What Is the Best Animated GIF of All Time?


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No one could have predicted that the lowly animated GIF would have survived to the ripe old age of 32. Despite the rise of many more efficient technologies, the GIF remains stubbornly popular, and continues to thrive on social media as a sociological force. Its ability to convey emotion while leveraging popular culture combined with…

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A Very Brief Review of the Leica Q2 & The Perils of LED Lighting


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After using a Leica Q for 3.5 years, I decided to pre-order the eagerly anticipated Q2 in early March 2019. Despite owning a number of cameras over the years, the Leica Q had become my go to camera for its light weight, small size, and high image quality. While I hope to do a full…

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A Very Brief Review of the Leica Q2 & The Perils of LED Lighting


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After using a Leica Q for 3.5 years, I decided to pre-order the eagerly anticipated Q2 in early March 2019. Despite owning a number of cameras over the years, the Leica Q had become my go to camera for its light weight, small size, and high image quality. While I hope to do a full…

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Why Does Space Photography Inspire Us?


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From “Earthrise” to “The Pillars of Creation” to Mars rover selfies to this year’s image of a black hole, it’s undeniable that space photography captures the attention and imagination of the media and public at large. And space exploration is one area where scientists have successful leveraged photography to market their ideas and discoveries in…

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What Do You Look for in a Photography Workshop?


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There are thousands of photography workshops to teach specific techniques and/or inspire attendees from amateurs to full-time pros. In this episode of Vision Slightly Blurred, Sarah and Allen talk about workshop disasters, evaluating workshops, and whether pros should consider alternate events like a portfolio review to further their careers. We mention the following photographers, articles,…

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I Love You, Mom: A Living Tribute by Stacy Bass


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We are constantly inspired by our members’ personal projects. From work documenting climate change in remote locations to remarkable editorial spreads, we admit it can be hard to keep up. One touching story recently came to us from Stacy Bass, who might be best known for her images of lush green gardens and commercial shoots…

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Celebrities Love Photography, But Are They Good Photographers?


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Did you ever notice that celebrities love photography? Did you ever notice that they always carry around their Leicas and Contax G2s? What’s up with that? But it’s not always for show, some celebrities are accomplished and dedicated photographers like Jeff Bridges. Others like Cole Sprouse are honing their craft and getting editorial and commercial…

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Exploring Notions of Queerness with Authority Collective at Photoville LA


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This year, United Photo Industries’ beloved Photoville festival expanded to the west coast. Between April 26th and May 5th over 28,000 photography enthusiasts flocked to the makeshift photo village in Century Park for Photoville LA, presented by the Annenberg Space for Photography, to view container and outdoor exhibits from artists of all backgrounds and specialties.…

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NYT’s Lens Blog is On Hiatus, Where Can We Find Great Photography?


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The New York Times Lens blog announced that after 10 years, its going on “temporary hiatus” – a victim of the change in technology-driven consumption habits of photography. From its humble beginnings, it grew into a photography blog that had the might of a “newspaper of record,” pushing documentary photography to a much larger audience…

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The NYT’s Poor Caption and Dubious Image Selection of Hope Hicks


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Unlike most types of photography, photojournalism abides a more stringent set of ethical guidelines because truth is paramount to accurate reporting. Many newspapers enforce their own ethical journalism guidelines, which tend to focus on retouching and the use of photo illustration techniques (e.g. compositing, timelapse, panoramic, etc). One often overlooked aspect is accurate captioning. After…

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Alternatives to Adobe Lightroom 2019


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Adobe recently announced that it would both discontinue downloads of older versions of Creative Cloud apps (which includes Lightroom and Photoshop), and revoke the license for older software. Further, Adobe tweeted that consumers “may face potential claims of infringement by third parties.” For some photographers, the thought of continuing to use Adobe’s subscription-based products is…

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We Still Need Stock Photography (for Memes?)


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There was a time when you could make a full-time living producing stock photography. That changed in the mid-90s with the introduction of royalty-free stock CDs. Digital photography and the rise of microstock created enormous downward pricing pressure on the industry. Nevertheless, stock photography still satisfies a real need for generic photography at a (too)…

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She Spots Fake Images for Sport


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When National Geographic published Beth Moon’s images of “the world’s oldest trees by starlight,” seasoned astrophotographers like Adrien Mauduit cried foul. Not only were sections of the sky cloned, but specific stars were appearing in portions of the sky that were physical impossibilities. As other astrophotographers chimed in, a microbiologist emerged as the most eagle-eyed…

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What Do Photo Collectives Stand For?


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Photo cooperatives and collectives have thrived for decades as a way to share resources (e.g. accounting and marketing functions) for like-minded photographers. But in the past few years, a palpable shift has occurred. Many contemporary collectives aggregate niche or marginalized groups of photographers, and provide a showcase and directory for photo editors to reference.  Sarah…

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Are You an Ethical Photographer?


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A group of boys in Baraboo, WI assembled for a junior prom photo and posed with a Nazi salute. One of the boys posted the image to Twitter with the caption “We even got the black kid to throw it up.” In the midst of public outrage, it was revealed that a professional photographer not…

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Have Camera, Will Travel: 40 Exciting Photography Workshops Happening in 2019 & 2020


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After taking a little hiatus, we’re back with our comprehensive list of some of the best workshops available to photographers of all skill levels. We’ve got everything from bucket-list worthy international trips to online courses you can take from the comfort of your couch. No matter your specialty, background or budget, there’s an enthusiastic photography…

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What Can Photographers Learn from Instagram Influencers?


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Social media influencers build economic viability by amassing as large an audience as possible. This raison d’etre is different than a photographer who sells their skill as a service. Despite this difference, what might photographers learn from their influencer counterparts about how to best take advantage of a medium like Instagram. We mention the following…

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Photo Mechanic 6 (Still) Supports PhotoShelter Uploads


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Photo Mechanic built its reputation on being the fastest software to ingest, review, and keyword images. And although a slew of image browsing and editing software has been introduced in its wake, Photo Mechanic – now in version 6 – is still a crucial part of many photographers’ workflows. As 50MP pro cameras become commonplace,…

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Are Photographers Ruining Everything?


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The fixation of some photographers to document their lives at any cost has led to unsavory behavior around the world – from the poppy fields in CA to the Grand Prismatic Springs in Yosemite to the railroad tracks at Auschwitz. To make matters worse, businesses have started designing their spaces to encourage and maximize Instagrammable…

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How Rhinos Changed the Trajectory of Ami Vitale’s Career


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For a long time, Ami Vitale’s dream was to be a war correspondent. After graduating with an International Relations degree from UNC-Chapel Hill, she worked as an Editor at the Associated Press and then moved abroad to pursue journalism, eventually becoming a war correspondent during the War in Kosovo. She was on a clear path…

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