canon 50mm f/1.8 II is a Fake

It’s not just memory cards that are widely counterfeited in the photo industry: there are plenty of fake cameras and lenses floating around as well. Now Canon wants you to know about a quick and easy way to see if your 50mm f/1.

My Camera Got Stolen From My Car and Insurance Didnt Cover It

Dear photography community, I am writing this blog post to warn you from an experience I had in getting my camera stolen from a car, and then finding that my insurance refused to cover it. We live in a modern age with crazy technology — our cameras are proof of that. And so is the […]

PSA: This Old Photography Scam is Making the Rounds Yet Again

A well-known photography scam is making the rounds again, attempting to prey on desperate photographers who have been out of work during the COVID-19 pandemic. If you receive a suspicious request from a potential “client,” followed by “overpayment” of your fee, don’t fall for it! The scam was brought to light in a Reddit post […]

Wacom Tablets Quietly Track the Apps You Open

Wacom tablets are popular among photographers who prefer using a pen to a mouse when retouching photos, and Wacom even bundles Photoshop and Lightroom with some of its models to sweeten the package. But if you use a Wacom tablet for your editing work, there’s something you should know: your tablet may be quietly tracking […]

Instagrams New False Information Warning Will Tell You if a Photo is Fake

In an attempt to fight misinformation spread through photos and video, Instagram is adding a “False Information” warning to the platform. Using a combination of user reporting and automation, suspected content will be sent to independent fact-checkers for review and flagged as “false” if it turns out to be fake. According to Instagram, content will […]

Dont Update to macOS Catalina Yet if You Use Photoshop or Lightroom

If you’re a Mac user who regularly uses Adobe Photoshop or Lightroom Classic CC, we don’t recommend updating your computer to macOS Catalina just yet. Even though the new operating system has been in beta for months, updating your Mac today will lead to a few annoying issues that you might want to wait for […]

Adobe Warns That Using Older CC Apps Could Get You Sued

Adobe announced last week that older versions before the latest two major releases of its subscription apps would no longer be available for download through Creative Cloud. But that’s not all: Adobe is also warning customers that using older “unauthorized” versions could get you sued.

DJI Matrice 200 Drones Are Falling Out of the Sky

If you fly a DJI Matrice 200 drone, beware: there are reports of the drone losing power and falling out of the sky. DJI says it’s currently investigating. BBC News reports that UK police have grounded the drone after a police drone “experienced an in-flight issue” and landed onto the roof of a commercial building. […]

Photo Memes May Be Making Teens Fat, Researchers Warn

Less than a month after Sweden’s ad regulator ruled that the distracted boyfriend photo is sexist, researchers in the UK are now warning lawmakers that viral Internet memes may be causing obesity in teenagers who see them.

Why You Dont Put a Cheap Filter on an Expensive Lens

I recently took my Sony A7 III and a rented $2,500 Sony FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens to the 2018 Montreal GP. A friend of mine had recommended that I use a polarizer. I remembered that I had a pack of 77mm Vivitar Series 1 filters that came with my 24-105mm, so I threw […]

This Instagram Copyright Infringement Notice is a Phishing Scam

If you ever receive a direct message on Instagram informing you that copyright infringement has been detected in your photos, beware: it may actually be a cleverly-disguised phishing scam. This particular scam was first reported by Fstoppers writer Andy Day, who received a copyright infringement message that was purportedly from The North Face Chile (@thenorthfacechile). […]

Wacom Tablets Quietly Track Every App You Open

Wacom tablets are popular among photographers who prefer using a pen to a mouse when retouching photos, and Wacom even bundles Photoshop and Lightroom with some of its models to sweeten the package. But if you use a Wacom tablet for your editing work, there’s something you should know: your tablet may be quietly tracking […]

This is How Advance-Fee Scams Trick Photographers

There is a persistent scam going around that is so pervasive that you might think everyone has heard about it and is immune to it. Yet, I often enough see this come up as a question in a Facebook group when a photographer is unsure if an inquiry is a scam. Most often they are. […]

Fujifilm Warns of Fake Fujifilm Film That Can Mess Up Photo Labs

Fujifilm has issued a warning to customers warning of counterfeit Fujifilm 35mm film floating around in the market — film that will cause photographers headaches if used. In a notice published yesterday titled, “35mm film non-genuine goods illegally using FUJIFILM logo,” Fujifilm says that the counterfeit film was discovered after someone brought it to a […]