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There are some fantastic images in this weeks’ happy hour – striking, beautiful images of abandoned places worldwide, American Photo’s top 10 wedding photographers of 2013, finalists from the Smithsonian contest, and more. See it all below.
See photos featuring some of the world’s most beautiful abandoned places
Sunken ships, deserted stone castles, empty amusement parks – they might evoke images of scary, desolate places, but Francesco Mugnai curated photos are anything but. In fact, the images he collected from various photographers are beautiful, colorful, and even serene. See a few of our favorites from his blog. (via Co.Create)
Spot news photographer decks out car with radios, Canon 5D Mark III, Eye-Fi card
The job of a spot news photographer is to chase breaking news, photograph the scene, and send off images to clients immediately. It’s a fast-paced working environment, so Boston-based photographer Alex Jones decked out his SUV with a custom console to fit all his gadgets and gear. Most important are the four radios he uses to hear the police and fire departments around Boston. Alex also keeps his iPhone handy to stay on top of Twitter, where officials and radio enthusiasts alike frequently tweet live news that can tip off the latest story.
“Speed is the most important part of covering spot news,” says Alex. “Getting there fast is part of it, but so is getting the pictures out quickly in a day when everybody has an internet-connected 8 megapixel camera in their pocket. That’s why I love my Eye-Fi card.” Alex copies the desired images to the Eye-Fi card straight from his Canon 5D Mark III, then opens the included app on his iPhone and sends them over to clients without even leaving the scene! (via The Photo Brigade)
PhotoShelter speaking events: NPPA & WPPI
NPPA’s Annual Short Course, March 7-9 in Elizabeth, NJ: This three-day event is packed with more than two dozen workshops on a variety of topics relevant to professionals and students in the field of visual journalism. PhotoShelter CEO Andrew Fingerman will be speaking on “Building Your Audience Online” – how to find the right recipe for using the web to attract the right audience, engage them, and turn them into loyal clients. Registration is now closed, but walk-ins will be accepted throughout the event. Learn more >>
WPPI Conference + Expo, March 7-14 in Las Vegas, NV: This is the premier industry event for photographers specializing in the creative and business aspects of wedding and portrait photography. Each year, nearly 16,000 professional and aspiring photographers attend WPPI to learn new techniques from industry leaders, build new relationships to grow their business, experience new products and solutions from major manufacturers to improve their productivity. PhotoShelter Chairman Allen Murabayashi will join a panel on “How to Prepare for Print Competition” on March 14, 2013 from 9 am – 10:30 am. Learn more >>
New book: A Photojournalist’s Field Guide: In the Trenches with Stacy Pearsall
Between the ages of 21 and 27, photojournalist and military photographer Stacy Pearsall captured over 500,000 images across 41 different countries. She is the first woman ever to win the Military Photographer of the Year twice, “giving the boys a run for their money.”
Next week, she’s releasing her book, A Photojournalist’s Field Guide: In the Trenches with Stacy Pearsall. Starting with an overview of photojournalism and her experience as both a combat and domestic photographer, Stacy covers the basics of preparing for assignments, discussing such key topics as selecting suitable attire for different environments, assembling essential camera gear, developing the right approach for a story, and honing your shooting technique.
If you purchase the book through Peachpit, you can get 40% off using the discount code COMBAT. Check it out here.
American Photo’s top 10 wedding photographers of 2013
Each year, American Photo selects ten pro wedding photographers who help define the aesthetic of modern wedding photography today. See their top picks!
Smithsonian 2012 photo contest finalists
Smithsonian recently announced their 2012 photo contest finalists. Categories included Natural World, Travel, People, Americana, and Altered Images. Here are our favorites from each category. Also check out thoughts on the Smithsonian photo contest and other competitions here.