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external Rep. Schock Resigns, Instagram Goes Private —Chicago Tribune

downfallInstagram photos appear to have led to the downfall of a rising star congressman. We reported last month that photos shared by Illinois representative Aaron Schock were discovered by the Associated Press to show a trail of misuse of taxpayer money. The story became widely reported, and Schock has just announced his resignation… and set his Instagram account to private.

 
Mar 18, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

Portraits of People Who Have Been Shot and Scarred by Gun Violence

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Since 2013, photographer Kathy Shorr has been shooting portraits of subjects who have been shot by guns — the victims and survivors of gun violence from around the United States. The ongoing project is titled “SHOT” and now contains over 50 portraits.
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How I Created a Shot of Myself Falling in the Kitchen with Food Flying Everywhere

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So I recently had this crazy idea in my head and some free time. The idea was to have myself falling over in the kitchen with tea and biscuits flying everywhere. Here’s a walkthrough showing how I created the image with carefully shot photos and Photoshop.
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Tales by Light: Canon and National Geographic Join Forces for Six Part TV Series

Canon Australia and National Geographic are joining forces to create a six part television series titled Tales by Light. It will follow five world class photographers from Australia as they venture into “some of the world’s most extreme and fascinating environments” in pursuit of beautiful images that tell stories.
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Cheap Kit Lenses Are Not Weak Kids’ Lenses

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Well known photographer and blogger Scott Kelby recently pointed to the 18-55mm kit lens as a reason why beginners find it difficult to take good shots — it is neither wide nor long enough to create visual impact, he wrote. I’d like to respectfully disagree.

It’s precisely because the 18-55mm kit lens is cheap and common that I relish the challenge of capturing great images with it. I just love the “You shot that with a kit lens?” wide-eyed reaction when people realize how learning to read the scene and lighting makes more difference than splurging on an expensive lens upgrade.
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external Lost Camera Survives Two Years Submerged In Wyoming’s Salt River —NPR

 
Mar 18, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

The Salt of the Earth: A Documentary About the Work of Photographer Sebastião Salgado

The Salt of the Earth is a documentary film released last year by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, the son of renowned Brazilian photographer Sebastião Salgado. It explores the work of the elder Salgado, who has traveled the Earth for the past 40 years in order to document our planet and the human condition. Above is the trailer for the film (note: there’s a bit of nudity in these clips), which will be hitting theaters in the US starting later this month.
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Novo to Offer the First Lens Filters Featuring Sapphire Crystal Glass for Strength and Clarity

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Sapphire glass was used by Apple for the iPhone 5 camera, and more recently it has appeared on the screen of the new Apple Watch. It will soon be available for DSLR camera lenses as well. A new company called Novo is getting ready to launch a new line of camera lens filters for photographers. The lineup will include the world’s first filter to use sapphire crystal glass, and other filters will feature Gorilla Glass.
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Sotheby’s First High-End Auction on eBay to Feature Famous Photo Prints

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After doing offline auctions for 270 years, Sotheby’s is partnering up with eBay to deliver its high-end auctions more widely in the Internet world. Starting next month, prospective buyers of the auctioned items will be able to submit bids in real time through the new website, found at eBay.com/Sothebys. The very first auctions to be held on the service is a collection of famous photographs.
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external The Rules of Photojournalism Are Keeping Us From the Truth —Vantage

Why do we adhere to notions of objectivity in photography? Especially when it crushes creative storytelling from those that hold the camera? Photographers choose where their frame goes. They selectively choose what the audience will see, will believe. Right off the bat, any individual image is deceptive, because there is no peripheral vision. Peripheries provide the greater context. Storytellers may be interested in the periphery, but technical image makers (and the news feeds they keep buzzing) are not.

World Press Photo juror and VII photographer Donald Weber has interesting thoughts on the state of photojournalism.

 
Mar 17, 2015 · Permalink · Comment