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To drone or not to drone – the increasing interest in camera drones for editorial use

Updated: April 16
The Columbus Dispatch website reports on a videographer/remote-controlled airplane hobbyist being charged for flying his camera drone over a traffic accident: ‘Kele Stanley has been charged with a felony because officials say he refused to land the camera-equipped drone that he had been guiding over a traffic crash scene, but he says he is no idiot.’ …full article here

Drone shot ©David Jacobs
March 20 2014
PAN has been having increasing conversations about the use of camera drones with photo agency owners and freelance photographers. Conflicting reports on what you can and cannot do within the law – do you need a license to fly something in public air space? – do you just bat on as Brian Wilson did flying his drone over and around the scene of the gas explosion in Harlem last week for around 30 mins until the police asked him to land it. Poynter has great coverage on the subject with footage and links.

David Jacobs – founder of sports photo agency Action Images – has been experimenting with a drone over the last few months and tells us: ‘Drones are great fun and offer wonderful videography as well as stills for photographers but the risks are phenomenal ..flying one over the public is probably uninsurable. When used in open land for land boundary disputes and estate agency there is a whole new marketplace. And – the learning curve for using one of these things is massive.”

Great use of Drone photography here from Panos contributing photographer ‘Drone Pilot’ Fredrik Naumann.

This is what happens when a Drone ditches -luckily it hit the water not the crowd x factor series 10 2013 camera drone crash

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Matrix Media Group launches new photo studio – North London – available now

↑ the new studio

The Matrix Media Group has relocated to North London in order to open a new photographic studio at:
Chocolate Factory Studios
Coburg Road
London, N22 6UJ (nearest tube Wood Green)

Matrix spokesman Trevor Adams told “It was a hard decision for us to move out of Soho, where we have been for the past few years. Soho is the most amazing place to be based, such a hive of activity and full of like minded media people. But since we opened Matrix Studios two and a half years ago, it has become increasingly more important for us to have our own studio rather than keep hiring all the time. So we took the decision to move the whole operation and have the office and studio all in the same building.”
The new studio is fully equipped and available for commissions shoots. ‘We can provide everything needed to create the shoot the client needs, photographer, stylist, make-up artist and art director, we have it all.’
Matrix are also open to suggestions from photographers who would like to shoot in the studio and syndicate the pictures through the agency.

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Go See: Celebrity Photographer Brad Elterman – ‘Dog Dance’ – the exhibition

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Brad Elterman MILK Studis
Brad Elterman MILK Studio Hollywood
Brad Elterman MILK Studis
Brad Elterman MILK Studis
↑ Brad and staff at MILK Digital prepare prints for the exhibition – all photos © Brad Elterman

Celebrity photographer and ex photo agency owner Brad Elterman has an exhibition of his most famous photos opening this month.
Dog Dance is on at:
MILK Gallery
APRIL 23 – MAY 18, 2014
NEW YORK, NY 10011

Brad told PAN: “I am delighted to be showing at MILK Gallery in New York. I am practically a permanent fixture at MILK Hollywood and I am so touched with the way they have embraced my work. This will be my first show in New York and I am bringing with me the iconic scene that occurred at the mansion behind the Beverly Hills Hotel where one of the guests stripped down to her panties and started to dance. I took fourteen frames of this legendary moment and if you missed the pool party back in 1977, you can witness it once again at the MILK Gallery with the magic of modern day technology. It’s gonna be epic!”

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AP to live stream Photographer Anja Niedringhaus funeral – Today 6 a.m. ET – No Restrictions

Niedringhaus Anja – AP photo

The funeral of Associated Press photojournalist Anja Niedringhaus will take place on Saturday, April 12, at Corvey Abbey, a Benedictine monastery near her birthplace in Hoexter, Germany.

Niedringhaus was killed by an Afghan policeman in an attack on April 4, which seriously wounded veteran AP correspondent Kathy Gannon. Gannon is undergoing treatment at Krankenhaus Nordwest, a medical facility in Frankfurt, Germany, and remains in stable condition.

The service is scheduled to begin at 12 noon local time in Germany (6 a.m. ET / 1000 GMT).
A livestream of the service will be available on starting at 5 a.m. ET / 0900 GMT. At the request of Niedringhaus’ family, AP will cover and distribute both video and photos for pool, with no restriction. Satellite coordinates and contact information have been made available to AP customers in a media advisory.

It is the wish of Niedringhaus’ family that other working media representatives refrain from gathering news inside the church or outside on the church grounds.

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Photo-set book: ‘Annual General Meeting’ by Photographer David Levenson

Another smashing photo-set book has just rolled off the press at Café Royal Books.
‘Annual General Meeting’ from the photo files of photographer David Levenson.
28 pages
14cm x 20cm
b/w digital
Edition of 200
£5.00 (+ PP £2.50)
Get your copy here we have!

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Stewart Boyd dies aged 73 – Picture editor & founding father of UK Picture Editors’ Guild – Obituary

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Photo supplied – Picture Editors’ Guild

One of the founding fathers of the UK Picture Editors’ Guild, and its first chairman, Stewart Boyd, has died in Edinburgh after a long illness. He was 73.
For 20 years he was picture editor of The Scotsman. He joined the Edinburgh based paper in April 1958, and worked his way up from tube boy. He became a sub-editor and night editor until his appointment as Picture Editor in 1972. He remained in that post until 1992.
Over the years he was an active member of the National Union of Journalists at chapel level and with the Edinburgh and District branch of the NUJ first as secretary and then as chairman. He was also a member of the NUJ’s national Appeals Tribunal for several years.
After becoming picture editor he realised there was a need for a body to give a voice to others in similar positions. Together with Paddy Hicks of PA and Peter Woodman of the Newcastle Chronicle, he helped found the UK Picture Editors’ Guild and became its first chairman – holding office from 1982 to 1992.
Upon leaving The Scotsman, Stewart undertook a number of jobs in market research and journalism before setting up Contax – a consultancy in media relations, human resources and market research.
But the lure of the open sea was always close to his heart. As a boy he was taught to sail off St Andrews, where he spent school holidays with his grandmother.
Stewart was past Commodore of the Forth Corinthian Yacht Club and a member of the Royal Forth Yacht Club and Dunbar Sailing Club. Between 1975 and 1978 Stewart took various Royal Yachting Association and Department of Trade and Industry courses at Leith Nautical College. He followed this up in 1978 by becoming vice chairman of Leith Nautical College – remaining in office until its closure in 1987.
The Forth was mainly his yachting playground, but he also sailed widely in UK waters, and ventured across the Atlantic and the Pacific when he joined a boat taking part in the RAFYC Round the World Rally .He was elected to the council of the Royal Yachting Association Scotland to represent the Forth area, and became secretary of the RYAS in 1993. He served for 17 years with his unique enthusiasm and skill. He decided to step down after reaching 70 in 2010.  Stewart also joined the Council of RYA and for a number of years was a regular participant in their discussions. In 2005 he received from Princess Anne the award for Distinguished Services to Yachting in the UK.
In the winter months when sailing was not possible Stewart turned his attention to rugby – as a player and referee then as an avid spectator. He was also a keen curler, being a long time member of Merchiston Curling Club. He had the distinction of being the club’s president in its bi-centennial year in 2009/10.
His wife Elizabeth died in 2008. Stewart is survived by his two brothers David and Douglas, nephews and nieces and great nephews.
A service in celebration of his life will be held on Friday 11 April at Noon at Mortonhall Crematorium, Main Chapel.

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Support Rhonda Wilson – severe illness prompts crowd funded campaign

This in from PAN reader- Photographer and Picture Editor Tom Broadbent:

Hi Will,
A friend of mine, in fact my old tutor from university has been ill for the past three years and is now looking at a financial crisis where she could lose her home. I don’t think that’s likely to happen now as there’s a crowd funded campaign to help her. The target is £20k and it’s about £2500 off the target. There’s three days left and I was hoping you could mention it on your site.

It’s for Rhonda Wilson and she’s helped loads of photographers over the years. I blogged about it here

The campaign is here and there’s loads of great prints that have been donated by photographers and galleries that she helped.

It just needs one last push and we’ll get over the line with it.

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epa Photographer Kerim Okten dies aged 42 – motorbike accident in Turkey today

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Kerim Okten photo by Aybige Mert via epa

Sad new just in from the epa – European Pressphoto Agency:
10th April, 2014 – epa’s acclaimed photographer and beloved colleague Kerim Okten has died in a motorbike accident in Turkey today.
Kerim Okten was born in Istanbul in 1972. He first worked for a national newspaper and magazines before joining epa in 1998, since when he has covered stories in Turkey, Iran, Azerbaijan, among others and has also participated in major international sporting events. In 2012, when he was chief photographer in Turkey, Kerim left Istanbul for London for his new role as UK chief photographer. Kerim returned to Turkey in December 2013.

Hannah Hess, epa’s editor in chief, is shocked by the tragic news: “We have lost a great friend and esteemed colleague. For many within the epa family Kerim was a beloved friend, a brother and one of the finest. We extend our heartfelt condolences to his wife, his family, friends and colleagues.”

View Kerim’s photography at epa here
View Kerim’s website here
Kerim was on the Jury for the 2014 World Press Photo contest

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Support: The Man from Splash – David Hayes – 1st London Marathon

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David and his Hampton Court Half Marathon medal – 23rd Feb
David training – 20-mile Marathon training run in Hyde Park on 23rd March

PAN reader David Hayes, Sales Executive for Splash News/Corbis, is running his first London Marathon on Sunday. His miles will help the charity Parkinson’s UK.

David told
‘I’m running the London Marathon this Sunday (for the first time!) to raise money for Parkinson’s UK.

I’m running for someone very special, my partner’s father, David Holmes, who for the past 16 years has suffered with Parkinson’s Disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.
If you can, I really appreciate any donations- however large or small!
THANK YOU very much, wish me luck!’

Support and Donate here:

Best of luck on the day David – send us photos from the finish please!

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Support: Paul Langan – Senior Picture Researcher at Carlton – 1st London Marathon

Paul ‘Just getting some last minute tips..’ looking far too relaxed!

PAN reader Paul Langan, Senior Picture Researcher at the Carlton Publishing Group will be taking part in the London Marathon this weekend – Sunday 13th April.

Paul told this week:
“Hi Will
I’m running in my first London Marathon in just over a week’s time for PhabKids and wondered if you’d be able to give me and (more importantly) my JustGiving page a little plug??”

Support Paul and PhabKids here
All the best for the run Paul – we are looking forward to seeing photos from the day!

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