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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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Patterns of Saudi Arabia | Destination KSA – Photobook Photography Article

Patterns of Saudi Arabia | Destination KSA When art and culture intertwine. Traditional handicrafts are an important aspect in our culture. Patterns that we have seen in old photos of our parents and grandparents have our identities and heritage, their steadfastness a strong proof of the Saudi community’s commitment to authenticity. Al Qatt Al AsseeriBorn in the heart of the Asir Region southwest of the Kingdom, Al Qatt Al Asseeri is a geometrical art technique usually applied on interior walls…

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Why Your Instagram Isn’t Growing – Photography Article

First off it’s not you, it’s Instagram. It comes down to a few very simple things that can be summed up in three words and two reasons: chronological order and saturation. There are so many people on Instagram, and the organic, chronological order news feed is sadly a thing of the past. These two things alone mean the beginning of the end for any social media platform, because they mean that the platform is prioritizing advertisers over users—that’s great if…

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Creativity is One of the Least Desirable Traits in a Partner, Study Finds – Photography Article

If you’re a single photographer looking for a romantic partner, you might want to focus more on showing off your qualities, talents, and attributes outside of your skills behind a camera. A new study has found that creativity is among the least desirable traits in a partner for both men and women. The study, titled “Mate preference priorities in the East and West: A cross‐cultural test of the mate preference priority model,” was conducted by researchers at the University of…

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Petition Begs Disney to Stop Replacing Photographers with ‘Photo Boxes’ – Photography Article

Earlier this year, rumors that Disney would replace its PhotoPass photographers at Disney Parks with robotic “photo boxes” were confirmed as photo booths began popping up around the park in lieu of people. These boxes have been popping up everywhere, and people are not happy: so much so that there is a now a petition on Change.org that is begging Disney to keep the PhotoPass photographers around. The photo boxes began actually popping up around February of this year, and…

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I Was Sexually Harassed on a Magazine Photo Shoot – Photography Article

Rapper Cardi B says that as a younger artist, she was sexually harassed by a photographer while posing for a magazine photoshoot. In an interview with We TV, the 26-year-old musician shares how during the shoot, the photographer started trying to get close to her. And after telling her, “Yeah, you want to get in this magazine?” the man allegedly exposed himself. Cardi B says she was furious and that she grabbed her things and left the set. But when…

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Sheikh Mohammed’s ‘Move Ahead Agenda’ and MENA’s need for more CCOs – Photobook Photography Article

الإخوة والأخوات .. المواطنين والمواطنات .. مع بداية موسم جديد للعمل والانجاز في بلادنا .. أحببت أن أوجه مجموعة من الرسائل … pic.twitter.com/aJ6EXyDxa5— HH Sheikh Mohammed (@HHShkMohd) August 31, 2019 At the end of August Dubai’s Ruler Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum published an open letter to officials. The message, nicknamed his ‘Move Ahead’ agenda by the media, focused on a number of issues, including the need to engage face-to-face with people they are serving, the responsibility to act…

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China’s New 500MP ‘Super Camera’ Can Identify a Face Among Tens of Thousands – Photography Article

Scientists at the Fudan University and Changchun Institute of Optics, Fine Mechanics and Physics in China have developed a 500MP cloud-connected ‘super camera’ that can reportedly pick out facial details of an individual person among thousands in a crowded stadium. The new tech is raising serious concerns about privacy and government monitoring. According to a report by ABC News, the camera was revealed at China’s International Industry Fair by Xiaoyang Zeng, one of the scientists who worked on the new…

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Rugby Star Apologizes to Photog for Sharing Photo Without Permission – Photography Article

Typically, when a celebrity is called out for posting a photograph without permission, they lash out or deny any wrongdoing. It’s so common we’ve almost come to expect it, which is why it’s such a nice change of pace to hear that New Zealand Rugby star Sonny Bill Williams actually apologized to the photographer after having a photo pulled from Instagram for sharing it without permission. Williams is no small-time B-list celebrity. The New Zealand sports star is a former…

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A Painfully Accurate Parody Video – Photography Article

Australian YouTuber Currently Hannah recently teamed up with her friend Just Jess to create a brutally honest, hilarious video that answers the question: what would travel videos look like if influencers were honest? The first three minutes of the video is the parody itself: filled with beautiful, mostly slow-motion travel footage paired with an airy voice-over that describes each trope as you see it. “I learned so much about myself on this trip, but there was one thing that really…

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Canadian Political Party Caught Using Photoshop to Add Reusable Straw to Leader’s Photo – Photography Article

Earlier this week, the Canadian Green Party was caught in a Photoshop gaff that toes the line between silly and troubling. As reported by the National Post it seems a photograph of the party’s leader, Elizabeth May, was Photoshopped to add a green party logo and a reusable straw, putting it more in line with the party’s environmental policies. Nobody seems to know when, how, or why this edit was made, but a party spokesperson did admit that Photoshop was…

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This Photographer’s eBay Order Took a Comical Route Around the World – Photography Article

Photographer Gary Gruber recently purchased a Hasselblad lens accessory on eBay. As he waited for the order to travel from South Africa to his home in the United States, Gruber was baffled by the route DHL sent it on. “I buy and sell a ton of photo gear on eBay,” Gruber tells PetaPixel. “99.8% of the transactions I’ve made in the last 18 years have moved from seller to me flawlessly. “I’ve made many purchases from Japan and China and…

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Photographer Killed by Falling Branch During Shoot, Foul Play Suspected – Photography Article

An Ohio-based photographer was shooting senior photos at a state park earlier this month when she was struck by a falling tree branch and killed. Authorities suspect foul play, and now a $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to justice. FOX8 reports that 44-year-old Victoria Schafer was standing on stairs near Old Man’s Cave in Hocking Hills State Park and shooting portraits of six high school students when part of a tree fell on her. Old Man’s Cave…

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A Portrait of the Back of Banksy’s Head Just Sold for $43,650 at Auction – Photography Article

British photographer Chris Levine just made a pile of money on a portrait of famously anonymous artist Banksy…’s head. The back of his head. The back of his head covered by a hoodie. The portrait sold at Sotheby’s London on Tuesday for a whopping $43,000—about 7 times what Sotheby’s expected. If your first thought is “but is that even Banksy…?” you’re probably not alone. However, Levine is a very well-connected portrait photographer whose other images up for auction Tuesday were…

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Photojournalist Rescues Victim Of Anti-LGBT Mob – Photography Article

On September 15, around 2,000 LGBT rights activists marched through Kharkiv in the first event of its kind in the eastern Ukrainian city. When the march ended, most of the participants left safely through a nearby subway station, but a crowd of far-right counterdemonstrators had gathered in a neighboring park, apparently on the hunt for LGBT activists attempting to leave on foot. Video from the scene captured one slightly-built teenager with a streak of dyed hair trying to move through…

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The Flash as a Self-Defense Weapon – Photography Article

Back in the 1970s, I would occasionally go bar hopping in South Tucson. Although it wasn’t a particularly rough neighborhood, there was always the potential bad guy. As a recent Vietnam vet, I was always doing threat assessments. My head was on a swivel. Seeking some protection, I considered a variety of possible weapons but rejected most of them. I was very concerned about possibly over-reacting and attacking someone who I perceived to be a threat but injuring an innocent…

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Travel Bloggers Detained in Notorious Iranian Prison for Flying Camera Drone – Photography Article

A travel blogging couple from Australia who disappeared suddenly from the Internet in June have been located in a notorious Iranian prison, where they are being detained indefinitely. The couple was apparently arrested by Iranian authorities in July after flying a camera drone without the proper permits. Jolie King and Mark Firkin quit their jobs two years ago to travel full time to start The Way Overland, documenting their extended journey through 36 countries from Australia to the UK. They…

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Photos of Manggarai Warrior Caci Whip Fights in Flores, Indonesia – Photography Article

Indonesia is an incredible archipelago containing thousands of islands, hundreds of volcanoes, tribes, dialects, and cultures. After exploring Java, Bali, and Lombok, I traveled to Flores where I witnessed something truly unexpected. The Manggarai Caci Whip Fights are a celebration of dance and battle during Penti, a festival held after harvest to end the agricultural year. The Caci Fights are an opportunity for young men to prove their rise to manhood and, in the past, have also been a way…

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News Anchor Sues Reddit, Facebook and Others Over Creepy Photo Used in Inappropriate Ads – Photography Article

A local news anchor from Philadelphia has filed a lawsuit against some of the largest social media and photo sharing platforms in the world after she noticed a creepy security cam photo of her being used in dating and erectile dysfunction ads on Facebook, Imgur, Reddit and others. As reported first by The Verge, Philadelphia Fox 29 News anchor Karen Hepp has filed a lawsuit against Facebook, Giphy, Imgur, Reddit and pornography outlet XNXX. Hepp alleges that all of these…

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Scientists Who Took the First Picture of a Black Hole Awarded with $3M Prize – Photography Article

The world’s first photo of a black hole, revealed this past April, was the result of years of collaboration between 347 astronomers from around the world. Today, those astronomers get to figure out how to split $3,000,000 in prize money for their hard work. In case you missed the news in April, an international consortium of over 300 astronomers were able to achieve something previously believed to be impossible: they captured a photograph of a black hole using a planet-scale…

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Rich Kids are Paying Thousands to Have Their Photos Featured on this Site – Photography Article

Back in 2008, an app called I Am Rich appeared on the iOS app store for $1,000. The now-infamous app did absolutely nothing—it was just a status symbol that proved you had money to burn. Now, a website and Instagram account called Golden Price Tag is following in I Am Rich’s footsteps, and rich kids are paying $1,000 and up for the “privilege” of having their photos featured. The opulent website and Instagram account only cropped up a few days…

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Country Star Kacey Musgraves Gives Struggling LA Photo Shop a Big Boost – Photography Article

Multiple Grammy-winning country star Kacey Musgraves earned kudos from the entire photo industry last week when she took to social media to help a struggling mom-and-pop photography shop in LA, breathing new life into the small business. As detailed in the LA Times, Musgraves and her sister first wandered into ‘Tom’s One Hour Photo Studio and Lab’ in LA’s Koreatown last Wednesday. They were looking for a place to develop some film (+10 brownie points) when they stumbled across this…

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‘Overpayment’ Scam Leaves Wedding Photographer with $4,600 in Debt – Photography Article

A British Columbia-based wedding photographer is out $4,600 after falling prey to something called the “overpayment” scam—an insidious scam that often targets wedding and event photographers, and has allegedly cost its victims nearly $5 million this year alone. We’ve warned readers about these kinds of scams before. Also called advanced-fee scams, the swindle involves offering a photographer a paying gig that isn’t real. Unfortunately, photographer Esther Moerman hadn’t heard of this trick, and her business has taken a big hit…

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Travel Influencer Called Out for Having the Same Clouds in Multiple Photos – Photography Article

Well, this is a little embarrassing. Argentinian travel influencer Tupi Saravia is being called out online after some eagle-eyed fans noticed that several of her images feature the exact same clouds… despite being taken in different parts of the globe. Oops… The gaff was first pointed out by Twitter User @santilishi, before being amplified by social media industry commentator Matt Navarra. Navarra tweeted a four-photo collage that seems to show the exact same sky in every shot, despite three of…

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Climate Activists Hope to Shut Down Heathrow by Flying Drones Nearby – Photography Article

Over the last few years, there have been some infamous incidents of airports being shut down and flights grounded because a camera drone was spotted nearby. But these accidents have given a group of climate activists an idea: in two weeks, they plan to fly drones inside London Heathrow’s no-fly zone as a “symbolic action,” possibly shutting down the world’s 7th largest airport. The group is called “Heathrow Pause,” and on September 13th, at least four drone pilots are planning…

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Woman Falls From 6th-Floor Balcony While Posing for ‘Extreme Yoga’ Photos – Photography Article

A woman in Mexico is thanking her lucky stars this week after she survived an 80-foot fall from a 6th-floor balcony while posing for “extreme yoga” photos. The incident occurred on Saturday in the northeastern Mexican state of Nuevo Leon. El Universal reports that 23-year-old college student Alexa Terrazas was hanging upside down on the railing of the balcony while supporting her body with her bent legs when she lost her balance and plummeted to the ground below. The “extreme…

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Stop Shooting and ‘F***ing Watch the Show’ – Photography Article

Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler is drawing mixed reactions today after posting a video to his Facebook and Instagram accounts in which he chastises a fan for recording him during a show, telling the fan to “turn it off” and “F***ing watch the show!”. This isn’t the first time a musician has been recorded telling a fan to “put the d*mn camera down” and just watch the show. Peter Frampton once threw a fan’s phone into the rafters because he…

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Dozen – The Design Souk – Photobook Photography Article

If you follow my IG stories, you know that me and my husband are total foodies. We really enjoy trying out new restaurants in the Eastern Province, and are total regulars at a few of our favorites. Dozen has recently become one of those dessert spots that we just love going to, but not just because of the yummy donuts… but also because I fell so hard for their interior! I actually discovered this trendy little donut shop…

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Instagram Influencer Raises Eyebrows with ‘Pro’ Photos of Motorcycle Crash – Photography Article

An Instagram influencer with over 216,000 followers raised eyebrows recently after she posted stylish professional-quality photos of herself lying on the ground immediately after she supposedly crashed her motorcycle. BuzzFeed News reports that Nashville-based lifestyle blogger Tiffany Mitchell posted a series of photos on July 31st after a motorcycle accident that she claims left her scraped up and shaken. Mitchell says that a photographer friend of hers named Lindsey Grace Whiddon was riding alongside her and shooting photos at the…

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This Vivitar Film Camera Commercial Didn’t Age Well – Photography Article

Here’s a commercial Vivitar ran about a decade ago to convince older picture-takers to switch back to simple film cameras from the frustrating world of digital. The TV spot, produced by Blue Moon Studios and shared to its YouTube channel in 2010, bemoans the changes in photography brought on by the digital revolution. “Digital cameras take good pictures,” the ad says. “The problem is, your photos end up staying your camera, or you’re forced to sit at your computer to…

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