How to Build Roller Skates

The pandemic made roller-skating popular again. For The New York Times for Kids, the photographer Christopher Payne visited Riedell Skates to see how they’re made.

#factories-and-manufacturing, #leather-and-leather-goods, #photography, #roller-skating, #shoes-and-boots

For a Parent This Anxious Delta Fall, the Only Way Out Is Through

The familiar act of bringing a child to school has become daily trial for a mother in Manhattan.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #masks-costume, #medicine-and-health, #new-york-city, #parenting, #photography

Apple iPhone 13 Review: The Most Incremental Upgrade Ever

The new iPhone is 10 percent faster than the last one, and the photos are slightly better. In a word: Huh.

#apple-inc, #cameras, #computers-and-the-internet, #content-type-service, #innovation, #iphone, #photography, #privacy, #smartphones

Glimpses of ‘Lost Tribe’ Jewish Communities in India and Myanmar

Often overlooked, the communities in South and Southeast Asia complicate notions of Jewish identity while emphasizing its malleability.

#assam-state-india, #christians-and-christianity, #immigration-and-emigration, #india, #israel, #jews-and-judaism, #myanmar, #photography, #synagogues, #travel-and-vacations

A New Level of Ambition in Art by 3 Women

Three gallery shows of new work by veteran artists who happen to be women highlight their different ways and means of development, and the way they are taking new risks.

#art, #cohan-james-gallery, #jet-magazine, #levy-gorvy-gallery, #photography, #taylor-alison-elizabeth, #thomas-mickalene, #women-and-girls, #yuskavage-lisa, #zwirner-david-gallery

A Simple Directive Sparked a Storied Career: ‘Now, Take the Picture.’

A new retrospective honors Michelle V. Agins, a Pulitzer-winning New York Times photographer who captures stories that would otherwise go untold.

#agins-michelle-v, #black-people, #new-york-times, #newspapers, #photography

Apple brings macro, low light and cinema-focused updates to the iPhone 13 Pro camera

Apple continues its tradition of improving the photography capabilities of consumer devices with today’s announcement of the iPhone 13 and 13 Pro, available on September 24.

Last year’s iPhone 12 had two rear camera lenses, while the iPhone 12 Pro had three; the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro follow suit. The iPhone 13 features a wide (f/1.6 aperture) and an ultra wide (f/2.4 aperture) lens, which are the same specs as the iPhone 12. But the iPhone 13 Pro unveils an entirely new camera system.

Compared to the iPhone 12 Pro, the iPhone 13 Pro improves low-light performance by allowing for apertures as wide as f/1.5 on the main lens, compared to f/1.6 on the previous model. The ultra wide lens follows the same trend, boasting f/1.8, improved from f/2.4 on the iPhone 12 Pro. These wide apertures should collect more light in darker settings like bars and concerts, hopefully leading to improved image quality. Apple claims that the ultra wide lens will have “up to 92% improvement in low light,” but… we’ll just have to test that ourselves.

Image Credits: Apple

Perhaps the most notable lens upgrade is the improvement to the telephoto lens. Though this lens has a smaller aperture than its predecessor (f/2.8 compared to f/2.0), the new telephoto lens is 77mm-equivalent, while the iPhone 12 Pro’s telephoto was 52mm. This allows users to zoom closer in on far-away scenes without sacrificing image quality. The telephoto lens also now supports night mode, which it didn’t previously.

Apple also announced Macro mode, which will be available on the iPhone 13 Pro. The ultra wide lens and autofocus system work together to magnify subjects as close as 2 centimeters away. These shots are challenging to pull off even on professional, non-phone cameras. Users can also record video and even slow-mo at this scale, which should open up some interesting options.

Image Credits: Apple

Apple also announced Photographic Styles and Cinematic Mode, new features available on both the iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro.

Photographic Styles applies local edits to an image in real time as the photo is rendered, so photographers can compose their shots using one of four presets and see what their end product will look like before they click the shutter button. Of course even point-and-shoots have had real-time filters for a decade, but Apple claims these Photographic Styles are more technologically sophisticated than those, using machine learning to understand how to intelligently apply edits without compromising a subject’s skin tone.

Image Credits: Apple

Cinematic Mode allows users to shoot video, but then change the background blur and virtual focus of the clip later. This feature seems more catered toward professional filmmakers — Apple brought in Kathryn Bigelow and Greig Fraizer to demonstrate the functionality. Still, Canon and Nikon need not worry — there will always be advantages of a camera that’s a camera, as opposed to a camera that’s a phone — but hey, it’s not as though smartphone films have never made a splash in the Academy.

The iPhone 13 will start at $799 (which, for the record, is more expensive than an entry-level DSLR camera and a decent lens). The iPhone 13 Pro — telephoto lens, macro photography and all — starts at $999.

Read more about Apple's Fall 2021 Event on TechCrunch

#apple-fall-event-2021, #hardware, #iphone-13, #iphone-13-pro, #photography

Here Are Some of the Photographs of 9/11

Photographers reflect on shooting the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and their aftermath.

#fires-and-firefighters, #franco-angel-1951, #fremson-ruth-1964, #funerals-and-memorials, #grief-emotion, #lee-chang-w, #new-york-times, #photography, #pulitzer-prizes, #september-11-2001, #world-trade-center-manhattan-ny

Smart Glasses Made Google Look Dumb. Now Facebook Is Giving Them a Try.

The company has teamed up with Ray-Ban to create glasses that can take photos, record video, answer phone calls and play podcasts.

#bosworth-andrew-1982, #computers-and-the-internet, #eyeglasses, #facebook-inc, #fashion-and-apparel, #mobile-applications, #photography, #privacy, #ray-ban, #smartphones, #social-media, #sunglasses, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #wearable-computing

New York Fashion Week Is Back

Featuring a special appearance by Gov. Kathy Hochul, upcycling and ideas from Proenza Schouler, Prabal Gurung and Collina Strada on what to wear.

#collina-strada-fashion-label, #do-peter, #fashion-and-apparel, #gurung-prabal, #hernandez-lazaro, #imitation-of-christ, #mccollough-jack, #new-york-fashion-week, #photography, #proenza-schouler, #taymour-hillary, #your-feed-fashion, #your-feed-photojournalism

Twitter is testing big ol’ full-width photos and videos

Twitter is exploring ways to build a more visually immersive experience with its latest test, which brings edge-to-edge tweets to the app on iOS.

Full-width images and videos track for the direction the company has shown some interest in going lately. Twitter introduced bigger images with improved cropping controls for its pair of mobile apps earlier this year, making plenty of photographers and other visual artists happy that the social network was suddenly a much friendlier platform for sharing their work.

Twitter first tested the bigger photos and improved image previews in March before rolling them out broadly two months later, a short timeline we could see again if the test product sticks.

In the current test, tweets fill the full frame from left to right instead of being offset by a pretty large margin on the left. The changes result in much larger images and videos that look better in the feed and a cleaner, more modern design that doesn’t unnecessarily squish tweets to the right of users’ profile pictures.

In testing the feature, Twitter says that it wants to encourage users to have conversations across photos and videos, rather than focusing solely on text like the platform traditionally has. While the result looks like a win to us, any change to Twitter’s design is likely to inspire a vocal subset of users to hate-tweet about it for a day or so before forgetting the changes altogether.

#photography, #social, #social-network, #tc, #twitter, #visual-art

The Moving Moments as the Paralympics Ended

Sights from Tokyo as the Games wrapped up.

#olympic-games-2020, #paralympic-games, #photography, #tokyo-japan

What Does It Look Like When a City Returns to Its Senses?

The reopening of New York has created a banquet of sights, smells, flavors, textures and sounds. The New York Times asked photographers to convey how the city is nourishing each of the senses.

#new-york-city, #photography, #senses-and-sensation, #smells-and-odors, #touch-sense

Instagram may not be a photo-sharing app anymore, but Glass is

Instagram made headlines (including this one) when product head Adam Mosseri said in June that the app is “no longer just a square photo-sharing app,” since it’s pivoting its focus to shopping and video. But where does that leave photographers who want a social photo-sharing experience?

According to Tom Watson, a former product designer at Facebook and Pinterest, photographers have lacked a social network for a while. That’s why, with co-founder Stefan Borsje, Watson built Glass, a subscription-based iOS app designed to be a home for photographers.

“I’ve always loved photography, and when Flickr got bought by Yahoo, it was a sad moment for me. I love that kind of nerdy photography community,” Watson told TechCrunch. “Then you started to see it pick up with Instagram to take the torch into the mobile space. But I was at Facebook when Facebook purchased Instagram, and you could kind of see that it would inevitably be where it is today.”

For those of us accustomed to free, ad-supported social media, it might feel unfamiliar to pay a monthly fee for an app. Glass costs $4.99 a month (or $29.99 a year) to use, but you can try it without charge for 14 days. Still, the app takes your App Store payment info right away, so it could be a barrier to entry for people who worry they won’t remember to delete Glass before the trial period ends, should they not want to continue with it. But this model is intentional. Watson and Borsje are specifically trying to build their app — which only has five team members — without any venture funding or ad revenue. They only want to have to answer to their community of photographers.

“I wanted to do something different and start with a social subscription model and to bootstrap without venture capital,” said Watson. “We’ve seen in the past what happens when you take on venture capital and go for the moon. You keep pivoting away from your photographer community in order to become more broad.”

Image Credits: Glass

From the moment you open the Glass app, it’s clear that the emphasis is on the photography itself. When you follow photographers, their posts will appear in a feed of images designed to minimize distractions. The photos take up the entire screen, and you can only see who posted them if you drag them to the right. When you click on an image, you can see its caption and other information about how the photograph was shot. You can engage socially through comments, but there aren’t likes on photos — this is an intentional design choice, though Watson says some users are asking for a like button, even if it just helps them bookmark images for later browsing. In the coming weeks, Glass will launch discovery features, like categories for photographs. Glass also has a feedback board, which allows users to request features and upvote or downvote other users’ ideas. If Glass chooses to develop a suggestion, it is noted as “in progress” on the board.

Though it’s only in its beginning stages, Glass already sets itself apart from Instagram or VSCO by offering EXIF data, which is like candy for the “photography nerds” that Glass hopes to attract. EXIF data shows what camera a photographer used, as well as the photo’s ISO, aperture, shutter speed, and focal length. This data and sense of community was what drew people to Flickr in its early days, but when Yahoo gave free users up to one terrabyte of data, it became more of a personal archive than a community. Then, when SmugMug bought Flickr from Yahoo in 2018, it tried to backpedal by only allowing free users to have 1000 photos, warning that they could delete free users’ photos if they didn’t upgrade to a paid plan.

Glass also appeals to photographers by allowing for a wider variety of image sizes on the app — the maximum aspect ratio is 16 x 9, which accommodates the size of standard camera photos. But on Instagram, even after the platform moved away from its square image motif, it’s not possible to post vertical photographs from most cameras without cropping them. Like VSCO, Glass doesn’t show how many followers each user has, though you can see comments. While you can’t see how many followers someone else has, you can see who is following your own account.

“We thought that was important for safety. If someone follows you, you need to know who that is, and to be able to block them,” Watson said. “We really wanted to build blocking and reporting features from day one.”

Watson declined to share how many users have downloaded the app so far, but Watson said he’s “extremely happy with the response” to Glass. It launched with a waitlist in August, and Wednesday the app opened up to all iOS users. The goal of the waitlist wasn’t to generate hype, but rather, to make sure that the user experience remained smooth, and that the app wouldn’t get overloaded. At the time of the app’s waitlist launch in August, Watson told TechCrunch that Glass was sending hundreds of invites out every day. 

“I’ve been on the internet a long time, and I used to feel like there was a cozier, safer space,” Watson said. “I hope that by having this subscription model, these spaces can feel that way a little bit more again.”

#apps, #glass, #photo-sharing, #photography

Dispatch From the Paralympics

What happened in competition during the first week of competition in Tokyo.

#olympic-games-2020, #paralympic-games, #photography, #tokyo-japan

At Top Magazines, Black Representation Remains a Work in Progress

Last summer’s racial reckoning brought calls for an industrywide overhaul in fashion. But change is slow.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #beauty-concept, #black-in-fashion-council, #black-people, #british-vogue-magazine, #elle-magazine, #enninful-edward, #essence-magazine, #fashion-and-apparel, #hair, #harpers-bazaar, #hearst-corp, #hiring-and-promotion, #instyle-magazine, #knowles-beyonce, #magazines, #minorities, #models-professional, #nasr-samira, #photography, #race-and-ethnicity, #vogue, #w-magazine, #women-and-girls, #your-feed-fashion

American Vet Returns to Italy to Greet ‘Bambini’ He Last Saw in 1944

The daughter of a World War II veteran used the internet to track down three children he was photographed with 77 years ago — after almost firing on them. On Monday, they finally met face to face.

#italy, #photography, #world-war-ii-1939-45

Photographs of Afghanistan’s Post-9/11 Generation

This summer, the journalist Kiana Hayeri set out to photograph Afghans who grew up after the U.S. invasion in 2001. Instead, she wound up documenting the end of life as they knew it.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #iran, #kabul-afghanistan, #music, #photography, #taliban, #theater, #women-and-girls, #youth

A Look Inside the Caldor Fire

After years covering California’s wildfires, a photographer experienced the event from the other side of the lens.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #photography

Finding a Lavender Thread Even in Catherine Opie’s Landscapes

A queer outlook suffuses the photographer’s wide-ranging works, from streetscapes and still lifes to Elizabeth Taylor’s closet.

#books-and-literature, #catherine-opie-book, #content-type-personal-profile, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #monograph, #opie-catherine, #photography

Hiro, Fashion Photographer Who Captured the Surreal, Dies at 90

He juxtaposed the mundane and the exotic, transforming ordinary objects into the desirable — an approach he took in his still-life images as well as in fashion.

#art, #avedon-richard, #deaths-obituaries, #fashion-and-apparel, #harpers-bazaar, #hiro, #hiro-photographs-book, #japanese-americans, #magazines, #photography

Smithsonian Acquires Rare Photographs From the First African American Studios

Daguerreotypes by James P. Ball, Glenalvin Goodridge and Augustus Washington are the centerpiece of a collection that could rewrite the early history of American photography.

#art, #black-people, #bunch-lonnie-g-iii, #collectors-and-collections, #museums, #photography, #smithsonian-american-art-museum, #smithsonian-institution

George Forss, 80, Photographer Discovered on the Street, Dies

He was peddling his black-and-white photos of New York City’s majesty for $5 each in the 1980s — until a famous photographer came upon them in “astonishment.”

#deaths-obituaries, #extraterrestrial-life, #forss-george, #new-york-city, #nineteen-hundred-eighties, #photography, #street-vendors-non-food

Scenes From a Dude Ranch on the High Plains

For more than 10 years, a British photographer spent her summers at a dude ranch in northwest Wyoming. Here’s what she captured.

#cattle, #cowboys-and-cowgirls, #horses, #photography, #ranches, #travel-and-vacations, #wales, #wyoming

Stumbling Upon Greatness: Discovering Sergio Larrain

The magical images of the reclusive Chilean photographer deserve wider recognition.

#aperture-foundation, #art, #chile, #content-type-personal-profile, #larrain-sergio-1932-2012, #photography, #santiago-chile, #valparaiso-chile

How (and Why) the Metro Desk Photographed 115 Service Workers

The New Yorkers who kept the city moving were often overlooked. Portraits put their faces in the center of the frame.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #new-york-city, #new-york-times, #photography, #service-industries

Cherry Grove, Where Gay New Yorkers Became ‘Their Real Selves’

In the 1950s, the Fire Island hamlet was a refuge for gay men and lesbians. Dozens of enlarged photos from the era are now on view outside the New-York Historical Society.

#archives-and-records, #cherry-grove-ny, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #museums, #new-york-historical-society, #photography

At This Instagram Hot Spot, All the World’s a Stage (and the Buffalo’s a Prop)

Photographers are flocking to a rural county in southeastern China for its quaint scenes of farmers and fishermen — made to order.

#china, #fujian-province-china, #photography, #social-media, #travel-and-vacations

Romulo Yanes, Whose Photographs Captured the Beauty of Food, Dies at 62

Best known for his long tenure at Gourmet magazine, he brought a sense of elegant realism to his job and let his delectable subjects take center stage.

#conde-nast-publications-inc, #cooking-and-cookbooks, #deaths-obituaries, #food, #gourmet, #magazines, #photography, #yanes-romulo-1959-2021

How Lola Flash, Photographer, Spends Her Sundays

Ms. Flash, who has spent years challenging stereotypes, puts her camera down to walk, nap, go to church and be with friends instead.

#act-up, #content-type-personal-profile, #flash-lola, #kamoinge, #manhattan-nyc, #photography

Photos From the Scene of a Tragic Building Collapse in Florida

Ninety-nine people were still unaccounted for after a residential building collapsed in the beachfront community.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #miami-fla, #photography, #surfside-fla

‘A Family Like Ours’: Portraits of Gay Fatherhood

A new book of photography features the intimate moments of queer dads in America.

#egg-donation-and-freezing, #fathers-day, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #new-york-city, #parenting, #photography, #single-persons

Artists on Artists to Watch, and Maybe Even Collect

We asked 16 established names to suggest a fellow talent they feel should be better known.

#adnan-etel, #art, #calo-giorgio-andreotta, #collarts, #hassinger-maren, #khan-baseera, #photography, #red-star-wendy, #sculpture, #shibuya-sho

Exploring Greece’s Unseen Corners

For several years, a photographer has documented local Greek customs and attire, turning his lens toward his country’s vibrant traditional culture.

#fashion-and-apparel, #greece, #photography, #travel-and-vacations

Netanyahu’s Road Through Israel’s History, in Pictures

A photographic journey shows how ‘Bibi’ put his stamp on Israel — through his toughness and the search for security in an unstable region.

#diplomatic-service-embassies-and-consulates, #elections, #gaza-strip, #hamas, #hezbollah, #international-relations, #israel, #israeli-settlements, #likud-party-israel, #netanyahu-benjamin, #nuclear-weapons, #peace-process, #photography, #politics-and-government, #republican-party, #united-nations, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #west-bank

2021 Pulitzer Prize Winners

From reporting on the coronavirus pandemic to China’s internment of Uyghurs, here’s the full list of winners and finalists.

#news-and-news-media, #photography, #pulitzer-prizes, #radio

‘The People That Are Within These Frames’: A Community Offers Self-Portraits

The New York Times asked photography students at the Bronx Documentary Center to show us how they see themselves.

#art, #bronx-nyc, #bronx-documentary-center, #photography, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Sophie Rivera, Photographer of Latin New York, Dies at 82

Her portraits of fellow Puerto Rican New Yorkers could be both majestic and tender. She was also a constant street photographer and later made herself her subject.

#art, #deaths-obituaries, #el-museo-del-barrio, #new-york-city, #photography, #puerto-ricans, #rivera-sophie-1938-2021

Pools, From Above

On Memorial Day, just in time for summer’s unofficial start, allow yourself a moment of relaxation with these soothing aerial photos of cool, enticing waters.

#photography, #swimming-pools, #travel-and-vacations

Here’s the Arctic Station That Keeps Satellites Connected

The world’s northernmost tracking base, on a Norwegian island, plays a crucial role in supporting research on climate change.

#global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #photography, #your-feed-photojournalism

Skateboarding’s Cardinal Rule: Dare to Be You

We asked photographers across the country to document how skateboarders come together to foster community.

#olympic-games-2020, #photography, #skateboarding, #united-states

Chi Modu, Photographer Who Defined 1990s Hip-Hop, Dies at 54

His images of the Notorious B.I.G., Tupac Shakur, Dr. Dre and many more helped shape rap music’s visual identity.

#deaths-obituaries, #modu-chi, #photography, #rap-and-hip-hop, #shakur-tupac, #source-the-magazine

Faye Schulman Dies; Fought Nazis With a Rifle and a Camera

She joined the Resistance brigade after her family was executed and used her photographs as proof of German barbarity and Jews’ determination to fight back.

#canada, #deaths-obituaries, #eastern-europe, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jews-and-judaism, #photography, #schulman-faye-1920-21-2021

Kay Tobin Lahusen, Gay Rights Activist and Photographer, Dies at 91

She and her partner, Barbara Gittings, were on the front lines long before Stonewall, and Ms. Lahusen photographed protests during the movement’s earliest days.

#civil-rights-and-liberties, #daughters-of-bilitis, #deaths-obituaries, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #gittings-barbara-1932-2007, #homosexuality-and-bisexuality, #kameny-franklin-e, #lahusen-kay-tobin-1930-2021, #photography, #same-sex-marriage-civil-unions-and-domestic-partnerships

Film or Real Life?

Sometimes a place is more than just a place; it can be a scene. Even the blankest backdrops, like a parking lot or a sun-baked freeway, can shimmer with cinematic potential. Four photographers showed us the movie moments that they found all over.

#amsterdam-netherlands, #bottoms-september-dawn, #hague-netherlands, #los-angeles-calif, #michaels-jake-photographer, #movies, #photography, #taiwan, #tulsa-okla, #van-rij-sarah, #xu-an-rong

How a Photographer for the Downtown Alliance Spends His Sundays

Josh Katz is the lucky social media whiz documenting reopening efforts for the business group and poking around Lower Manhattan.

#battery-park-manhattan-ny, #content-type-personal-profile, #downtown-alliance, #financial-district-manhattan-ny, #manhattan-nyc, #photography

How The Times Acts When a Journalist’s Safety Is Compromised

After situations involving forceful detentions or worse, the organization seeks prompt accountability and change.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #freedom-of-the-press, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #justice-department, #kenosha-wis, #looram-meaghan, #mccraw-david-e, #minneapolis-minn, #minnesota, #national-press-photographers-assn, #new-york-times, #news-and-news-media, #newspapers, #photography, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #police-department-minneapolis-minn

Yearbook Photos of Girls Were Altered to Hide More of Their Chests

Parents and students said they were outraged that photos of at least 80 female students at Bartram Trail High School in St. Johns County, Fla., had been digitally edited.

#bartram-trail-high-school, #body-shaming, #education-k-12, #fashion-and-apparel, #nancy-tray, #photography, #riley-okeefe, #school-discipline-students, #st-johns-county-fla, #women-and-girls, #yearbooks

It’s My Job to Watch. With George Floyd’s Death, I Had to Look Away.

Devastated by the Rodney King verdict decades ago, our critic refused to view the video of Floyd’s murder. But she found solace in the art it inspired.

#allison-sophia-nahli, #art, #black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #chauvin-derek-1976, #floyd-george-d-2020, #harlins-latasha, #king-rodney-glen, #mitchell-tyler-photographer, #movies, #photography, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #sherald-amy, #taylor-breonna-1993-2020, #two-distant-strangers-movie

The Next Great Image Makers

Four young photographers talk creativity, opportunity and race.

#barber-ahmad, #black-history-continued-2021, #black-people, #carter-kennedi-photographer, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fashion-and-apparel, #lemons-quil, #magazines, #maurice-donte, #photography, #your-feed-fashion