Photography Evolution 📷, Meta's AI Controversy 🔒, Adobe's $33.8M Loss 💰

Journey through photography's evolution & its story of innovation in today's Frame Lens!

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How has photography evolved over decades? Discover how innovation interplays with ingenuity in our main story!

In today's rundown:

  • 📸 Evolution of Photography: Nikon to iPhone

  • 🔒 Meta’s AI training: A Fair Use debate

  • 🖼️ Document Life: Bebbington’s wisdom

  • 🎬 SAG-AFTRA Resumes Contract Talks

  • 💰 Adobe Loses $33.8M in Patent Battle

Read time: 3 minutes

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The evolution of photography is a story of ingenuity and innovation, from film to digital, and even to smartphones. A groundbreaking moment in this journey was the introduction of the Nikon F in 1959, combining innovative features into a single body, it was the first 35mm system that could meet and exceed the needs of professionals. Following this, the Canon's AE-1 in 1976, the first SLR with a microprocessor, opened up a new consumer-focused SLR market, laying the foundation for Canon's dominance in the photography world.

The digital era in professional photography was marked by the launch of Kodak DCS 100 in 1991, the first commercial digital SLR. Transitioning into the 21st century, Canon's EOS-1Ds in 2002 became the first full-frame digital camera for consumers, resolving the issue of using full-frame lenses on APS-C sensors. The advent of smartphones, particularly the iPhone in 2007, introduced mobile photography, contributing to a decline in traditional camera sales. Each of these cameras has not only revolutionized photography but also influenced the way we capture and share our world.

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In its quest to create a cutting-edge AI assistant, Meta utilized public posts from Facebook and Instagram for training, while ensuring private posts and chats were excluded to maintain user privacy. Amid rising concerns over the misuse of internet-scraped information, Meta's approach has stirred debate about the potential infringement of copyrighted material, leading to possible legal implications over what constitutes "fair use".

Photography skills can serve beyond professional assignments; they can be a tool to document your life and preserve memories. Rick Bebbington, in his video essay, emphasizes this point, urging photographers to make daily documentation a habit. This practice can become a cherished legacy for you and your loved ones, capturing everyday moments that might otherwise fade away.

SAG-AFTRA resumes contract talks with AMPTP for the first time since July's strike, focusing on AI regulation, streaming residuals, and minimum rate hikes. The recent WGA-AMPTP settlement, which saw significant gains for writers, is expected to influence negotiations. SAG-AFTRA is eyeing improvements for its most vulnerable members and addressing the impact of high inflation on working actors' incomes.

In a significant patent infringement case, Adobe has been ordered by a Delaware court to pay ViaTech Technologies nearly $33.8 million. The 2019 suit accused Adobe of infringing a ViaTech patent related to the licensing mechanism for its Creative Cloud software. Adobe expressed disappointment at the ruling, indicating potential appeal plans, while ViaTech celebrated the jury's recognition of its innovative rights.

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Results from yesterday’s poll

The question: Is LED lighting the future for film and photography professionals?

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⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️⬜️ Doubtful ❌ (0%)

🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩🟩 Undecided 🤔 (75%)

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