‘Life Magazine and the Power of Photography’ illustrates history

For much of the 20th century, Life Magazine conquered mass media as the primary visual source for current events. From 1936 to 1972, the magazine presented the public with carefully crafted images that captured real-world social and political narratives. Henry Luce, the publication’s founder, was able to expose readers to a wide variety of images outside of their immediate community, shaping discussions about contemporary issues in the process. As the Museum of Fine Arts puts it in its new exhibit, “with its visually revolutionary brand of storytelling, Life fundamentally shaped how its readers understood photography and how they experienced and remembered events.”

The exhibit, “Life Magazine and the Power of Photography,” documents these crucial photographs, stories and histories. Through its well-crafted presentation of original negatives, contact sheets, vintage photographs and internal communications, viewers are taken on an immersive journey into not only the magazine’s history but America’s as well. 

Walking into the exhibition, viewers are invited to sit down beside a vintage coffee table surrounded by suburban wallpaper reminiscent of the 1950s and flip through issues of Life from that era. Unlike most museum exhibitions, in this instance, the MFA is directly inviting viewers to interact with the exhibition’s subject of study. For young audiences not familiar with Life or its general structure, this display provides a fantastic opportunity to connect with and understand the publication’s appeal before continuing.

Subsequent rooms cover the publication’s founding and its early history. Viewers have the opportunity to read Henry Luce’s original telegrams describing the magazine’s purpose and analyze early “dummy” versions and drafts of Life’s first issue. Prints by Margaret Bourke-White, one of Life’s first photographers and its very first female photographer, are displayed, including “Fort Peck Dam, Montana,” the 1936 image that became the magazine’s first cover. Other iconic images on display include J.R. Eyerman’s “Audience watches movie wearing 3-D spectacles” and Yousuf Karsh’s famous portrait of Winston Churchill sitting with his cane and glaring into the camera with his powerful stare.

These photographs are complemented by a variety of text panels surrounding each section of the hall, which provide insight into the photographers and the processes involved in capturing some of the 20th century’s most influential images. Rather than simply presenting recognizable pictures to the viewer, the exhibit makes an effort to educate visitors about the journalistic process — describing how stories were assigned, how agency photographers composed their own shots and how scripts were involved in these visual narratives. Visitors who download the MFA’s mobile app have the opportunity to listen to interviews with Life reporters who share their first-person experiences with the photographs and stories presented. 

Apart from simply describing these artifacts, “Life Magazine and the Power of Photography” also explores the magazine’s focus on the deeper, heavier themes that came to define its lasting influence. Photographs by W. Eugene Smith, grouped together, highlight the healthcare challenges faced by Black women in the poverty-stricken South. Images captured by Larry Burrows illustrate America’s harsh timeline of war — especially the Vietnam years and the trauma they inflicted. The visual groupings highlight the importance of these histories beyond the magazine itself and educate visitors about how these major topics were received and documented in American media. 

Though it glorifies some of Life’s successes, the exhibit also carefully considers the magazine’s shortcomings too, especially regarding its “predominately white, male, middle-class perspective on politics, daily life, and culture.” In a section featuring images of civil rights protests, the museum makes an effort to highlight some of the inaccuracies promoted by Life, such as the magazine’s failure to describe police as aggressors in images of racially-motivated violence. The exhibit is conscious of the white, suburban bias of Life’s audience and of the people interviewed in stories as well. Presented with a holistic view of the publication, museumgoers are reminded that often, in journalism, key perspectives are excluded from mainstream narratives.

Beyond the magazine’s actual contents, the exhibit features several installations by contemporary artists Alfredo Jaar, Alexandra Bell and Julia Wachtel. Their artwork extends the dialogue presented in “Life Magazine and the Power of Photographyby highlighting contemporary shortcomings in journalism, including its biases and problematic narratives.

“Life Magazine and the Power of Photography” is one of the most interesting and insightful MFA exhibits in recent history. From the photos displayed to the supplementary materials provided, the exhibit tells an exciting narrative about the history of modern America and its relationship with media. 

“Life Magazine and the Power of Photography” is open to the public from Oct. 9 through Jan. 16, 2023 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

Use camera settings to make the most of your photography from dusk to dawn

In photography, too much light can be a frustrating thing to deal with. There’s generally more than enough light around at lunchtime on a clear summer day, for example, but it’s hard and concentrated, and generally requires a bit of intervention in order to make it work for a picture. 

But what about when there’s not very much light at all? How can you make the most of your camera in fading light or even in the middle of the night? While the best professional cameras (opens in new tab) are capable of recording stunning photos even in low light, you’ll need to time your shoot carefully depending on the results you want.

Night photos don’t tend to look their best if they’re taken in the middle of the night. By shooting earlier, when there’s still some color and brightness in the sky, you’ll be able to create more evocative shots, where the indigo-blue twilight hues provide a fitting contrast to the warm glow of streetlights, illuminated buildings and traffic trails (opens in new tab).

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For some types of night photography, shooting when the sky appears black may be unavoidable or necessary – if astrophotography (opens in new tab) is your aim then you’ll have to shoot when there’s a clear view of the stars. But it can be hard to capture everything in a single exposure when you’re faced with dense black areas and bright lights. 

Shooting when there’s less of a contrast between the subject of a picture and the surroundings makes it easier to record more detail. Another option is to shoot
a sequence of pictures from the same position, varying the exposure each
time. You can then blend the best bits of each shot in photo editing software (opens in new tab).

Using a tripod at night

Avoid shots in the dark…

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If you’re shooting subjects that will be illuminated at night then you’ll get much better results if you start taking pictures at twilight, when there’s still some brightness and color in the sky and less contrast between the dark and bright areas. If you shoot when the sky is black rather than blue then it will be difficult to record detail across the scene in a single exposure. The two shots shown here were taken an hour apart, and the twilight image is much more balanced than the later shot.

One problem that there’s no escaping from is that low light levels lead to longer exposures. If you’re using the best tripod (opens in new tab) you can to support the camera then a camera shake won’t be a problem. Moving objects may still be blurred, though. If this is going to be a problem then you’ll need to use a faster shutter speed (opens in new tab). You can do this by either opening up the aperture to let more light into the camera, or increasing the ISO setting (opens in new tab) to essentially make the camera more sensitive to the light that is available.

If you’re shooting handheld then an image-stabilized camera or lens can
give you more freedom when it comes to camera settings. Take the Canon EOS R7 (opens in new tab), for example, which is equipped with an image stabilizer that can work cooperatively with an image-stabilized lens to deliver up to 7 stops of shake reduction. 

That can make a huge difference when you’re shooting at dusk or twilight, offering the potential of taking handheld photos free of shake at very slow shutter speeds – perhaps even a second or slower.

Of course, this only helps to cut the motion blur caused by camera movement and won’t make a difference to any blur caused by subject movement. Using a short, lightweight lens with a fast maximum aperture such as f/1.8 or f/1.4 will help when it comes to both kinds of blur, though.

A tripod will certainly come in handy for many types of night photography, although you’ll need to be careful where you position the legs so that they don’t turn into a trip hazard once it gets dark. In busy locations, it’s preferable to ditch the tripod altogether and take advantage of image stabilization and higher ISO settings. Regardless of whether you’re shooting with a tripod or not, it’s better to get to a location in daylight so that you can compose and focus a shot in time for dusk and twilight.

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Shoot in RAW mode at night

Shoot RAW (opens in new tab) when you’re taking pictures at night, as this will give you the most flexibility when it comes to processing your images. Noise can be an issue when you’re shooting in low light and using high ISOs, and the controls available in RAW processing software allow you to fine-tune the strength of the noise reduction. The in-camera options for dealing with noise can be rather blunt tools, smudging fine details and flattening textures at the same time as hiding the noise.

As well as dealing with noise and adjusting the exposure, RAW files enable you to adjust the white balance (opens in new tab) of an image. This is a particularly important aspect of low-light photography, where there may be a strong color cast, such as the warm tones of a sunset or the cool blue of the night – that you want to correct, or even enhance. If you’re shooting a city scene then you’ll probably have many different light sources to deal with, but RAW gives you the option of trying different white balance settings later.

Using flash at night

If you’re using flash (opens in new tab) at night, consider blending a longer exposure with a burst
of flash. The longer exposure will allow background details to be recorded in the picture, while the subject is illuminated by the flash. It’s a good option for shooting someone’s portrait at night; if you don’t use a slower exposure then you’ll probably end up with a pleasingly exposed person in front of a completely black backdrop. 

For shots taken without a tripod, you’ll need to use a reasonably fast exposure to ensure the background isn’t blurred. To do this, switch off the flash and set the exposure for the background in Manual mode. 

First, set the shutter speed is set to the ‘flash sync’ speed – this is often 1/200 sec, but check your camera manual – followed by your preferred aperture, then adjust the ISO to make the background exposure brighter or darker. Finally, switch on the flash and take the shot.

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Camera exposure modes at night

You can choose any of your camera’s exposure modes (opens in new tab) when you’re shooting at night, but the lack of light means that you may have to make some manual adjustments. If you’re shooting with Aperture Priority (opens in new tab), for example, then you’ll probably have to shoot with the aperture at its maximum setting in order
to let as much light into the camera as possible.

Even then, you may be dealing with exposure times that run into several seconds, so you’ll need to make sure that the camera is supported well if you want sharp results. To unlock faster shutter speeds, you can increase the ISO.

Your camera will be able to automatically work out the exposure when the shutter speed is up to 30 seconds long. If the combination of aperture and ISO requires a shutter speed longer than 30 seconds to record an image then you’ll need to use Bulb mode (opens in new tab) and time the exposure yourself. Use a shutter release or remote (opens in new tab) to avoid jogging the camera when you fire the shutter.

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Zhiyun Smooth 5S: price, date, release date revealed

Gimbal manufacturer Zhiyun has announced the Smooth 5S single-handed gimbal stabiliser, with many enhancements over the previous release that are claimed to make it an ideal solution for larger and standard-sized mobile phones. The all-new 3-axis professional-level gimbal is packed with features designed to give filmmakers the creative edge in one small, highly portable package. 

The Smooth 5S is the latest release from Zhiyun’s Smooth range and offers a range of upgraded features that are more attuned to the latest range of mobile phones. 

The new gimbal is more powerful than ever and can cater to larger smartphones, offering superior stabilisation. New to the model is the ability to mount two modular fill-in lights to boos the already decent lighting power of the built-in lamp. 

This innovative light design enables a fast solution to boost lighting power in darker locations and offers plenty of control over the brightness to enable you to capture the video you need for your production. 

Other design changes include an axis alteration to enable a wider shooting angle and an intuitive control panel with integrated direct control dials and buttons to make adjustments and gimbal control quick and easy. 

Xin Wang, Product Manager, Zhiyun, said: “our creative tools enable content creators to realise their filmmaking goals and allow them to explore the furthest limits of their creativity. With its innovative features and second-fill light, the Smooth 5S elevates your smartphone into the perfect one-person day-to-night filmmaking tool. It’s perfect for content creators or anyone wishing to express themselves creatively.”

New fill-in light

The Zhiyun Smooth 5S features a new fill-in light on its tilt axis. This offers a 5,000k colour temperature, 90+ CRI and 2W rater power output.

The new fill light is in addition to the built-in 300-lumen light that has featured on previous Smooth models and enables full 360° all-round lighting for areas up to 15 square metres. This light will enable you to boost detail in the shadows and increase contrast adn brightness wherever you’re filming and whatever the lighting conditions. 

Unbreakable stabilisation

Updated magnetic steel motors powered by new algorithms help to provide shake-free footage for standard and larger mobile phones. The new wider phone clamp has also been designed to support phones attached with additional lens options. 

New levels of control

The redesign of the axis setup means that the Smooth 5S’s rear motors have changed position to enable wider vision capture. This additional freedom of movement enables extremely wide-angled shooting and therefore puts more creative control into the hands of the creator. 

The direct control feature on the grip of the gimbal enables the user fast access to options and settings and options to adjust and change parameters. Visual shooting modes and the round cap joystick enable easy single-handed control. 

Up to 25 hours of use

One of the big features of the compact Smooth 5S is the outstanding battery life that Zhiyun is quoting with the release. Taking just 2 hours for a full charge via the PD fast-charging USB Type-C port, the Smooth 5S provides up to 25 hours of non-stop shooting.  

Full compatibility with the ZY Cami App

As you’d expect, the Smooth 5S is fully compatible with the ZY Cami app and offers multiple templates, filters, music, transitions, and stickers, including:

  • Multiple quick-switch shooting modes, including PF, L, F, POV
  • Zoom and focus switch support and focal length adjustment via the control wheel enable entry-level to film professional dolly zoom effects.
  • Smart Follow – secures the spotlight for your subject. Remotely control the camera via gestures.
  • MagicClone Pano, Slow Motion, Timelapse features. 

Zhiyun’s StaCam professional app is an addition designed for dedicated video filming. This app has a simple multifunctional interface that will enable you to shoot video with a cinematic feel. 

Dimensions and weight

Dimensions 311 x168 x 52mm

Weight 660g.

Zhiyun Smooth 5S Pricing and availability

Zhiyun Smooth 5S is available for £169 from the Zhiyun or Amazon store.


USD 169, Euros 189, GBP 169

For the SMOOTH 5S combo, pricing is:

USD 219, Euros 239, GBP 219

30 Hauntingly Beautiful Abandoned Places Shared By This Reddit Community

Here are the 30 hauntingly beautiful abandoned places shared by this Reddit community. There is a Reddit community called Abandoned Everything, which is more than 1.9 million followers. This page shares “High quality images of abandoned things and places.” You can follow them for more haunting and surprising photos.

Scroll down and enjoy yourself. All photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. Please feel free to explore further works of these photographers on their collections or their personal sites.

#1 Railroad tracks in forest

Image Source: u/spacejockey8

#2 Jet Graveyard

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#3 I was shunned from r/cozyplaces for this and told I’d be welcomed here. Sintra, Portugal

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#4 Found this beautiful tree growing inside an abandoned silo while I was exploring

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#5 SS City of Adelaide, wrecked off the coast of Magnetic Island

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#6 Abandoned Gothic church in Portugal

Image Source: u/DrFetusRN

#7 MS World Discoverer was a german expedition cruise ship. It hit a uncharted reef in the sandfly passage, Solomon Islands 29. April 2000

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#8 Old tanks left underwater

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#9 Abandoned house in the Republic of Karelia, Russia

Image Source: u/iam_nobody

#10 Electric car company lot left to rot after bankruptcy

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#11 Abandoned Rail Bridge in Taiwan

Image Source: u/BenTokin

#12 This Hotel In Europe

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#13 Abandoned temple in the jungle

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#14 The Wyndclyffe Mansion

Image Source: u/RIPJ4WZ

#15 Captured Japanese mini submarine in the Aleutian Islands, 1943 and 2021

Image Source: u/hi_im_mom

#16 Tiny Red Car Deserted On A Tiny Isle…

Image Source: u/Dr_Zol_Epstein_III

#17 This House In Nova Scotia, Canada

Image Source: u/mtlgrems

#18 An abandoned magical place

Image Source: u/LikkleFreakle

#19 Over 2,500 retired MTA subway cars have been dumped into the Atlantic Ocean to create artificial reefs for fish

Image Source: u/cstocksv

#20 Escalators stopped in time, nature takes over it

Image Source: u/brokenbonessociety

#21 Long abandoned RR track

Image Source: u/morganmonroe81

#22 For more than 20 years, these handsome ships have been standing and slowly decaying under the influence of time. The only water they see is rain falling from the sky

Image Source: u/Scientiaetnatura065

#23 Abandoned Library

Image Source: u/morganmonroe81

#24 Forgotten Treehouse in Redmond, Washington

Image Source: u/sausagespolish

#25 Vacant hotel at a wonderful lake

Image Source: u/explorationofdecay

#26 Beautiful abandoned castle in France [OC] [Symphony of Decay]

Image Source: u/SymphonyOfDecay

#27 Abandoned church in middle of forest

Image Source: u/freewill-lastwish

#28 The last abandoned house that sits on an eroding island…

Image Source: u/animalcrossingnews

#29 Inside an abandoned apartment building in Vorkuta, a city located north of the Arctic Circle in the Komi Republic, Russia

Image Source: u/Silverfrost5549

#30 Cracked and faded statue of cosmonaut Vladimir Komarov, the first person to die in a space flight, at an abandoned children’s camp outside Moscow

Image Source: u/ParnsipPeartree

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Observation building, new photography blind to open Saturday at Wheeler | Decatur

The renovated observation building and new photography blind at Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge will open Saturday after almost eight months of construction.

Already open is a new 5.5-mile hiking and biking trail east of the visitor center near the main entrance.

Work at the refuge began March 13 as part of a $5.4 million project paid for by a federal grant.

Along with building the 500-square-foot outdoor photography blind, which can hold 30 people, upgrading the observation building and creating the new trail, the funds will finance renovations to the visitors center. The center is expected to open next spring.

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Asia-Pacific’s Largest Photography Fair Will Host Its Inaugural New York Edition Next Fall

Photofairs, Asia’s largest photography fair, will make its debut in New York next year.

Event organizer Creo has announced the first Photofairs New York will take place from September 8–10, 2023 at the Javits Center, just next door to the Armory Show. Held in partnership with Angus Montgomery Arts, the fair will showcase photography, film, and virtual reality works, spotlighting about 100 international galleries. Exhibitor applications are now open.

“We have great admiration for the Armory Show and its long-standing track record,” Creo CEO Scott Gray told Artnet News. “Bringing the unique offerings of the two fairs together under one roof will be mutually beneficial.” The Javits Center, he said, is “a purpose-built exhibition center well suited to the requirements of galleries and visitors alike.”

According to Jeff Rosenheim, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s photography curator, the city itself is likely to be receptive. “New York’s enthusiasm for photography is almost unbounded,” he noted in Creo’s press release. “This will bring new energy to the fall season in New York.”

The 2017 edition of Photofairs Shanghai at the Shanghai Exhibition Centre. Photo by Simon Song/South China Morning Post via Getty Images

Gray founded Creo in 2007 as the World Photography Organization, a company whose roster now encompasses the Sony World Photography Awards, Sony Future Filmmaker Awards, and Photo London. He currently also serves as CEO of Angus Montgomery Arts, which oversees India Art Fair, Taipei Dangdai, and Art Düsseldorf, among other fairs.

“Creo has since grown in scope, furthering its mission of developing meaningful opportunities for creatives and expanding the reach of its cultural activities to film and contemporary art,” Gray explained.

In 2014, Creo launched the now-signature Photofairs Shanghai. Between 2017 and 2019, the group tried hosting two rounds of a San Francisco edition, but gave up after learning it cost more than $1 million to produce.

Photofairs New York will organize exhibitors into four sections. “Galleries” will encompass all exhibitors chosen by Creo’s Selection Committee, comprising of international galleries, and the fair’s Advisory Group of international collectors—who will also cultivate an audience of buyers for the event. International fair partner Meta Media Group will expand the fair’s global footprint.

Photo courtesy of Photofairs New York.

Meanwhile, the “Platform” section will hold space for booths by galleries that have logged less than eight years in the business and artists aged under 35. “Screen” will showcase galleries working in new technologies such as VR and NFTs. “Film” will focus on moving image as a medium.

Since photography has gone from a technically specialized skill to a widely embraced medium, Gray reflected, “I believe there is demand for a new fair in photo-based works and new technologies, which really reflects current market trends and explores how we interact with digital culture.” Creo is looking to further embrace experimental practices and seminal photographers alike—and catch both seasoned and emerging collectors.


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A Farm at Eagles Ridge Wedding | Charley & Julia

THIS DAY is one I (and every other vendor involved!!) had been looking forward to for what feels like *forever* and so of course, when June 14th finally arrived, I was SO EXCITED and so thankful to see the most beautiful June day, full of sunshine, as the weather report.

Charley & Julia are the kind of couple you just love to pieces! The kind that make you so thankful to do what you do. The kind that is just sunshine in every interaction. And the kind that make your job REALLY easy because… umm… just look at them. <3

Thank you Charley & Julia for having me as your wedding photographer and for trusting me so much!! I loved celebrating along with your incredible families and feel like the luckiest to have been the one to capture your day. Enjoy a few of my favorites from your beautiful Farm at Eagles Ridge wedding! Xo

Vendor Credits:
Photographer | Caroline Logan Photography
Second Shooter | Vanessa Shenk
Planner | Planned Perfection
Venue | The Farm at Eagles Ridge
Floral Design | Petals with Style
DJ | 3 West Productions
Catering | The JDK Group
Cake | The JDK Group
Rentals | Treasured Events
Lighting & Draping | Shumaker PDT
Hair Stylist | Victoria Jo Lee Salon
Makeup Artist | MKUP The Beauty Studio
Invitations | Persnickety Invitation Studio
Wedding Gown | Posh Bridal
Shoes | Jimmy Choo
Bridesmaids Dresses | The Dessy Group
Groom & Groomsmen Attire | Coleson Fine Clothiers

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20 Fake Viral Photoshopped Images That People Believed Were Real

Here are the 20 fake viral photoshopped images that people believed were real. Viral Photoshop images are known to circulate and deceive everyone, because the flawless way the picture is manipulated tricks people into thinking whatever’s in the photo is real. Here in this post you can find few fake images.

Scroll down and enjoy yourself. All photos are linked and lead to the sources from which they were taken. Please feel free to explore further works of these photographers on their collections or their personal sites.

#1 Woman Squatting Like A Frog

One of the most recent viral sensations was a woman weirdly squatting on a tiny shelf. Turns out she only lifted one leg, which, to be honest, is still kinda weird.

Image Source: Imgur

#2 Astronaut Smoking Marijuana In Space

It’s safe to say that Chris Hadfield is one of the most beloved Astronauts there is. His incredible vlogs from space answered so many questions about life in zero gravity, from cleaning your teeth to sleeping, everything is different in space. Although this form of vlogging is very one-of-a-kind, you shouldn’t think that this incredible guy would use any type of drugs while literally flying in space. In the real photo, Chris was actually just trying to surprise his co-workers with some Easter eggs!

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#3 A Guy Creating An Amazing Fried Rice Wave

One of the recent viral sensations was the ‘fried rice meme’ that showed a man making an incredible rice wave in his pan. This interesting photo quickly received a lot of attention online and people from all around the world started to send in their own photoshopped images of the rice wave. Unfortunately, the original itself is already a fake photo since the rice wave is a sculpture that is sold in a fake food shop in Tokyo.

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#4 Dangerous Pilot Selfie

This iconic selfie of a pilot photographing himself in the air was actually a photo of him when he was safely landed, but it’s important to mention, that even on the land, it’s a pretty cool selfie!

Image Source: Imgur

#5 Bear Chasing A Cycler

Even though a photo of a bear chasing a cyclist will have a far bigger effect on you than a photo of a bear running through an empty street, luckily, nobody was harmed in the making of this photo. Although there’s not much information about the original photo, it is believed the photo was taken Yellowstone National Park.

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#6 Giant Skeleton Found

The internet is filled with photoshopped images of archaeologists finding huge skeletons that might belong to giants. If this was the reality, a new chapter in history would be open and we could consider some myths to be true. Unfortunately, no science or history museum has ever accepted these findings for one simple reason: the photos that show these skeletons are completely fake.

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#7 Picture Of A Dwarf Giraffe

A photo of a giraffe with dwarfism has been used online multiple times, although giraffes, like other animals, can have dwarfism, this photo is actually fake.

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#8 First Dab In The History

Although all of us would hope that the first dab was captured back in the 20th century, meaning this iconic movement will never age, unfortunately, this photo is actually a behind-the-scenes photo from the movie Dunkirk, shot in 2017.

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#9 10yearschallenge Against Deforestation

Recently the hashtag #10yearchallenge went viral with people from all around the world sharing their changes throughout the years. Some people decided to use the hashtag to warn people about the terrible impact we are having on this earth. One of the biggest environmental problems in 21st century is deforestation, and that’s exactly what people tried to warn us about. Unfortunately, the image that was used to spread the message was fake – the before and after photos of a rainforest cut down completely was actually the same photo.

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#10 A Photo Of Marilyn Monroe And Elizabeth Taylor

Oh how cool would it be to have two beauty icons chilling in one photo. Unfortunately, Elizabeth Taylor was photoshopped into a picture of Marilyn Monroe. In fact, this is not the first time Marilyn Monroe’s photos were photoshopped to seem that she is spending time with iconic celebrities such as Elvis Presley, James Dean, and even John F. Kennedy.

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#11 The Mustache Wasn’t Enough, They Had To Add Those Angry Eyebrows

The internet just loves animals, especially if they look weird or cute, or both at the same time. So there is no surprise that a photo of a cat with adorable mustache and eyebrows would go viral. Well, there is a silver lining to this story, the cat does in fact have that incredible mustache, but the eyebrows are a result of clever photo manipulation.

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#12 Frozen Venice

Venice is definitely one of the most beautiful places to visit around the world so there is no need to photoshop a photo of frozen Lake Baikal in Russia to make the place look even more stunning.

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#13 Magical Castle

This magical castle that probably most of us would love to visit or even stay in is unfortunately a combination of a photo of a rock in Thailand and a castle in Germany.

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#14 Cow Chilling On A Car

The internet is full of photoshopped pictures that just don’t make any sense and somehow we still manage to believe them. One of those fake viral photos was a picture of a cow chilling on a BMW. Well turns out, no car was damaged in the making of this photo since the cow was chilling on the grass like it was supposed to.

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#15 Not-So-Planned College Name Sign

Some time ago this famous image was an absolute representation of internet humor, the ironic mistake was something that people constantly shared online. Unfortunately, the photo was photoshopped so well, it wasn’t so easy to understand it was actually fake.

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#16 An Island That Looks Like A Star

Photos like this will definitely in spark you a great desire to travel. Imagine yourself sipping on a delicious cocktail while chilling on an island in the middle of the ocean that is a shape of a star. Well, unfortunately, such an island doesn’t exist, but what you can do is visit the moon-shaped island Molokini, located between the islands of Maui and Kahoolawein Hawaii.

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#17 Bear Chasing National Geographic Photographers

A photo showing a bear chasing a group of National Geographic photographers would send shivers down anyone’s spine. Just imagining being in such a dangerous situation is terrifying. But since we have already proved there’s no point in believing everything you see online, you can stop feeling bad about these photographer,s since the bear in the photo is actually captured in a stock photo that can be easily found online.

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#18 Einstein Riding A Bicycle As A-Bomb Explodes

This photo of an explosion was actually taken 7 years after Einstein’s death, so even if cool guys don’t look at explosions, this was definitely not the case.

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#19 Unique Black Lion

If we could make a list of the internet’s most beloved topics, weird animals would definitely have their place in the top 10. It seems that finding weird and unique species is something everyone thrives in, and although it is a cool thing to come across a unique animal, there is no need to create one with photoshop, or if you’re doing so, please do not try to trick people into thinking it actually exists.

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#20 A Kid Sleeping Near His Deceased Parents’ Graves In Syria

A photo of a kid sleeping near his deceased parents’ grave in Syria turned out to a piece of staged photography since the kid knew the photographer and the graves did not belong to his parents. Although this type of photojournalism is still completely heartbreaking it proves once again you can’t trust everything you see online.

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Photography is one of our crucial parts of life, whether it is wedding photography, corporate photography, event photography, community event photography and a few others. There are numerous types of photography have been used for various purposes for years. As of now, after the pandemic that really affected the globe. People’s income was disturbed, and they fell into a financial crisis. Every individual suffered from that. Likewise, the Photography industry also heavily suffered, since every type of event was abandoned and due to that abundance photography business hasn’t been sustained yet. This was the first reason why the photography business is in recession. Another reason is that mobile cameras have lessened the usage of photography as was used to be in its early times, but times have changed. People like to photograph with their mobile and their camera output is outstanding. In this article, you will get to know how you can sustain a photography business in a recession which will really help you throughout the period. Let’s get started.

What is a photography business?

Photography has its own numerous types but in layman’s terms, it is described as “hiring a person for an event equipped with a camera and other essential equipment to capture pictures and videos of the event. You can pay the photographer per hour or event basis. It’s up to you and the photographer.

Is photography over during the recession?

Everybody knows that this is a time of anxiety and fear regarding the industry’s economic downfall, but it’s just temporary. Photography is one of the important industries and it can’t be shut down anyhow. So you should not be worried about this temporary economic effect. Although the scale of photography has lessened little a bit. But this is confirmed that AI and mobiles cannot entirely supersede commercial photography. There are some precautions that you need to take in this declining period which will help you to retain while this time and Hiring A Photographer In A Recession. Once the industry will rise again, then all the people who are employed by individuals or brands will see the difference.

Strategies to adopt in the recession of the photography business:

These measures or strategies should be taken seriously when you are going through hard times which will enable you little a bit to sustain for a while.

Reshape the payment plan:

In this world, money is the prime concern for all people. Whether it’s buyer or seller. All want money more and more. As this is a recession period, we will look into this, that how can we sustain the adjustment of our payment schedule. In this period, one of the top priorities should be, to facilitate the client by every means. People usually charge 75% advance and the rest of the money on the main day which doesn’t work out in all situations. The ideal payment should be that you charge 50% advance, 25% on the main day and the rest of the payment at the end of the event. This will help you to sign the deal whenever you get a client.

You should analyse your pricing. This didn’t mean that you offer services at an extremely low price, rather than offering services at a low price. You offer some new photography packages and suggest them ideas according to their event. This will playa pivotal role in signing the deal.

Be optimistic and work on your period:

Whether you are employed or unemployed, but this is a time to rise again, but how will you rise? You need to work on your portfolio. We know that you are a professional photographer, but there is always room for improvement. You have free time or if you don’t have, try to spare time and learn new photography tricks and when you complete the process of learningthe remaining things. Go online,there are thousands of portfolio websites, make your portfolio and publish your art on social media platforms. You need to be consistent in this process and surely you will get a job. There is a community sitting online, they see whatever you share. This may be a turning point for you.

Follow the people with similar interests:

This is a famous English proverb “Birds of a feather flock together” what does it mean? It means that if you join the company of people who are just like you, they think like you, and they love their work as you love. So, you are basically going to a company where all around you is just discussing photography or whatever you do. This will potentially grow and creates more opportunities. No matter if it is a recession period. When all of you sit together, talk together. You will have vast exposure towards the technicalities and opportunities. Go online and start following the groups of your interest and additionally start going to photography exhibitions and try to exhibit yourself much more professionally. Do all of this and see the difference.

Manage your revenue:

It doesn’t matter how much you earn, but it matters how you spend that money. Track your revenue record and begin to manage it. When you will get to know where you are spending money the most. Is it worth spending or not? Your complications will start to disappear.

What is the future of the photography industry?

The future of photography will be improved as compared to its today’s financial position. But it will take time to reach at that position. No worries things change as time passes. In the future, only those photographers will be successful who will fulfil the advance and improved technological requirements. The rest of the photography techniques will be considered crap.

Will photographers be replaced?

It might be safe to say that all the photographers will not be losing their jobs. But there will be a huge ratio of photographers who might be jobless because of not transforming their techniques and equipment at the right time.

If you don’t want to be one of them, then start learning new things which will pay you off in the longer run.

Photographer Cindy Sherman Joins International Center of Photography Board of Trustees

The International Center of Photography (ICP) has announced the appointment of five new members to its board of trustees, including renowned photographer Cindy Sherman. Sherman will act as creative advisor for the center’s upcoming 50th anniversary in 2024.

Joining the board alongside Sherman are Uzodinma Iweala, chief executive of the Africa Center in Harlem; Toronto-based gallerist Jane Corkin; real estate developer and philanthropist Robert Fribourg, of New York; and Wall Street veteran Jonathan R. Furer.

In an email to the New York Times, Sherman said, “I sensed that the organization, in asking me to participate, wanted to branch out from its more traditional roots and be seen in a broader sense of how photography is being used today,” she said.

“Everyone with a smartphone can relate to photography,” she said, “much more so than even 25 years ago, and that is why it’s more relevant than ever and why more people should discover I.C.P.”

ICP’s new Executive Director (as of 2021) David E. Little told the NY Times, in an interview, that partnering with artists like Sherman and executives like Iweala (who is also a writer and filmmaker) would help the center extend its reach beyond documentary photography and into the fine art world.