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Great Reads in Photography: November 29, 2020

Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!

Jupiter and its four moons © Bill Dunford

Is this Photo Showing Jupiter and Its Four Moons a Fake? – Snopes

A photo of a celestial body surrounded by four moons was posted this year on social media. It was further claimed to be Jupiter’s four largest moons in order, left to right: Earth, Callisto, Ganymede, Jupiter, Io, Europa. This captured the imagination of many sky-watchers and the question on everybody’s lips: Is it real?

Yes, it is real. Bill Dunford, a writer and social media specialist for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California, captured it on a Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6, 2 seconds, 4:22 am, south-ish, in Brighton, Utah on July 7, 2020.

“I was glad to have Snopes verify the photo, not just for the vindication, but because I want people to know this sight is available to anyone with a pair of binoculars and some curiosity,” Dunford tells PetaPixel. He took a similar photograph in 2019, near Salt Lake City, which has been posted to NASA’s website.

Notable: Jupiter is the solar system’s largest planet and has many moons, although the ones visible in Dunford’s picture are its largest four, of a total of possibly seventy-nine.

Quiz: When was the first photo of earth taken from space*?
1946. Long before Sputnik opened the space age, photos were taken from an altitude of 65 miles by a 35mm motion picture camera riding on a V-2 missile launched from the White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. When the movie frames were stitched together, Clyde Holliday, the engineer who developed the camera, wrote in National Geographic in 1950, the V-2 photos showed for the first time “how our Earth would look to visitors from another planet coming in on a space ship.”
* Anything above 100 kilometers (62.5 miles) is generally considered space.

© Jason Halayko

Is the GoPro Hero9 Black a Viable Stills Camera for Action Sports? – JAPAN Forward

In the world of action sports, GoPro has been integral to capturing amazing video clips of crazy action since 2004. But Jason Halayko, a pro-photographer based in Tokyo, Japan, has found the GoPro Hero9 Black to be useful for stills as well, especially action sports photography, in which he specializes. Jason has seen a slight delay between the instant of clicking and when the photo was actually captured in single-shot mode. He, therefore, shoots in bursts of 10 frames per second in RAW to be able to capture the exact moment he needs. When he’s dealing with high-speed action, he changes to JPEG and 25 frames per second to capture that micro-adjustment of the perfect position. The Hero9 is so light that “it is no pain to lift the camera with one hand and frame the image” while looking at the LCD screen.

“The stills this camera produces are great for the price and size of the GoPro Hero9,” Halayko tells PetaPixel. “Of course, they are not as good as my Nikon D5, but that is a pretty unfair comparison. With nice light, a good idea, and good timing, these Go Pro Hero9 Blacks can produce great images that beginner photographers would be more than happy with.”

You can also watch a video of Halayko testing here.

Notable: WIRED review says: The 20-MP still images are perhaps an even more noticeable step up from previous Hero sensors. RAW images are considerably sharper, and there’s less smearing of fine details. The physical limitations of small lenses aren’t gone—purple fringing is quite common but easy to remove with software.

The new sensor also brings the ability to grab a 14.7-MP still image from videos. That’s a high enough resolution to be perfectly usable not just on the web but in print. The great thing about this is that you can leave the camera in 5K video mode and then pull out high-quality still images later, so there’s never a chance you’ll miss the action.

Quiz: How do you sleep late and still get the sunrise time-lapse?
Scheduled capture lets you set your GoPro Hero9 to automatically turn itself on and capture a shot up to 24 hours in advance. It’s available for all presets.

The Celebrity Photographer Who Put Down His Camera to Become a Baker in NY Saveur

Cover courtesy Harper’s BAZAAR

Rihanna reclining in a shark’s open mouth, George Clooney waltzing in a garden, Carla Bruni posing beneath the Eiffel Tower, yes those are some of the images that Canadian-born photographer Norman Jean Roy created for 30 years. He had a place in fashion photography history alongside Slim Aarons and Herb Ritts in the pantheon of artists who defined their respective eras of glamour. But Roy, 51, lost interest in his celebrity routine and missed spending time with his family. In 2014 he said goodbye to the glamour and glitz and moved into a barn in the Hudson Valley, NY. Last year he attended a bread making boot camp and a 7,000 sq. ft., 50 seat bakery was born.

“I’m making a living two, three dollars at a time,” Roy tells The New York Times. “There’s nothing more humbling than that after spending years in five-star hotels and private jets.”

Any photography? Right now, that is relegated just to Breadfolks’ Instagram feed.

A great portrait needs to first grab you and then let you sit in there and continue to draw you in. [Whereas] with a lot of fashion photography, it really hits you hard, and then it slowly fades away. – Norman Jean Roy


Girls display their answers in a primary school math class. Education is free for all Togolese children and compulsory up to age 15. Nevertheless, less than a quarter of pupils complete primary education, and almost half the female population is illiterate. Lomé, Togo, 2017 © Steve McCurry/Courtesy Laurence King Publishing
This woman with fashionably dyed hair and indomitable spirit is reminiscing about studying and working in New York City in the 1950s. Havana, Cuba, 2010 © Steve McCurry/Courtesy Laurence King Publishing

Photographer Steve McCurry Goes in Search of Elsewhere – My Modern Met

Photo by Bruno Barbey

Steve McCurry has been used to traveling since he was 20 years old, but the pandemic forced him to stay at home for the first time. He spent the time at his Philadelphia studio sifting through his archive spanning from 1981 to 2019, re-discovering many unpublished images from his past works: the photos from the journeys in Afghanistan, in Kashmir, in Burma and Cambodia, in Germany, as well as in India and Africa.

A new book, In Search of Elsewhere, now reveals 100 previously unseen photographs, with many of those images showing off his portraiture, a skill McCurry says he has learned a lot from throughout his career. “You can only really work with people who want to be photographed, and there could be a million great reasons why they just don’t want to participate,” he says. “You have to respect that.”

McCurry presents the photos without captions in a minimalistic presentation so that the reader can possibly take in just the image without the distraction of words. The captions are provided at the back of the book, but since they are not cross-referenced with the page numbers, it becomes a bit of a back and forth to locate them.

Note: Steve McCurry’s portrait on the top was captured by Bruno Barbey of Magnum, who recently passed away.

Just because people use Instagram and take cellphone pictures, it doesn’t mean the pictures are meaningful, any more than a text someone sends a friend is great literature. – Steve McCurry
In a 2015 conversation with Brennavan Sritharan at British Journal of Photography

How to Avoid Taking Boring Street PortraitsAsia Photo Review

Tim Russell, a street/travel photographer from the UK and now based in Bangkok, recently joined a street portraits group on Facebook and found a good 90% of the images posted extremely boring and unimaginative. Many of the photos were shot with telephotos without any engagement with the subject, normal-looking people doing normal looking things without any point of interest, stalker-style where the photographer is afraid to approach, and boring photos converted to B&W in the hope of making them exciting.

Russell has another whole website dedicated to street photography – and “while I’m no expert or professional,” I like to think I’m half-decent at it at least. So here are his tips to avoid boring street portraits:

  • Get closer. The most famous piece of photography advice ever given is Robert Capa’s “If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.”
  • Look for interesting people. Quirky, eccentric-looking people make for more interesting street portraits.
  • Look at the eyes. If there’s a face in a picture, that’s what we go to first, and it’s the eyes that draw us in the most.
  • Use context to tell stories. When we show a person in their surroundings, the full story emerges.
  • Look for contradictions. People doing things they wouldn’t normally do, or in places they wouldn’t normally be, naturally stand out
  • Use light. Photography is, of course, all about light, and few things give us more satisfaction than a beautifully lit image, or the light can sometimes become a subject in itself.
  • Shoot a series or project. You’re also more likely to get noticed and published if you can put your images together into a project – editors are more likely to work with you if you can create interesting and cohesive photo essays
  • Relax and engage. If your subjects are stiff and posing, take a couple of shots and show them. They’ll instantly relax and probably laugh, at which point you can fire off a few more spontaneous shots, and these are more likely to be winners.
It’s not just a circle, but it’s interesting to see that every brand has used the letter ‘x’ in its model names at one time or another © Richard Butler/DPReview

Opinion: Camera Names are Getting Ridiculous – DPReview

Remembering camera model numbers is becoming a challenge for salespeople, journalists, and anybody else who has to deal with them. In the film days, a camera’s shelf life was long, and therefore the name lasted many, many years. The Pentax K1000 was produced for 21 years from 1976 –1997, and 3 million units were made. With digital cameras, many are not even lasting 2.1 years. Sony has really exhausted all possible permutations, even “… replacing each model before the previous generation had arrived in the shops,” notes DPReview, technical editor and scientist, Richard Butler.

Maybe it all started at Photokina 2008 when the Canon 5D Mk II was unveiled, and it ushered in the era of Full HD video in DSLRs. At that time, it seemed logical that “Mark II” branding appeared to have been developed from the previous model. Later, Canon adopted ‘Mark’ designations for its compacts, giving us three G1 Xs, two iterations of the G5 X, and three of the G7 X.

Sony’s naming system seems to have got completely out of control. There are multiple “Marks” of the different RX0, RX1, RX10, and RX100 models. The RX100 series has apparently been divided into parallel short (Mark 1-5) and long-zoom variants (Marks 6 and 7), necessitating the creation of the RX100 Mark 5A. Where is all this going to end up?

Fujifilm takes the cake or maybe the camera! Do they really have two different models? The Fujifilm X100T and Fujifilm X-T100!! Go figure.

© Demas Rusli

Light Trails & Starry Sky Composite – Alpha Universe

Demas Rusli is based in Sydney, Australia, and gave up a career in architecture to become a full-time photographer. He created the above composite at the Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada while on a Southwest U.S. road trip.

  • Arrived at the location just before sunset and stayed until blue hour.
  • Climbed up some rock formations to get the vantage point looking down onto this road.
  • Created final photo by compositing four different shots. All photos were shot on a tripod, with a Sony a7R IV and Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master.

#1 Car Trails: His friend drove down the road in a snake-like pattern when it started to get dark, ISO 100, 30-second exposure.

#2 Car Trails Extended: Since he had only exposed for 30 seconds in the first image, the car lights did not go further down the part of the road that was still in the frame. He asked his friend to drive the same way further down so he could stack the images together and join the two light trails.

#3 Empty Valley with Subject Standing on Road Just Before Blue-Hour: Before it got fully dark, he had his friend go stand in the empty valley.

#4 Stars: This image was actually shot at a separate location, Monument Valley, and then added to this composite in post-production.

Post-Production: All four images were imported into Adobe Lightroom for color grading and then composited together using Adobe Photoshop.

See in detail at the link above how Rusli created his fantasy scene. There are also some other examples of zig-zag car trails in the Instagram sequence.

Check out Demas Rusli’s How to Straighten a Photo Perfectly Using Lightroom and Photoshop

© Steve Simon


I made this photograph at the Phelisanong Children’s Center in Lesotho, South Africa while working on my book Heroines & Heroes: Hope, HIV and Africa. Kids are often easy subjects, but it was hard for me to keep a low profile among the throngs of children all focused on me, the camera-toting stranger in town.

Impossible to be a fly on the wall, I just started shooting—having fun connecting with the kids who were having fun back. I find my best street photography portraits often start as a posed situation— but if something spontaneous and authentic happens, that’s the moment that can make a good image great.

As I scanned the crowd of light-hearted kids and shot, I noticed this young guy had picked up a discarded piece of plastic and started photographing me back. I moved closer and closer still—as he continued to mimic my moves. Just as I got a little too close for comfort, we were both startled; and I triggered the shutter. If his camera was real, I’m sure he would have captured a similar expression.

I remember him being a sharp, smart, and really nice kid. Lesotho is a developing country with too many orphans, resulting from the scourge of HIV/ Aids there. I loved the picture, but I couldn’t help thinking that I first fell in love with photography around his age, turning my obsession into a wonderful life and career. But for him to become a photographer…well, the odds were not in his favor—so much potential in that group of kids that beautiful afternoon. But the odds were against them too.

Steve Simon is an award-winning documentary photographer and author of five critically acclaimed photography books, including The Passionate Photographer, chosen as one of Amazon’s “Top Ten Art and Photography Books.”

He has photographed on assignment in more than 40 countries, and his work has been published in The New York Times Magazine, Mother Jones, Colors, Life, Time, Le Monde, Harpers, and many others. Simon Says you can read more of his writing here.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK (or a Previous Week):

Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures. – Don McCullin (Sir Donald McCullin CBE, b. 1935, is a British photojournalist, particularly recognized for his war photography and images of urban strife.)

Check out: Angelina Jolie to Direct Biopic Starring Tom Hardy as War Photographer Don McCullin

To see an archive of past issues of Great Reads in Photography, click here.

We welcome comments as well as suggestions. As we cannot possibly cover each and every source, if you see something interesting in your reading or local newspaper anywhere in the world, kindly forward the link to us here. ALL messages will be personally acknowledged.

About the author: Phil Mistry is a photographer and teacher based in Atlanta, GA. He started one of the first digital camera classes in New York City at The International Center of Photography in the 90s. He was the director and teacher for Sony/Popular Photography magazine’s Digital Days Workshops. You can reach him via email here.

Image credits: All photographs as credited and used with permission from the photographers or agencies.

Great Reads in Photography: November 22, 2020

Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!

A Promised Land, back and front cover, showing the BACK-COVER PHOTO THAT ALMOST DID NOT MAKE IT © Phil Mistry

How the Photo on Barack Obama’s New Memoir Almost Didn’t Happen: A Wife’s Special Request Went Awry ­- People

Shooting at the White House on August 25, 2016, for New York magazine, Dan Winters was given five minutes of President Obama’s time for a cover story. He spent at least five hours carefully pre-setting each shot: “Each setup had its own camera and tripod, [was lit and dialed in] so I could just jump from setup to setup quickly, 45 seconds on one setup.”

Winters got to the final shot (back cover photo above) — where the president was instructed to gaze out the Blue Room window. There, Winters discovered in a panic: that his wife Kathryn had separately called his first assistant and asked him to take some souvenir shots of Winters at work with Obama. The assistant had changed all the camera settings when he dashed off the shots that Winters’ wife wanted and “casually put the camera back without restoring my settings.”

Winters took his final frame, checked the camera’s monitor, and found the image over-exposed — almost completely white — from the light through the window.

“While I was lamenting the predicament and trying to guess the exposure, the president was like, ‘I don’t hear any clicking. Dan, I don’t hear any clicking.’ He said it twice. And everybody was on me, his handlers were giving me the stinkeye,” the Austin, Texas-based Dan Winters recalls. “But I think I nailed that shot on my second frame.”

Five years later, Obama himself selected the photo to be a prominent part of the historical record that A Promised Land will portray, which has already sold a record 890,000 copies on its first day. Winters’ portrait, which was printed in black and white for the October 3, 2016, issue of New York, appears in full color for the first time on Obama’s memoir on the back cover. This will eventually end up being his first photo to be printed over 10 million copies for Winters!

Notable:  The magazine’s [New York] photo director actually called my wife while the shoot was going on and said, “Your husband is bossing around the president of the United States!”

Treat every assignment as if it’s your first one. I think there is a misconception, especially that students have, and I really make a point when I speak at schools to talk about the fact that you never really arrive. You are always working towards something, but you never stop. I think there is this crazy idea that you get somewhere, and then everything is cool. – Dan Winters

An orphaned reticulated giraffe nuzzles Sarara Camp wildlife keeper Lekupania. This giraffe was rehabilitated and returned to the wild. Current estimates are that giraffe populations across Africa have dropped 40 percent in three decades, plummeting from approximately 155,000 in the late 1980s to under 100,000 today. The decline is thought to be caused to habitat loss and fragmentation and poaching, but because there haven’t been long-term conservation efforts in the past, it’s hard to know exactly what is happening. Reticulated giraffe themselves number fewer than 16,000 individuals.  © Ami Vitale/Prints for Nature
Rajan an Asian elephant that was brought to the Andaman Islands in the 1950s to help extract timber from the jungles. Along with a small group of 10 elephants, he was forced to learn how to swim in the ocean to bring logged trees to nearby boats. When logging became banned in 2002, Rajan was out of a job. He was the last of the group to survive and enjoyed his retirement by swimming in the ocean and foraging in the jungle he once used to log. He died at the age of 66 in 2016. © Jody MacDonald/Prints for Nature

Print Sale to Support Conservation Efforts Conservation International

The pandemic overwhelmed National Geographic photographer Ami Vitale, and she knew she had to do something. COVID-19 was devastating conservation efforts globally as tourism and economies have collapsed, creating increasing pressure on nature. Driven by desperation, poaching and deforestation were on the rise.

Vitale tells PetaPixel, “I reached out to photographers that I deeply admire to ask for their support. I was surprised by how enthusiastic the photographers have been. They are checking in with me, asking how the sale is going, and sharing it with their own audiences.”

Vitale created Prints for Nature as a fine art photographic print sale offering collectors the chance to own work from some of the most impactful names in the photography industry and contribute to conservation. It includes eighty-five fine art and nature photographers who have generously donated prints for this cause.

The collection includes images from a diverse group of artists, many of whom are National Geographic photographers, like Joel Sartore who contributed an image from his National Geographic Photo Ark collection, Academy award-winning ‘Free Solo’ director Jimmy Chin, Emmy Award-winning artist Beverly Joubert, Ami Vitale, Anand Varma, Bertie Gregory, Brent Stirton, Charlie Hamilton James, David Doubilet, David Guttenfelder, Danielle Zalcman, David Liittschwager, Jasper Doest, Keith Ladzinski, Michael Yamashita, Steve Winder, Vince Musi and many more inspiring photographers.

Images are crafted by Paper & Ink and will be printed at 11×16 inches and sell for $250. The price per print will increase to $275 after Black Friday, November 27, 2020. The sale ends December 10, 2020.

Graciela Iturbide’s Photos Show the Beauty and Dreams of Mexico And Its People – NPR

Graciela Iturbide, who was born in Mexico City in 1942, set out to be a film director, enrolling at the Film Studies Center at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México at the age of 27. But while traveling with her mentor, the Mexican modernist Manuel Alvarez Bravo, she realized how drawn she was to photography and travel.

Iturbide photographs everyday life, almost entirely in black-and-white, following her curiosity and photographing when she sees what she likes. Iturbide’s Photos of Mexico Make “Visible What, to Many, Is Invisible,” said the New York Times in quoting Kristen Gresh, curator of photographs at the Museum of Fine Arts, who has worked closely with Ms. Iturbide. Iturbide eschews labels and calls herself complicit with her subjects. She became interested in the daily life of Mexico’s indigenous cultures and people (the Zapotec, Mixtec, and Seri) and has photographed life in Mexican cities and on the Mexican/American border (La Frontera). She uses photography as a way of understanding Mexico, combining indigenous customs, assimilated Catholic practices and foreign economic trade under one scope.

I never use a telephoto lens. I need to be close to people. I need their complicity; I need them to be aware that I am there taking their picture. – Graciela Iturbide

“Rhein II” by German photographer Andreas Gursky, which sold for $4.3 million at auction in 2011 (a record that still stands).

A Decade Ago, Supersize Images by German Photographers Were Selling for Millions. Now, Prices Have Fallen Off a Cliff  – Artnet News

Photographs by members of the Düsseldorf School—a group of German photographers that studied under influential photography duo Bernd and Hilla Becher, including Andreas Gursky, Thomas Struth, and Thomas Ruff—were snapped up by collectors like actor Leonardo DiCaprio for millions. One London hedge fund reported The New York Times purchased five of Gursky’s stock-exchange photos to decorate its trading floor.

These days demand for the extra-large works has diminished. In 2011, work by contemporary German photographers generated a combined $21 million at auction. Last year, that total fell by almost 50 percent, to $10.6 million, according to the Artnet Price Database. In the first half of this year, sales shrank further to just $3.9 million at auction.

How can three artists with impeccable collectors, museum presence, and curatorial attention fall into such a rut on the auction block? Experts attribute the dynamic to a combination of factors, starting with oversupply. Another is that these huge mounted photos are difficult to move and relocate as they are not as forgiving as canvas.

… for me [Rhein II], it is an allegorical picture about the meaning of life and how things are.Andreas Gursky

Notable: Gursky carefully digitally removed [from Rhein II] any intrusive features – dog walkers, cyclists, a factory building – until it was bleak enough to satisfy him. The 73×143 (image size) chromogenic color print face-mounted to Plexiglas sold at Christie’s in 2011 for a record $ 4,338,500.

Images on the Apple iPhone 12 Pro display good exposure and color rendering in most conditions. Photo courtesy DXOMARK.

Apple iPhone 12 Pro Camera Review: Great Smartphone Video – DxO

With a DXOMARK camera overall score of 128, the Apple iPhone 12 Pro makes it into the top five of their ranking, improving on last year’s 11 Pro Max by four points and replacing it as the best Apple device in their database. The overall score is founded on a high Photo score of 135 and a very good Video score of 112. With a score of 66, Zoom is the area where the iPhone 12 Pro loses some points against the best in class, mainly due to its tele-lens offering only a 2x optical magnification.

In Photo mode, DxO found the autofocus system to be one of the highlights, offering fast and accurate performance in most situations. “Exposure is mostly good, but our testers found the dynamic range to be a little limited, with both highlight and shadow clipping occurring in difficult conditions. Color rendering is accurate under indoor lighting, but color casts can be noticeable in outdoor images, and while the camera also offers good detail retention, if you don’t shoot in very dim conditions, you can often find image noise in indoor and low-light shots.”

Note: This review is of the iPhone 12 Pro and NOT the top-end iPhone 12 Pro Max, which also comes with a triple-camera setup, but uses a larger sensor in the standard-wide and a slightly longer tele-lens compared to the 12 Pro.

Mount Stetinden, Norway; 2-26 September 2016, around 10 PM; 3-10 seconds for the aurora and 90 seconds for the landscape with an exposure blend. It was Kp6 (moderate storm) aurora and recorded the 10th strongest aurora in 2016 © Dr. Kah-Wai Lin.

12 Outstanding Astrophotographers Worth Following –DIYPhotography

Here are twelve gifted astrophotographers who create stunning images of the heavens above. Most of these images include night landscapes with the Milky Way in the background. Capturing star trails is also another great subject. Night photography has many things to consider. On top of your usual composition and exposure, you have to deal with noise, shadow detail, preserving highlights, and special gear considerations for night lovers. This is also night landscape photography with an emphasis on the sky. Most of the time, you may be trying to avoid star trails by using the 500 rule (see below), as they can be distracting. Yet, emphasizing them can also make for a stunning image.

Ed. Note: Also check out Dr. Kah-Wai Lin’s  How to Calculate Exposure Time with a 10-Stop ND Filter

(1.) Who was the first astrophotographer?
Louis Daguerre (who invented the first practical process of photography) himself is believed to be the first person to photograph the moon, using his daguerreotype process, on January 2, 1839. Unfortunately, in March of that same year, his entire laboratory burnt to the ground, destroying all his written records and much of his early experimental work–and that historical image of the moon (which, according to a contemporary, was out of focus). Louis?? This does not look good on your resume!

A year later on March 26, 1840, John William Draper, an American doctor and chemist, took from his rooftop observatory at New York University his own daguerreotype of the moon using a device called a heliostat to keep light from the moon focused on the plate during a long 20-minute exposure. E&OE

(2.) What is the 500 rule in astrophotography?
500 Divided by the Focal Length of Your Lens = The Longest Exposure (in Seconds) Before Stars Start to “Trail.” For example, let’s say you’re taking a shot with a 24mm lens on a full-frame camera. 500/24 = 21 seconds, which you can round to 20 seconds.

Magnum Photographer Bruno Barbey Dies at 79  – Blind

Bruno Barbey, a French photographer for the Magnum Photos agency who produced powerful, empathetic work in war zones as well as in peacetime, died November 9. Although he captured conflicts in Nigeria, Vietnam, the Middle East, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Northern Ireland, Iraq and Kuwait, Barbey rejected the title “war photographer,” perhaps recognizing the fight for freedom was an integral part of life. Barbey, along with photographers Marc Riboud and Henri Cartier-Bresson, worked without flash to preserve the atmosphere of Paris’s streets in their night photographs during the civil unrest of 1968.

Barbey traveled all over the five continents for half a century and published more than 30 books documenting the beauty of places and the people he encountered. Always open to new techniques and styles, Barbey pioneered the use of color film in photojournalism while on assignment for Vogue in Brazil in 1966. Throughout his career, Barbey photographed Morocco, often returning to make pictures in the place where he was born in 1941. “It is very difficult to photograph there because in Islam, photography is supposed to bring the evil eye,” he told Magnum Photos. “You have to be cunning as a fox, well organized, and respect some customs. The photographer must learn to merge into the walls. Photos must either be taken swiftly, with all the attendant risks or only after long periods of infinite patience.”

Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world. – Bruno Barbey

Portrait Photographer’s Unethical Pricing Generates 800 Comments – Reddit

  • Family enters photoshoot giveaway on Facebook.
  • Family wins a photoshoot.
  • Mother and daughter get professional hair and makeup done and do a 3-hour photoshoot with multiple dress changes.
  • Then comes the price list: 4×6 print $350; 8×10 print $500; 10 prints plus a photo album $4500; Digital rights, 15 prints, and photo album $6500!
  • To offer free shoots in the hope of making money on the backend is not uncommon marketing. But shouldn’t one ask, “What does the average customer spend or how much are prints going to be?” etc., when there is no indication provided?
LAPD South Central, 1995 © Ken Light

My Thoughts on This Photo – Ken Light

I made this photo in Los Angeles, California, in 1995 while on a three-day assignment for Newsweek magazine to document the LA Police after the Rodney King riots and the OJ Simpson debacle. The photos were never published by the magazine. An assignment like this always raises issues of access and how a photographer should prepare. I arrived at the South-Central LA precinct wearing a bulletproof vest, silently pronouncing to the cops that I took what they did seriously, and this helped gain their trust. Photographing with Kodak Tri-X, I used two Nikon N90s, which at the time were noted for their fast autofocus speed, a recent accomplishment of photo technology.

I sat in the front seat of the patrol car, my cameras ready, with a 20mm and 28mm lens. As we drove in South-Central, he spotted a possible stolen car driving on the street. The Sergeant pulled his gun and held it below the window, and I started photographing, partly in denial, wondering if he thought they had guns, wondering would we be shot at, would my exposure be right, how many un-exposed frames did I have left in my camera.

This photo caught a moment of tension on the street, the fear the suspects had of being stopped and questioned, the officer’s uneasiness, finger near the trigger, and my own concern that this moment could escalate to something deadlier.  I was worried about the ambient light outside, given we were inside the patrol car, and worried it might mess with my exposure, especially since the photo is nothing without showing the gun hidden on the cop’s lap. The moment I saw what was happening, I kept pressing the shutter button, my camera slightly tilted, the subject’s hands raised, the gun with a slight shine of light, and the officer looking towards the suspects.

I still like the composition of the photo, the patrol car window framing the two guys in their car, yet with the wide depth of field, you can see the donut shop and warehouse in the background creating a sense of place. The hands held high of the suspect add to the tension; a brief moment caught so important to the photo.  The 45-degree angle of the officer’s arm lets your eye follow the gun, and in your mind, you know what could happen. It was a moment that showed the danger for all, in the day in the life of South-Central Los Angeles.

Ken Light is the Reva & David Logan Professor of Photojournalism at UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism. Light has worked as a freelance documentary photographer for over forty-five years, focusing on social issues facing America. His work has been published in 9 books, including the recent Picturing Resistance: Moments and Movements of Social Change from the 1950s to Today.

Quote of the Week (or a Previous Week):

I haven’t been everywhere, but it’s on my list. — Susan Sontag, author of On Photography, first published in 1977.

To see an archive of past issues of Great Reads in Photography, click here.

We welcome comments as well as suggestions. As we cannot possibly cover each and every source, if you see something interesting in your reading or local newspaper anywhere in the world, kindly forward the link to us here. ALL messages will be personally acknowledged.

About the author: Phil Mistry is a photographer and teacher based in Atlanta, GA. He started one of the first digital camera classes in New York City at The International Center of Photography in the 90s. He was the director and teacher for Sony/Popular Photography magazine’s Digital Days Workshops. You can reach him via email here.

Image credits: All photographs as credited and used with permission from the photographers or agencies.

Great Reads in Photography: November 15, 2020

Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!

Selma to Montgomery March for Voting Rights, Alabama, 1965 ©  Matt Herron courtesy of Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House
Tami Sawyer, Memphis Mayoral candidate, Memphis, Tennessee, 2017 ©  Justin Fox Burks courtesy of Ten Speed Press, an imprint of Penguin Random House

PICTURING RESISTANCE: Photos of 65 Years of American ProtestsSan Francisco Chronicle DATEBOOK

Ken Light and his wife, nonfiction writer Melanie Light started a book project two years ago to create a visual survey of American resistance movements since the 1950s.
This started as a simple task as they have produced 14 books between the two of them. “The more we dug in, the more we discovered movements that needed to be included,” says Light, who pushed the deadline to the absolute last hour to include images from Confederate statues coming down, and the incarceration of immigrant children on the border.”
The Lights submitted their manuscript, then George Floyd was killed, and they tried to stop the presses. That failed, but Picturing Resistance: Moments and Movements of Social Change from the 1950s to Today, is still a comprehensive visual history of progressive social protest in America. It includes the work of 85 photographers and covers more than 100 events, ranging from Emmett Till’s funeral in 1955 to a 2019 protest of President Trump after a mass shooting in Dayton, Ohio.
With this book, we are hoping that activists today will understand they are standing on the shoulders of protestors of the past,” the Lights tell PetaPixel. “We also want to acknowledge the importance of photographers bearing witness to resistance and the history that is told through their actions of portraying protests. Our book shows the slow arc of change only happens if you keep pushing.”

©  Miguel Quiles

Get a FREE Portfolio Review from Photographer Miguel Quiles at Creative Space Online – Alpha Universe

On December 5 and 6, Creative Space Online is free and open to everyone. It will be two full days with Photography Classes and live Q & A’s with leading instructors in photography and video. In addition to the classes and special sessions, they’ll also be holding Portfolio Review sessions. Miguel Quiles and Scott Robert Lim will select portfolios to discuss in open, live sessions on Saturday and Sunday and share their expert feedback with the portfolio creator and the audience. Portfolios will be selected for review from sign-ups submitted via the Creative Space Online page. If you are one of the lucky chosen, you will be contacted ahead of time to make sure you know to tune in—the review will happen live, so you’ll be able to ask the reviewer questions.

Notable: “The Portfolio Review is open to anyone that has a profile on the Alpha Universe website. There’s no requirement for the photos to have been taken with Sony cameras, so it’s all good as long as they have an account,” Miguel Quiles informs PetaPixel.

If you test a set of $5,000 lenses carefully enough, you may find some differences in image quality. The technical term for this phenomenon is ‘reality’ ©  Roger Cicala/DPReview

Why are There Actual Bad Copies of Lenses? – DPReview

According to Roger Cicala – inadequate testing. Most photographers greatly overestimate the amount and quality of testing that’s actually done at the factory, particularly at the end of the assembly line.
Many companies use a test target of thick bars to set AF and give a cursory pass-fail evaluation. A target of thick bars is low-resolution, equivalent to the 10 lp/mm (line pairs per millimeter) on an MTF bench. Some use a 20 lp/mm target to test, and 20 is higher than 10, so that’s good. The trouble is that most modern sensors with a good lens can resolve 50 lp/mm easily. This is what I mean when I say (as I do often) that you and your camera are testing to a higher standard than most manufacturers.

I get asked all the time what happens to the two lenses John Doe returned when he kept the third? Well, they got re-sold, and the new owners are probably happy with them. – Roger Cicala

M1 is Apple’s first chip designed specifically for the Mac and the most powerful chip it has ever created.

New MacBook Air Has Only a Comical 1-Core GPU Difference Between the Base and Higher-Spec Model9to5 Mac

There appears to be a comical difference in the new MacBook Air specs between the $999 base model and the $1249 version.
Both models have an M1 chip with an 8-core CPU. But while the higher-spec model has an 8-core GPU – also seen in the new MacBook Pro and Mac mini – the base model only has a 7-core GPU. And there is probably no real-world performance difference between the two. So why did Apple do this?
Cost-saving by chip binning. Manufacturers aim for a particular spec, then separate out those chips that fall short and sell those as a lower-spec version like putting them in a different sorting bin.
It is taking those chips, which suffered a tiny amount of damage to the GPU in manufacturing such that only 7 of the 8 cores work properly (again, usually due to overheating). Those are designated 7-core versions and allocated to the base model MacBook Air.

(1.) Apple’s M1 is a system on a chip (SoC) processor. How is that different from the Intel chips it replaces?
In M1, the CPU, GPU, and RAM are all contained on a single chip, just like Apple’s A14 in its iPhone 12.

(2.) The M1 has an incredible maximum of 16 processor cores, whereas most powerful Intel laptops have only six cores. Does that make it that much proportionately faster?
No. It has so many cores, not for speedy performance, but to perform more tasks. As many as eight cores are dedicated to graphics processing (the other eight are CPU cores), similar to how Intel’s Iris integrated graphics work.

(3.) What are the two noteworthy limitations of Apple’s M1 chip?
The processor has an in-built DRAM (Dynamic RAM), making it impossible for users to upgrade the RAM size. So, 16GB is the maximum you’re getting at this moment. Second, the ARM-based chip doesn’t support external graphics cards. That means you can’t drum up your new Mac Mini into a more powerful machine.

(4.) What if you need four Thunderbolt ports and more RAM?
There’s almost certainly a new chip coming in 2021 that will facilitate that for the higher-end 13-inch MacBook Pro, as well as the 16-inch model.

Eugene, 1998. Unique Polaroid triptych, mounted, each 24 x 20 2/4 in. (61 x 52.1 cm), overall 32 x 76 in. (81.3 x 193 cm), estimate: $15,000 – 20,000, SOLD FOR $35,000 ©  Dawoud Bey. Image courtesy of Phillips.
Amishi, 1993. Four Polaroid prints. Each 24 x 20 1/2 in. (61 x 52.1 cm), overall 63 1/4 x 47 in. (160.7 x 119.4 cm), estimate: $10,000 – 15,000, SOLD FOR $20,000 ©  Dawoud Bey. Image courtesy of Phillips.

Dawoud Bey Sets New Record at Phillips for $35,000 Following Retrospective AcclaimArt Market Monitor

On Oct 14, Phillips in New York, which started in 1796 in London, England, sold Dawoud Bey’s Polaroid triptych Eugene (1998) for $35,000, doubling the estimate of $15,000 and setting a new record for the artist.
Bey’s previous record was $20,000 for the sale of his 1993 photograph, Amishi, another Polaroid also sold at Phillips two years ago in 2018.
The new record and growing recognition of Bey’s importance in contemporary art come with renewed institutional attention on the MacArthur prize recipient and Guggenheim fellow. Bey got his start as a street photographer, mostly shooting the people he encountered in and around Harlem and Brooklyn, N.Y.
“Bey, who is 66, is part of a tradition of Black photographers who have elevated the Black subject in contemporary art beyond pure documentation or tedious clichés,” notes The New York Times. “He has expanded upon the legacies of James Van Der Zee and Roy DeCarava, whose images of Harlem challenged preconceived notions of being Black in segregated America, as well as the legacy of Gordon Parks, who cataloged the daily lives of Black Americans during the civil rights era.”
This year, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art collaborated on a full retrospective of his work, “Dawoud Bey: An American Project,” which includes Bey’s early portraits of Harlem residents and large-scale color Polaroids. It will open at the High Museum in Atlanta in November and the Whitney next year. It’s one of the largest surveys of a living Black photographer in American history.

Black people have been killed for directing their gaze at the wrong person. I want my subjects to reclaim their right to look, to see, to be seen. Dawoud Bey

Madonna, Vanity Fair, 1990 ©  Helmut Newton Estate
Rue Aubriot, French Vogue, Paris, 1975 ©  Helmut Newton Estate

Helmut Newton at 100: Exhibition Marks Centenary of Iconic Photographer’s Birth – Digital Camera World

On 31 October 2020, Berlin-born Helmut Newton would have been 100 years old. There are various shows worldwide, but the main one is being put on by the Helmut Newton Foundation, established in Berlin in 2003. Now, the Foundation is celebrating his legendary, timeless, and innovative work in a large public outdoor exhibition. Additionally, 250 posters depicting Newton’s work will be on display throughout Berlin.
Newton’s intention was always to provoke with his imagery of women. In a 1975 image titled ‘Rue Aubriot’ (above), the androgynous model appears fully dressed, wearing a Yves Saint Laurent ‘Le Smoking’ tuxedo. The Paris backdrop is grainy black and white, an effect the photographer described as “black light.” Playing with gender identity, in the mid-1970s, women rarely wore trouser suits, the bright streetlights in the image allude to what has just happened or is about to happen—it is our imagination that makes it successful.

It’s that I don’t like white paper backgrounds. A woman does not live in front of white paper. She lives on the street, in a motor car, in a hotel room. Helmut Newton

© Kennedi Carter (all three covers) / Courtesy Vogue UK

Meet The 21-Year-Old Beyoncé Fan Who Became the Youngest Cover Photographer in British Vogue’s History – Vogue UK

Kennedi Carter, at 21, becomes the youngest photographer to shoot a cover of Dec Vogue UK with Beyoncé. It was only recently that 23-year-old Tyler Mitchell would become the first black photographer to shoot the cover of Vogue US in the iconic fashion magazine’s 125-year history, in Sep 20 also with Queen B. Beyoncé specifically requested a woman of color, and she landed on Kennedi who has been listening to the powerhouse since she was three years old.
Carter will graduate from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a degree in African American studies next year. She elected to take photography classes at high school because she thought it would be “an easy A.” “It wasn’t,” she laughs – but it did lead to her discovering her passion.

Quiz: How old was David Bailey when he captured the February 1961 Vogue UK cover?  23 years.

Oops a Nikon ©  Phil Mistry

A Blast from the Past – 2006

“Nikons dent and the Canons just bounce.”Ken Rockwell
I never trust plastic-bodied lenses, but science has shown us that the Nikon 18-200mm is much tougher than I would have expected.
As a news photographer I met, dropping off mangled cameras, at Nikon’s Torrance service facility shared with me some years ago when I asked him how Nikon fared against Canon under newspaper abuse, he replied, “Sure, Nikons are made of metal and Canons are made of plastic, but the Nikons dent and the Canons just bounce.”

© Aaron Anderson

Why I Like This PhotoAaron Anderson

Aaron Anderson loves creating images that he has not seen before and was excited to create this cycling photo with lasers in camera.
We shot this image with the stellar crew at Eddy Sound in Colorado Springs. They are trained and licensed in the use of lasers and a variety of different lighting, which enabled us to do some really interesting looks quickly and achieve the lighting in-camera. We used the Fujifilm GFX100 and were careful to create “safe zones” to shoot into so that the lasers wouldn’t hit the lens and burn the sensor, which is why you want to work with professionals! After working with many cyclists over the years, it’s rad to see something fresh and new pop up on the camera.
There were also two strip boxes with Elinchrom ELB500s and cyan gels to match the lighting and colors from the lasers. One of the great things about the ELB500 is you not only get a short flash duration, but you can shoot with HSS and take the power extremely low to match the ambient. Everything you see is done in-camera, it’s just a combination of lasers, fog machines and OCF. We were working with an extremely talented cyclist and trainer named Noah Collins, who made my job easy and let me run with the idea of using lasers to create images for his brand. There’s this moment when you see the image load on the back of the camera, and you just know it’s something you’ve never seen or done before; it’s a rush. Whenever I get to create in a space where everyone is excited and we make images we’re proud of, I’m stoked on that; that’s what keeps me going!

Defy Mediocracy – Aaron Anderson

Fujifilm X-Photographer  Aaron Anderson is a visual storyteller and problem solver who started back in 2009 with a camera (“I stole my wife’s camera, her birthday present no less”) and a speedlight. His goal was to create images that people wanted to stare at, even if they weren’t sure why. This seemingly simple goal took him to the Academy of Art in San Francisco. When he is not busy shooting for Monster Energy, Bosch, Oracle, or First Bank, he is “running around like a crazy person pretending to be a transformer” or roaming the country as a family of 5 in an RV.

Quote of the Week (or a Previous Week):

If the light is great in front of you, you should turn around and see what it is doing behind you. – Jay Maisel

We welcome comments as well as suggestions. As we cannot possibly cover each and every source, if you see something interesting in your reading or local newspaper anywhere in the world, kindly forward the link to us here. ALL messages will be personally acknowledged.

About the author: Phil Mistry is a photographer and teacher based in Atlanta, GA. He started one of the first digital camera classes in New York City at The International Center of Photography in the 90s. He was the director and teacher for Sony/Popular Photography magazine’s Digital Days Workshops. You can reach him via email here.

Image credits: All photographs as credited and used with permission from the photographers or agencies.

Great Reads in Photography: November 8, 2020

Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy! 

Adam Schultz, official photographer for the Biden For President campaign © Drew Heskett/DPRreview
© Adam Schultz / Biden for President and licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 (Ed. Note: ISO 6,400 is fine on today’s cameras, just in case you are still concerned. And you have to, when you are using a 100-400mm at 5.6)

Interview: Joe Biden’s Official Photographer Adam Schultz – “Every Day I Get to do This is a Special Day” – DPReview
Adam Schultz is the official photographer for Joe Biden’s presidential campaign. In 2016 he worked on the Hillary campaign with Barbara Kinney, one of the White House photographers in the 90s, and before that worked at the Clinton Foundation for eight or nine years.
When he goes into a space, he’ll move around and get the typical shots, then get shots showing what the event looks like “from VP Biden’s perspective.” And that’s where a lens like the 100-400mm is great for getting those really tight shots. “One thing that I’m doing in this role is documenting what the candidate sees.”
In a smaller room, the trick is to take pictures of people standing on opposite sides of that room, with a 16-35mm. “But I’ll also back up on the 85mm, and for larger events, the really versatile 100-400mm is great. Being able to move around, both physically and in terms of the focal length is really important.” Schultz can’t wait to get out of this pandemic so that he does not have to hear mask wearers say ‘I’m smiling with my eyes’ when he records that once in a lifetime image.

Notable: His essential kit includes three Sony a9 II bodies, Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 GM, FE 85mm f/1.4 GM, FE 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 GM OSS, and FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS (for backup).

“Being able to combine photography and politics, well that’s a neat job!” – Adam Schultz

Read our interview with former VP Joe Biden photographer, David Lienemann, during his eight years in the White House.

On top, you see the 9th element ‘popped out’ (left) and replaced (right). Below each is the picture of a test chart made with the lens in that condition. © Roger Cicala/DPReview.

If You Drop, Your 9th Will Pop!  – DPReview
The last time I heard that was when my orthopedist was bent over an x-ray of my vertebra after a slip and fall! Now the Lens Doctor is warning us that the same can happen to our lens elements? Has this anesthesiologist accidentally inhaled some of his own laughing gas? I guess not, as the proof is in the picture above. Most photographers have dropped a few lenses in their careers. The article delves into all the geeky stuff but then hits the nail on the head. If you drop your Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VR II (and I have had many great versions all the way from Nikon 80-200mm f/4.5 N AI) “just right, the 9th element can actually pop out [ouch]of its molded plastic holder a tiny bit without causing any obvious external damage. It doesn’t happen very often, but when it does, it always pops out about 0.5mm, which, in optical terms, is a huge amount. This is the ‘one bad element’ scenario outlined in our mathematical experiment (photo above) earlier.” Q.E.D.

Even $2,000 lenses must have variation [in manufacture]. If you expect every copy of a lens to be perfect, then a dose of reality is in order – unreasonable expectations are a down payment on disappointment. – Dr. Roger Cicala

Rankin on the Dynamic Art of Beauty Photography – Wallpaper
With nearly every famous face of the past 30 years in his portfolio, storied British photographer Rankin is a connoisseur of what people want to see. In his latest collaboration with German Braun shavers, he turns the camera on himself. His latest project featuring original portraits Say it with a Shave, celebrates the expressive nature of personal shaving. Rankin’s father shaved with a Braun in his car while driving to work, and he has been familiar with the brand for a long time.

“[With fashion photography] you’ve got to love the clothes, and I’ve never loved the clothes” – Rankin

© NASA, ESA, and S. Beckwith (STScI) and the HUDF Team used under CC 4.0

This Space Photo Took Over 11 Days to Expose – Fstoppers
Long exposures for most photographers are from a few seconds to get a dreamy waterfall, to a few minutes for a nightscape, to a few hours for astrophotography. This photo of nearly 10,000 galaxies is called the Hubble Ultra Deep Field and required 800 exposures taken over the course of 400 Hubble orbits around Earth. The total amount of exposure time was 11.3 days.
The snapshot includes galaxies of various ages, sizes, shapes, and colors. The smallest, reddest galaxies, about 100, may be among the most distant known, existing when the universe was just 800 million years old. The nearest galaxies – the larger, brighter, well-defined spirals and ellipticals – thrived about 1 billion years ago, when the cosmos was 13 billion years old. “Unlike any space telescope before it, Hubble made astronomy relevant, engaging and accessible for people of all ages,” writes NASA.
You can view a higher-resolution version of the image here.

(1.) How narrow is the angle of view of the Hubble Space Telescope compared to a Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM (The original price was MSRP $89,579 in the USA. And “no discounts” according to Mr. Chuck Westfall)?
Too tiny, tiny, tiny to describe! But since you are not going to let me alone unless I answer your question, here goes. If Hubble looked at the Earth — from its orbit of approximately 350 miles above the Earth’s surface — this would, in theory, correspond to a view of 12 inches or a human face. But Hubble would have to look down through the atmosphere, which would blur the images and make the actual resolution worse. Also, since Hubble orbits the Earth at 17,000 mph, any image it took would be blurred by the motion. Hubble’s so-called angular resolution — or sharpness — is measured as the smallest angle on the sky that it can resolve (i.e., see sharply). This is 1/10 of an arcsecond (one degree is 3,600 arcseconds). If you know of a better way to answer this, let us know in the comments below, as my head is already spinning (pun intended)!

(2.) How do you clean and protect the lens of the Hubble Space Telescope?
Hubble doesn’t have a lens. Like all large telescopes, Hubble uses a curved mirror (approx. 8 feet) to focus starlight. This mirror is located deep inside the telescope, protected by its long tube-like structure (think of it as a very long lens hood on a super-telephoto). As there is no atmosphere around Hubble, there is no risk of dust or corrosion reaching inside.

(3.) Why is Hubble able to see so much better than telescopes on Earth?
Because it is above the Earth’s atmosphere. The atmosphere disturbs the starlight (a bit like looking through water) and blurs the images. So, Hubble’s images are much sharper than those from other telescopes. Also, Hubble is able to see in ultraviolet wavelengths that are blocked by the Earth’s atmosphere.

Irish Photographer Made Dolphin Famous for 30 Years The Irish Times
Photographer Ronan Quinlan’s images and story about Fungie, the dolphin, have been credited with starting the tourist trail to see the Dingle (Western Ireland) dolphin. Over one million people are estimated to have traveled to Kerry to see Fungie in the past three decades since Quinlan photographed him in 1987. His favorite photograph among those that helped bring world attention to the Dingle dolphin is one that shows Fungie making contact (photo above) with his fellow diver. However, Fungie has been missing this autumn after three decades, and the locals hope he’ll be back.

© Pete Saloutos. BTS: Model on a pedestal, 2 assistants, 12,000 rose petals that just floated away, 2 hours to set up, 1 hour to shoot, 25 umbrellas that only, in the end, floated behind the talent, 2020.

Photographer Creates Calendars Which Raise $12K+ Annually for Seattle Cancer Care AllianceSeattle Refined
Bainbridge Island photographer, Pete Saloutos recently made his annual appearance at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) to give the calendars he designs and produces to the staff that saved his wife’s life four years ago. Saloutos started raising cash with calendars more than 15 years ago when a friend’s ovarian cancer diagnosis landed her in a financial crisis.
After his wife’s cancer diagnosis and treatment at SCCA in 2017, Saloutos pledged all future calendar proceeds to her care team there. The 2021 calendar is available in Seattle at Glazer’s Camera,  other local stores and directly from Saloutos. “This is my way of giving back to my community using my photographic talents,” Saloutos tells PetaPixel.

Let us know in the comments below or by email of any other photographers raising money for charitable causes with their artistry. We would like to share their stories.

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We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough. . . We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital.  But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack.  So he will always be Jack to us.  Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever. . . To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive.  We will always love you. . . Thank you to everyone who has been sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers.  We feel all of your love and truly appreciate you. . . We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience.  But everyday can’t be full of sunshine.  On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it.

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Why Chrissy Teigen’s Pregnancy Loss Photos Are Important — And Common – Yahoo Life
Teigen, 34, announced in a series of emotional hospital room photos on Instagram that she and her husband John Legend, 41, lost their unborn son, three days after Teigen was hospitalized for bleeding issues. “I had asked my mom and John to take pictures, no matter how uncomfortable it was…These photos are only for the people who need them,” describes the model and TV personality in all the details in a Medium essay.
“There are some people who think it’s somewhat morbid,” says Dawn McCormick, a New York-based photographer who volunteers for Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep, an organization that offers free professional portraits to parents who are experiencing the loss of a baby. “I don’t think they realize that because they have pictures of their children throughout their life, these are the only pictures these people will ever have of that child.”

Londonderry, New Hampshire, August 28, 2020. President Donald Trump at his campaign rally in front of Air Force One at Manchester, NH Airport. (© Rick Friedman/Polaris). “One of the greatest things about being a freelance photojournalist is the great variety of assignments I get to cover and the places I get to go,” says Friedman. “I truly have the best job in the world.” Here, Friedman was up high on a riser photographing the President down below at Manchester Airport, NH. This is purely an available light shot, so he had to wait patiently for the right light in the background. 15 min earlier, the sky would have been blown out, and 15 min later, it would have been too dark.
February 9, 2020, Manchester, New Hampshire. Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden campaigning in Hudson, New Hampshire. (© Rick Friedman/Polaris) Friedman has covered every presidential candidate from President Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump. Here, this group wanted a selfie with Biden in New Hampshire, and Biden felt he could “do it better,” says Friedman. “He sort of just grabbed someone’s phone and took it.”

Photography in Politics and the 2020 Presidential Campaign Rangefinder
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Political pictures? It depends on who you ask, which is why we thought it important, during the Elections, to look at some political photography. PHOTOPLUS, which was founded in 1983 and is the largest photography and imaging event in North America, had scheduled a talk by two photographers who have been covering the 2020 presidential campaign, as well as the political scene and past presidents, for some time now, Rick Friedman and Eric Thayer. However, they were forced to go virtual. You can watch a replay of both these talks by registering for free at PHOTOPLUS.
“Everything is much more staged these days than in the past,” Rick Friedman tells PetaPixel. “Press aides will tell you where you can stand and where you cannot. Events are much more choreographed, even in the early stages of the primary season. The days of going into someone’s house with the candidate are over, except in the very early stages of the primaries, and even then, you might need to be credentialed.  The most enjoyable part is very early in the campaign when it is less restrictive, and you get to capture how the candidates interact with average citizens.”

© Rick Sammon

Why I Like This Photo – Rick Sammon
I made this photograph in Venice, Italy, during Carnevale 2018. It’s the result of what I call my “One-picture Promise.”
My promise: When you are in a situation, ask yourself, If I could take only one picture, what would that one picture be? Think about the one lens, one aperture/shutter speed/ISO, one background, one composition, and so on. Your answers will result in a higher percentage of “keepers,” more creative images and fewer outtakes. I promise.
When photographing this woman, I considered all those options. I also followed three of my tips:
1) When you think you are close, get closer
2) The closer you are to the subject, the more intimate the photograph becomes
3) See eye-to-eye and shoot eye-to-eye.
To make this image, I used my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV with 24-105mm IS lens set at 35mm. EXIF info: f/9, 1/50th of a second, ISO 640.
You could say this picture is the result of using the photographer’s most valuable accessory: the human brain. It’s also the result of a time-proven photo adage: Never underestimate the importance of an interesting subject.

Canon Explorer of Light Rick Sammon has photographed in more than 100 countries. He is the author of 41 books (that’s right when most of us lesser mortals have not even read 41 books on photography). His most recent releases: Photo Therapy Motivation and Wisdom – Discovering the Power of Pictures, and Photo Quest – Discovering Your Photographic and Artistic Voice are available at


Quote of the Week (or a Previous Week)

“Show me a photographer who has never dropped a lens, and I will show you a liar.” – Yours Truly

We welcome comments as well as suggestions. As we cannot possibly cover each and every source, if you see something interesting in your reading or local newspaper anywhere in the world, kindly forward the link to us here. ALL messages will be personally acknowledged.

About the author: Phil Mistry is a photographer and teacher based in Atlanta, GA. He started one of the first digital camera classes in New York City at The International Center of Photography in the 90s. He was the director and teacher for Sony/Popular Photography magazine’s Digital Days Workshops. You can reach him via email here.

Image credits: All photographs as credited and used with permission from the photographers or agencies.

Great Reads in Photography: November 1, 2020

Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!

Photo: © Tyler Mitchell/Courtesy of Vanity Fair

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Unveiled as Vanity Fair’s Latest Cover Star – CNN
2020 is shaping up to be the year of female power in politics, and now their photos are on the cover of glamour magazines. First, it was Sen. Kamala Harris on Elle, then Rep. Ilhan Omar (and daughter Isra Hirsi) on Teen Vogue and now, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Vanity Fair. The cover image — and a series of additional pictures for the magazine’s December issue — was taken by Tyler Mitchell, who also shot the Beyoncé cover for Vogue.


(1.) Was Tyler Mitchell the first black photographer to shoot a cover for Vanity Fair? No, it was Dario Calmese with his portrait of actress Viola Davis for the Jul/Aug 2020 issue.

(2.) Who is the youngest photographer to shoot a cover of VOGUE? At 23 in 2018, Tyler Mitchell became the first black photographer to shoot a VOGUE cover in the magazine’s 125-year history with his portrait of Beyoncé (shown below).

(3.) How old was Irving Penn when his first image appeared on the cover of VOGUE in October 1943? 26 yrs. It was a still life and his FIRST color photograph (You read that right. Art director Alexander Liberman encourages Penn to create that image in color). He would go on to shoot his 165th cover for VOGUE in 2004 at age 87.

Douglas Kirkland with his 8×10 Deardorff © Dana Fineman, @danafineman
Don Isidro Garcia, 106yrs, Denver, CO, 2020 © Douglas Kirkland, Kodak E100G 8×10″ Ektachrome

Douglas Kirkland, 86, Travels LA to Denver During the Pandemic to Shoot a Portrait of a 106-Year-Old on 8×10 Film!  – The Eye of Photography
That would be a first if there ever were a Guinness Book of Photographic Records (publishers please take note)! “One morning, during the altered reality of our life with the COVID virus, I woke up with a new project in mind: I wanted to photograph Don Isidro Garcia, who is 106,” says Douglas Kirkland. Problem: Garcia lives in Denver, CO, 1,000 miles away. No problem: they rent an RV in Aug.
When Look magazine went out of business, the Director of Photography, Arthur Rothstein, offered Kirkland an 8×10 Deardorff camera that he was using and 16 holders for $100.00. He packed “The Old Lady,” as he fondly refers to the Deardorff, and off they went through some of the most beautiful parts of this country like Zion and Santa Fe. “Photographing this distinguished gentleman was the highlight of our summer. Taking this trip during the time of the COVID Pandemic confirmed my deep belief that there will always be a way for me to keep making images and make my world complete,” Kirkland tells PetaPixel. And before we know it, he’s going to be off on another shoot. That’s fine, Douglas, but just stay safe–you are a National Photographic Treasure!

“Shooting with the 8×10 camera, you are always on the edge of failure.” Douglas Kirkland

Not Notable: “My 15­-year-old nephew is fascinated with it [8×10 Deardorff] and asked where the battery was.” — Douglas Kirkland

Ponce City Market, Atlanta, 2017 © Phil Mistry

36 Tutorials Full of Tips For Creating Amazing Architecture Photos – ePHOTOzine
Architecture is a genre that is easily accessible to all photographers anywhere in the world, and it does not have to be a historic castle from the 15th century as it can be just inside your own house. Keep the light in mind as it will look a lot different from daytime to night to golden hour to blue hour to moonlight. And don’t just think of complete buildings as sections and detail can give you an equally interesting picture. Try to get your perspective to be natural looking or distort it for a signature style. Lugging around tripods was once considered essential for good architectural studies, but with today’s high ISOs and five stops+ of image stabilization, you could get by in many situations. But the purists would disagree!

Ansel Adams and Imogen Cunningham, Carmel, CA 1975 © Alan Ross who was Ansel’s assistant.

10 Facts About Ansel Adams, the Pioneering Photographer and Environmentalist My Modern Met
Ansel Adams was not only a great photographer but also an environmentalist. Ansel’s (1902 –1984) breathtaking images of the American West helped establish photography as a recognized and respected fine art.  He helped found Group f/64, an association of photographers advocating “pure” photography, which favored sharp focus and the use of the full tonal range of a photograph, as he explained in the Zone System.
Adams was a life-long advocate for environmental conservation, and his photographic practice was deeply entwined with this advocacy. At age 12, he was given his first camera during his first visit to Yosemite National Park.  For his work and persistent advocacy, which helped expand the National Park system, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980.

Notable: I have always wondered about Imogen’s expression in this well-known photo (above) and why she has that scowl on her face as she stands behind a smiling Ansel. I just got the answer two days ago from Alan Ross, Ansel’s assistant, about what was going on behind the scene. Watch this video for the answer.

 “It is horrifying that we have to fight our own government to save the environment.” Ansel Adams

The above has been attributed to Ansel Adams and has also been posted to the Facebook page of Sierra Club, where he developed his early photographic work as a member. Please let us know in the comments or by email if you know the source.

DxO PhotoLab 4 vs. Adobe Lightroom: Which is Best for Noise Reduction? – Amateur Photographer
Adobe Lightroom Classic is the go-to software for a large community of pro photographers as it provides organization as well as editing. Lightroom has an excellent cataloging system and is perfectly integrated with Adobe Photoshop and shares the same processing engine as Adobe Camera RAW and can also reduce noise in your high ISO images.
DxO PhotoLab 4, meanwhile, has a background in analyzing lenses and cameras. As well as being able to correct optical flaws such as vignetting, lack of sharpness, chromatic aberration and distortion automatically, DxO has a collection of controls for making global and local adjustments to the exposure, contrast and color of images. It also introduces the latest incarnation of DxO’s denoising technology, DeepPRIME. DeepPRIME is powered by artificial intelligence and “deep learning” to inform its ability to reduce the amount of noise visible in images without the smoothing and loss of detail that’s seen with some other noise reduction systems.
While DxO DeepPRIME is largely automated, Lightroom will need manual adjusting. The reviewer found one of the programs to be just a bit better. Find out which one it is.

Notable: Fujifilm cameras with X-Trans CMOS sensors are not supported as DxO PhotoLab 4 is currently not compatible with their RAW files, which do not use a Bayer matrix.

Photographer Walks the Perimeter of Britain – in Pictures ­– The Guardian
Covering almost 7,000 miles of coast over five years, with only a tent and meager rations, photographer Quintin Lake set out to capture the beauty of the island nation of Britain. He would walk in sections of two to nine weeks before returning home to edit the pictures, earn money from selling the prints, and prepare for the next section. “I walked an average of 15 miles a day, in which I allowed for three hours of photography,” recollects Lake. “I sustained this rhythm for five years through all seasons.” Lake mostly slept in a tent to save money. He carried a pack of up to 40 lb. on his back and was self-sufficient in terms of food, fuel and power for five days at a time.
Camera gear: A full-frame DSLR, Canon EOS 6D, 24-70mm f4L, 70-300mm f4-5, and 17mm TS-E f4L tilt-shift in a Mindshift Horizon backpack. He also used a Peak Design Capture Clip attached to the shoulder strap as he liked to have the camera at hand at all times. And a very small knee-high table tripod Gitzo GT-531. And let that be an inspiration for all you photographers sweating to carry that ultralight mirrorless on a 5-mile hike this fall!

Beyoncé on Vogue, photo by Tyler Mitchell and Spike Lee on Variety, photo by Quil Lemons

Can Fashion Photography Survive the Pandemic?Deccan Herald
This post appeared in The New York Times, while the above link is a syndication from the International Edition of the NY Times. A fashion image is never just about clothes. Fashion photographers have celebrated great designers’ work for the last century while making nods to wider societal moods and shifts in politics and identity. Though few can afford the clothes, millions consume the pictures. Indeed, numerous photographers — Irving Penn, Henri Cartier-Bresson, and Diane Arbus among them — did some of their greatest work on assignment for magazines. But now the fashion world is in crisis. Can the fashion photograph, of the sort that has littered bedroom walls and been reposted again and again on Instagram or Tumblr, survive while brands and magazines are closing? Even before the pandemic, conditions had grown difficult for the production of great fashion photography as budgets were being slashed.

Notable: Now, COVID-19 has led to an “acceleration of what was going on before the pandemic,” said Sølve Sundsbø, a Norwegian photographer whose work has appeared in Vogue. Namely that even established magazines expect photographers to contribute editorial work for free. From The New York Times.

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Aaron Anderson, Fujifilm X-Photographer – Swipe to the right for BTS to see a 6-light setup.

Fujifilm Announces 16 New Photographers to Its U.S. X-Photographer Program Fuji Rumors
The 16 new members join the current group of 16 X-Photographers, beginning their 4-year terms effectively on November 1, 2020. “Over the past several months, we have made a significant effort to broaden the scope of the prestigious X-Photographer program in the U.S. to be more representative of our community,” said Victor Ha, senior director of marketing and product management at FUJIFILM North America Corporation, Electronic Imaging Division. “Adding term limits to our X-Photographer program allows more photographers to have the X-Photographer experience than before…” Ha said.

As part of the program’s enhancements, several additional layers were also introduced. To be eligible to become an X-Photographer, the photographer must first be part of the Fujifilm Creator program and then apply for the four-year X-Photographer position. Outgoing X-Photographers maintain alumni status and may re-apply to become an X-Photographer again once the next four-year term has passed.

The newly named X-Photographers for the 2020-2024 term are:

PetaPixel salutes veteran Michael McCoy, whom we first met in 2017, on being selected as a Fuji X-Photographer.

Coca Kid, Haiti 1972 © Eric Meola

Why I Like This Photo – Eric Meola

“I made this photograph in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, while on assignment for TIME magazine to document the country. I was drawn to the logo as it symbolized the influence of American culture on another country. I set up a Nikon F2 with Kodachrome 25, mounted on a tripod, and shot with an 80-200mm NIKKOR from across the street. I spent an hour watching people walk by, but this young boy with white shorts and long arms made the perfect counterpoint to the sign’s white letters. The yellow letters added a great touch — ‘Buvez’ means ‘Drink’ in French.

The great thing about shooting film was the anticipation — the ‘not knowing,’ the waiting to see the image you felt was a ‘stopper’ as you looked through the camera. This was an important image for me, and it jump-started my career. The lines, the graphics, the bold color all work together to create movement.” Eric Meola

Meola graduated from Syracuse University in 1968 with a B.A. in English Literature. He is self-taught in the art of photography and from 1969-70 worked with mentor Pete Turner who influenced his use of saturated color and graphic design. He was awarded Advertising Photographer of the Year in 1986 by the American Society of Media Photographers. Meola is also known for his photos of Bruce Springsteen, including the cover of Springsteen’s album Born to Run. In 1972 he photographed Haiti for Time, resulting in one of his most famous images, “Coca Kid,” which was included in Life’s special 1997 issue 100 Magnificent Images.

Quote of the Week (or a Previous Week): “There’s this idea that in portraiture, is the photographer’s job to set the subject at ease. I-I-I, I don’t believe that.” — Anne Leibovitz Teaches Photography, Official Trailer, MasterClass, 21 million views.

We welcome comments as well as suggestions. As we cannot possibly cover each and every source, if you see something interesting in your reading or local newspaper anywhere in the world, kindly forward the link to us here. ALL messages will be personally acknowledged.

About the author: Phil Mistry is a photographer and teacher based in Atlanta, GA. He started one of the first digital camera classes in New York City at The International Center of Photography in the 90s. He was the director and teacher for Sony/Popular Photography magazine’s Digital Days Workshops. You can reach him via email here.

Image credits: All photographs as credited and used with permission from the photographers or agencies.


Great Reads in Photography: October 25, 2020

Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!

© Emrah Ayvali

The Detrimental Impact of Proposed Governmental Drone Policies on Newsgathering  – The National Press Photographers Association
The past decade has seen several waves of ill-conceived and sometimes outlandish policy proposals attempting to limit drone use under false pretenses of safety and privacy. Civilian uses were stymied by the connection of the word “drones” to armed military predators, fear of spying on everyone’s backyard, followed by the dread that drones would hit and bring down an airliner. The latest apprehension is over “cybersecurity,” fueled by trade disagreements with China. This has placed unacceptable new limits on how journalists gather news. In fact, journalists supported by NPPA are suing to overturn a statute in Texas that restricts certain kinds of drone photography on First Amendment grounds.

Notable: It’s perplexing why Chinese-made drones are considered such a security risk while phones, laptops, tablets, monitors, or other electronic devices made in China and capable of data collection/transmission are not.

Duluth, Georgia Carnival, 2020 © Phil Mistry. Recorded handheld as Live Photo and the ‘Long Exposure’ effect.

iPhone Photography: How to Take Dreamy Long Exposure Photos with Your iPhone Camera – CNET
Most iPhones can take stunning long exposure photos without any extra apps or equipment. It uses Live Photos, a feature that turns a still image into a short animation by recording a few seconds–1.5 seconds before and after taking a picture–of video when you fire the shutter. By analyzing which objects are moving, the iPhone captures the movement and blurs it. It’s a brilliant method because it lets you capture long exposure images in even bright mid-day sun without using a tripod or filter. Take that, pro-cameras.

Quiz: The ultra-wide lens (which Apple calls 0.5x) on the iPhone 11 Pro Max has a focal length of 1.54 mm, f/2.4 and has a diagonal angle of view of 120°. What is its equivalent focal length in full-frame, 35mm terms? 13mm.

My 5-year-old niece Amelia enjoying breakfast with her grandma, Thuy Kim Pham © Eric Kim

Black and White Shows Greater Clarity – Eric Kim Photography
“Color is great, but if you seek maximal clarity with your photos, monochrome is the way,” says street photographer Eric Kim whom the Leica blog in 2011 described as “an anchor in the street photography community.”  To maximize clarity for hands and textures and any textures in general, black and white is king. Monochrome “looks more abstract, interesting, and artistic in my eyes,” proclaims Kim. However, he warns against pursuing monochrome because it looks more “artistic” and advises that you “should only pursue if you like how it looks.”

Notable: In these days of copyright infringement battles, Eric Kim might be one of few photographers who has announced since 2013, “all my stuff [on the website] is open source.” This means that anybody is free to use any of his photos, videos, articles and re-post without permission.
I cannot figure out whether this is good or bad for the photographic community in general but would love to hear your pros and cons in the comments below.

Roger Cicala’s hands are full of big optics. L to R: Canon 100-400mm IS, 200-400mm f/4 IS, 400mm f/2.8 IS II and 400mm f/5.6. All are hand-holdable. If you have big hands. Courtesy of

How Did Anaesthesiologist Dr. Roger Cicala, MD Become
In one (actually two) word—Buyer’s Remorse. Dr. Cicala was going on an Alaskan cruise in 2005 and bought a 500mm/f4 to shoot wildlife and whales. When Doc came home, he “had massive buyer’s remorse at paying the astronomical sum of maybe $5,500.” Cicala put it out on rental along with the rest of his gear. It did so well that he bought more gear and put it on his rental webpage. “…and within a couple of months, it spiraled out of control. It was an accidental thing. Within a couple of years, I left medicine and did this full time,” he recollects on the birth of LensRentals. I wish I had done the same back in the day with my Nikon 500mm f/8 mirror lens, which rarely could be coaxed to make a good image with 100 ISO Ektachrome.

Sky Replacement in Photoshop and Luminar: Which Is Easier?  – Fstoppers
For about a year, Skylum has been the leader in sky replacement with Luminar 4, but now Adobe has the same feature in Photoshop 2021. So, which one is better?
Nando Harmsen: At first sight, you may think Luminar offers a much easier method of replacing the sky. You can transfer an image from Lightroom into Luminar, replace the sky, and return to Lightroom again. After trying Luminar a couple of times, I went back to Photoshop for replacing the sky. I find it much more flexible and easier to correct compared to Luminar. That is when I started to wonder if the sky replacement tool of Luminar is really that much precise and quicker.
Mel Martin: Normally, I’d call it a day and declare Photoshop the winner, but it’s not that simple. Both software programs have sliders to spread the new sky color on the landscape, making it a better integration between the original image and the new sky. Neither Photoshop nor Luminar does water reflections yet. In both cases, you’ll have to manually insert them into bodies of water by making a new layer and creating a mask. However, Luminar has announced its new Luminar AI update shipping late this year will do sky reflections in water, and that’s a pretty big deal when you need it.
Which one do you like? Let us know in the comments below.

Quiz: Which of the two programs allows sky replacement with batches of multiple files? Photoshop 2021.

The Wide camera on iPhone 12 maintains sharpness and clarity showing detail and texture even in low light.

Why the iPhone 12 Pro Max is Apple’s First Serious Attack on Mirrorless Cameras – TechRadar
At Apple’s announcement, bombs were dropped left and right: the A14 Bionic chip for extra computational power, a new photo format called Apple ProRaw, a Lidar-boosted autofocus system, 10-bit Dolby Vision HDR video, to name a few. The iPhone 12 Pro Max flagship, which is more camera than phone, has two crucial things that you can’t get on the standard iPhone 12 Pro: a main ‘wide’ camera sensor that’s 47% bigger than its sibling’s chip, and sensor-shift stabilization. There are advances in videography, too, with the ability to shoot 10-bit HDR video, which is something that’s only recently been embraced by mirrorless cameras. The presence of Dolby Vision HDR – a Netflix’s choice for its TV and films — recording on the iPhone 12 Pro Max shows how much this phone is stepping into the realm of video-centric cameras.

Firstly, while the iPhone 12 Pro Max’s pixels at 1.7-microns are the largest in an Apple phone, they’re not the biggest we’ve seen in smartphones and are significantly smaller than the 8.4-micron pixels found on a full-frame sensor.
Secondly, the Pro Max’s sensor-shift stabilization, while an important development for phones, is only a two-axis anti-shake affair, rather than the significantly more advanced five-axis stabilization seen in cameras like the Canon EOS R5 and Fujifilm X-S10.

Top 21 Photoshop 2021 New Features in 21 Mins!
Photoshop (Version 22.0) has a ton of new features like Sky Replacement, Neural Filters, Refine Hair Selection and more. These massive updates are based on Adobe’s Sensei AI machine learning technology. The easiest way to get introduced to these new features is to watch Umesh Dinda of PiXimperfect, as he takes you through the top 21 features in 21 minutes.

#21 – Sky Replacement
#20 – Skin Smoothing – Neural Filter
#19 – Smart Portrait – Neural Filter
#18 – Colorize – Neural Filter
#17 – Pattern Preview
#16 – Quick Actions
#15 – Live Shapes Enhancements
#14 – Discover Panel
#13 – Preset Search
#12 – Version History
#11 – Select Subject Improvements in Select and Mask Workspace
#10 – Select and Mask Presets
#9 – Refine Hair
#8 – Content-Aware Tracing Tool
#7 – Easy Plugins
#6 – Depth-Aware Haze – Neural Filter
#5 – Make-up Transfer – Neural Filter
#4 – Use Cloud Documents Offline
#3 – Reset Smart Objects
#2 – Fast Access to Content-aware Fill
#1 – Brush Tool Search

Ode to Oya © Yannis Davy Guibinga. In Yoruba (of southwestern Nigeria and Benin) mythology, Oya is known as the goddess of winds and tempests. Ode to Oya celebrates this traditional, pre-colonial deity, whose significance has been swept away by the influx of monotheistic religions. The figure’s transitory pose and other-worldly profile present a symbolic, visual passage into these sacred stories, reflecting their elusive, esoteric nature. This homage serves as a stark warning against the tide of cultural erasure and the collective forgetting of history and heritage that pervades the contemporary African diaspora.

New Faces in Contemporary African Portraiture – in Pictures – The Guardian
Portr-8, the inaugural exhibition of the contemporary African photography gallery Doyle Wham, showcases innovative and experimental portraits by eight new African artists at ECAD in south London. The artists from Gabon, Nigeria, Namibia, Kenya and Mozambique, are united by a desire to challenge traditional ideas and narrow interpretations of Africa, African art, and African society

The 5 Best Photo Printing Services – Wired
Suburban America used to contain roughly a single 1-hour photo lab for every five hundred people. In fact, there were even two Wolf Camera stores in a single mall! Then came the digital camera, and suddenly there was no film to develop, no kiosks, and no photo printing options. Now, in place of the 1-hour-photo booths, there are endless online printing services, most of which produce far better results than the kiosks ever did, but some are pretty awful. Here are some places to go to and some to avoid. Yes, a RAW file taken by a full-frame camera with a good lens is going to print better than anything you get from your phone. But as long as your phone has a decent camera, you’re not really going to notice a huge difference in a 4 x 6 print. Even at 5 x 7, you’re going to be fine. This reviewer found the best quality coming from Adorama’s Printique service, formerly called Adoramapix.

The Viral Photo of A Black Woman Holding Her Son While Waiting In Line To Vote – BuzzFeed
Dana Clark, who has always voted, grabbed their 18-month-old son Mason and drove to downtown New Orleans to stand in line for more than an hour and a half for the first day of early voting. Photographer Kathleen Flynn captured her picture, an image that has since gone viral showing Clark standing in line to vote in a contentious election, wearing a “safety pod” to protect her family from COVID-19, and holding her young son in her arms while wearing a mask that reads, I Can’t Breathe. “This might be the photo of 2020,” replied one user on Twitter after Corinne Perkins, an editor with Reuters, tweeted the image.

Fuji X-S10, Fuji 16-80mm f/4, 2.5 sec, f/10, ISO 160, 10-stop ND & CPL filers, (time-lapse)

New Camera on the Block

Fuji X-S10 – Performance and Portability, Perfected?SLR Lounge
The Fuji X-S10 is unique in the sense that for under $1,000, you can’t find these many features in any other APS-C camera, let alone a full-frame option.


  • X-Trans sensor offers the best image quality of any APS-C camera
  • In-camera film simulation modes are the best of any brand
  • Solid autofocus performance
  • Rugged build quality
  • Best Fuji ergonomics yet
  • USB-C charging and direct power


  • Single SD card slot
  • AF point control joystick is the same tiny, smooth button
  • USB-C port used for the headphone jack

Quote of the Week (or a Previous Week): “The camera records the imagery, but it does not create the image. Light creates the image.” — Jay P. Morgan

We welcome comments as well as suggestions. As we cannot possibly cover each and every source, if you see something interesting in your reading or local newspaper anywhere in the world, kindly forward the link to us here. ALL messages will be personally acknowledged.

About the author: Phil Mistry is a photographer and teacher based in Atlanta, GA. He started one of the first digital camera classes in New York City at The International Center of Photography in the 90s. He was the director and teacher for Sony/Popular Photography magazine’s Digital Days Workshops. You can reach him via email here.

Image credits: All photographs as credited and used with permission from the photographers or agencies.

Great Reads in Photography: October 18, 2020

Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!

Amazing low-light landscape with the new Ultra-Wide camera on Night mode on iPhone 12.

Which iPhone 12 Is Best for Photographers?PC Mag
Apple’s lineup includes four phones with three different camera stacks. The main lens has a new optical formula. It maintains the same 26mm (full-frame equivalent) focal length but sports seven molded plastic elements and an f/1.6 aperture, gathering just a little bit more light than the iPhone 11’s f/1.8 main lens. In the flagship offering, the iPhone 12 Pro Max (starting at $1,099), its ultra-wide lens matches all the other models, but its main 26mm f/1.6 lens is backed by a larger image sensor and is stabilized using a sensor-shift method, similar to what’s offered in many interchangeable lens cameras. It won’t be available at launch, but serious photographers have one other reason to jump to a Pro phone this year—Apple ProRaw.

Notable: The Pro Max phone, for the first time, also stabilize images by shifting the sensor, rather than the lens elements, which Apple said lets you take handheld shots with a surprisingly long 2-second exposure time.

A Frame by Frame Account of the Denver Protest Shooting – The Denver Post
Helen H. Richardson, a photographer at The Denver Post, was steps away from a fatal shooting while covering a rally and a counterprotest. The Denver Post decided to publish the full sequence of 71 images in chronological order along with the timestamps and other information recorded by the camera. Below each image is additional metadata recorded by the Nikon D5 onto each image file, including the filenames, the frame number the model of the camera used, focal length of the 24-70mm zoom lens used, the aperture, shutter speed, and ISO settings for each image. In the photo of Mr. Keltner lying on the ground (just after the shooting), Mr. Dolloff (the suspected shooter), his head turned hard to his left, appears to look directly at Ms. Richardson’s camera. “In that moment it felt like it was only me and him,” Richardson said. “Is he going to start spraying bullets into the crowd?” she tells The New York Times. “I had no bulletproof vest, nothing.”

What is Lorum Ipsum, 2020 © Phil Mistry

How to Add Words to Pictures – Conscientious Photo Magazine
Many photographers are terrible at talking about their work. You might find solace in the old excuse that you’re an artist, and as such you’re not a writer or talker. Knowing what your work is about and where it was coming from makes great raw material to speak and write about. More often than not, photographers attempt to write as pompously as possible. Don’t do that. Talk or write in a manner that feels natural to you. First and foremost, practice speaking about your work for your own growth. Being able to do it in front of an audience is merely a bonus.

I do not think that I have a talent for writing. I now am able to write reasonably well because I worked on it for many years, a process that entailed writing on a regular basis. Usually, writing is not something that I enjoy doing… For sure, it has given me deeper access to engaging with photography. — Jörg M. Colberg

Frida Kahlo Rivera, Painter and Wife of Diego Rivera, 1931 © Imogen Cunningham courtesy of Imogen Cunningham Trust

Imogen Cunningham’s Rise: Why the Proto-Feminist Photographer Has Grown So PopularARTnews
Cunningham was once considered one of the greatest photographers, alongside her contemporaries Alfred Stieglitz and Ansel Adams, but at some point, her popularity dropped off a bit. Even today, though a few U.S. museums have collected her work in-depth, the full view of Cunningham’s photographic work has mostly gone unseen, which might owe to her being under-known in the decades since her death in 1976. Along with Adams and Weston, she was one of the most high-profile members of Group f/64, one of the most famous photography collectives of all time.

“I photograph anything that can be exposed to light.” — Imogen Cunningham

Fact: Gender Pay Gap. Getty curator in the Department of Photographs, Paul Martineau writes that, in the 1930s, when Cunningham began shooting for Vanity Fair, Cunningham was selling her work for $10 per picture. Her colleague Edward Steichen, by contrast, was making $35,000 per year as a chief photographer for Condé Nast, the media conglomerate that owns Vanity Fair. In 1913, she wrote a manifesto called Photography as a Profession for Women. She insisted that women photographers were just as physically able to undertake the then-laborious process of shooting and developing photographs.

© Brian Hamill, courtesy ACC Art Books
© Brian Hamill, courtesy ACC Art Books

Previously Unseen Photographs of John Lennon and Yoko Ono at Home – AnOther
Brian Hamill, the “devoted and fiercely loyal New Yorker,” has spent over 50 years garnering acclaim as both a photojournalist and a still photographer on seminal movie sets (Annie Hall, The Conversation, A Woman Under the Influence). Much to his delight, the avid rock’n’roll fan also had the opportunity to meet and photograph John Lennon, including while performing what would be his final concert in Madison Square Gardens in 1972. As with all Hamill’s work, his images of the Beatle and his artist wife – newly published in a photo book titled Dream Lovers – are masterfully composed and wonderfully candid. “I do a minimal amount of direction – when it’s a journalistic look, I find it best to let people do their thing and shoot away,” he explains over the phone in a gruff, warm Brooklyn accent.

Notable: On December 8, 1980, Annie Leibovitz took the most iconic photograph in rock’ n’ roll history for Rolling Stone. The picture features artist Yoko Ono and husband, John Lennon. The former, late Beatles singer is curled in a fetal position around his wife; eyes closed, he kisses her cheek. Lennon would never see the cover as hours later he was shot outside his building, the Dakota, on New York’s Upper West Side.

Quiz: Who was on the cover of Rolling Stone’s inaugural issue in 1967? Again. John Lennon.

Priscilla, Los Angeles, CA, 2008 from The Last Days of W © Alec Soth, courtesy States of Change

Purchase Dawoud Bey and Cindy Sherman Works, Fight Voter Suppression – W Magazine
Prints from over 150 artists and photographers are for sale, priced at $150 to raise funds for States of Change, in partnership with the Movement Voter Project. The money raised will go toward local groups working on the ground in five key swing states to fight voter suppression. Participants include Alec Soth, Catherine Opie, Carrie Mae Weems, Cindy Sherman, Dawoud Bey, Ed Ruscha, Gordon Parks, Hank Willis Thomas, Kim Gordon, Larry Sultan, Mario Sorrenti, Nan Goldin, Robert Frank, Sally Mann, Sharon Lockhart, Stephen Shore, Steve McCurry, and the list goes on and on.

“Black people have been killed for directing their gaze at the wrong person. I want my subjects to reclaim their right to look, to see, to be seen.” – Dawoud Bey

Ms.B at Duluth, Georgia Carnival, 2020 © Phil Mistry. Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM, shot at f/1.8. The bokeh is circular in the center, but notice that as they go to the edge, the light has to be refracted towards the sensor and they turn elliptical or “cat’ s-eye bokeh.”

What Is Bokeh in Photography, and How Do You Create It? – How-To Geek
Bokeh refers to the shape and quality of the out-of-focus area in a photo. It’s most noticeable how specular highlights and point lights are rendered, but it’s present everywhere. Several lens design elements affect how bokeh appears. The first is the number of aperture blades in the lens. For example, a lens with seven aperture blades produces heptagons, while a lens with nine (or more) produces more rounded bokeh. A wider aperture will produce bigger, rounder bokeh. Whether the bokeh is Good Bokeh or Bad Bokeh is highly subjective.

Quiz: How do you pronounce bokeh? “Boh-keh,” something like okay.

Notable: Bokeh comes from the Japanese word “boke,” which means something close to blur or haze, although it’s a lot more nuanced than that. In 1997, the “h” was added by Photo Techniques editor Mike Johnston, so the written form more closely resembled the pronunciation.

Richard Avedon’s Wall-Size Ambitions ­– The New York Times
Richard Avedon, who made advertising images for six decades, also created striking group portraits that he hoped would signal a new level of rigorous intention. But why didn’t the art world notice? For the celebrated photographer, the wall piece of The Chicago Seven, 1969, which was about 8.5×12′ was a monument as much as a document. He also created the 31′ long Andy Warhol and Members of the Factory group. Avedon would make two more mural-size group portraits, reflecting a new level of rigorous artistic intention. Yet the art world did not grant full acknowledgment to the “celebrity photographer” as the consequential artist he was until the end of his life. He died in 2004.

Notable: Katy Grannan, who was in the 2004 Whitney Biennial, suggests why Avedon was not much talked about in his time. “In hindsight, this is probably because he broke an unwritten rule. You could be a fine art photographer, a photojournalist, or a celebrity photographer, but you couldn’t be all three. Avedon was everything.”

Adobe Stock #132202295 from the Free Collection visualizes how some stock photographers are feeling right now.

Adobe Stock Free Collection ‘Devalues’ Stock Photography – Inside Imaging
Adobe Stock has announced the Free Collection, a collection of 70,000 images and videos available for in a free commercial license, and stock photographers are naturally unimpressed at how this further devalues their content. “The trend of free imagery websites isn’t going away, and we want to be part of a positive solution for creators,” Adobe explains on the Free Collection page. They describe the move as also “supporting creatives as well as driving traffic to paid assets.” Customers without a paid Adobe Stock account can download up to 100 images per day, which comes with Adobe’s same standard or enhanced license.

Quiz: What percentage of revenue does Adobe generate from stock sales? About 2%. Approx. $250 million in an $11 billion company.

Quote of the Week: “Color rendition is more critical to picture quality than resolution or dynamic range …, color rendition is how the picture actually looks…” – Ken Rockwell in reviewing the Nikon Z 7II.

We welcome comments as well as suggestions. As we cannot possibly cover each and every source, if you see something interesting in your reading or local newspaper anywhere in the world, kindly forward the link to us here. ALL messages will be personally acknowledged.

About the author: Phil Mistry is a photographer and teacher based in Atlanta, GA. He started one of the first digital camera classes in New York City at The International Center of Photography in the 90s. He was the director and teacher for Sony/Popular Photography magazine’s Digital Days Workshops. You can reach him via email here.

Image credits: All photographs as credited and used with permission from the photographers or agencies.

Great Reads in Photography: October 11, 2020

Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!

Princess Amethyst, inspired by Rapunzel © Kahran/Regis Bethencourt (CreativeSoul)

Five New Photographers Added to Famed Canon Explorers of Light Program  – The Dead Pixels Society
Canon added the following five photographers to its Explorers of Light (EOL) program on Oct 1, 2020.

Lara Jade: Fashion / Beauty
Lara Jade is a British born fashion photographer and educator based in NYC.

Lynsey Weatherspoon: Portrait, Editorial
Lynsey Weatherspoon is a portrait and editorial photographer whose work has appeared in The New York TimesUSA Today, NPR, Wall Street JournalWashington PostTIME, and ESPN.

“Images can be described in such a way that it affects the hearts of those who see them. In that instance, the purpose of being a photographer comes full circle.” — Lynsey Weatherspoon

Kahran/Regis Bethencourt (CreativeSoul):  Cultural Storytellers
World-renowned child photographers, Regis and Kahran Bethencourt, are a husband and wife duo and the imaginative forces behind Atlanta, GA-based CreativeSoul Photography. The pair gained global recognition with their AfroArt series as a way to empower kids of color around the world.

We don’t want to just question traditional standards of beauty – we want to shatter them.” — Kahran / Regis Bethencourt

© Atiba Jefferson

Atiba Jefferson: Sports, Culture, and Portraits
Atiba Jefferson is best known for his 25 years of skateboarding photography. He has a deep history in basketball as well, being a staff photographer for the LA Lakers during the Shaq and Kobe years.

The Beatles Times Nine, Contact Sheet, 1964, printed 2004. Harry Benson (American, b. Scotland, 1929). Gelatin silver print; 120.7 x 122.6 cm. © Harry Benson. Image courtesy of The Cleveland Museum of Art

Contact Sheets are ‘Proof’ of Photographers’ Mastery in Cleveland show – Post Gazette
As photography proliferated in galleries and museums in the 1970s, photographers occasionally printed all the images from one roll of film together and presented the result as a finished work of art. Proof organized by Peter Galassi, former chief curator of photography at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, features approximately 180 contact sheets, notably by Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, Harry Benson, Harry Callahan, Robert Frank, Philippe Halsman, Irving Penn, Albert Watson, Arnold Newman, Larry Fink, and Emmet Gowin.

“I took myself for a serious journalist and I didn’t want to cover a rock ’n’ roll story,” Harry Benson tells PetaPixel.  “But when I first heard them begin to play All My Loving, I knew I was on the right story….and the story soon turned from a music story into a news story as Beatlemania took hold of the world.”

Notable: Between the 1940s and early 1990s, job-hunting photographers were often required to submit contact sheets with finished prints. 

 Thunderbolt 4 Products Fix a Big USB-C Problem – msn
Thunderbolt, the chief competitor to USB-C, is being used to fix one of the standard’s biggest problems: the absence of hubs and docks. The products, which take advantage of the new Thunderbolt 4 standard, will turn one port on a laptop into three ports in either the Thunderbolt or USB-C standard. Because of the data limitations of USB-C, the standard can’t support docks today on its own.

Quiz: Will the new Thunderbolt 4 be faster than Thunderbolt 3? No, but it will have other advantages.

The Mothership. Supercell thunderstorm rolls across the prairie West of Glasgow, Montana. The image is a stitched panoramic from 4 images. © Sean Heavey

‘They Used my Picture and I Should’ve Got Paid For It’ – BBC
Sean Heavey recognized his photo the moment he saw it on Stranger Things, the hit Netflix show. Netflix told him, “You can’t copyright Mother Nature.” He complained on social media, and his remarks were read by executives at Pixsy, a firm that helps photographers fight copyright infringement. Pixsy appointed a lawyer, David Deal, and together they found six more occasions where Netflix used The Mothership. Ultimately Netflix settled the lawsuit

Notable: How many images are stolen daily around the world. More than 2.5 billion.

Fact: A student of Chip Stewart, a media law professor at Texas Christian University, used an image from a Creative Commons website for the school newspaper. Though she did not have to pay a license fee, she did not follow the requirements listed under the photo, to credit the photographer or add a link to his website. Through Pixsy, the photographer found the student and issued her a letter asking for a $750 license fee. A search through public records revealed that the photographer had filed more than 40 similar cases that year. They negotiated him down and agreed to pay a fee of $500.

Shutter Night © Phil Mistry

The Secrets of Film Noir Photography – Light Stalking
Film noir
evokes scary, dramatic, and dark cinematic scenes typical for crime and thriller movies. Most of the time, in film noir photography, the subject would be partially thrown into darkness, revealing only parts of them. The dramatic shadows cast by strong lighting helps create a mysterious effect. Film noir look can be achieved with low-key lighting, so you do not need a complicated studio setup or expensive lighting equipment to achieve the film noir effect.

Tips: Do not shoot your image in black and white. It is good to shoot color and then convert it to black and white while post-processing. This way, you can create the look you are after by working on various colors individually in your film noir photograph.
Show mystery by photographing just parts of your subject’s body like chin, legs, hands, etc. to give an intriguing mood to the image.
Lighting and shooting your subject from a lower perspective can add drama and mystery to your film noir photograph as can harsh shadows.

Carolyn Bessette and John Kennedy, Jr. exit their secret wedding ceremony on remote Cumberland Island on September 21, 1996, © Denis Reggie

Denis Reggie: The Photographer Who Changed Wedding Photography on his Most Memorable Photo – 11Alive WXIA
Canon Explorer of Light Denis Reggie’s photo of JFK Jr. kissing the hand of his bride Carolyn Bessette on Cumberland Island, GA, was credited by The Wall Street Journal as the 20th-century watershed image that transformed wedding photography forever. Reggie’s 1900 assignments include a captivating portrait of the late Senator Edward M. Kennedy, which featured on the cover of his autobiography and New York Times bestseller, True Compass.

Notable: The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, has a 16×20 print of the above in its collection.

Quiz: What percentage of a wedding photographer’s time goes towards actual shooting? Only 4%. The vast majority (55%) is spent on photo editing, followed by business/admin (18%), culling (11%), and communication (7%).

Sony a7C Review  – PCMag
The Sony a7C takes its design cues from APS-C models like the a6600, but squeezes a stabilized full-frame sensor into similar confines. It is the take-anywhere full frame for the photographer who wants to travel lightly, but its viewfinder is smaller, and it doesn’t have the dual memory card slots for that secure feeling. It’s the second full-frame model from Sony to sport a vari-angle, touch-sensitive LCD and the autofocus system is a bit more capable than what you get with the older a7 III.

President Donald J. Trump works in the Presidential Suite at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Md. Saturday, October 3, 2020, after testing positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, October 1, 2020. (Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian)

What’s This EXIF Technology People Used to Study Trump Photos? – CNET
President Donald Trump’s case of COVID-19 gave an obscure photo data technology called EXIF its 15 minutes of internet fame as people started scrutinizing photos taken of him last weekend at Walter Reed hospital. But what exactly is EXIF?

Quiz: Can EXIF (Exchangeable image file format) prove when a photo was taken? No, as it can be changed easily. Also, camera settings can be tweaked or set incorrectly. EXIF in your mobile phone photos will update when you change time zones, but conventional cameras usually have to be reset manually.

We welcome comments as well as suggestions. As we cannot possibly cover each and every source, if you see something interesting in your reading or local newspaper anywhere in the world, kindly forward the link to us here. ALL messages will be personally acknowledged.

About the author: Phil Mistry is a photographer and teacher based in Atlanta, GA. He started one of the first digital camera classes in New York City at The International Center of Photography in the 90s. He was the director and teacher for Sony/Popular Photography magazine’s Digital Days Workshops. You can reach him via email here.

Image credits: All photographs as credited and used with permission from the photographers or agencies.

Great Reads in Photography: October 4, 2020

Every Sunday, we bring together a collection of easy reading articles from analytical to how-to to photo-features in no particular order that did not make our regular daily coverage. Enjoy!

Head held high, walking with dignity, Meliha Varesanovic defies Bosnian Serb sniper bullets and mortar fire in high heels, pearls, and a smart floral dress in the Dobrinja neighborhood of Sarajevo, June 1995. During the siege of the capital of Bosnia and Herzegovina more than 10,600 people were killed and 56,000 wounded. Photo Courtesy of AmberSide Collection, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK © Tom Stoddart

Tom Stoddart: Documenting Extraordinary Women – Amateur Photographer
This year marks the 50th anniversary of esteemed British photojournalist Tom Stoddart’s career. Extraordinary Women, releasing on Oct 21, is a photographic collection that salutes the strong will of women through times of war, poverty and hardship.

“Photographers make rubbish editors, mostly, because you always want all of your work in and to display it huge.” —Tom Stoddart

Sony E Mount Turns 10 Years Old – and its 29 Cameras Changed the Industry
The Sony E mount has just had its 10th birthday. Here’s a quick trip down memory lane of the cameras released over the last ten years, which debuted its new mount, with the fledgling NEX product line in 2010.

Quiz: What does NEX stand for? New E-mount eXperience.

Notable: In 2013, the A7R introduced a monster 36.4MP sensor with no low-pass filter. It took Canon another seven years to release a full-frame mirrorless camera matching that resolution!

These Photos Of Kids Saying Goodbye To RBG Are Breaking My Heart – BuzzFeed
Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died last Friday, Sept 18, at the age of 87. Mourners and members of the public have come to pay their respects to Ginsburg at the Supreme Court building in Washington, DC, where her body is lying in state. Among the mourners are a notable number of children and young people, some dressed up like the justice, who have come to say goodbye.

Cindy Sherman, Untitled #602, 2019, dye sublimation metal print, 222.3 cm x 193.7 cm, Collection Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris. Courtesy of the Artist and Metro Pictures, New York © 2020 Cindy Sherman

See Previously Unseen Cindy Sherman Photographs in Paris Now – An Another
“I know the camera always lies,” artist Cindy Sherman once said. Sherman’s Untitled Film Stills is one of her earliest series and still one of her most recognized and celebrated. “Some people have told me they remember the film that one of my images is derived from, but in fact, I had no film in mind at all,” she has said.

Fact: In 2011, a print of Untitled#96 fetched $3.89 million at Christie’s, making it the most expensive photograph at that time though the price has since been surpassed.

13 Tips for Building a Photo Website that Attracts Clients – Rangefinder
Nikon Ambassador Julia Kelleher focuses on how you can build and maintain an impactful photo website that attracts the clients you want. So don’t put off streamlining your business branding, updating your site, or even creating one from scratch. It’s time to do the work and get it done, no matter how painful it might be. You will be amazed at the difference it can make.

Tip: “I don’t necessarily want to have to fill out a contact form if I just have a quick question or to make a quick phone call. Make sure you have contact info on your site. It’s a fast way to lose clients if you don’t,” says Kelleher.

Cover of To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes (Peabody Museum/Aperture, 2020). Photograph by Fabrizio Amoroso/Aperture

The First Photos of Enslaved People Raise Many Questions About the Ethics of Viewing ­– The New York Times
To Make Their Own Way in the World: The Enduring Legacy of the Zealy Daguerreotypes.
These pictures were taken by photographer Joseph T. Zealy in 1850 at the behest of the Harvard zoologist, Louis Agassiz, a proponent of polygenesis — the idea that the races descended from different origins, a notion challenged in its own time and refuted by Darwin– he had the pictures taken to furnish proof of this theory. These are history’s cruelest, barbarous, most contentious images — the first photographs, it is believed, of enslaved human beings.

Quiz: Who was the most photographed person in the 19th century? Frederick Douglas. He was born into slavery and a recurrent character in this book but ended up being an American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman.

Notable: The title words “To Make [His] Own Way in the World” are also found in one of his essays.

Don’t Say ‘Cheese’: Why People Never Seemed to Smile in Old Photographs – AZcentral
Back then, the long exposure times made it hard to capture smiles, says Betsy Fahlman, an art history professor at Arizona State University who teaches History of Photography.
“Unless you’re Miss America, it’s hard to hold a smile for an exposure that might be as long as 15 minutes,” Fahlman said.

Notable: Missing or chipped teeth were common owing to the lack of good dental care in the 1800s, and therefore they might have just preferred to take pictures with their mouths closed.

3 Phone Photography Hacks (for DSLR & Mirrorless Cameras, Too) – SLR Lounge
You’ve no doubt heard the saying the best camera is the one you have with you. These days, pretty much everybody has access to a camera via their smartphones. Unfortunately, there seems to be this idea that we need professional camera gear in order to capture creative, professional quality images. In reality, that is absolutely not true. We do not have to settle for boring iPhone images anymore.

Question: Who first said, “The best camera is the one you have with you?” I don’t know but would like to find out. Leave a comment or email me.

Bubblegum,  Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea © Cristina Mittermeier

Photographer Cristina Mittermeier on Dedicating Her Life to the OceanConde Nast Traveler
Sony Artisan of Imagery, Cristina Mittermeier a photographer and marine biologist for the past 25 years, has been recognized as one of the World’s Top 40 Most Influential Outdoor Photographers by Outdoor Magazine and was named one of National Geographic’s 2018 Adventurers of the Year. In 2005 she founded the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) to provide a platform for photographers working on environmental issues.

“I [Mittermeier] am often asked if I gave the gum to these boys from the highlands of Papua New Guinea. The answer is no. They were participating in the Mount Hagen highlands Sing Sing, a festival that encourages people to compete for the most culturally intact tribe. Somehow they got their hands on some bubblegum and delighted in surprising me with bubbles.” —Cristina Mittermeier

We welcome comments as well as suggestions. As we cannot possibly cover each and every source, if you see something interesting in your reading or local newspaper anywhere in the world, kindly forward the link to us here. ALL messages will be personally acknowledged.

About the author: Phil Mistry is a photographer and teacher based in Atlanta, GA. He started one of the first digital camera classes in New York City at The International Center of Photography in the 90s. He was the director and teacher for Sony/Popular Photography magazine’s Digital Days Workshops. You can reach him via email here.

Image credits: All photographs as credited and used with permission from the photographers or agencies.