Welcome to our weekly photography news round-up, with the stories that matter to serious photographers.
New copyright law kerfuffle
Changes to copyright law affecting photographers are “friendless, unnecessary, poorly explained and fraught with risk,” according the British Photographic Council, which represents over 20,000 photographers via 14 member organisations including trade associations, unions, institutes and networks.
Particularly controversial are proposed changes to the law relating to ‘orphan works,’ where they original copyright holder cannot be traced. Click here for more on this ongoing debate.
Meanwhile, Wikipedia is refusing to stop allowing a ‘monkey selfie’ taken by a British photographer (or the monkey, depending on your point of view) to be freely downloadable.
Mirrorless cameras show sales upsurge
The last year has seen lots of speculation that compact system (mirrorless) cameras are struggling to cope against the twin onslaught of high-end smartphones and budget SLRs, but they are putting up a good fight.
According to the latest figures from the Camera and Imaging Products Association of Japan, demand for CSCs rose nearly 13% last year, while shipments of SLRs fell back nearly 13% year on year.
The value of CSC shipments amounted to 60.7 billion yen. SLR shipments still added up to more than 211 billion yen, however, while shipments of standalone digital cameras in total, including fixed lens compacts, plunged by 33.1%
Magnum masterclass opportunity
If you can get to Birmingham, UK, around 31st August, why not apply for a masterclass with Magnum Photos. Up to 20 members of IdeasTap, an arts charity aimed at young creatives, can apply, and membership of IdeasTap is free.
Participants will get an “honest critique” of their work and hear talks on advertising shoots, image licensing and the commercial print market. Applications must be received by 21 August, and you can find out more here.
New Pentax compact system camera
Pentax has announced a stylish-looking mirrorless camera called the Q-S1, featuring a 12Mp,1/1.7-inch, back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 12,800 maximum ISO, and a dust removal system.
The Pentax Q-S1 goes onsale early September for £299.99 (body-only) in a choice of no less than 40 colour combinations.
A single-zoom kit including the Q-S1 camera and 5-15mm lens costs £379.99/$499.95, while a double-zoom kit c5-15mm and 15-45mm lenses) will sell for £549.99.
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