jorepuusa

jorepuusa

Lives in Finland Helsinki, Finland
Works as a Teacher of photojournalism
Joined on Feb 1, 2005
About me:

I´d like to help people to see 'inside' pictures. And I fight against those who kill our profession by giving pictures for free.

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I was working as IOPP photographer in Lake Placid pregames in 1979 for UPI. When the games were over - I helped the staff members to unload the office and carried two typewriters to a van. A police came at me at the yard and draw his weapon and shouted me to freeze and started to question me like from where did I stole the typewriters. He was extremely agitated and angry even if I had my accreditation signs clearly hanging from my neck. I was only at my thirties and very european, used to polite behavior etc. So I really freezed and could not say anything at first. He pushed me against the wall, searched my pockets and told me as a commie when he saw my country of origin...Finland.
Never again met with that kind of anger even in Iran, Sudan, Libanon or Afganistan. I was much more afraid shooting stories in NY and then in Los Angeles olympics as an IOPP member.
It`s sad to read US photogs writing pro gunviolence comments. Photographers should be for peace not for violence+hate

Link | Posted on Apr 3, 2018 at 08:11 UTC as 66th comment
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saiko: I thought this post would make many of the 'professional' photographers very angry and upset - looking at the comments below it looks like more people are angry than happy... and I can sympathize... after all it's they find it threatening their income.

If someone is giving away their photos for free - it's their choice - why would the pros get so upset? after all, many have been doing that with Creative Commons license for at least a decade... only difference with Unsplash is that the quality of the photos are well curated ... and that's the crux of the frustration for some - as it makes making money selling low quality work is little more difficult now... But good photographers will always get hired and paid - their job is not going anywhere.

And if you're not fond of journalism in Scandinavia
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Where do I say so???? I say just the opposite.
"In Scandinavia journalism is not a marketplace like it is in USA"
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At least seems we can read here in Scandinavia, not like in USA where 32 million adults are "Functionally Illiterate", like You????
This is a really good place to write about photojournalism - which is dying because of free amateurs..
As I said earlier this thread looks just like that of Breitbarts.
Opinions are not allowed. Different thinking should be done elsewhere.

Link | Posted on Jan 23, 2018 at 15:06 UTC
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saiko: I thought this post would make many of the 'professional' photographers very angry and upset - looking at the comments below it looks like more people are angry than happy... and I can sympathize... after all it's they find it threatening their income.

If someone is giving away their photos for free - it's their choice - why would the pros get so upset? after all, many have been doing that with Creative Commons license for at least a decade... only difference with Unsplash is that the quality of the photos are well curated ... and that's the crux of the frustration for some - as it makes making money selling low quality work is little more difficult now... But good photographers will always get hired and paid - their job is not going anywhere.

living in a marketplace
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In Scandinavia journalism is not a marketplace like it is in USA.
And it should not be. Otherwise all countries will have trumps as president.
So go ahead and give Your work for free. I do not. I don`t steal my comrades job like You.

Link | Posted on Jan 22, 2018 at 00:09 UTC
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saiko: I thought this post would make many of the 'professional' photographers very angry and upset - looking at the comments below it looks like more people are angry than happy... and I can sympathize... after all it's they find it threatening their income.

If someone is giving away their photos for free - it's their choice - why would the pros get so upset? after all, many have been doing that with Creative Commons license for at least a decade... only difference with Unsplash is that the quality of the photos are well curated ... and that's the crux of the frustration for some - as it makes making money selling low quality work is little more difficult now... But good photographers will always get hired and paid - their job is not going anywhere.

you're not able to adapt to the evolving situation of the media in your country
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Is adapting to evolving situation same as giving my pictures away for free?
How am I and my colleagues supposed to live then...?
Cleaning windows maybe?
Or driving taxi?
As a errand boy?
Cause that`s what they soon have to do because some people do not have morality and they give their pictures for free cause they then have their names published and at the same time they continue their everyday jobs.
I am retired but I see the sadness and pain this causes in my students of photojournalism.
It´s painful to see the hardness and cruelty of these people in this camera site.
Societies are slowly demoralizing and when true and dedicated photojournalism finally dies in couple of years - the fascism is around the corner waiting to deliver real fake news.
I`ve been in SOME for years and wonder why I still answer trolls.
Me stupid, continue.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 17:09 UTC
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saiko: I thought this post would make many of the 'professional' photographers very angry and upset - looking at the comments below it looks like more people are angry than happy... and I can sympathize... after all it's they find it threatening their income.

If someone is giving away their photos for free - it's their choice - why would the pros get so upset? after all, many have been doing that with Creative Commons license for at least a decade... only difference with Unsplash is that the quality of the photos are well curated ... and that's the crux of the frustration for some - as it makes making money selling low quality work is little more difficult now... But good photographers will always get hired and paid - their job is not going anywhere.

So samuelzeller.
You know nothing about how media operates here in Finland - but You know exactly- that I was wrong. Breitbart.
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And this other who has been living in Finland :-) and knows the job situation..haaa.
I´m the prince of Uganda.
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The finnish media accepts the pictures of amateurs for free everywhere and more and more daily and that leads to the fact that professionals loose their jobs. Even finnish TV YLE takes pictures for free and amateurs who lack morality give them for free.
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So I read it`s silly to tell how the situation is ! Breitbart.
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I`m still waiting SAIKo to tell what is his/hers profession so that I can tell how nice it would be to offer his products etc for free to his clients.
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The fact is: people who have morality do not steal other people`s jobs or anything. It`s so easy. And seems so impossible to understand.
IF the quality was an important factor, amateurs should ask the same prices as pros and then see who buys. Free lunch? Nada.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 15:52 UTC
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saiko: I thought this post would make many of the 'professional' photographers very angry and upset - looking at the comments below it looks like more people are angry than happy... and I can sympathize... after all it's they find it threatening their income.

If someone is giving away their photos for free - it's their choice - why would the pros get so upset? after all, many have been doing that with Creative Commons license for at least a decade... only difference with Unsplash is that the quality of the photos are well curated ... and that's the crux of the frustration for some - as it makes making money selling low quality work is little more difficult now... But good photographers will always get hired and paid - their job is not going anywhere.

That's just not true.. says samuelzeller
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How can You know what is the situation in Finnish media?
Have You been to Finland?
Do You know where Finland is?
Do You live here?
Have You any finnish contacts?
If You say that quality is rising, could You tell the very Finnish newspaper it is rising?
Or do You have some other proof from Finland to insist that I`m a liar.

Surprise---there are other countries in this world than USA - believe or not. As I said the conversation here in Dpreview is sometimes about the same as in Breitbart. I rest my case - no use to even try.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 13:57 UTC
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saiko: I thought this post would make many of the 'professional' photographers very angry and upset - looking at the comments below it looks like more people are angry than happy... and I can sympathize... after all it's they find it threatening their income.

If someone is giving away their photos for free - it's their choice - why would the pros get so upset? after all, many have been doing that with Creative Commons license for at least a decade... only difference with Unsplash is that the quality of the photos are well curated ... and that's the crux of the frustration for some - as it makes making money selling low quality work is little more difficult now... But good photographers will always get hired and paid - their job is not going anywhere.

quo.
good photographers will always get hired and paid - their job is not going anywhere.
If someone is giving away their photos for free - it's their choice - why would the pros get so upset?
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Saiko, what do You do for living.?
Suppose I`ll do that for free, give Your know-how for free, would You be angry if You loose Your job? We are human and are willing to take freebies even if those are crap.
Pros loose their jobs, have lost already. My pro colleagues in the media are unemployed cause amateurs give pictures for free and editors take their own pictures.
Overall quality drops. People do not care of each other anymore. This is a question of morality. Could some be so cold that they do not understand, that pros have paid
education for 3-5 years, bought expensive gear to be able to shoot anything.
Then comes an amateur, shoots crap with iPhone and gives it away for free.
Should we really just smile when our source of livelihood
is taken away.

Link | Posted on Jan 21, 2018 at 12:53 UTC

Photography as a profession is dead. This kind of project underlines the ignorance of killers. The ways the PRO:s shoot are followed, then reproduced and those copies are delivered for free and this progress is slowly making all pictures look the same. After ten years from now everything is like toothpaste coming out of the hole of these unsplashes . All the same was it sports or fashion or photojournalism etc. Amateurs fear of thinking new ways and plagiarize cause its easier and no new thinking is needed and no barriers has to be fought. Nowadays most important is to be the same in SOME, be young and have all the contacts possible but the quality of visuals -- who cares.. Thinking different is a death embrace.
Take for free ( steal) and give for free to gain approval only.
Dystopia is waiting for us - thinking different is going to be a crime.

For some reason many Dpreview comments look like they were taken from Breitbart.
Sorry for typos, english is only my third lanq.

Link | Posted on Jan 20, 2018 at 19:11 UTC as 61st comment | 1 reply
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jorepuusa: The photographer is keeping his left eye closed while shooting.
Really?
Professionals keep both eyes open to check the surroundings....that might save ones life and has many advantages.
And.
Keeping the other eye shut might make terrible headaches if You shoot say -- european football 2 x 45 min.

Right rolfll) lll), what l0zer
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Being an ignorant old man I´ll ask You to write that in english, please?

Link | Posted on Jan 5, 2018 at 15:35 UTC

The photographer is keeping his left eye closed while shooting.
Really?
Professionals keep both eyes open to check the surroundings....that might save ones life and has many advantages.
And.
Keeping the other eye shut might make terrible headaches if You shoot say -- european football 2 x 45 min.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2018 at 20:23 UTC as 11th comment | 2 replies
On article These are the 15 most popular Flickr photos of 2017 (205 comments in total)

Like the world would be only nice, beautiful and HDR americana from dusk till dawn. Bright colors and cool sunrises...but not a single image of real human life, nothing about the truth billions of people go through every day.
For some reason photography is the biggest liar nowadays.
Then.
A nipple in a picture and deletion process starts.
A nipple is far more terrible and frightening thing for google, instagram facebook etc than all the killing and destruction in videogames and tv series and plain street etc.
The most natural visual things are denied cause US churches have this tremendous power to regulate lives of also those who do not believe in stories and lies.

Link | Posted on Dec 9, 2017 at 12:31 UTC as 24th comment | 5 replies
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1086 comments in total)
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jorepuusa: All cameras can do those things. But Then You should know how to take pictures.
I was in LA olympics in IOPP and shot for instance 100 meters run (Carl Lewis). I was shooting slide and the sun was low and behind athletes. Manual focus, manual exposure 300 / 2,8. Five frames until finish. Body and legs and hands positons good for clients.
All sharp cause they HAD TO BE for international delivery.
Cameras do not make PICTURES, cameras make only pictures..photographers make them if they know how. Most cannot. Now we all pros are unemployed cause amateurs shoot s...t for free.
So sad.

Clint Dunn..However, if you were as good as you say you were you would still be employed:)
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I´m not saying I´m good, You are saying that... Social media..... :-(
I was an IOPP photographer at Moscow, Los Angeles Lake Placid and Sarajevo. That means I´m a professional photographer. Not saying amateurish word GOOD. Just doing the job. In several wars too.
I´m 65 years old and seen all over the world the disaster of professional photography. In Finland where I live ( Finland is a small country in Scandinavia between Russia and Sweden) editors take pictures for their stories. I and we pros cannot help it. It is the question of money. Amateurs and editors shoot sh..t for free. Quality means nothing any more. So that`s why I´m not employed any more.

Link | Posted on Sep 30, 2017 at 06:55 UTC

Sad to say his name is of Finnish origin. :-( What if someone died because of this and now hundreds of copycats.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 15:31 UTC as 10th comment
On article The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need (1086 comments in total)

All cameras can do those things. But Then You should know how to take pictures.
I was in LA olympics in IOPP and shot for instance 100 meters run (Carl Lewis). I was shooting slide and the sun was low and behind athletes. Manual focus, manual exposure 300 / 2,8. Five frames until finish. Body and legs and hands positons good for clients.
All sharp cause they HAD TO BE for international delivery.
Cameras do not make PICTURES, cameras make only pictures..photographers make them if they know how. Most cannot. Now we all pros are unemployed cause amateurs shoot s...t for free.
So sad.

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2017 at 15:26 UTC as 18th comment | 9 replies

have them look into, not out of, the frame.
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That depends what one wants to show. Negative or positive.
Sadness is looking outside and to the left - close to the frame`s end. Happiness is looking inside and to the upper right corner. Maybe it is hard for americans to think that negative feelings may be photographed too :-)

Link | Posted on Sep 20, 2017 at 08:31 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

Thought I´d visit USA next winter and take some pictures. No way - I`ll stay here cause I have a big nose and a cop could think it is a weapon. Happily I´m from Finland where police does not think a tripod is a bazooka.

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2017 at 19:06 UTC as 154th comment | 2 replies
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jorepuusa: The orca is usually about 7-10 meters long. Fishing boats aka trawlers are usually 20-30 meters long ( been working on one) So it means that the orca here should be worlds biggest ever seen ( swimming directly aside the boat) -- cause it seems to be as long as the boat even considering that water has 1,33 distortion. I like the picture here and never ever could I go there in the sea to photograph. But being a journalist I trust nothing, some pictures in this WLPY competition have been fakes, like the jumping spanish wolf which was tame and teached to jump.
I know some of photoshop too;-) Could be the easiest thing to enlarge the whale cause the line of surface is so clear. But no way I´m saying he did. I only write about how I feel. Here`s a link for my blog about this..in finnish only sorry.
http://jpuusa.blogspot.fi/2016/09/maailman-suurin-miekkavalas-luontokuvaus.html

The whale is almost under the boat watching the fish drop from the net which is raised from water.

Link | Posted on Sep 7, 2016 at 18:50 UTC

The orca is usually about 7-10 meters long. Fishing boats aka trawlers are usually 20-30 meters long ( been working on one) So it means that the orca here should be worlds biggest ever seen ( swimming directly aside the boat) -- cause it seems to be as long as the boat even considering that water has 1,33 distortion. I like the picture here and never ever could I go there in the sea to photograph. But being a journalist I trust nothing, some pictures in this WLPY competition have been fakes, like the jumping spanish wolf which was tame and teached to jump.
I know some of photoshop too;-) Could be the easiest thing to enlarge the whale cause the line of surface is so clear. But no way I´m saying he did. I only write about how I feel. Here`s a link for my blog about this..in finnish only sorry.
http://jpuusa.blogspot.fi/2016/09/maailman-suurin-miekkavalas-luontokuvaus.html

Link | Posted on Sep 5, 2016 at 10:08 UTC as 11th comment | 6 replies
On article Lens shootout: Sony RX10 III destroys the competition (502 comments in total)

Light varied over the course of the test, and had darkened so much that
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When clouds come the contrast diminishes
and some frames look unsharp because of that. Shadows mean the image looks more contrasty and for some better.

Link | Posted on May 28, 2016 at 08:51 UTC as 62nd comment
On article Rice Hill: Shooting in Riisitunturi National Park (31 comments in total)

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(Riisitunturi means 'Rice Hill' in Finnish),
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"riis" is a Same word meaning hay.
Tunturi means a small mountain, so it is "haymountain"...When names were given to mountains in Finland, nobody here knew about rice.
Same are the local people, the finns chased to Lapland hundreds of years ago..killed them, slaved them, taxed heavily, ruined and denied their religion etc nice. Little bit like europeans settlers did to "Indians" in USA.
Same were the first people to live in Finland.
Riisitunturi is 450 meters high so it is a large hill more than a mountain. Otherwise good story, though fins use skis.
The thing is "suksi" and "hiihtää" is the verb.
It is not always that cold - 30 celsius. Storms are dangerous, when it`s - 20 celsius and wind is 15meters per second it might be/feel like - 45 celsius. Usually finnish pros have a small warmer along when one has to work barehanded with camera. Well I did :-)
(Sorry for mistakes, english is my third foreign language).

Link | Posted on May 15, 2016 at 16:21 UTC as 11th comment
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