This business with Narcisco Contreras, the AP photographer fired by them for improperly altering an image, is fair warning about manipulation of photos, and rightfully so, but let’s not have a public lynching here. When a golfer makes an error in judgement he is disqualified from that tournament, but isn’t given life in prison. I think the AP should give Sr. Contreras a six-month suspension, then take him back. He was one of the guys who won them a Pulitzer in Syria last year for Christ’s sake, and it wasn’t given for manipulated photos, but for pictures taken courageously under fire.
Archives for January 2014
AP was right to fire this Pulitzer-winning photographer. The line has to be held against manipulation of news photos, otherwise nobody will ever believe what they see. Many don’t already. I feel bad for the photographer, he admitted what he did was wrong, and took responsibility. I hope this lapse of judgment doesn’t ruin his career, he’s a brave guy, and has made many good photos that we presume weren’t digitally altered.
A year ago today. Miss America Mallory Harden at a Politico/Bank of America event in Washington, D.C. President Obama was sworn into his second term on this day also.
A few shots from yesterday’s fire alongside the Pacific Coast Highway in Pacific Palisades, Santa Monica yesterday.
I’ve just completed the shooting portion of my “iPhoto a Day in 2013” project. So now I’m in the writing phase, and would love to hear questions you might have about taking better pictures. Part of the book will include my thoughts on how to accomplish better photography with the tools at hand, whether they be your phone or grown up camera, so fire away! I may include your query in the book–if I do you’ll get a free copy.
A more complete account to follow this weekend, I’m on the road starting early tomorrow, but here’s a moment from this afternoon taken from the Sea Lion Caves on the Oregon coast looking toward the Heceta Head Lighthouse. It was beautiful light, a magic moment, shot with the iP5s w/proHDR app.