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A Short Documentary and Primer on how the UK's Anti-Terrorism laws affect photography and video of Police by Luke Cartledge

Act of Terror from Fat Rat Films on Vimeo.
Documentary director and producer Gemma Atkinson produced this film in response to the ordeal she had to go through after being threatened with charges under the UK's Anti-Terrorism laws. Since September, especially, the London bombings in 2005, successive UK governments have steadily increased the powers afforded to the police in the continued fight against terrorism. For photographers and anyph, Section added inimportant. This provision made it illegal to film or photograph a police officer in the pursuit of their duty if the recording was likely to be useful to a terrorist. This section has now been changed in part due to the campaigning of Gemma Atkinson.
Gemma's campaign began after she was threatened, under section , for videoing the Stop-and-Search of her boyfriend at Aldgate East underground station, London.
This is a great piece, shining a light on the current confusion and over-reach that these laws have come to be. To this day there is still confusion and mixed interpretations. The Metropolitan Police has posted a summary of it's own advice, however this appears to be interpreted differently on various documented occasions.
Act of Terror
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Online Lighting Diagram Tool by Luke Cartledge

OLDC_01Here is a useful tool that could really help plan, test and record your lighting setups. The Online Lighting Diagram Creator (OLDC) provides a simple interface in which you can relatively quick put together a plan view of a lighting setup that you have used or want to try. This would be great for photographers wanting to help their assistants to understand what they want and for assistants to record lighting setups that they have used and want to use again.

The interface provides lots of options and items for you to place around the work area. There is a good selection of lights and modifiers available for the smaller setups. However there is a glaring lack of tungsand some of the more modern flash kits, including Breise, are missing.

In general though this is a nice, free tool that could easily help photographers and assistants alike.

Who Pays Photographers? - Does what it says on the tin by Luke Cartledge

WHO PAYS PHOTOGRAPHERS? Who Pays Photographers? is a recent Tumblr inspired by the efforts of Manjula Martin and his site Who Pays Writers?. It exists as a curated space to anonymously share the levels of remuneration and usage terms of clients world-wide. They are even providing a regularly updated spreadsheet with the details included. Obviously each situation depends on the individual photographer, but as the site states, the more submissions received, the better the picture they can develop.

No doubt, there will be conflicting reports. Outlets play favorites and situations vary. Still, the more data points, the fuller the picture for everyone. If you have a differing account of a particular client, feel free to add your info.

(via Petapixel)