The Canon 5D Mark II, is currently selling for $1529 on Amazon. The 5D Mark II was replaced by the 5D Mark III earlier this year, although the 5D Mark III is an improvement, it is also twice the price.
“Everything has to be free, and no you’re not allowed to make money off me in any way whatsoever!” Collectively we have become a whiny, spoiled community of hypocritical leeches expecting other people to do stuff for us, but without offering anything of our own (money or otherwise) in return.
We all knew it was coming, not exactly what, when or how, but that something bad was going to happen to our beloved Instagram once the Internet’s dark lord, Facebook, bought them last Spring. There was an uproar this morning when popular photo-sharing site Instagram announced changes to their terms of service that meant it has the perpetual right to sell users’ photographs without payment or notification.
Being a photographer who works for a camera gear website, my Facebook news feed was flooded with people utterly disgusted with the change and I’d like to address that. As creative professionals, we love to bitch about how people expect us to work for free, but we also don’t hesitate for a second to chastise someone else when they try to make a little money.
Instagram is a free app, so is Facebook. Don’t like how they use your information? Stop using their service. Do you have any idea how many man hours it takes to build and maintain something like that little free app on your phone? How many talented developers (who are also creators, artists of their medium) it took to create that thing that make your life easier, lets you connect with friends and family and helps you generate more business? I can almost guarantee that each of these photographers on my feed have had at least dozens of business leads through social media channels, and that’s money in their pockets. Money they would not have if it weren’t for the hard work of the people at Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and the hundreds of other marketing tools out there.
At the end of the day, the new changes won’t affect 99.9 percent of users. Your poorly framed, over-exposed snapshot of your omelet cooking skills won’t be featured in any cooking magazines. But please, please, please if you really think the new changes are unfair, switch services and use any one of these 11 Instagram alternatives, I’m sure the dip in users will prompt Instagram to reconsider and adjust accordingly, but the reality is there will be no noticeable change in usage and we’re all going to have to deal with it. Btw, if anyone is still with me, here’s what the update really means.
Our photo challenges are back, and just in time for the holidays. This weeks photo challenge is Christmas.
The next photo challenge is: Christmas
Please send your photo submission to Photo@snapsort.com, along with your name, and a short description of the photo by the end of the day Thursday, December 27.
- The photo should be taken by you
- You may interpret the theme in any way you would like
- You agree to allow us to share your image on our Blog and Facebook wall
- You retain all rights to the photo
- Please only submit one photo for this challenge
- Please include a short description of your photo, along with your name
- Email your photo to Photo@Snapsort.com
- Be creative and have fun
The Nikon D600 is currently selling on Amazon for $1996.95, which is a $700 savings. The package comes with a 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR Lens, 32 GB SD card, a camera backpack, free shipping, $100 gift card for Class on Demand and 2% back. B&H Photo has a similar deal, but it comes with a Lowepro bag, SanDisk 32GB SDHC card, a monopod and a spare battery.
This photo was taken by storm chaser Parrish Ruiz de Velasco. In the gallery above you can see the intense photos leading up to this shot. Here’s a description from the photographer:
It was like any other spring day in North Texas — hot, humid and the weather was ripe for a classic Midwest storm. Within hours, 13 confirmed tornadoes touched down across the Dallas-Fort Worth area. My adventure began approximately 15 miles south from where the photo was ultimately taken. I turned my flashers on and pulled over to shoot pictures of the ominous clouds that were painted in front of me. Within seconds the sky spit out an incredible twister. I didn’t have a clear view and seeing half a tornado wasn’t good enough. I followed emergency vehicles, took back roads and, before I knew it, I was in the tornado’s direct path with a perfect view from the ground up. By day’s end, I took more than 250 photos. My entire adventure and additional images can be seen here.