Nikon South Africa Slammed for Nearly All-White List of New Influencers


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Nikon South Africa is promising changes after sparking controversy with its latest roster of influencers. In a country in which over 75% of the population is Black and less than 9% is white, the group of new South Africans representing the brand featured just one Black photographer.

On July 24th, Nikon South Africa released a video introducing its new influencers to promote the Nikon Z50 mirrorless camera in the country. The video was a teaser for a new campaign to share the influencers’ adventures and moments, and it prominently highlighted a series of white photographers on the roster. The only

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Beirut Explosion Captured in Wedding Photo Shoot


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A bride was posing for a wedding photo shoot in Beirut, Lebanon, yesterday when a massive explosion occurred in the city’s port. Wedding photographer Mahmoud Nakib managed to capture the blast’s shockwave on camera.

Nakib was photographing the bride in a square about 0.75 miles (1.2km) away from the port when the blast occurred. In the 30-second video above, you can see the shockwave suddenly whip up the bride’s wedding dress and knock the camera around. When Nakib turns the camera back toward the square, the bride can be seen hurrying to shelter in a nearby building.

The

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A Parody Film About a Photographer’s First 8×10 Experience


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Need a chuckle? Photographer and filmmaker Caleb Knueven made this tongue-in-cheek short film titled “8×10 | My First Exposure.” The 8-minute video tells the story of Knueven’s first experience in large-format photography in the excessively sentimental style often seen these days.

The top comment on the video summarizes it well: “This feels like a fever dream in the best way possible.”

(via grainydays via Photon Detector)

The Waitress, the Tarantula, the Body in the Bathtub, and Why I Had To Buy My Girlfriend a New Pentax


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I’ve got a lot of 35mm negatives, which have suffered quite a bit of damage over the years. My ex had a penchant for purchasing houses that were prone to basement flooding. So my pix got flooded out precisely the same way in two different locations two years apart. Seeing my negatives go floating by gave me a feeling, which was the exact polar opposite of seeing my sons being born. Twice.

Warning: This article contains strong language and references to drug use.

The amount of damage was difficult for me to comprehend. The first time, trying to put

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Woman Approached by Curious Bear While Hiking… and Takes a Selfie


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A woman was hiking on a trail in Mexico’s Chipinque Ecological Park recently when she was approached by a curious black bear. As the bear stood on its hind legs sniffing her hair, she decided to raise her phone and snap a selfie.

In two videos of the encounter, the bear can be seen walking up to the group of hikers before it focuses on one of the women, smelling and pawing at her.

Nursing Home Residents Recreate Famous Album Covers


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A nursing home in England has come up with a fun and clever way to lift its residents’ spirits during the COVID-19 pandemic. They’ve been taking turns recreating the photos found on iconic album covers.

“Residents have been in Lockdown for 4 months and it’s been my job and privilege to keep them entertained during the COVID crisis with no outside entertainers or family,” writes activities coordinator Robert Speker of Sydmar Lodge Care Home. “As this situation is on-going it could be months before the situation changes for them and the need to keep them happy, entertained, and full of

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Why Toxic ‘Photographers’ Pose a Threat to the Camera Industry


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The purpose of this article is to have a discussion about the current online photography community, flame wars about hardware, and some toxic behavior I see, all while trying to be as impartial as possible.

Hopefully, this will lead to a nice discussion by respectfully listening to opposing views from a new perspective.

Now that the purpose is explained, if you’re still reading, here’s a bit about myself: I am an enthusiast photographer from Japan, have been shooting for nearly 35 years since I was kid, and have done some paid gigs but try to keep it as my main

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Documenting the Pandemic in NYC with the Canon EOS R6


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Living in the NYC area means you’re living around one of the greatest cities in the world — a city that now I’ve personally seen fall to its knees twice. Once on September 11th. And now during COVID-19.

Like many photographers in my area, the desire to document the naked streets of Manhattan its not just a strong feeling; it’s almost a responsibility (or duty). During early the early onset on the virus I, wedding and portrait photographer Vanessa Joy, had my hands on two, unreleased, pre-production Canon R6 cameras.

I knew I couldn’t sit by and not photographically

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New Solar Orbiter Sends Back Closest Pictures Ever Taken of the Sun


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NASA and the ESA’s new Solar Orbiter is off to an auspicious start. The spacecraft’s very first images of the Sun—captured from within 48 million miles of our closest star—weren’t just taken from closer than ever before… they’ve already revealed a new solar phenomenon.

The new solar orbiter, launched on February 10th of this year, only just finished the “commissioning” phase of its mission when the scientists are checking that everything works properly. The fact that its first images are already revealing new phenomena “hints at the enormous potential of Solar Orbiter,” according to the ESA.

“These are only

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Photographer Admits He’s an ‘Abuser’ After 100+ Women Share Stories of Harassment


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Over the past several days, more than 100 women have shared stories of harassment and assault at the hands on an “unnamed photographer.” As the number of allegations grew, Australian music photographer Jack Stafford eventually went online and confessed to being the unnamed “abuser,” apologizing for his actions and saying that he would be “cancelling” himself.

The confession itself was published on Medium on July 12th, but the story begins two days prior, when Brisbane musician Jaguar Jonze shared her experience with sexual harassment in the industry through Instagram. In that post, she mentioned an “unnamed photographer” and invited

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Street Photography + Capturing Truth with Steven John Irby


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Steve John Irby, aka Steve Sweatpants, is a renowned street photographer and cofounder of Street Dreams Magazine, a beautiful zine that is unlike anything of it’s kind featuring up and coming photographers and crowd sourced photography in beautiful layouts and stories. The majority of Steve’s photographic work is derived from the endless source of inspiration found in his home turf in NYC with intriguing travel logs to round out what has become an insanely compelling portfolio that is behind his rapidly emerging recognition in the photojournalism community. Most recently his photography around the racial equality and BLM movement has been

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Street Photography + Capturing Truth with Steven John Irby


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Steve John Irby, aka Steve Sweatpants, is a renowned street photographer and cofounder of Street Dreams Magazine, a beautiful zine that is unlike anything of it’s kind featuring up and coming photographers and crowd sourced photography in beautiful layouts and stories. The majority of Steve’s photographic work is derived from the endless source of inspiration found in his home turf in NYC with intriguing travel logs to round out what has become an insanely compelling portfolio that is behind his rapidly emerging recognition in the photojournalism community. Most recently his photography around the racial equality and BLM movement has been

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Vanity Fair Hires Black Photographer to Shoot the Cover for the First Time Ever


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In the midst of the controversy surrounding the recent VOGUE cover featuring shot by Annie Leibovitz, Vanity Fair is tackling the issue head on: the magazine’s latest cover, featuring actress Viola Davis, was shot a black photographer for the first time in the magazine’s 35-year history.

The cover and cover story was revealed earlier today, and the entire feature—from the profile of Davis, to the Editor’s letter that accompanied the issue, to the cover shot by photographer Dario Calmese—tackles issues of representation and systemic racism within the magazine world and beyond.

Davis addresses this directly in her

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Covering Your MacBook Camera Can Crack Your Screen, Apple Warns


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If you’re super conscious about protecting your privacy, one thing you can do is cover up the camera on your laptop when it’s not being used — there are even commercial covers you can buy for this purpose. But beware: Apple is now warning that using a camera cover could permanently damage your MacBook display.

Back in 2016, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg made headlines after sharing a photo of himself in which a taped-up MacBook could be seen on his desk.

The idea is that if the webcam (and/or microphone) on your laptop is taken over by a hacker or

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Scary Video Shows Father Dangling Young Boy Off a Cliff for a Photo Op


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A shocking video has surfaced online that shows just how far some parents will go to get a “unique” photo of their kid. The clip, originally posted to Chinese social media site Weibo, reportedly shows a man dangling his young son off a cliff as a relative takes photos.

The incident allegedly took place yesterday at the Hongjing Road: a winding, 12-mile stretch of scenic highway on the outskirts of Beijing. You can see others sitting on the side of the road, dangling their feet off the edge, but one family decided to take it a terrifying step further by

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Vogue Slammed for Hiring Annie Leibovitz for Simone Biles Cover Instead of Black Photographer


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Fashion magazine Vogue has come under fire over the cover of its August issue. The magazine featured world-renowned gymnast Simone Biles, and critics are upset at both the style of the images and the fact that Biles was photographed by Annie Leibovitz and not a Black photographer.

The profile of Biles was published four days ago, and almost immediately the images and choice of photographer came under attack.

Criticism came from a broad spectrum of voices, including prominent photographers and photo editors like the New York Times National picture editor Morrigan McCarthy, and Black Women Photographers founder Polly Irungu.

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The Camera-Obsessed Man Who Lives in a Camera-Shaped House


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In the Indian city of Belgaum, there’s a man who loves cameras so much that he built a 3-story camera-shaped house. Not only that, but he also named his three sons Canon, Nikon, and Epson.

49-year-old professional photographer Ravi Hongal spent over $94,000 building his unusual dwelling, which features a lens, flash, film reels, memory card, and viewfinder on its facade. The inner rooms are reportedly camera-themed as well.

The house is so bizarre-looking that it has become something of a tourist attraction in Hongal’s town. It would also be a perfect building to turn into a working giant camera.

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Google Image Search Will Now Fact Check Manipulated Photos


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In big tech’s continuing battle against the scourge of so-called “fake news” and manipulated imagery used to trick people online, Google has just added a major update to Google Image search: fact checking.

Announced earlier today on the Google Keyword Blog, the update puts fact checking info front and center in Google Image Search, whenever the image or video that you’re looking at might be manipulated or misleading. Here’s how it works:

Now, when you search on Google Images, you may see a “Fact Check” label under the thumbnail image results. When you tap one of these results to

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Snapchat Sorry for Juneteenth Filter That Had Users ‘Smile’ to Break Chains


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Snapchat has apologized after releasing and then pulling a Juneteenth camera filter that prompted users to “smile” to break the chains of slavery.

The new filter was launched Friday morning to celebrate the emancipation of slaves in the United States, and it had “Smile” displayed across a user’s live selfie view. When a smile was detected, an animation of chains breaking appeared behind the user.