Uncertainty Dampens Hopes That Kodak’s Cryptocurrency Can Help Photographers Get Paid

People walk near the Kodak exhibit at CES in Las Vegas, Nevada, January 10, 2018. Photo by David McNew/AFP/Getty Images.

The announcement by legacy photo company Kodak company of a new platform, KodakOne, and a related cryptocurrency, KodakCoin, at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last Tuesday, sent its share price soaring from just above $3 on Monday to a high above $13 the morning after the announcement.

But many details of the platform and token are still unclear, highlighting the mania for cryptocurrencies after a year in which the value of widely traded Bitcoin skyrocketed from under $1,000 at the beginning of the year to nearly $20,000 by December, and prompting skepticism from investors and netizens alike.

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He’s an award-winning wildlife photographer — and he’s only 13

Since we’ve found out that this country is populated by some seriously talented young people, we’ve decided to bring more of their stories to you. So: this is Art Kids. And in today’s edition, you’re meeting Josiah Launstein, a 13-year-old with a knack for silent observation, a keen eye and deep empathy for the animal kingdom. He’s barely a teenager, but he’s already become an accomplished wildlife photographer who’s garnered international acclaim for his photos.

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Photographer’s free service for families experiencing loss

Shardae Cannon  from Cherished Studios is offering families experiencing loss free photography sessions.

SHARDAE Cannon is using her talent behind the lens to give a special gift to families who are affected by terminal illness.

Ms Cannon has been operating her business Cherished Studios in Toowoomba for one year.

She specialises in family photography but also captures special milestones such as babies, engagements and weddings.

“I truly love what I do. It’s the ultimate goal to do what you love for a living and I’m very blessed and grateful that I’m able to do that,” she said.

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Photos capture old worlds and create new ones

Photography often captures more than what we can see. Yes, it has the ability to create worlds, but also to shape and influence our worlds as well. It provides a living history and a tangible connection that written words can’t always accomplish.

And photography is ever-evolving over the years. Case in point: I found myself trying to explain to someone what camera “film” was and how it had to be sent away to be “developed.” To her, photography is immediate, digital and often disposable.

But as photographer Kevin Holliday attests, there’s a broader, more intense connection to our images than even we might be aware of.

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Former Painter Captures Stunning Photos of Magical Landscapes Around the World

Outdoor Photography by Cuma Cevik

Turkish photographer Cuma Cevik organizes adventurous trips to a wide range of countries after being inspired to shoot incredible landscape photography around the world. Bringing along curious travelers, they set out on photo safaris to capture the magical landscapes of each setting. Interestingly, it was an early love of fine art that brought Cevik toward his current profession.

Initially interested in oil painting, he instead studied to become a social studies teacher when the art academy proved too costly. It was during university that he took up photography as a creative outlet. Upon graduation, he began traveling the world to shoot stunning outdoor photography. He was initially drawn to landscape photography thanks to the rich nature he was surrounded by in the Turkish city of Bolu, and the pull toward landscape photography has only grown stronger as he has continued to voyage around the world.

Surreal Landscape Photography

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19 Of The Oldest Pictures In American History

Fascinating!

Mount Ophir, California, 1859–60. Photograph by Carleton Watkins.

While it’s almost impossible to imagine a world today without photos, living in the 19th century meant discovering this new technology for the first time in history. A new exhibition at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, entitled Paper Promises: Early American Photography, looks back at the influence of early photography in the United States and the many ways in which it shaped the country that we know today.

BuzzFeed News spoke with Mazie Harris, Assistant Curator of Photographs at the J. Paul Getty Museumabout the research involved in organizing the exhibition and how Americans during the 19th century made use of this new technology:

Former slaves on Mr. Toller's Farm in Virginia, 1862. Photograph by Alexander Gardner and James F. Gibson.

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Perspectives in photojournalism: Using Instagram as a photo editor

In the first week of October, Paul Moakley, deputy photo editor of Time magazine, was focusing a lot on his publication’s Instagram feed.

He had one photographer in Puerto Rico documenting the aftermath of Hurricane Maria and another in Las Vegas covering the mass shooting that had just taken place there. Both journalists’ work would go straight to Instagram, telling stories through single images, short videos and Instagram Stories.

“If it’s news photography, it’s ending up on social media first,” said the photo editor.

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The Best External Hard Drive for Photographers and Videographers

It’s time to stop buying those standard USB external hard drives. We’ve found a much better solution.

For the past few years, we have been traveling with a 2-bay Synology NAS (network attached storage) device. This NAS was fairly big, especially when it had to fit in my backpack for three months while we filmed with Elia, but it allowed Patrick and me to edit footage simultaneously, and it gave us peace of mind knowing that the footage was always on two separate drives. Soon after we wrote a post about how clever we thought our solution was, Synology contacted us and informed us that there is a much smaller option, the DS416slim.

The DS416slim is an incredibly small NAS device. It’s almost half the size of our previous unit. It holds four laptop-sized hard drives (or SSD drives if your budget permits), and it allows you to use RAID to keep your data redundant and safe. My favorite feature of this little box is that it has two Ethernet ports on the back meaning that we no longer have to travel with a switch if there are only two of us. We simply plug two laptops directly into the DS416slim and we can download footage, or edit footage at the same time.

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Can listening to classical music improve your life?

Woman in yellow listening

Can a daily dose of classical music change your life? It sounds like an impossibly grand claim, but in my case, the answer has been a resounding yes. And January — so often a miserable month of discarded resolutions, debts and diets — is arguably the perfect time to dive in to a new sonic soundscape in all its rich, diverse wonder.

We are a music-making species — always have been, always will be. We are also a music-exchanging species: long before lovesick teenagers started curating mixtapes for each other, or digital streaming services enabled us to swap favourite tracks, we were communicating and connecting through music. We evolved as humans by coming together around the fire after a long day’s hunter-gathering, singing songs and telling stories through song. That’s what our ancestors did; that’s how they made sense of the world; that’s how they learned how to be.

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The Pioneering Street Photographer Who Taught Diane Arbus

Lower East Side (man), New York

In the summer of 1934, a young woman named Lisette Model took a break from her life in Paris to visit her mother and sister in Nice. While there, she borrowed a 35-millimeter camera from her sister, Olga, and took it to the Promenade des Anglais, an upscale stretch along the Mediterranean seaside that was popular with a moneyed crowd. In the line of Model’s keen (or unforgiving) sight, the men and women lounging in the promenade’s comfortable chairs became so many sitting ducks.

The nascent photographer lifted the camera to her eye and captured them in a series of images that draw out the awkwardness of their well-fed, well-dressed bodies and the fascination of faces modeled by age, which appear almost grotesque, but also striking, even sculptural. “You cannot imagine how fantastically boring it can be to look hour after hour at a beautiful body,” Model once said, referring to a stint studying painting in Paris and working from live models. “But an ugly body can be fascinating.”

Femme au Voile

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