NOTE: Jump to the 40 minute mark for the discussion on sharing photos of your kids.

NEWS:

Go Pro Karma back on sale, battery latch was causing power loss
Olympus commits to improving the EM1 Mk II with firmware upgrades
Instagram beta testing ability to upload multiple photos into album posts
Canon patents a new, brighter focusing screen
148 Page 1DX Mark II AF system eBook

RUMORS:

Tamron releasing a new 70-300mm f4-5.6 Friday Feb 03
Sony may release a new 400mm f4 FE lens in 2017

QUESTIONS:

ROBERT MOON:

I’m a beginner/intermediate photographer. I (think) I may want to upgrade slightly . I have a D5100 and two lenses …18-55 and 70-200 mm. Any suggestions for what to upgrade to without breaking the bank? I’d prefer a lens for good all-around use. Thanks for all your expertise. I’m new here but am enjoying a great deal.

CRITIQUE:

Colin James Chandley’s Photo

Canon eos 20d 13yrs old but still going strong (sort of)
35-135mm lens @ 135mm
ISO 200, F11, 1/800 sec
Aperture priority Mode

Golden hour sun 😎
There are a lot of birds flying at the left of the main tree, I was going to remove them but decided against it.

DISCUSSION TOPIC: PHOTOGRAPHING AND SHARING PHOTOS OF CHILDREN

Reference

FACTS AS WE KNOW THEM:

  • Heather Whitten is a documentary/lifestyle photographer, and mother of 4
  • She is being taken to court by child services, no criminal charges have been levied
  • Posted photo of her husband and 1yr old child in the shower.
  • Child was sick with salmonella poisoning, husband was caring for him.
  • Photo was on facebook, got reported by a person who saw it to local authorities
  • Police immediately declined to bring charges
  • Child Services is taking her to court. Of the claim Whitten says:
    • “The only claim she was able to suggest be substantiated against me [and me alone] was that I neglected to supervise our children by allowing their images to be online and so put them at an unreasonable risk of harm,” says Whitten. “This goes against Arizona’s very definition of neglect and encroaches on my right as an artist to share my work with the public.”
  • If she loses the case, she will be on Arizona’s Central registry for 25 years, and will be barred from working with children as a photographer, and will not be allowed to adopt or foster any children.

DISUCSSION QUESTIONS:

  1. How do you feel about this image?
  2. Do you feel it is appropriate to take photos of this nature of your own children?
  3. As parents, should we be sharing images like this?
  4. When should a child have the right to dictate how images of them are used/shared?

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