Pete Souza captures Obama's final day in the White House ...

STAFF, DPREVIEW:

Pete Souza, the official photographer for now-Former President Obama, posted a series of photos on his Instagram account showing the Obama's final departure from The White House. Like the Former President, Souza plans on taking some time off, sleep late and 'do whatever the wife wants me to do.'

Read more, and see some of the photos, from here.

Adobe reports record revenue of $5.85 billion ...

DL CADE, PETAPIXEL:

Adobe took a lot of crap from the photo community for switching to the Creative Cloud subscription model, but all of that criticism seems to have been worth it. According to the company’s recent earnings report, business is booming.

The company is on a crazy hot streak, reporting a whopping year-over-year revenue growth of 22%. In total, the company behind Lightroom, Photoshop, Premier, and many other applications photographers and cinematographers can’t live without pulled in a record annual revenue of $5.85 billion, up from $4.8 billion in 2015.

Read more, here.

Hacking Instagram to grow a huge following and build better engagement with 'Instagram Pods' ...

ANDREW GRISWOLD, FSTOPPERS:

Towards the last half of 2016 many people, especially photographers, began to write off Instagram as a lost cause. So much frustration over lost engagement and dropped followers lead many to leave the platform or simply lose interest in posting more. The algorithm that began with a Facebook-style feed that did away with chronological order and brought you "what you wanted to see" was the main cause for all of this. Though, with that comes new techniques to grow a following and hack the system if you will; enter "Instagram pods."

Pods are not a new idea and may sound a bit silly at first, but overall they are what have built some of the biggest Instagram followings in the world and spawned a new era of collaboration. The idea is gathering a group of friends with similar mindsets and posting times that can notify each other when they have a recent post, that then sparks them all to go like and comment on said photo or video. In turn, this builds more comments and likes from heavy users to push more people to see your posts in the feed. Sound simple? Here are a few tricks to get you started and begin a pod of your own.

Read more, here.

This web tool helps creatives say 'no' to working for poor pay or exposure ...

DL CADE, PETAPIXEL:

Designer Jessica Hische is fed up with requests to work for ‘exposure’, so she built a Web tool every creative should take advantage of. It’s a “choose your own email-venture” that helps creatives say “no” to free work and better negotiate crappy contract terms.

This isn’t the first time Hische has taken a stand against working for free—her Should I Work for Freeflow chart is a fantastic addition to any creative’s arsenal. This newest creation is even better though. It’s not just a blanket “how to say no,” but an interactive email template creator that changes the text of your reply as you select the Type of Client, Budget, Timeline, and Contract Curveballs being offered.

Read more, here.

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

BY DOMINIQUE JAMES

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A sortie to Siem Reap ...

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

At an age when people start talking about bucket lists, we just had to see Angkor Wat and its outlying complex of temples, but as it turned out, Siem Reap was much more than just a location or a jump-off point for Angkor Wat. It had ample charms of its own, and while it would be criminal to go there without visiting the temples, it offered much room for more solitary pursuits. We were there for four full days, spending two days on the road and two just lazing around about town, and it felt just right at our seniors’ pace.

Read more, here.

How to set your white balance for the most common types of street lights ...

ALEX ZHU, PETAPIXEL:

As a night photographer, streetlights can either be your best friend or worst foe: a common complaint from first-timers is that harsh streetlights “ruin the colors” in their photos—and that can certainly be a valid complaint. But by understanding the light that different types of streetlights generate, a photographer can adapt to any street lighting they find in a scene, seeing it as a resource to be harnessed for maximum photographic impact rather than a deficiency that needs to be overcome or compensated for.

Read more, here.

Kodak CMO says the company is 'looking into' reviving Kodachrome ...

BRITTANY HILLEN, DPREVIEW:

During CES 2017, Kodak announced it would revive the film stock it discontinued in 2012, Ektachrome. The announcement was well-received, and was itself the result of an uptick in professional film sales, something that has also spurred Kodak toward another possible revival: Kodachrome.

This is beginning to look like a real trend; and in a good way, I guess. Read more, here.

Instagram hits 600 million users, up from 300 million only two years ago ...

MICHAEL ZHANG, PETAPIXEL:

Instagram has been evolving at a furious clip in recent times, launching everything from a redesigned logo and an algorithmic feed to Snapchat-esque Stories. And it seems the big changes are bringing big returns: Instagram just hit 600 million monthly active users, doubling its member count in just two years.

The last 100 million new members joined in just the past 6 months.

Read more, here.

Buying a second lens, what should you buy next ...

RICHARD BUTLER, DPREVIEW:

So you’ve just bought your first interchangeable lens camera? That’s excellent. Whichever camera you’ve bought, it’s likely to be able to support you in taking some great photos. Your camera probably already came with a lens and it’s likely to be totally fine, so why would you need to buy more?

Essentially, the different lenses can extend the kinds of photographs you’re able to take. Different lenses can allow you to take better photographs of different subjects or in different circumstances. It’s all a question of what you want to shoot.

Read more, here.