Facebook Deletes 10 Groups Used to “Game” Instagram Reach

One of the Instagram algorithm-gaming Facebook groups removed had over 200,000 members.

As part of its crackdown against groups “gaming” the algorithm of its system, Facebook has recently deleted and banned 10 groups that were found to be used for boosting the reach of Instagram accounts. With most brands and businesses today — independent photographers and studios included — relying on social media platforms for their digital marketing campaigns, it’s easy to see why these groups amassed members by the thousands, one of them even had over 200,000. However, it also proves why social media engagement often isn’t a reliable indicator of quality of work.

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National Portrait Gallery’s 50th Anniversary Exhibit Celebrates Daguerreotype

Mark your calendars and time your visit to the National Portrait Gallery for the “Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting” exhibit opening on June 15th

As part of its 50th anniversary, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will be celebrating the daguerreotype process with an intimate exhibition of fascinating portraits made in the 1800s. A showcase not to be missed, “Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting” will open on June 15th and will feature 13 small-scale, one-of-a-kind daguerreotype portraits that have become an essential part of the museum’s collection.

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Kodak Alaris Launches a New Daylight Single Use Camera in Europe

Attention film photographers and disposable camera fans in Europe! You guys might want to check out your film dealers for a new daylight single use camera recently announced by Kodak Alaris.

Believe it or not, the good old disposable camera lives on. Kodak Alaris has released a treat for the growing number of film photographers and creatives celebrating its simplicity and vintage aesthetic. The company recently released a new single use camera for daylight outdoor use, loaded with 800 ISO film. Whether you’ve been shooting with disposable cameras for a while or have been wanting to pick up one again for your next trip or special occasion, this is definitely good news.

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Shutterstock and IBM Join to Help Marketers Find Photos for Campaigns

Shutterstock and IBM partner to bridge digital marketers’ needs with the engaging, high-quality assets made by photographers and other content makers

If you’re a stock photographer with work on Shutterstock, you may soon find yourself connecting with more marketers looking for exactly the content you’re offering. Shutterstock has announced today a partnership with IBM to help marketers build engaging digital experiences through their creative platform. Beginning July 2018, customers of the IBM Watson Content Hub will be able to access millions of images, videos, and music tracks hosted by Shutterstock and find the ideal content for their needs through IBM’s Watson AI technology.

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Instagram Will Soon Tell You Much It’s Wasting Your Life Away

It is no secret, we spend way too much time on social media these days

If you were to think back to yesterday, how much time do you estimate you had spent on social media? 1 hour, 2 hours? The reality is that whatever number you put on it, chances are the real number is probably a lot higher. It goes back to that idea that when you look at your bank balance at the end of the month you wonder where all of your money went. Then, after you do the checking, you see all the small purchases you made, which add up to a lot of money spent. Continue reading…

Why the Rumored Fujifilm X-T100 Is Sorely Needed

It is being said that the long-rumored Fujifilm X-T100 could be announced as soon as next week

Fujifilm has a long history of producing great cameras within their X-Series, but one segment of the market that has always been a bit of a dud for Fujifilm has been their budget-oriented cameras. The X-A series has always been very basic and cheap in comparison to the mid-level X-Series cameras like the X-T10 and X-T20. But it seems maybe Fujifilm is finally adjusting their strategy, with reports indicating that an “X-T100” could be coming as soon as next week.
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Handshake Books is a New Platform for Photographers to Publish Books and Zines

Introducing a new collaborative platform for getting your photography projects printed into books and zines

For photographers wanting to create and publish their own photo books, the traditional route of looking for a publisher is no longer a popular option. It’s often difficult and heart-breaking to pitch your work and be told time and time again that it’s not marketable, let alone profitable. It’s for this reason that the self-publishing and independent publishing routes have become the feasible and preferred options for many creatives today. If this is a direction you’re planning to take with your work, you might want to check out Handshake Books, a new collaborative platform that aims to make it easier for photographers and other creatives to make their own books or zines.

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NEMO Is a 4K Drone Capable Of Diving 100 Meters Underwater

While drones in the sky have been a thing for some time now, the time is coming for underwater drones

NEMO, as you may have guessed based on the name alone, is a 4K underwater drone that, much like the drones you are used to for flying into the sky, looks to expand the creative capabilities of photographers and videographers underwater. The new submersible drone, capable of diving up to 100 meters (328 feet), has been on Kickstarter and with 16 days remaining (at the time of writing), the projects have almost doubled their initial funding goals. Continue reading…