The BBC put together a short video that encapsulates some of the tweets from the moment before Nelson Mandela’s passing was announced. It’s a fascinating way to blend textual social media and the visuals of his life. Worth a minute of your time.
Camera Bits, the maker of one of one of my all-time favorite pieces of software, Photo Mechanic, has a contest running through Dec. 15 – the top vote getters amongst a list of 15 non-profits will be given 15 licenses to celebrate Photo Mechanic’s 15th anniversary.
Go vote for the National Press Photographers Association Foundation, which does tremendously good things for photojournalists. VOTE NOW.
I’m feeling a little ashamed … in August, my good friend Mike Roy sent me a link to a film he made for NJ.com on the Tick Tock Diner. I got buried and didn’t watch it until this weekend.
It’s about 25 minutes long, so go get your lunch, lean back and spend 24 hours with the people who make up this New Jersey landmark.
You will not regret this.
I’m a little behind on this, should have posted it last week on Veteran’s Day … but the Washington Post put together a gallery of war photographers with some images and short bios on some of the luminaries in the realm.
If ever you need evidence about why local publications have to keep their photojournalists, here it is in my local paper this morning.
Richard Hamm’s photo of Mary Brown spotting and then running towards her son at Saturday’s football game? You can’t do that with an iPhone.
Imagine if one of the most famous images from the 125 year history of National Geographic was never published … Steve McCurry talked with the TODAY show about how he Afghan Girl almost wasn’t chosen.
Watch the whole piece, there’s a surprise in there about his childhood injury.
For more on his new book, Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs, check out this interview with his book publisher, Amanda Renshaw.
Photo District News has a series of excerpts up from Gregory Heisler’s new book – worth clicking through to see how he handled Hugh Grant, Muhammad Ali, Daniel Boulud and Herman Shaw.
Love this from the Hugh Grant segment on posing subjects:
So, as the photographer, you have four choices: (1) be satisfied with whomever they show you; (2) tell them exactly what to do (this can be dangerous); (3) distract them with music and chitchat; or (4) just do nothing and silently bore them until (hopefully) something natural happens.
Alum Dylan Wilson sent me a link to the book, 50 Portraits, a few days ago … and I ordered it. Which makes five or six books I’ve ordered in the last few weeks, I hope I get some time to actually read them soon.
I doubt you’d make this with your iPhone … check out this amazing image made by Allen Hughes during a surfing competition in California.
Great composition, light and moment.
Almost makes me want to shoot surfing …
The University of Georgia has a neat program, started a few years ago, called the First Year Odyssey, made up of one-credit classes and every first year kid must take one. When they started, I tossed some ideas into the ring – the courses are designed by faculty to introduce students to their area of expertise.
None of my ideas were accepted … well, that’s not true – I wasn’t accepted, as they only wanted tenure or tenure-track faculty to teach these. (I’m over the bitterness. Mostly.*)
But, IF they ever came to their senses and said, hey, eight years of commitment to us, a program that produces some great kids who go on to do great things, maybe you should get to work with the great unwashed freshmen hoard … I’d want to do a class based on the journals of Dan Eldon, much like Michael Todd is doing according to this piece from NPR.
* Actually, not at all.