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This week we’re excited to spread the word about PDN’s 30 emerging and new photographers to watch, as well as a few other photographers who deserve attention for fighting back against the big guys, making an impromptu rain machine, and working on a passionate photo series.
Adobe debuts Photoshop Touch for smartphones
This week Adobe officially released Photoshop Touch for iPhone and Android smartphones, which has nearly all the same functionality as the more powerful tablet app. The smartphone version was clearly redesigned for smaller-screen devices, reports TechCrunch. The popular Scribble Selection feature lets you use your finger to pick our precise parts of the photo, and the Camera fill feature lets you fill in a layer using your smartphone’s camera. The app goes for $4.99.
PDN’s 30 new and emerging photographers to watch
PDN announced its 30 photographers to watch this week, who were selected from 300+ portfolios that the magazine has received since October. Editor Conor Risch said of this year’s group, “While these photographers differ as widely as their backgrounds, histories and photographs, there is a shared personality trait that stood out this year: self-belief…each of these photographers has at some point looked inward in order to create work that means something to them, which they can then put out into the world.”
The list included 18-year-old Olivia Bee, who was recently featured in New York Magazine and completed an ad campaign for luxury brand Hermes; Tatiana Plotnikova, whose powerful work covers marginal life in Russia; and Beijing-based photographer Sim Chi Yin, whose past work focused on migrant laborers in China and Indonesia.
The gallery features images from each photographer alongside a profile describing their work and motivation. Check out all 30 here.
DKNY steals photographer’s street style images after deal falls through
Brandon Stanton is the photographer behind Humans of New York, a hugely popular street style type blog that pairs images of New Yorkers alongside personal snippets about the person. Several months ago, DKNY offered Brandon $15,000 for 300 of his images to display in its store windows. A friend advised him to ask for more (that’s just $50 per photo), but DKNY declined.
This week, Brandon found out that a DKNY store in Bangkok posted his images from New York Fashion Week anyway.
Brandon has since asked that DKNY make a $100,000 donation to a YMCA in Brooklyn. The company donated $25,000 and stated on their Facebook page, “…it appears that inadvertently the store in Bangkok used an internal mock up containing some of Mr. Stanton’s images that was intended to merely show the direction of the spring visual program. We apologize for this error and are working to ensure that only the approved artwork is used.”
In response, Brandon has set up an indiegogo campaign to help raise the remaining $75,000, which will help send kids to summer camp. There’s only a few hours left, so check it out and consider helping the cause. (via The Atlantic Wire)
How to create 3D video with still photos
How do wedding photographers feel about using 3D video to either promote yourself or even create for clients as part of your prints package?
It’s done with After Effects, and here’s a video tutorial by video media maker Jamie Francis:
How to create an indoor rain photoshoot
Unsurprisingly, most studios don’t want you bringing in a full out rain machine into their space. But if you’re looking to get that drenched, moody shoot – without the cost and impracticality of a fancy machine or actual rain storm – check out Benjamin Von Wong’s blog post on “Getting creative with a Lensbaby and water guns”. Bejamin opted to use water guns – “they were light, portable, easy to clean up and easy to find” – that they shot at a surface for the water to bounce off. Take a look at some of the resulting images:
Foto8 brings documentary photography to the classroom
Foto8, based in London, works to connect documentary photographers, authors, and audiences by creating interactive displays, photography exhibitions, books and magazine publications. One of their projects, Look and Learn, strives to introduce primary school children and their teachers to photo stories and artists. Founders Yasmin Keel Jon Levy helped cover topics that reflected the class’ curriculum. By next March, they hope to reach over 2000 children with 80 sessions – but they need your help! Check out their project on indiegogo, there’s just 13 days left to contribute.
Photo series: people and their passions
Jack Daly‘s ongoing series, People With Passions, takes simple but compelling shots of people and their passions – whether that’s cars, crafts, bikes, painting, or even Willy Wonka memorabilia. Here are a few favorite shots: