Does photography matter?

RENEE ROBYN, PETAPIXEL:

Photography has always held a weird space in my head. In my mind, I make things that look neat. I have always held great envy to those who create such complex, emotional narratives to their images. I sit and observe with awe and wonder at the tales that come from them, their reasons for color, pose, and other infinitesimal details. Pixels for me are a means to an end, but it’s still something I can’t help but create. It’s how I tell a story, but it’s not how I tell my own.

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Kodak reveals how and when it's bringing back 35mm Ektachrome film ...

DL CADE, DPREVIEW:

Kodak first announced the rebirth of Ektachrome way back in January at CES. Along with Kodak Alaris—who will distribute the 35mm Kodak Professional Ektachrome film for stills shooters—the company said it would bring back Ektachrome by the end of 2017... and then promptly stopped talking about it.

But if you were worried that Kodak had given up on the idea, fear not: in a new episode of the Kodakery podcast, a few of Kodak's higher ups (including Marketing and Product Manager Diane Carroll-Yacoby) updated the world on the progress of the Ektachrome reboot, how they're making it, and what testing still stand between your hands and a fresh 36-shot roll of the stuff.

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Buying a used DSLR kit for only $80, here's what you get for your money ...

MICAEL WIDELL, DPREVIEW:

Cameras and lenses are expensive. Really expensive. Even the cheapest entry-level DSLR kit today costs $500 or more. But what if you buy the cheapest possible used DSLR? A camera that’s over 10 years old? How would it stack up against today’s modern cameras? I was curious about this, so I decided to find out for myself.

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Adobe's Lightroom Downloader lets you rescue your image library from the cloud ...

BRITTANY HILLEN, DPREVIEW:

Adobe has released Lightroom Downloader app, an application that pulls original image and video files from the cloud and stores them locally in a folder.

The Lightroom Downloader app is available for both Windows 10 and macOS High Sierra, and requires users to log in with their Lightroom account. Once the login is complete, users are prompted to choose a hard drive location to which the cloud content will be downloaded.

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Samsung's new dual pixel sensor to help spread 'portrait mode' ...

MICHAEL ZHANG, PETAPIXEL:

First launched in the iPhone 7 Plus, Apple’s ‘Portrait Mode’ uses depth data from dual rear cameras to generate faux blur for a shallow depth-of-field effect. Google’s new Pixel 2 has a similar mode that's done with a single “dual pixel” sensor. Now Samsung has unveiled a new “dual pixel” sensor that may bring this tech to an even wider audience.

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Let's hook up on Instagram

By DOMINIQUE JAMES

I’m on Instagram, along with millions of others. On my small corner at least, I am very active on Instagram. I post pictures on Instagram at least once a day. And on many days, I post more than one photo.

I can’t tell you exactly how I got hooked on Instagram, but I am. I realized, not long ago, that I’ve been posting a bunch of photos. Not dumping just any picture or anything like that, but curated photographic images from the so many that I’m always taking with different cameras, and posting them for for all to see.

What kind of pictures will you see on my Instagram?

Well, there are many different types.

You’ll see: pictures of amazing places from my frequent travels (consider it my “wish-you-were-here” postcards), pictures of savory food that I enjoy (occasionally, food that I cooked myself at home), pictures of awesome products that I love to collect and use and want to share with you (such as fountain pens, headphones, Apple stuff and Apple-y things, among others), pictures that are intended as fine art photographic images in black-and-white and full color (something that you might want to hang on your home and office walls), and then there are also pictures of some of my commercial and advertising work (many of which are outtakes from studio and on-location photo shoots that I’ve done). And, of course, every once in a while, I shoot and post very experimental photos--something quite strange, something quite different.

I enjoy sharing pictures on Instagram. And I would like it very much if you take a look at them.

Also, I would like it if you can tell your friends to take a look as well.

On this website (which you can bookmark), you will instantly see a spread of the latest 20 images culled directly from my Instagram feed - https://dominiquejames.net/instagram.

From your web browser, you can also see the latest images directly - https://www.instagram.com/dominiquejames/.

And, if you’re on Instagram, we can definitely hook up with each other and check out each other’s photos. I've made so many fascinating connections with so many awesome people from all over the world.

On the Instagram app, look me up and add me — @dominiquejames.

By the way, as much as I enjoy posting photos online for all to see, I also very much enjoy looking at the amazing pictures that you and everyone else post online. It's an awesome experience to see what everyone else is up to, pictorially speaking, that is!

So, I think it’s going to be fun and surprising, and kinda amazing.

I promise. Let's hook up!

You can now read this daily photography blog from your favorite RSS reader

BY DOMINIQUE JAMES

Good news!

If you like getting your daily dose of news and information from the convenience of your favorite RSS reader—on your desktop or laptop, on your smartphone or mobile device, you can now get all of the latest contents of this constantly updated photography blog by adding our RSS feed.

To get started, copy this RSS link: http://dominiquejames.net/blog?format=rss

The next step is to simply go and open your RSS reader and then add the link.

That’s it!

From important and valuable photography links with short commentary to thought-provoking quotes, from original, never-before-published exclusive photographs, interviews and long-form articles created exclusively for this blog, to amazing contributions from several regular and guest bloggers—you can now get it all on your RSS reader.

By adding our RSS link and feed to your reader, you won’t ever miss a thing again that’s on our blog.

Also, if you get the chance, please check out and bookmark the official Dominique James Photography website at www.dominiquejames.com. This photography website is regularly updated to showcase new, exciting, evocative, and never-before-seen original black-and-white and color photographs that can be licensed directly from the website for commercial, editorial, and personal use.

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The writer in progress ...

JOSE "BUTCH" DALISAY, JR., PINOY PENMAN 3.0:

Manuel Arguilla was, to me, very much a writer in progress—a writer still coming to terms with his material and his society, one who had explored the range of his talents and was arriving at a fusion of those extremes. Arguilla’s stories have to be read as a continuum, where country and city were beginning to come together in his artistic and political sensibilities. But then, all too soon, he died, leaving us to wonder if his stories could have taken a brighter and more hopeful turn in the postwar world he never saw.

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How not to become a brand ambassador as a photographer ...

DANNY LENIHAN, PETAPIXEL:

I’ve often received emails from photographers who have approached my little brand, 3 Legged Thing with offers of “collaboration”. There’s is nothing wrong with making an approach at all, and while I rarely act upon these unsolicited approaches, they can, occasionally, yield gold.

The problem is that we live in what is rapidly becoming an “entitlement society”, whereby some of the people emailing me cannot possibly conceive the notion of rejection, or the vague understanding that collaboration is a two-way street and not a ticket to free products.

So, for those of you who are advancing their careers forward, here’s the process from this side of the table, so you can understand what it is to be on the receiving end of between 50 and 80 emails a day.

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