Budding photographer Jordan Shults with autism is proof there are no barriers (From Gazette)

A BUDDING photographer with autism has been given the opportunity to be one of the VIP staff at a famous food festival.

For Jordan Shults, 19 – or J Shu as he prefers to be known – discovering photography was something of a stroke of luck when he needed to choose an extra subject while studying at Colchester Academy.

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How You Can Improve Confidence as a Photographer | Fstoppers

Have you ever considered how significantly confidence can affect your photography? Creative people are often a largely unconfident group. At any given time we might be dealing with the fear of missing an important moment, anxiously thinking about an upcoming session, running the worst possible scenarios through our minds, or delivering our photos to a client and dreading that email that says how much they hate them. We are still in the process of improving, constantly comparing our work to others, and becau

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African Art And Photography Transformed Into Hypnotic GIFs

You have to see these.  Hypnotic, indeed!

From Osborne Macharia’s fictional photo stories to Lisa Farral’s award-winning Armour collection, we’ve raved about a bunch of artists celebrating African culture through stunning art and photography.

Well, we just stumbled upon a brilliant digital illustrator Vince Fraser transforming these static images into monochrome animated GIFs – somehow making them even more hypnotic.

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Volunteer photography group helping homeless pets find forever homes | Stuff.co.nz

I’ve been a huge advocate for this idea for years – so glad to see it happening.  Now we just need more to do this.

Kiwi photographers are snapping up the chance to help rescue animals find forever homes, thanks to a new Facebook initiative.The New Zealand Photographers for Animal Rescue group is a volunteer based enterprise putting rescue animals in touch with amateur and professional photographers.The resulting images – often captured by professionals – are helping the homeless pets put their best paws forward as they seek adoption.

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Winners of SINWP wildlife photography contest revealed | Daily Mail Online

An amateur wildlife photographer has been something to croak about after leaping into first place with her colourful portrait of an exotic frog.

British snapper Michelle Howell took home the top prize with her image of an Argentinian ornate horned frog in the Society of International Nature and Wildlife Photographers’ Creatures Great and Small competition.

Full Story:   Winners of SINWP wildlife photography contest revealed | Daily Mail Online

Monkey selfie photographer says he’s broke: ‘I’m thinking of dog walking’

A US appeals court has debated whether or not a monkey can own the copyright to a selfie, while the photographer whose camera captured the famous image watched a live-stream of the proceedings from his home in the UK.

David Slater could not afford the air fare to San Francisco to attend the hearing on Wednesday. Nor can he afford to replace his broken camera equipment, or pay the attorney who has been defending him since the crested black macaque sued him in 2015, and is exploring other ways to earn an income.

Full Story: Monkey selfie photographer says he’s broke: ‘I’m thinking of dog walking’ | Environment | The Guardian

The photography market is about not just names

I don’t know if I agree 100% with this.  Name’s sure still seem to count in my world…

IN A world awash with photos from 2bn smartphones, a picture may still tell a thousand words. But is it still worth a thousand pounds? The market for photography has changed dramatically in the digital era—especially for photojournalists, commercial photographers, studio photographers and the like. But the market for fine-art photography is still going strong.

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Apple’s HEIF image format choice reinvents photography | Computerworld

Wow.  Just wow.

If you’ve read your Harry Potter novels you may recall the picture the young wizard had of his Mum, Dad, and himself. They seemed alive in the image. It seemed like magic. These days it seems like an Apple Live Photo.

A still image that is also a video, Live Photos is a perfect example of the kind of image-based technologies HEIF will enable in future Apple hardware and software products.

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The Polaroid Project is a Snapshot of Artistic Invention

I miss the days of Polaroid.  I remember my grandfather snapping a pic and watching his watch, trying to get me to be patient, waiting for just the right moment to pull the photo free and for all of us to see the miracle of “instant” memories preserved.

Before the iPhone and Steve Jobs, there was Polaroid and Edwin H. Land. The Polaroid Project: At the Intersection of Art and Technology, now on view at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, chronicles Land’s revolutionary development of instantaneous photography and explores artists’ use of Polaroid’s technology to create unexpected works.

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