It’s been a while since I’ve put together a mix of different cool stuff and links you should visit. There’s plenty going on in the photography world at the moment, so here are a few highlights that you’ll want to check out.
Luminance is being put together by the fantastic team at Photoshelter. For years they’ve been providing value-added services to photographers everywhere, from websites and archive storage to webinars and photography eBooks. The latest initiative is Luminance, scheduled for September 12 and 13 in New York. It is planned to be a 2 day conference featuring over 2 dozen speakers including the likes of Joe McNally, Scott Belsky (Behance), John Maloney (Tumblr), Eileen Gittens (Blurb) and many more. Also taking place are a series of workshops on September 11th featuring Corey Rich, Zack Arias and more.
Speaking of Zack Arias, he recently spoke at a breakfast lecture for Creative Mornings. I encourage you to watch the video below as he talks about authenticity, illustrated with examples from his own career. The points he makes apply to all areas of creative life, not just photography, so if you’re a musician, poet, dancer or clown, you’ll get something out of this as well.
Creative Photo Charity
New from Gavin Gough is a yet-to-be-named creative photo charity. His aim is to take simple, easy to use cameras into communities and give them to children, along with the skills to use them. Working with community project leaders, schools and orphanages, the kids will be encouraged to create a visual documentary of their lives and environment, which will be edited into a cohesive collection. The result will be published in a book or hung in an exhibition in order to raise funds to provide the community with essentials they require – anything from village water pumps to medical supplies, clothing to food. The initial funds to purchase the cameras will be done via the sales of a photo wallpaper pack. Head over to Gavin’s site for full details and to get the trial pack (free) today.
Instagram For Android
Finally, we come to Instagram for Android. Long one of the most popular photography sharing apps on the iPhone, Instagram was recently released on Android and saw something crazy like 5 million downloads in the first few days. The photo that I open this post with was shot on Instagram of my wife and my beachside brunch yesterday. If you’re an Android user, head to the market page and see what it’s all about. Don’t forget to follow me on it.