What’s the Middle East’s biggest communications issue? It’s the Arabic language – Photobook Photography Article

What’s the Middle East’s biggest communications issue? It’s the Arabic language Arabic is a beautiful, rich language. And yet the communications industry is struggling to attract good Arabic language writers. How can we correct this? (image source: Arab America) I feel like I’m writing something Kafka-esque. In in the Middle East, a geography of 200 million souls who read and write essentially the same language (I’m going to side-step the awkward question of how Arabic is spoken), and I’m working…

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What’s the biggest challenge for communicators in 2020? Online disinformation & public activism – Photobook Photography Article

What’s the biggest challenge for communicators in 2020? Online disinformation & public activism It’s been seven days since all the optimism, the hangovers, and the excessive fireworks (at least in the Gulf). So, given our bubbles of hope were burst and then shot down in flames on the morning of the second day of this year, what should we be looking forward to over the coming 12 months? There’s been some brilliant prediction blogs, including this one from Stephen Waddington…

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Rebranding for ‘soft power’ – examples from the Gulf – Photobook Photography Article

Rebranding for ‘soft power’ – examples from the Gulf Aramco is looking to spend millions on promoting itself (image source: Twosmokingbarrels) Now is a good time to be in the branding business, at least here in the Gulf. A slew of governments and government-owned assets are launching brand campaigns. At the beginning of the month, the UAE government announced that it’d be launching a national competition to create the first brand entity for the UAE – seven Emirati artists from…

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2-Day Kyoto Itinerary: Shrines, Geisha, River Boating, And Bamboo – iPhone Photography Article

Kyoto is a favourite destination for tourists to Japan. There are about a million temples and shrines to see and explore. With so many options, it can be hard to decide what to do. To help you out, here’s an eventful 2-day Kyoto itinerary filled with a variety of sights and attractions. This is a real example of a weekend I spend in Kyoto and covers the exact things I did over two days — so I know it’s doable.…

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Amazon Accidentally Sold $13,000+ Camera Gear for $100 on Prime Day – Photography Article

Amazon discounted a wide range of camera gear for Prime Day this week, but some photographers scored what may be the best deals of their lives. Thanks to a pricing error, many people were able to purchase high-end camera gear bundles, some worth over $5,000, for just around $100. It all started when someone noticed that the $550 Sony a6000 and 16-50mm lens bundle was being listed at just $94.50 on Amazon, and the person shared the “deal” on Slickdeals,…

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Picturesque Lake Popular on Instagram Actually a Chemical Waste Dump – Photography Article

It’s a popular question: how far would you go for a beautiful picture? For a number of Instagrammers, it seems the answer is: I would paddle out onto a beautiful Siberian lake that’s actually a chemical waste dump for the nearby power plant. What sounds like a joke is, in fact, very real. According to a report in The New York Times, a beautifully turquoise bit of water near the town of Novosibirsk has attracted hundreds of people intent on…

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Original Moon Landing Tapes Sold to Intern for $218 Could Sell for Millions – Photography Article

In 1976, NASA sold the original tapes of the Apollo 11 moon landing to then-intern Gary George by accident. The tapes were part of a set of 65 boxes of 2-inch videotapes that George bought for the whopping price of $217.77. Those same tapes are scheduled to be auctioned off through Sotheby’s on July 20th with a starting bid of $700,000, and an expected worth of up to $2 Million. It you think this all seems a bit stranger than…

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This Elephant Doesn’t Like Having Its Picture Taken – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=afEuBffzu0g] A high school girl was traveling in Zambia, Africa, last month when she came across an elephant that apparently hates having its picture taken. When the girl pulled out her smartphone to snap a photo, the elephant lashed out with its trunk and smacked the phone out of her hands. The girl was in Africa for a 12-day mission trip to help the boys and men living on the streets get back on their feet, and after a…

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Popular #GatesofHeaven Instagram Spot is a Faked Photo Op with a Mirror – Photography Article

It should come as no surprise that everything on Instagram is not as it seems. And yet, the revelation that the famed #GatesofHeaven photo op in Bali, Indonesia is a fake photo op that will cost you one or two bucks has surprised many as the news rippled across the Internet this week. The instantly recognizable reflection photo is taken at the Pura Lempuyang Luhur temple in Bali, but just like the fake holy men of Varanasi or picturesque travel…

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Brooklyn Beckham Struggles at Rankin Internship Due to ‘Lack of Basic Skills’ – Photography Article

David and Victoria Beckham’s son Brooklyn is being criticized yet again by the photography community after people working with him at a prestigious internship with renowned photographer Rankin told a British tabloid that they’re “stunned by his lack of basic skills” behind the camera. Young Beckham, who is just 20 years old, has had a difficult time convincing people that he has any merit as a professional photographer. Despite shooting several high-profile campaigns and magazine covers, and releasing a best-selling…

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Facebook AI Made This Hilariously Bad Friends Day Photo Slideshow – Photography Article

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OzZxjqKG10] Facebook celebrated its 12th birthday back in 2016 by creating automatically-generated “Friends Day” videos for users showing up to 16 photos of themselves and their friends. But not all users got heartwarming videos — some were hilariously bad. The 1-minute video above, made for a guy named Tyler, was one of the fails that made headlines a few years ago and is now making the rounds again as an example of what happens when AI goes wrong. Instead…

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This iPhone Thief Posted a Selfie to His Victim’s Instagram, Police Say – Photography Article

Here’s a bizarre story out of New Jersey: a man reportedly stole an iPhone and then proceeded to shoot a grotesque close-up selfie of himself to share on his victim’s Instagram account. Police are now widely distributing the strange selfie in hopes of identifying the man. A man reported to the Kearny Police Department in Kearny, New Jersey on May 16th that his iPhone had been stolen. Shortly afterward, the victim’s followers on Instagram were greeted with a story featuring…

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The Silliest Online Reviews of Beautiful Landscape Photo Spots – Photography Article

Our lives are ruled by ratings. We 21st-century humans seem to spend an inordinate amount of our time attaching star ratings to stuff for the benefit of complete strangers. We rate comments, we rate photographs, we rate articles, we rate products and we rate places. Such is the modern obsession with ratings that it impacts our experience of a thing or a place, either because we are influenced by others views or because we’re so keen to share our own…

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This Famed LA Ice Cream Truck Has Started Charging ‘Influencers’ Double – Photography Article

The Instagram “influencer” problem is only getting worse. Two days ago, we shared an email exchange between a pair of wedding photographers who ran afoul of an influencer who wanted a free wedding photography package. Now, a famous LA Ice Cream truck has gotten so fed up, the owner has officially started charging so-called influencers double when they ask for free stuff. The CVT Soft Serve truck is an LA institution with a 15-year history, but its reputation comes with…

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Wedding Photogs Berated for Refusing to Work with ‘Influencer’ for Free – Photography Article

UK-based wedding photographers Frankie Lowe and Laura Dunning of Betrothed & Co recently ran afoul of an Instagram “influencer,” whose PR person seemed flabbergasted that the pair would choose not to work for free, for two years, in exchange for exposure to her client’s 55,000 followers. The story begins with an email from someone named “Melissa” who claimed to represent “a well known social media influencer” who is planning to get married in 2021. In her email to Betrothed &…

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Apple Can Automatically ‘Correct’ Your Gaze in Video Calls on iOS 13 – Photography Article

iPhone users who have been testing the latest beta of iOS 13 have discovered a strange new feature. It’s called “FaceTime Attention Correction” and it uses automatic image manipulation to “fix” your gaze while video chatting. The feature does exactly what it sounds like. Even though you’re looking at the screen, not the front-facing camera, the person on the other end of the video chat sees you making direct eye-contact. It’s a little bizarre, as Will Sigmun, co-host of The…

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Judge Rules Fair Use in Photographer’s Copyright Case Against Andy Warhol – Photography Article

A District Judge in Manhattan has sided with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in a fair use case that will likely leave many photographers upset. The case surrounds a set of screen prints, silk-screen paintings and other artworks that Warhol created for Vanity Fair by altering a portrait by renowned photographer Lynn Goldsmith. The series of artworks, dubbed “The Prince Series,” were commissioned by Vanity Fair in 1984 for an article about the musician. According to The…

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Read Hasselblad’s Moon Landing Press Release from 1969 – Photography Article

This month, Hasselblad is celebrating the 50th anniversary of becoming “the first camera on the moon.” And in addition to sharing some beautiful photos taken of and with the iconic Hasselblad Data Camera (HDC) and Hasselblad Electric Camera (HEC) used on the moon, they also shared a bit of fascinating history: their original moon landing press release from 1969. As the original press release explains, the official anniversary of Hasselblad (and man’s) first trip to the lunar surface will happen…

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Fake Poolside Photo Shoot Inspires Touching Open Letter to Young Moms – Photography Article

“Social media isn’t always real. Sometimes and often it’s a complete set-up.” These are the words of Jen Flint, a Florida woman whose inspirational message to young mothers went viral after she witnessed a fake mother-daughter photo shoot at a local pool. Flint shared the story and message on Facebook, where she describes watching a mother stage several “perfect” photos of a “perfect” day at the pool with her little daughter. But as Flint explains, reality fell far short of…

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Photographer Using Drone Spots Shark Approaching His Family – Photography Article

During a family outing to the beach last week, photographer Dan Watson decided to take his drone up for a little aerial photography practice—and it’s a good thing he did. While framing up a photo of his family splashing around near the shore, he spotted a large shadow swimming right towards them. It only took him a split second to realize that the shadow was a shark, and start yelling for his family to get out of the water. All…

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Silent Sony a9 a ‘Great Advantage’ for Photographer at Democratic Debate – Photography Article

There are pros and cons to both DSLR and mirrorless cameras, but one advantage of mirrorless is making headlines after the Democratic debates this week. The completely silent shooting of the Sony a9 turned out to be a “great advantage” for one photographer. The Washington Post reports that at NBC’s Democratic debate on Wednesday night, the pool of mainstream media outlet photographers requested permission to shoot the candidates from the side of the debate stage. But when the first group…

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Kate Middleton is Now Patron of the Royal Photographic Society – Photography Article

The Royal Photographic Society has a new patron. Queen Elizabeth has just handed over her 67-year-long patronage of one of the world’s oldest photographic societies to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (formerly known as Kate Middleton). The Queen had become patron of the society back in 1952. Both Kate and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) announced the handover on their official Instagram accounts. View this post on Instagram ???? Learning photography is a fun and engaging way to help young people…

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A Case of Native Cultural Appropriation – Photography Article

Appropriating Indigenous cultures has been going on for a very long time. Anytime something appropriating Indigenous cultures or racist comes up, it doesn’t matter what Natives might say in protest — most often the person doing the wrong thing claims it’s to “honor” us. Much the same way people think that Native mascots honor us. It doesn’t. Before we go into one specific example, let’s go through what generally happens when things like this come up. First, the person is…

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Tens Spectachrome Sunglasses Give Your Life a Wes Anderson Color Palette – Photography Article

Tens has unveiled a new pair of photographer-made sunglasses called Spectachrome that’s designed to give your life the color palette of a Wes Anderson movie. The color shift, which combines rich emerald greens and accentuated citron tones, “was inspired by the distinct color palettes found in Wes Anderson films such as Moonrise Kingdom, The Royal Tenenbaums, and Hotel Chevalier,” Tens says. It’s “a view which transports the user to the whimsical world of vintage cinema and celluloid film.” Tens made…

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Instagram Model Suffers Severe Burns in Photo Shoot Gone Wrong – Photography Article

A 22-year-old model in Vancouver, Canada, was hospitalized with severe burns across her body last week after posing for a photographer’s shoot that involved fire. She’s now warning models of the dangers of accepting risky shoots. Warning: This article contains disturbing photos of burn injuries. 22-year-old Robyn-Lee Jansen, an international student who works as a part-time freelance model, says she arrived at a photo shoot on June 13th after responding to a photographer’s freelance modeling job. “[T]he photographer wanted to…

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Pakistani Official Accidentally Uses Cat Filter During Live Press Conference – Photography Article

The face filters built into the cameras of social media apps such as Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are all the rage these days, but not usually in official government settings. But when a Pakistani politician live-streamed a press conference on Facebook Live last week, a cat filter was accidentally turned on. Hilarity ensued. Regional minister Shaukat Yousafzai was holding the presser last Friday when viewers suddenly began seeing him with pink cat ears and whiskers. “I wasn’t the only one…

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NASA’s Starshade is a Flag for Blocking Starlight in Space Photo Shoots – Photography Article

Photographers use tools called flags to block and control light. NASA has detailed a new technology called a starshade that’s essentially a gigantic flag in space for doing photo shoots with space telescopes. “Although starshades have never flown in space, they hold the potential to enable groundbreaking observations of planets beyond our solar system, including pictures of planets as small as Earth,” NASA writes. A starshade mission would involve two spacecraft working together with extreme precision. One would be a…

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Construction Guy Instagram Influencer Turns Out to Be Coffee Ad Stunt – Photography Article

A construction guy named Omar in Austin, Texas, became an “Instagram influencer” recently after attracting hundreds of thousands of followers to his @justaconstructionguy account with just a handful of photos. But it turns out the guy was a carefully crafted persona designed to help a small coffee shop sell coffee. After being created in May, the account shot to Insta-stardom when it was Tweeted out by Twitter user @barbzlovescarbs, who purported to be Omar’s daughter. In his photos and captions,…

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Has Social Media Turned Photography Into a Contest With No Closing Date? – Photography Article

Being a photographer used to be pretty simple. You had a camera, you had a subject you liked photographing, and you used to go out with your camera and photograph the subject you liked. And apart from perhaps showing off the occasional print at the local camera club to a group of like-minded tragics, that’s probably about as far as it went. Then social media arrived and, as with so many aspects of this modern connected life of ours, everything…

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Instagram is Designed to Make You Feel Bad, Madonna Says – Photography Article

Madonna has about 14 million followers on Instagram, so the American singer knows first-hand how powerful the photo-sharing social network is for “influencing.” But now she’s speaking out against Instagram and the darker side of using it. “You get caught up in comparing yourself to others,” the 60-year-old star tells The Sun in a new interview. “I think Instagram is made to make you feel bad.” She says it’s especially hard for artists to develop their art and as people…

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