June 2nd, 2016

Instamuseum Turns Instagram Accounts into Virtual Reality Galleries

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Many photographers carefully curate their Instagram feeds to give visitors a sense of their best work. A new app dubbed Instamuseum lets visitors to your Instagram page see your work in an even more rarified setting: a virtual reality art gallery.

Using Instamuseum, you can type in the user name of any public Instagram account. The app then converts those Instagram images into a 3D rendering of a virtual reality art gallery. Pop on a pair of VR goggles and you can explore a user’s Instagram account as if you were walking the halls of a museum.

The app supports several layout options and can only show up to 90 images at once, depending on your layout selection.

The galleries are viewable using Google Cardboard headsets or the HTC Vibe today with Samsung Galaxy Gear and Oculus support coming soon.

If you don’t have a headset, or don’t want to strap one to your head, you can still render the galleries in a web browser. See below.

Instamuseum for @guillermosainz
by guillermosainz
on Sketchfab

Via: Digital Trends

June 2nd, 2016

Don’t Feed the Photography Trolls

If the Internet has taught us anything, it’s that all-too-often people shed whatever decency they possess in the comments.

For artists and photographers who share their work online, fending off online trolls and haters is a cost of doing business. But those criticisms can sting.

In this video meditation, photographer Sean Tucker offers some advice for fending off trolls and how to distinguish genuine criticism that should be taken to heart from jealousy-fueled bile.

Via YouTube

June 2nd, 2016

Sigma Issues Alert for Several Art Lenses and Canon’s 1D X Mark II


If you own a Canon 1D X Mark II and plan on using some of Sigma’s Art lenses, read on.

Sigma UK has issued an advisory for three lenses–the 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art, the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM  Art and the 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM.

When mounted to a 1D X Mark II and when using center-weighted average metering or evaluative metering those lenses can result in improper exposure.

A firmware update is in the works to correct the issue.

June 1st, 2016

Annie Flanagan Wins $5K Michael P. Smith Grant for Documentary Photography

New Orleans photographer Annie Flanagan has been awarded $5,000 as the winner of the 2016 Michael P. Smith Fund grant for documentary photography. Flanagan won for her series “Deafening Sound” about rape culture in the U.S.

An image from Annie Flanagan's photo project, "Deafening Sound." Williston, North Dakota, 2013. Photo © Annie Flanagan

An image from Annie Flanagan’s photo project, “Deafening Sound.” Williston, North Dakota, 2013. Photo © Annie Flanagan

Flanagan photographed women who have been victims of rape and other sexual and physical abuse. Her images highlight their injuries, both physical and emotional. “Her photographs are direct and jarring, pulling us into the nightmares of these women’s lives, yet they are also tender and affecting, and at times even lyrical,” says juror Stella Kramer in a prepared statement.

Other finalists for the grant were Jeremiah Ariaz, whose work captures African American trail riders in Louisiana, and Michael Adno for his series “Cracker Politics” that covers the contemporary manifestations of historically controversial groups like the Klu Klux Klan and other white supremacist organizations.

The grant, which was created by the New Orleans Photo Alliance (NOPA), is meant to honor the work and life of documentary photography Michael P. Smith. The grant is open to Gulf Coast photographers working on long-term cultural documentary projects.

A second $5,000 grant from the New Orleans Photo Alliance—the Clarence John Laughlin Award—will open for submissions on June 15. The award is meant to support the work of photographers “who use the medium as a means of creative expression,” according to NOPA’s web site.

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May 27th, 2016

Great Weekend Reads in Photography & Filmmaking

Plofiz | Flickr

Plofiz | Flickr

“One benefit of Summer was that each day we had more light to read by.”
Jeannette Walls


The Woman Who Influenced Diane Arbus’s Eye –  WSJ

Why Snapchat Could Change How Photographers Tell StoriesTime

Why This 150 Year Old Photography Technique Is Coming BackCNN

Tainted Love: Why Photographers Fail Lighting Essentials

Anton Corbijin, Finding Peace Through the Lens 52 Insights

Filmmaking Behind BarsABC

“Have a Viewpoint” Photographer Magazine

Filmmaking in One of the World’s Most War-Torn Regions Movie Maker

The Stories Hidden in Contact SheetsSierra Whiskey Bravo

I Am Unable to Visualize AnythingVox

The Philosophy of VR’s Most Cinematic StudioNo Film School

Shooting the Perfect PortraitBritish Journal of Photography

Why War Photographers Are More Important Than EverVanity Fair



Weekend Video

As the summer dawns, ushering in long days full of possibility, we couldn’t help but be reminded of the art of Bill Watterson. This video strays outside of photography, but we think the message resonates.

May 27th, 2016

Photoshop’s Next Trick: Content-Aware Cropping

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Adobe pulled back the curtain on a new feature it’s planning on introducing to Photoshop. It’s called Content-Aware Crop and it’s able to fill in pixels around blank spaces when you expand or rotate an image.

According to Adobe, you’ll be able to use the new tool to move the horizon by adding more sky or ground, change the aspect ratio of an image by adding content around the edges and fill in the corners when you rotate an image so you don’t give up any of your pixels.

There’s no firm word yet on when you Content-Aware Crop will pop up in Photoshop CC, but there is this video giving you a bit more insight into how it should work when it does.

May 24th, 2016

4 Images for 99 Cents: Getty Signs Deal with ListaPost Social Media App

@ ListaPost

© ListaPost

Getty Images has signed an agreement to allow users of the ListaPost social media app to share and repost news, entertainment and sports images on social media for prices starting at $0.99 cents for four images, according to a press release from ListaPost. The ListaPost app lets users search Instagram for photos, save them to customized lists (without making screenshots), and turn them into slideshows for “publishing back into the social media landscape,” according to ListaPost’s statement.

Under its new content partnership with Getty, ListaPost users can browse and copy Getty’s more than 20 million editorial images into those slideshows. “Users have the option to share these slideshows externally via text, email, embeddable HTML pages and through a range of popular social media platforms.” In the press release, ListaPost co-founder Matthew Murray says users sharing Getty Images content can include individuals as well as “agencies, brands and social media influencers.”

Peter Orlowsky, Getty Images Vice President of Business Development is quoted in the press release saying that Getty is “excited to see how the market responds to ListaPost’s unique offering to Instagram users.”

Two years ago, Getty announced it was making its archive available free of charge to non-commercial users, as long as images were copied using an embed tool that collected data on the user, allowing Getty to push ads through the embed viewer without compensation to the user.

At the time, Getty seemed to be exploring a new source of revenue through advertising, while sidestepping the burden of pursuing online copyright violations by non-commercial users of its images. This latest business venture may be Getty’s attempt to reap fees for the use of its images on social media—by both commercial and non-commercial users. However, at a time when brands are hungry for new content for their social media feeds Getty seems to be selling its content at volume discounts.

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May 24th, 2016

What’s Next for Instagram: Facebook-Style Pay-for-Play


Instagram’s evolution away from its care-free chronological feed into a tightly scripted, algorithmic money making machine continues apace.

As predicted, Instagram is getting ready to roll out Facebook-style post “boosting” that will increase content visibility in exchange for cash.

This and other new feature nuggets were unearthed by Elliott Murray.

After decompiling the newest update, Murray found a setting that would enable users to pay to have their Instagram posts seen more widely. If the experience with Facebook is any hint, users with a large following will see their reach diminish unless they pay up.

Murray also found new analytics features that will provide insights not simply to paying customers but, potentially, to ordinary Instagrammers as well. Instagram could also soon introduce a new type of page to better distinguish businesses from ordinary users.

None of these features are necessarily guaranteed to surface, or surface in the precise form sketched here. But given that they were found in the code base and jibe with the overall thrust of the app’s evolution, they seem like a pretty good indication of the general direction Instagram is heading, 400 million users in tow.

Hat tip: DL Cade

Read More

Confessions of a Social Media Influencer

How to Be an Influencer Without Being Unethical

What Should Photographers Charge for Social Media Usage?

May 24th, 2016

Get sporty with the new Backpack Adapter on Kickstarter! (Sponsored)

Courtesy of SpiderHolster, this little beauty extends the functionality of the Black Widow Holster so you can carry your mirrorless camera on any cushioned vertical backpack strap or messenger bag strap.

A quick snap-in connection securely fastens our Black Widow Holster to your bag’s strap with an ergonomic shape designed to work with the body’s natural contours.

Check out the Kickstarter campaign here!