Posts Tagged ‘Culture’

Gender-Based Photography Groups… Why Do They Still Exist?

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The first one I ever saw was “Chicks Who Click.” It was years ago and the photography industry was predominantly male. I didn’t think too much of it, but wondered (aloud at times) the wisdom of not only creating a gender based photography group, but giving it a cutesy name like “Chicks Who Click.”

By naming it that, I felt they had downplayed the seriousness and professionalism of their chosen profession. They seemed to have devalued themselves from “professional photographers” to, well… “Chicks Who Click.”
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Photo Sharing is Hurting Our Enjoyment of Life, Study Finds

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Smartphones and social networks have made snapping and sharing photos extremely easy to do, allowing us to preserve our memories and broadcast our experiences. It’s not all positive, though: there are downsides to our snap- and selfie-happy culture.

A new study has found that 58% of people believe that “posting the perfect picture has prevented them from enjoying life’s experiences.”
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Newscasters Misidentifying Photographs as Selfies

As a result of the selfie culture boom in the past couple of years, the media is often quick to call a photo a selfie when it’s not a self portrait at all, much less a handheld one. Here’s a 1-minute compilation of cases in which newscasters misidentify photographs as selfies. It’s a short segment that aired late last year on Last Week Tonight with John Oliver.

China Takes Winning Prestigious Photo Contests Very, Very Seriously

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China is a country that’s known to take the Olympics (the summer ones, at least) very seriously as the nation competes for a bigger presence on the world stage. Chinese gold medal winners become instant superstars and the role models for a generation of aspiring athletes.

It turns out photography is another field in which China is trying to become a world superpower, and its efforts are bearing fruit.
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New Doom Mod Adds a Selfie Stick and 37 Instagram Filters to the Classic Game

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It’s becoming trendy to offer selfies as a feature in video games now. Just weeks after World of Warcraft added self-portraits through a new patch, the classic first-person-shooter Doom is getting the same treatment — albeit unofficially.

There’s a new mod for the game called “InstaDoom” that adds a selfie stick and 37 Instagram filters to the game, opening the door to some strange in-game photo ops.
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Major Museums Are Now Banning Selfie Sticks

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As the selfie stick craze sweeps the nation, major museums in the United States are banning the device in order to protect both visitors and artworks.
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World of Warcraft Adds a Selfie Camera for Capturing Virtual Duckfaces

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The “selfie” has made quite an impact on our culture in the past couple of years. The word was selected as Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2013 and the keyword grew by over 2000% in the stock photo industry in 2014.

Companies have also been riding the selfie’s popularity to make their products more “hip” — Fujifilm’s latest mirrorless camera is one example. The latest brand to do so is Blizzard, which is incorporating new selfie cameras into its popular World of Warcraft video game.
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Identity At Play: Basketball Culture In the Sierra Norte Villages of Mexico

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I grew up in Guelatao de Juárez, a Mexican village of approximately 500 people in Oaxaca’s Sierra Norte. Guelatao is famous not only as the birthplace of Mexican president Benito Juárez, but also as the site of the annual Copa Benito Juárez, in which more than 200 teams of indigenous Zapotec, Mixe, and Chinantec players compete at basketball over a period of three days.
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Chinese Couples Flocking to South Korea for $4,000 TV Set Engagement Photos

China’s CCTV is reporting that more and more couples in Asia are flocking to South Korea in order to have their engagement photos captured on the sets of Korean drama TV shows. These shoots can cost upwards of $4,000 — at least four times more than the shoots would cost in other countries.
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Re: If You Don’t Want Your Photos Stolen, Don’t Post Them on the Internet

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“If you don’t want your photos stolen, don’t post them on the Internet.”

This is an argument I have heard over and over again, mostly from people who have never had their work borrowed. Which of course is like saying, “I know you were home, but if you didn’t want your belongings stolen, you shouldn’t have left your door unlocked.”
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