Bloglikes - Pics https://www.bloglikes.com/c/pics en-US Fri, 28 Feb 2020 04:57:11 +0000 Sat, 06 Apr 2013 00:00:00 +0000 FeedWriter Bokeh Is Not a Stable Characteristic of a Lens http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/ZSjz/~3/LhKzkEq7Vn8/bokeh-is-not-a-stable-characteristic-of-a-lens.html I ran across a nice example yesterday of the same lens exhibiting both "good" and "bad" bokeh. I was looking through pictures taken with the old Olympus OM-Zuiko 50mm ƒ/1.8, a fine little lens (identical in design to an earlier generation of Leica Summicron, by the way) which is widely available for very little dosh. Take a look first at this lovely portrait by Konstantin Konduktorov, taken with the old lens adapted to a digital DSLR. Although there isn't "lots" of bokeh evident in the picture (I've always considered that a bit of a harebrained concept anyway, cf. "The Dog's Nose"), the blur is very smooth and gentle and provides just enough contrast with the sharper image of the woman's face.

Blur-1

Konstantin Konduktorov, detail. Soft blur and not too much

of it, with good coherence.

In general the old Oly "nifty fifty" renders bokeh quite nicely, among its other attributes. Fifty millimeter lenses are problematic in terms of their rendering away of the plane of best focus; not very many of them are always free of ugliness. While we're at it, note how smooth and subdued the in-focus image is, too, in this picture, despite being very sharp.

It's a nice old lens, and although prices are going up—I bought one for $10 in the '90s—you can have one for anywhere from $30 for a beater to $100 for one "new in box" when you can find it. And you can have it in single-coated or multi-coated flavors, too*—Japanese lens mavens prefer single-coated lenses for B&W film work. Note that this lens isn't good wide open. It cleans up nicely by ƒ/2.8, and is as sharp as it gets by ƒ/5.6, but I'd never shoot it wide open unless I really needed the speed.

Blur-5 This "new in box" sample of the Olympus OM-Zuiko 50mm ƒ/1.8

sold for $99 on February 16th

Now on to the negative example. Here's another shot by the same photographer with the same type of lens—probably the same exact lens unless Konstantin owns two samples. That ugly mess at the top, where the bright light comes through the trees, is very distracting. I might have cropped that out. 

Blur-2

Konstantin Konduktorov, detail. Ouch! That's not getting out of the way

like good blur should.

I should note also that you can "fix" bad bokeh in Photoshop to a certain extent, by reducing contrast and adding Gaussian blur, blending it into the picture with a layer mask. This would "step back" a little better, and draw less attention away from the subject.

Blur-3

Without correction past whatever the photographer applied, though, the two pictures are a nice demonstration that "bokeh" is not a stable characteristic of any lens. It can change with aperture, focus distance, whether the blurred object are in front of or behind the plane of focus, how much blurriness there is, and, especially, with what's being imaged. So we can't really talk about "the" bokeh of a particular lens, except generally.

Mike

*Here's how to tell. Older Zuikos had a letter code for the number of elements in the lens that preceded the word "Zuiko" (then and now Olympus's name for its lenses) with a letter and a period. For instance, "F," being the sixth letter in the alphabet, denoted six elements. When you find one of these 50mm ƒ/1.8's marked "F.Zuiko," that's a single-coated lens. Lenses marked "MC" are always multicoated. Some have neither marking, but when you see the words "made in Japan" on the ring around the outermost element, that's also most likely a multicoated lens. (I say "most likely" because I don't know if there are exceptions. Exceptions are always possible with lenses that were manufactured in great numbers over long periods of time.)

Blur-4 A "made in Japan" sample

Mike

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Food delivered traditionally by bicycle in Tokyo https://tokyotimes.org/food-delivered-traditionally-by-bicycle-in-tokyo/ In a world of delivery motorbikes and Uber Eats bags, the sight of food being transported the traditional way is an increasingly rare sight. One only really seen in certain parts of the city. But just like the old adage about buses, after waiting ages to see one, two sometimes come along at once.

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Leading Thoughts for February 27, 2020 https://www.leadershipnow.com/leadingblog/2020/02/leading_thoughts_for_february_3.html

IDEAS shared have the power to expand perspectives, change thinking, and move lives. Here are two ideas for the curious mind to engage with:

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Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella shares his love of learning:

“The one thing that I would say that defines me is I love to learn. I get excited about new things. I buy more books than I read or finish. I sign up for more online courses than I can actually finish. But the thing about being able to watch people do great things, learn new concepts, is something that truly excites me.”

Source: Steve Clayton, Microsoft’s chief storyteller, interviews CEO Satya Nadella. YouTube (4:44)

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Jon Gordon on leading with optimism, positivity, and belief:

“Ultimately, being a positive leader is all about leading with faith in a world filled with cynicism, negativity, and fear. We all face this battle between faith and fear. A leader’s job is to fill your people with faith. How we respond to our world depends on the stories we tell ourselves. When you face adversity you can tell a positive story and then work to create a positive outcome. It’s always your state of mind and your thinking that produces how you feel and respond. When you see that the world has no power over you, you will lead more powerfully in the world.”

Source: The Power of Positive Leadership

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Amber From Love Is Blind Just Dyed Her Hair Blonde Ahead Of The Reunion https://www.refinery29.com/en-us/2020/02/9481210/love-is-blind-amber-pike-blonde-hair-color?utm_source=feed&utm_medium=rss

Just when we thought we couldn’t get any more excited about the Love Is Blind finale — which is dropping on Netflix tonight — we also found out there will be a reunion special, too. On March 5th, the entire cast, including the couples that made it to the alter (and those that didn’t), will be sitting down together to rehash the season and give fans an update on where their relationships stand today. Spoiler alert: Amber Pike and Matt Barnett are seemingly still together — but you might not recognize one of them.

The pair recently filmed a video interview with Entertainment Tonight, which just aired on the platform’s Youtube channel, and from the thumbnail alone, fans can see that post filming, Pike dyed her hair bright blonde.

“Yep, it’s new,” Pike laughs, referencing her freshly-highlighted hair, a drastic change from the natural chestnut-brown color fans are used to. “She’s going through a lot of life changes right now,” Barnett teased, an apt segue into the rest of the interview, in which the couple talks about their experience as guinea pigs in the blind-love experiment that has now become a pop-culture phenomenon.

An Instagram dive proves that Pike actually dyed her hair a few weeks ago, according to her Instagram timestamp. “Oh hello blonde,” Pike captioned her public reveal.

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In the photo, Pike credited her colorist, Atlanta-based hairstylist Mylee Quach-Stankowitz, who posted a dramatic before-and-after on her own Instagram page and confirmed that the brown was in fact Pike’s natural hair color. “Thanks for letting take your hair-ginity,” Quach-Stankowitz captioned the color transformation.

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For now, the color change is just fueling our anticipation for tonight’s finale and next week’s reunion special, where we’ll see Pike’s new look and maybe gain more insight into the existential question: Is love blind? Or really, really blonde?

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Canon has patented a new ultra-wide 13-21mm f/2.8 lens for EOS R cameras http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Diyphotographynet/~3/ed80K28J8p0/ A new Canon patent application has surfaced, detailing a new 13-21mm f/2.8 RF mount lens for the full-frame Canon EOS R mirrorless system. There’s no word that this lens will actually see a production line, and Canon does already have a 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM lens for the RF mount, so I think it might […]

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The best cameras for kids for 2020 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/digitaltrends/~3/EGW67d2lco0/ ]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2020 16:30:48 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Photography Trends Best Of Compact Camera Best Cameras Kids Camera Tier 4 Andreessen Horowitz has backed Run The World, a startup with a timely offering: live online events http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Techcrunch/~3/9G9kvpYk6TI/ Every day, there’s another event-related cancellation owing to concern around the coronavirus. Just today Microsoft announced it will not have a presence at the Game Developers Conference in mid-March “out of an abundance of caution.” Facebook also said today that it is canceling its annual F8 conference scheduled for May over coronavirus-outbreak concerns.

The last is a particularly big deal. F8 is by far the largest event that Facebook hosts every year, so it’s little wonder that it plans to host part of the event online.

Likely, Facebook will use its own tech toward this end. But there is a new option for other companies that are right now second-guessing their own event plans, and that’s Run the World, a year-old, 18-person company that’s based in Mountain View, Ca., and has small teams both in China and Taiwan.

What it’s doing: smooshing together every functionality that a conference organizer might need in the time of a pandemic. Think video conferencing, ticketing, interactivity, and networking.

Who’s backing it: Andreessen Horowitz largely, though Run The World — which has raised $4.3 million in seed funding — also counts as investors GSR Ventures, Pear Ventures, 122 West Ventures, Unanimous Capital, and angel investors like Kevin Weil, the VP of product at the Facebook subsidiary Calibra; Patreon cofounder Sam Yam; and Jetblue Airways Chairman Joel Peterson.

Who started it: Xiaoyin Qu, who is the CEO and previously led products for both Facebook and Instagram (“basically anything to do with entertainment influencers and creators,” she said of part of her time at Facebook). She dropped out Stanford’s MBA program after a year to start the company last year with Xuan Jiang, a former colleague who was a technical lead for Facebook events, ads, and stories. (Jiang does have a master’s degree — one in computer science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.).

We talked with Qu yesterday after learning about the company from Connie Chan, the general partner who led the deal for a16z.

Qu says the impetus for the startup ties to her mother, a doctor in China who focuses on meningitis and traveled to a conference in Chicago in late 2018 where she made a connection with a Dubai-based physician. It was a fruitful meeting, given the doctor was able to share with her some rare, valuable insight into his own work around meningitis.

While that might not seem so exceptional to those who travel regularly, it was striking to Qu. As she explains it, because her mother had to secure a visa, take off two weeks around the event, including for travel days, and spend a fortune on airfare and accommodations, it was the first major trip she’d taken in 35 years. Both mother and daughter wondered what other insights she might have gained otherwise.

As Qu half-joked, “It isn’t like at Stanford, where there are events held regularly that [local] doctors can even walk over to.”

Indeed, like a lot of founders who solve a pain point for themselves of someone they love, Qu wanted to create a platform where her mother could meet and have meaningful work connections with people regularly. The solution she struck on: digitized events.

Turns out, Qu’s timing is pretty good. Though numerous startups have launched live online events businesses in the past (many of them since shuttered), you can bet many more organizers are thinking about exactly the type of platform that Run the World is fine-tuning right now.

Though publicly launched just four months ago, it has already hosted numerous events and has a bunch upcoming. One of its customers is Wuhan2020, a large open source community with more than 3,000 developers who will be using the platform as part of a long-distance hackathon that hopes to produce tech solutions to those affected by the coronavirus in Wuhan.

Qu also mentions an elephant conservation reserve in Laos that was recently able to raise $30,000 from donors from 15 countries in two weeks through a conference they organized on the platform. The reserve had a constrained budget, but being able to bring together a distributed audience (beyond just wealthy donors) for nearly zero overhead (no venue, no catering), turned it into a major success for the organization.

As an example of a smaller event, a dating coach who specializes in working with engineers recently held a workshop where just 40 people showed up but she was able to make $1,300 from the event, says Qu.

Run the World keeps the cost structure simple, taking 25 percent of ticket sales in exchange for what it provides organizers, from the templates they can choose for their events, to the ability to sell tickets, to processing those payments (via Stripe), streaming the event, enabling social interactions throughout the event, and helping organizers follow up with attendees afterward.

Indeed, beyond enabling organizers to reach a wider audience at perhaps a more accessible price point, a big advantage conferred by online events is the potential for more effective networking, insists Qu. For example, rather than walk into a physical space where it’s sometimes hard to know who to talk with about what, Run the World asks every event attendee to create a quick video profile akin to an Instagram Story that can help inform other attendees about who is with them online. It also organizes related “cocktail parties” where it can match attendees for several minutes at a time.

Naturally, there are downsides to streamed live events as the world was reminded last year, when a gunman filmed the mass murder of 51 people in Christchurch, New Zealand on Facebook Live. One could also imagine that those video profiles could attract unwanted attention to some attendees who might rather just watch an event.

It’s certainly something about which Qu and Jiang are well aware. While the plan is to keep adding new features (including, potentially, to use LinkedIn to validate attendees’ identities), Qu notes that another way to ensure the quality of the events on the platform remains high — and that attendees feel safe —  is to steer clear of most free events. “When organizers are recruiting their own people and curating a community” of people who they know or can ostensibly learn more about, it keeps things above the level, she suggests

As Run The World scales, she concedes, “we’ll need to figure out new ways.” Certainly, the lessons learned at Facebook and Instagram should help, she says, adding: “The ideal event to me isn’t one with 2 million people. I’d rather we hosted 2 million events with 50 people.”

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Fitness influencer Alex Toussaint started out mopping floors at Flywheel. Now he has 105,000 Instagram followers and a partnership with LeBron James' company. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/typepad/alleyinsider/silicon_alley_insider/~3/VOkovmPN9i0/peloton-fitness-influencer-alex-toussaint-instagram-business-2020-2 Alex Toussaint - Peloton Trainer and Instagram Influencer

  • Alex Toussaint is a Peloton instructor and fitness influencer with 105,000 followers on Instagram.
  • Since joining Peloton in 2016, Toussaint's Instagram audience has grown dramatically, increasing from 19,000 followers in early 2018 to 105,000 today, according to data from the social-media analytics website, Social Blade. 
  • Toussaint uses his social-media clout to promote Peloton and other brands, including Lebron James' new sports nutrition company, Ladder.
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Fitness influencer Alex Toussaint got his start mopping floors as a facility coordinator at a cycling studio in East Hampton, New York.

He knew he wanted to be an instructor and paid close attention to what trainers were doing while he performed maintenance work.

"I was mopping with purpose," he told Business Insider. "When I was cleaning outside of the room, I was listening to the instructors."

Another trainer encouraged Toussaint to ask their employer, Flywheel Sports, if he could try out a role as a cycling instructor. The company agreed, and he earned a spot teaching classes in East Hampton, then Manhattan, and eventually Dubai, where he helped launch Flywheel's Burj Views studio

In 2016, Toussaint was approached by Flywheel competitor and fitness upstart Peloton, which hired him to be an instructor for its new cycling classes broadcast to the company's growing customer base of at-home users.

"I was teaching 20 to 25 classes a week at Flywheel," Toussaint said. "[Peloton] said, 'You can cut that down and get your word out to the people at a larger scale.'"

"At the time, the world of at-home fitness wasn't where it is today," he added. 

Since joining Peloton and reaching thousands of users on his bike, Toussaint's online fan base has grown dramatically. His Instagram account now has 105,000 followers, up from just 19,000 two years ago, according to data from the social-media analytics website, Social Blade. 

The rate at which he's added new followers to his Instagram account doubled in 2017 from the previous year — when he joined Peloton — and then tripled in 2018, according to data from the social-video analytics firm, Tubular Labs.

As a fitness influencer who works out twice a day — whether it's riding a bike or playing basketball — Toussaint uses his social-media clout to promote Peloton and other brands to his thousands of followers. He recently formed a brand partnership with Lebron James' sports nutrition company, Ladder, to endorse the company's supplement products.

"I try to stay away from the paid-per-post," he said. "I try to focus on establishing long-term relationships and long-term partnerships."

Toussaint promotes Peloton apparel on Instagram, both by wearing its clothing in photos and directly linking to the company's e-commerce pages. He also regularly reshares Peloton members' stories on his Instagram, responds to questions on Twitter, and sends updates to followers reminding them of when he's teaching classes.

For a complete breakdown of how Toussaint and his fitness-influencer colleagues integrate social media into their jobs, read our full story on Business Insider Prime: Some Peloton fitness instructors have become Instagram stars and are using their reach to promote the brand — and themselves

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It’s Definitely Worth Following Gary the Cat for Travel Inspiration http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/time/topstories/~3/63zOxGfjoe8/

If you’re looking for a memorable destination to wile away your vacation days, perhaps Gary can point you in the right direction. This feline travel influencer has one of the web’s most enviable Instagram accounts filled with images of Gary on kayaks in pristine waters, romping through the snow surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, and photos of Gary and his friends in gorgeous natural environments. While many social media influencers fill their feeds with quirky or playful selfies, there are no selfies on Gary’s feed. That’s because Gary is a cat.

Specifically, Gary is a five-year-old rescued domestic long-haired “meowtain lion” who lives and hikes in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. While most cats are content to stay indoors and look for warm laps and fishy treats, Gary enjoys the great outdoors. In his Instagram feed, he can be seen exploring snowy peaks in a warm ski jacket, wearing sweet goggles while sitting on an iced over lake, happily walking on a leash on his outdoor adventures, or posing for pictures with his canine friends.

When all the hiking gets too much, Gary can take a cat nap in his pint-sized tent or be carried around in a backpack or on the shoulders of his devoted human companion, James, who shares their adventures on Instagram at Great Grams of Gary. Even the most cursory perusal of his Instagram feed will prove that Gary is an inspiration to anyone who thinks they aren’t interested in venturing into the wild. After all, if a cat can wear goggles while walking on an icy lake, so can you.

 

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Dreaming of summer this #throwbackthursday . . . . #greatgramsofgary #mountains #lake #paddling #sup #paddleboarding #catsofinstagram #cats #fluffycat #mybanff #explorealberta

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So cool he’s ice cold. . Happy #whiskerwednesday! . . . . #greatgramsofgary #goggles #ice #mountains #lake #frozen #catsofinstagram #cats #fluffycat #mybanff #explorealberta

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It’s #throwbackthursday and the longer days have me looking forward to more sunny evenings, paddling with Gary. . I also wanted to welcome all the new folks who’ve found us in the last little while and answer some of the more common questions I get about Gary: . How old/what kind of cat is Gary? Gary is a 5 year old domestic longhair. . Where do you live? Most of Gary’s adventures are in the Canadian Rockies. . How did you start hiking with Gary? Slowly. We started by exploring the front yard and worked our way up from there as he got comfortable. If you want to train your own cat, my best advice is to be patient! . What harness/jacket/goggles do you use? We have two harnesses we love, the @kiloninerpets M1 and the @rcpetproducts adventure kitty. Most of Gary’s jackets are also from RC pets. The goggles are dog goggles from @rexspecsk9 . Want to know something else? Just ask! . . . . #greatgramsofgary #catsofinstagram #cats #cats_of_instagram #kayaking #mountains #lake #paddling #sunset #visitcanmore #explorealberta

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The crew is starting to get better at posing for family photos! . Have a great Sunday. . . . . #greatgramsofgary #catsofinstagram #mountains #dogsofinstagram #petsofinstagram #mountains #ice #lake #frozen #explorealberta #explorecanada

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]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:14:14 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel News Instagram Animals Uncategorized Viral James Influencers Gary Onetime It’s Definitely Worth Following Gary the Cat for Travel Inspiration. Despite His Instagram Fame, He’s Still ‘Just a Cat.’ http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/time/topstories/~3/63zOxGfjoe8/

If you’re looking for a memorable destination to wile away your vacation days, perhaps Gary can point you in the right direction. This feline travel influencer has one of the web’s most enviable Instagram accounts filled with images of Gary on kayaks in pristine waters, romping through the snow surrounded by soaring mountain peaks, and photos of Gary and his friends in gorgeous natural environments. While many social media influencers fill their feeds with quirky or playful selfies, there are no selfies on Gary’s feed. That’s because Gary is a cat.

Specifically, Gary is a five-year-old rescued domestic long-haired “meowtain lion” who was adopted from the Calgary Humane Society and now lives and hikes in the Canadian Rocky Mountains. While most cats are content to stay indoors and look for warm laps and fishy treats, Gary enjoys the great outdoors. “Gary’s a pretty chill cat for sure,” said Gary’s human companion, James, who shares their adventures on Instagram at Great Grams of Gary.

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Dreaming of summer this #throwbackthursday . . . . #greatgramsofgary #mountains #lake #paddling #sup #paddleboarding #catsofinstagram #cats #fluffycat #mybanff #explorealberta

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Gary’s outdoor adventures started when he tried to make a break for the great outdoors from his nice indoor life. “We decided that if he wanted to be outside that he would have to learn to walk on a leash,” explains James. “Shortly after we moved to the mountains and continued training him to walk outside. We started with small outings into our yard, and went farther and for longer as he got more confident outside. Now we’ve worked our way up to him being comfortable on overnight trips, paddling and this winter, even some very mellow skiing!” While Gary’s chill personality may make him a natural for nature walks, James believes that “with some patience most cats can be trained to be outside.” He does recommend that “free roaming cats” be kept on a leash to prevent injury to the cat or to the local bird and small mammal populations.

In his Instagram feed, Gary can be seen exploring snowy peaks in a warm ski jacket, wearing sweet goggles while sitting on an iced over lake, happily walking on a leash on his outdoor adventures, or posing for pictures with his canine friends. “Adventuring does seem to have been good for him,” says James. “He used to be pretty timid and he’s gotten much more confident around new people since we’ve been going out together. He’s even gotten a bit friendlier, though he’s still not exactly what I’d call cuddly.”

Even the most cursory perusal of Gary’s Instagram feed will prove that the cat is an inspiration to anyone who thinks they aren’t interested in venturing into the wild. After all, if a cat can wear goggles while walking on an icy lake, so can you. And don’t worry, Gary’s fame hasn’t gone to his head. “Gary hasn’t really changed that much,” says James. “He’s still a cat and mostly only is concerned about having a full bowl of food, and enough treats in a day.” Gary, it seems, is a very relatable Instagram influencer.

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So cool he’s ice cold. . Happy #whiskerwednesday! . . . . #greatgramsofgary #goggles #ice #mountains #lake #frozen #catsofinstagram #cats #fluffycat #mybanff #explorealberta

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It’s #throwbackthursday and the longer days have me looking forward to more sunny evenings, paddling with Gary. . I also wanted to welcome all the new folks who’ve found us in the last little while and answer some of the more common questions I get about Gary: . How old/what kind of cat is Gary? Gary is a 5 year old domestic longhair. . Where do you live? Most of Gary’s adventures are in the Canadian Rockies. . How did you start hiking with Gary? Slowly. We started by exploring the front yard and worked our way up from there as he got comfortable. If you want to train your own cat, my best advice is to be patient! . What harness/jacket/goggles do you use? We have two harnesses we love, the @kiloninerpets M1 and the @rcpetproducts adventure kitty. Most of Gary’s jackets are also from RC pets. The goggles are dog goggles from @rexspecsk9 . Want to know something else? Just ask! . . . . #greatgramsofgary #catsofinstagram #cats #cats_of_instagram #kayaking #mountains #lake #paddling #sunset #visitcanmore #explorealberta

A post shared by Gary The Cat (@greatgramsofgary) on Feb 13, 2020 at 6:35am PST

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The crew is starting to get better at posing for family photos! . Have a great Sunday. . . . . #greatgramsofgary #catsofinstagram #mountains #dogsofinstagram #petsofinstagram #mountains #ice #lake #frozen #explorealberta #explorecanada

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]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2020 14:14:14 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Travel News Instagram Animals Uncategorized Viral James Influencers Gary Calgary Humane Society James He Onetime Gary the Cat Great Grams of Gary View James Shortly Gary s Instagram Huge Savings: Up To 74% Off And Free Shipping On Shutterfly Photo Books, Plus Save More With AMEX Offers! http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Dansdeals/~3/JrWq5cI2Cuo/ Thu, 27 Feb 2020 13:13:41 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Deals Photos Books Amex Shutterfly How to design your next album artwork http://routenote.com/blog/how-to-design-your-next-album-artwork/ Outside of technical requirements, your coverart needs to be eye catching and consistent with the music connected.

While the industry standard program to jump to is Photoshop, there are plenty of free tools online to help you design something unique that stands-out with no graphic design experience. Canva have many dedicated templates for album covers. This can be great for designing your cover or promotional material for your social pages. Another useful site to checkout is Unsplash. Unsplash host over a million free-to-download and royalty free high quality photos that can be a great backdrop for your album art. Find more image sharing sites here.

What do RouteNote require from your artwork? It must meet the following, otherwise it will cause delays.

Do:
  • 3000 x 3000
  • Less than 25MB
  • JPG
  • RGB colour space
Don’t include:
  • URLs
  • Contact info (email address, phone number, social media tags, usernames)
  • Social media/store logos
  • Pornographic images
  • Pricing information
  • Copyrighted images
  • Blurry or pixelated images
  • QR codes
  • References to physical media (scans of CDs, barcodes, compace disc logos)

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The Smithsonian Puts 2.8 Million High-Res Images Online and Into the Public Domain http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/OpenCulture/~3/qPP4NOJUpag/the-smithsonian-puts-2-8-million-high-res-images-online-and-into-the-public-domain.html

No matter how many public institutions you visit in a day—schools, libraries, museums, or the dreaded DMV—you may still feel like privatized services are closing in. And if you’re a fan of national parks and public lands, you’re keenly aware they’re at risk of being eaten up by developers and energy companies. The commons are shrinking, a tragic fact that is hardly inevitable but, as Matto Mildenberger argues at Scientific American, the result of some very narrow ideas.

But we can take heart that one store of common wealth has majorly expanded recently, and will continue to grow each year since January 1, 2019—Public Domain Day—when hundreds of thousands of works from 1923 became freely available, the first time that happened in 21 years. This year saw the release of thousands more works into the public domain from 1924, and so it will continue ad infinitum.

And now—as if that weren’t enough to keep us busy learning about, sharing, adapting, and repurposing the past into the future—the Smithsonian has released 2.8 million images into the public domain, making them searchable, shareable, and downloadable through the museum’s Open Access platform.

This huge release of “high resolution two- and three-dimensional images from across its collections,” notes Smithsonian Magazine, “is just the beginning. Throughout the rest of 2020, the Smithsonian will be rolling out another 200,000 or so images, with more to come as the Institution continues to digitize its collection of 155 million items and counting.”

There are those who would say that these images always belonged to the public as the holdings of a publicly-funded institution sometimes called “the nation’s attic.” It’s a fair point, but shouldn’t take away from the excitement of the news. “Smithsonian” as a conveniently singular moniker actually names “19 museums, nine research centers, libraries, archives, and the National Zoo," an enormous collection of art and historic artifacts.

That’s quite a lot to sift through, but if you don’t know what you’re looking for, the site’s highlights will direct you to one fascinating image after another, from Mohammad Ali’s 1973 headgear to the historic Elizabethan portrait of Pocahontas, to the collection box of the Rhode Island Anti-Slavery Society owned by William Lloyd Garrison’s family, to Walt Whitman in 1891, as photographed by the painter Thomas Eakins, to just about anything else you might imagine.

Enter the Smithsonian’s Open Access archive here and browse and search its millions of newly-public domain images, a massive collection that may help expand the definition of common knowledge.

Related Content:

Public Domain Day Is Finally Here!: Copyrighted Works Have Entered the Public Domain Today for the First Time in 21 Years

The Library of Congress Launches the National Screening Room, Putting Online Hundreds of Historic Films

The Smithsonian Design Museum Digitizes 200,000 Objects, Giving You Access to 3,000 Years of Design Innovation & History

Josh Jones is a writer and musician based in Durham, NC. Follow him at @jdmagness

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How many Facebook photography group members does it take to change a lightbulb? http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Diyphotographynet/~3/bpZC8lHj8Ts/ This came to us via an anonymous source who said they saw it posted in a group they’re in on Facebook. I think it pretty accurately sums up the way many conversations go in Facebook photography groups. And, well, it’s about lighting, so… 1 to change the light bulb and to post that the light […]

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World Press Photo reveals the breathtaking gallery of 2020 contest nominees [NSFW] http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Diyphotographynet/~3/ivpyrW-MsKg/ Nominees and winners of World Press Photo Contest never fail to give us chills and leave us in awe, shock and with mixed emotions. The World Press Photo Foundation has just announced nominees of its 63rd annual contest, as well as its Digital Storytelling Contest. They come from all over the world, making yet another […]

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Britney Spears Shares Shocking Video: ‘You Can Hear Where I Broke My Foot Here’ https://www.huffpost.com/entry/britney-spears-broken-foot-instagram-video_n_5e57d474c5b68f79fdc62e64 Thu, 27 Feb 2020 11:58:53 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs News Instagram Britney Spears What Went Wrong With the Disney+ ‘Lizzie McGuire’ Revival https://www.slashfilm.com/lizzie-mcguire-revival-stalled-disney-family-friendly/ lizzie mcguire revival stalled

Lizzie McGuire has a case of Peter Pan syndrome: Disney won’t let her grow up. The Disney+ revival of the beloved early 2000s Disney Channel comedy series Lizzie McGuire was set to debut on the streaming service with star Hilary Duff on board and enthusiastic about exploring her sassy, fourth wall-breaking character as a 30-something New Yorker.

But then things suddenly ground to a halt for the Lizzie McGuire revival, with original series creator and revival showrunner Terri Minsky fired after two episodes and production stalled. So what happened, exactly? While there’s no official word yet from Disney or Minsky, Duff has been hinting on social media that the problem lies with Disney+ and its “family-friendly” mission statement.

Disney+ received some criticism online for moving the planned Love, Simon spin-off series, a teen dramedy about a high schooler coming to terms with his sexuality, to Hulu after it was deemed not “family-friendly” enough for the Disney-branded streaming service. And Hilary Duff was one of those to criticize the decision, not-so-subtly suggesting that the same fate befell her Lizzie McGuire revival. On Tuesday night, Duff posted a screenshot of the Love, Simon news on her Instagram story, circling the words “family-friendly” in the headline and writing above it, “Sounds familiar.”

The message from Duff is clear: Lizzie McGuire was also deemed not “family-friendly” enough for Disney+, leading to Minsky’s firing and the show getting put on hold. In a new report, Variety cites unnamed sources that say that Duff was not happy with Disney for firing Minsky who, alongside Duff, wanted to do a “more adult version of Lizzie” for the revival series. Variety writes:

The two women wanted to do a more adult version of Lizzie for the revival, while Disney wants a show that would appeal to kids and families, something more akin to the original series. Sources say that Disney was initially onboard with Minsky and Duff’s take from the time they pitched it to filming, during which time executives from Disney were onset and were aware of the type of content that would be featured in the show.

This creative choice makes sense, as Duff, at 32 years old, is very much an adult and should be able to explore adult topics in a Lizzie McGuire series. Let Lizzie have sex, cry at work, have existential crises. The series premise, which follows Lizzie as an assistant to a fancy New York City decorator, seemed to have that potential of following a young adult making her way in the world. The series can’t feasibly make a return to the wacky middle school shenanigans of the original Disney Channel series, which starred Duff at 13. And the audience who grew up on Lizzie McGuire likely won’t want more of the same — the demographics who are actually interested in the series will be 30-somethings looking for that hit of nostalgia, not the younger audiences who (like Billie Eilish) have no idea who Lizzie McGuire is.

For now, Lizzie McGuire isn’t cancelled, but the series as Minsky and Duff envisioned it is in question as Disney+ figures out how to potentially rework the series for a “family-friendly” audience.

“I am so proud of the two episodes we did,” Minsky told Variety in an interview. “Hilary has a grasp of Lizzie McGuire at 30 that needs to be seen. It’s a wonderful thing to watch. I would love the show to exist, but ideally I would love it if it could be given that treatment of going to Hulu and doing the show that we were doing. That’s the part where I am completely in the dark. It’s important to me that this show was important to people. I felt like I wanted to do a show that was worthy of that kind of devotion.”

At this point, just move Lizzie McGuire to Hulu. That’s what our dreams are made of: seeing Lizzie McGuire get to grow up.

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The Art of the Personal Project: Tom Hussey https://aphotoeditor.com/2020/02/27/the-art-of-the-personal-project-tom-hussey-4/ The Art of the Personal Project is a crucial element to let potential buyers see how you think creatively on your own.  I am drawn to personal projects that have an interesting vision or that show something I have never seen before.  In this thread, I’ll include a link to each personal project with the artist statement so you can see more of the project. Please note: This thread is not affiliated with any company; I’m just featuring projects that I find.  Please DO NOT send me your work.  I do not take submissions.

 

Today’s featured artist: Tom Hussey

It’s late and we’re looking for a Second Line Band to photograph with no luck

We are one block north of Congo Square, deep in the heart of New Orleans’ Treme district. We stop and ask a man, who introduces himself as Oswald, if there’s anywhere close by that has live music? He points across the street to a faded yellow building. Oswald says he’s pretty sure his son’s band is playing later — it’s 8:00pm Sunday night.

Drink, Eat, Dance

The lounge is one big room with a bar, pool table and a large painted dance floor. The band is setting up in the back. Our bartender tells us the lounge has been here since ‘79, three years before Katrina took the roof off. He says there’s a cash bar, free red beans and rice, the best live music in NOLA, and you better know what drink you like when you approach the bar.

Around 10:30 the bass line kicks in and the room begins to move. The band tonight is the Treme Funktet. There’s no play-list just old school New Orleans music mixed with brass band, funk and some mainstream jazz. The group leader is Corey Henry. Corey is Treme royalty. His Grandfather played at Preservation Hall. His Uncle is Benny Jones of the famed Treme Brass Band. And, his cousin, Ms. Leona, owns the lounge.

We ask about the band to find out more about their music. They’re known for a Treme born style of funk, based in the New Orleans Second Line tradition.  That doesn’t mean much until someone explains that “Second Line” is a four/one drumbeat — not on the beat or off.  The unique rhythm was picked up by Motown in the 1960’s and made famous by James Brown. The room is warm but the sound is shifting from hot to cool.

The sound bounces off the plywood ceiling, as the whole room seems to move to the bass line groove.  It’s after 11:00 and the band is just getting started. New Orleans Treme Funk is a part of life for this neighborhood.  The roots are Afro-Cuban, but the music is universal.

After Midnight

 It’s getting late but there’s no set time for when the band will quit. We pay our tab and exit into the humid night air making way for people that are just coming in. The Candle Light Lounge is the beating heart of the last live music in the Treme.  As we head back to the hotel, a quote I had read earlier in the day, by Ellis Marsalis seems dead on to me —

“In other places culture comes down from on high.  In New Orleans, it bubbles up from the street.”

 

To see more of this project, click here.

APE contributor Suzanne Sease currently works as a consultant for photographers and illustrators around the world. She has been involved in the photography and illustration industry since the mid 80s.  After establishing the art-buying department at The Martin Agency, then working for Kaplan-Thaler, Capital One, Best Buy and numerous smaller agencies and companies, she decided to be a consultant in 1999. She has a new Twitter feed with helpful marketing information because she believes that marketing should be driven by brand and not by specialty.  Follow her at @SuzanneSeaseInstagram

Success is more than a matter of your talent. It’s also a matter of doing a better job presenting it.  And that is what I do with decades of agency and in-house experience.

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DxO launches the Nik Collection v2.5 with new film simulations and Affinity Photo compatibility http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Diyphotographynet/~3/6PDZdHvIHpc/ The Nik Collection has had a pretty turbulent and uncertain journey over the last few years. Google acquired it in 2012 when they bought out Nik Software to get their hands on Snapseed, but they didn’t do much with it. In 2017, Google abandoned it and had no plans to continue it beyond Adobe CC15. […]

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Singaporean Artist Has Been Drawing Comics To Inspire And Uplift People In The Time Of The COVID-19 Situation https://designyoutrust.com/2020/02/singaporean-artist-has-been-drawing-comics-to-inspire-and-uplift-people-in-the-time-of-the-covid-19-situation/ While some responded to the COVID-19 situation with dread and panic, artist Josef Lee chose to keep calm and carry on making art. Specifically, art to uplift the public and inspire people to love their neighbours in this time of gloom. Since the virus started spreading worldwide, Lee has created and shared 11 illustrations on the COVID-19 situation on his Instagram and the encouraging images have...

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Here are nine awesome ideas for making photo and filmmaking gear from cardboard http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/Diyphotographynet/~3/hFiUoONDHgo/ What do you do when a piece of gear breaks or you forget to bring it to the shoot? Or if you’re on a tight budget and can’t afford all of the professional gear you’d like? Well, you improvise and DIY it, right? I personally love turning stuff I already have into photo gear, so […]

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The state of the photo industry http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/scottwyden/~3/hNLtzCQK8tg/ What does this mean for the photo industry?

In the past couple of years, we have seen a lot of interesting things happen in the photography industry.

First, we saw Nikon stop selling parts to camera repair shops.

Forcing all repairs to go through Nikon’s own repair centers.

Then we saw a bunch of companies drop out of major trade shows like Photokina and PhotoPlus.

Companies are having their products copied and sold cheap, forcing other companies like Dynalite to close their doors.

More recently canon has started to remove camera stores as dealers which they state are too small. That they will be selling direct instead. Which means they will only sell direct and have box boxes stores as dealers. Yet they haven’t sent those cut-off letters to all small businesses. In fact, they sent one to Mack Camera and Video Service in New Jersey. A company that has been in business since 1938. Mack only purchased $150,000 of products from canon in 2019. But they spent a total of $500,000 with Canon between products, parts, and repairs. Is that considered small still?

It’s interesting to see so many changes in the photography industry in such a short period of time.

More interesting is seeing Sony step it up. They’re doing countless in-store events, working hard to do more with small businesses while at the same time still work with large businesses.

That’s likely the reason why Sony cameras are the top-selling brand right not. Not because they’re better than any other. But because they’re more in your face. They’re more engaging right now. They are more caring about photographers right now.

Any camera brand can take that spot. All you need to do is care, and have good marketing.

What does all of this mean for the photo industry?

What does it mean that PDN had to shut down some magazines, consolidate and go purely digital?

These changes are just the beginning of what could be coming.

I’d like to hear your thoughts on it. Comment below.

Here is a list of all the dealers which were dropped.

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Platform Perspectives: The Launch of @TikTokTips http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/wearesocial/~3/OcxjXdN-axQ/platform-perspectives-the-launch-of-tiktoktips Platform updates may be rooted in tech, but they impact the experience of brands and users alike in terms of the tools they use, the culture they exist in and the creativity that rises to the top.

In our first iteration of Platform Perspectives, we take three different angles on TikTok’s – an official TikTok account featuring well-known influencers promoting positive messages about safety, privacy and well-being on social.

Platform Perspective: Andy Volosky, Account Manager and TikTok Platform Lead, We Are Social New York

“The main play for TikTok here is showing that this is part of a larger strategy toward promoting positivity and fighting these issues.”

The biggest trend across the internet the last five years, but especially recently, has been in regards to mental health and the negative aspects of online spaces. As a platform that caters to a younger audience, TikTok needs to show that it takes the issues of harassment and bullying seriously and that they’re trying to tackle these head-on, on their still-emerging platform. @TikTokTips looks to be the first part of hopefully a bigger move in that direction.

All things considered, it’s a small update, especially when you compare it to possible UI/UX updates that other platforms have rolled out in the past. But the main play for TikTok here is showing that this is part of a larger strategy toward promoting positivity and fighting these issues. If they do this effectively, they can set themselves as the industry-leader while their platform is still in its (relative) infancy – as other platforms play catch-up, this likely wouldn’t be a bad thing

As with any platform and brand, keep in mind exactly what your goal is for being on the platform. You can’t just tell your audience that you care about the same issues as they do, but you have to continually show them in order to make an impact. Rally your audience, and they’ll reward you in turn.

Creative Perspective: Ryan Engelbert, Creative Director, We Are Social New York

“This update seems to be more of a due diligence effort than something that’s going to curb any creative thinking.”

With the recent rise of fake TikToks (a.k.a. FikFoks ), the new privacy update could stop potential fikfokers™©® from going on a completely separate creative route and instead use the platform’s privacy settings to select who can see their more abstract Yoko-Ono-scream-singing-esque content. Conversely, the positive vibes update may invite some creators from different verticals into the TikTok mix looking to saddle up beside the lip-syncing challenges and boost “positivity” to the top of the trends list.

The creativity-o-meter shouldn’t move much at all in either direction. This update seems to be more of a due diligence effort than something that’s going to curb any creative thinking. Privacy is a loaded topic now more than ever – this is simply scrutiny security. On the positive vibes front, however, TikTok could have blown the door wide open in terms of a new creative purpose – from hashtag challenges paired with earworm songs to a more mindful territory. Perhaps brands like Calm and Headspace have a unique entry point here. Though other brands need to tread lightly when preaching less screen time on one platform and blasting out daily 23-frame IG Stories on the next.

There may be more creative opportunities in the execution of the rollout of this update than the update itself. The move to get influencers who are highly active on the platform to be the faces of the recent updates is an interesting approach. Not a revelatory one for brands already using influencers to raise awareness for their campaigns, but a distinct approach in this context nonetheless. Though privacy transparency using trusted faces is certainly something brazen brands that are looking to temper user privacy concerns can jot down in their idea journal.

Cultural Perspective: Lore Oxford, Global Head of Cultural Insights, We Are Social

“TikTok has provided a space for people to be imperfect online – to be human . So it makes sense that the platform is leaning into the healthier social usage space.”

One of the questions we’re often asked as an agency is what makes TikTok different from platforms like Vine. Why is it succeeding where Vine didn’t? And one of the main differences, I believe, is the maturity of the social media landscape it’s been launched into. Vine rose to fame prior to Instagram’s ubiquity, and it shows. While it was also a short-form video platform, what users filled the space with was very different – many of the major players were using it to create pretty polished comedy bits. It felt more scripted, more finished. 

By comparison, TikTok has launched into an era of perfection fatigue. The universal usage of Instagram has supercharged narratives around the damaging effects of social media – people are tired of constantly feeling the pressure to look and behave a certain way online. Against that backdrop, TikTok has provided a space for people to be imperfect – to be human. In this sense, the timing of the app’s rise to fame couldn’t really be better. 

It’s because of this social and cultural context that ‘cringe’ content is among its most famous – from people dancing in public (with bemused strangers filming them) to bloopers from gone-wrong challenge attempts . Given that the platform’s popularity is at least partially down to narratives around how to be happier on social media, it makes sense that it’s leaning into this space with @TikTokTips.

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The best instant cameras for 2020 http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/digitaltrends/~3/OcGaSMwrOi8/ ]]> Thu, 27 Feb 2020 08:45:17 +0000 BlogLikes - Find Most Popular Blogs Photography Trends Cameras Fujifilm Best Of Polaroid Buying Guides Leica FujiFilm Instax Instant Cameras Tier 4 You Should NOT Visit Syria Right Now http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/MattsTravelSite/~3/abADwRN0GHQ/ One of the many damaged buildings in Syria
Posted: 2/27/2020 | February 27th, 2020

If you’re like me, you associate travel with positive emotions: the feeling of the sun on your shoulders halfway around the world, of breaking bread with people from cultures different than your own, and the inner joy of making your way across unknown lands safely.

Travel improves our lives, broadens our horizons, and helps us understand the world we inhabit.

Yet these are experiences few humans will ever have.

As widespread as it has become in recent years, travel is still a privilege afforded only to a few.

That is especially true of war zones, where residents are more concerned about living through the day than seeing the wonders of the world. Things we take for granted — the ability to turn on a tap and get drinkable water, to flick a switch and get light, to walk to the store and find food on the shelves — are rare or absent for those suffering through such conflicts.

While there many places in the world that are like that, today I want to talk about one in particular: Syria.

Lately, I’ve seen a number of folks visit Syria as tourists. When asked why, they usually talk about trying to highlight the good people in the country and how such places aren’t “just what you see in the media.”

And while both of those things are almost always true, I don’t think one should visit conflict zones as a tourist — whether you’re a writer, blogger, or everyday Joe or Jane. I think it’s reckless and shows a complete lack of empathy and respect for the people suffering through the horrors of war. It’s self-centered. It doesn’t actually help in any real way. It usually creates a distorted picture of the situation. It’s a misuse of Western privilege.

No one doubts there are wonderful people and places in Syria. In fact, one of my greatest travel regrets is not having visited Syria before the conflict, because friends waxed poetic about how the hospitality and openness of the locals were second to none.

And the media is always more “doom and gloom” than the reality on the ground.

But that doesn’t change the fact that there is a continuing war going on in Syria where millions continue to be displaced and dying. While bloggers or tourists are there taking pictures, hundreds of thousands are freezing.

The country has been in a civil war for close to nine years. Over 400,000 civilians have been killed (some estimates put that number as high as 585,000). That’s more than the entire population of places such as Iceland, Belize, the Bahamas, or Malta.

On top of that, over 13 million people have been displaced — with half of those being forced to leave the country entirely. And many can never return due to retaliation from government forces against them or their families.

And almost half of the schools in the country have been affected, with one in three children unable to attend.

And while ISIS has been pushed back, they still have control of some areas, and thanks to Trump, there is also now an influx of both Turkish and Russian troops. (And that’s only causing more chaos.)

As millions suffer through ongoing war, chemical attacks, and displacement, visiting as a tourist and having a fun time is a horrifying idea to me. It makes those who go seem more concerned with their ego than the plight of the country. “Well, I just really want to see the country, so fuck those who are suffering!”

War zones are not tourist attractions. Bombed buildings that used to be filled with life are not backdrops for Instagram shots.

While millions suffer and die just hours away or are displaced and cannot return home, bloggers or tourists shouldn’t be frolicking in the places where they used to live and laugh and spend time with their children, snapping pictures and having fun while giving lip service about how it’s sad to see what is happening to the country. That to me seems like a major disconnect.

If someone wants to go there and report as a journalist to educate the world and try to mobilize action to stop the conflict, that’s one thing.

But I’ve yet to see one person who wasn’t an actual journalist from the mainstream news media do that. Instead, I hear talk about how “complicated” the situation is, how things are being rebuilt, and how everyone is happy and things are safe, whitewashing the war crimes of President Assad. If you follow these accounts, you get the impression the worst is behind the country. (It’s not. And the fighting in Idlib is getting incredibly worse, with children being greatly affected.)

But that’s because these bloggers are (a) in government-controlled territory and (b) likely talking to Assad supporters or those too afraid to speak out.

Then there’s willful ignorance. Take the example of Drew Binsky. I’ve never met him, though I do enjoy his videos. And I’m sure he’s a well-intentioned guy. But he went to Syria and, when challenged about this for the same reasons I’m bringing up, said, and I quote:

I know that Syria has been in a constant state of war for nearly a decade and I choose not to make that a focus. Why? It’s a lose-lose for me, because A) it’s a touchy subject and B) I don’t know much about the war and politics in general. In fact, I can’t even tell you a thing about American politics cuz I don’t really care! I’ve spent the last 8 years on the road and I’ve purposely separated myself from any politics because I choose to spend my time doing other things that make me happy. I guess the bottom line here is that more eyeballs on my videos means more haters, and we all know that haters are gonna hate!

Apparently, people who bring up the notion that maybe going to a war zone is not a good idea are haters. And here he admits to not knowing much about the war or caring too much about the subject.

How can you visit a country torn by war and not want to learn more about it?

How can you have a platform and seek to educate people and not talk about the conflict? It’s a pretty important thing!

And he’s not the only one who has done this, just the most well known. There have been many others. (It would be hard to link to them all, but they are easy to find via a Google or Instagram search.)

I think trips like these to war zones or repressive regimes are further examples of the lack of ethics in the online travel industry, as well as “look at me” vs. “learn from me” writing that puts the reader second to the influencer’s own ego. Rather than using this visit as a teachable moment to expand people’s knowledge, educate, and talk about a dire situation, they visit without thinking about that deeper impact.

But against the backdrop of war, egos must wait.

A visit to government-controlled territory during an ongoing conflict is simply playing into the propaganda that says that the news is exaggerating the plight of the people. What gassing by the Assad regime? What war crimes? What factionalism? There’s nothing to see here, right?

Many of the Syrians I spoke to had even fewer kind words for those who go there. They talked of those who visit now as “taking joy in others’ misery,” whitewashing Assad’s crimes, and Western privilege. This quote from Zaina Erhaim, an exiled Syrian journalist, sums up what I heard from Syrians I spoke with:

Besides the active war going on and tens of civilians being killed on a daily basis, beside whitewashing Assad as [someone] who has brought life and security back, using their privileged background [to get] released if stopped at checkpoints, above all that, to cross to our home where half of us are forbidden from going to, as we are forced into displacement and in exile, to walk above our memories and wounds in order to get some extra views, is inhuman.

Their blogs step on our trauma as they take smiling pictures in our streets, with our destroyed homes and favorite restaurants in the background, while we are prevented from going back to because we simply did our work and protested for basic rights.

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I think travel boycotts are dumb. People are their governments. But when war is happening and millions are dying and displaced, our desire to travel must wait. When Syria and these other countries are done fighting and need to be rebuilt, tourism dollars are a wonderful way to help make that happen.

Take Afghanistan or Iraq. While turmoil still exists there, these countries are trying to pick up the pieces and rebuild. There are new governments, and the society is trying to move past the conflict. There’s a functioning economy and civil society. Now is the time to visit those places.

But Syria? There is still an active conflict with other nations rolling tanks through part of the country. (Turkey and Russia are in conflict there, and Israel recently sent missiles into Damascus). Wait until the conflict is over, people aren’t dying and starving in the streets, and there is (hopefully) some sort of brokered truce or long-lasting cease-fire.

That’s when people will need our tourism dollars.

If you want to help those in Syria, lobby governments to try to find a way to end the conflict. Give to aid organizations like these:

But don’t go visit. Don’t give Assad his propaganda wins. Don’t make people think everything is fine and the world should move on. Don’t go to a place where so much suffering is going on just because you want to see it. It’s just the wrong thing to do.

Travel enriches the mind and expands the soul.

But it loses its charm when a place that is still shattered like glass and those around you are mired in a conflict without end.

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Welcome to this week's Influencer Dashboard newsletter!

As you likely know, this is Amanda Perelli, and I'll be briefing you on what's new in the business of influencers and creators.

First up, my colleague Dan Whateley and I highlighted the top 14 PR pros and publicists for YouTube creators, Instagram influencers, and other digital stars.

With the rise of social-media influencers, top public relations firms have developed digital departments and now work with popular creators, particularly helping them land coverage in traditional media outlets. For instance, YouTube star Emma Chamberlain (8.6 million subscribers) is represented by Align Public Relations for interviews and events, and recently the company worked to place her on the January cover of Cosmopolitan.

Want to see who the other powerhouse PR pros are? Check out the full list here

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How Peloton's 21 fitness-influencer cycling instructors use Instagram fame to market the brand and keep customers coming back

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Some Peloton instructors have become Instagram influencers and are helping market the brand with their social-media fame.

Peloton is an at-home fitness company that offers livestream and on-demand fitness classes to its subscribers, many of whom use the company's custom bikes and treadmills. The company hires popular fitness instructors to stream classes to thousands of users in the US, UK, Canada, and Germany, with 21 cycling trainers and an additional 11 instructors who teach treadmill and yoga classes.

Dan spoke to Alex Toussaint, a senior Peloton cycling instructor with 105,000 Instagram followers, on interacting with Peloton users and promoting the brand — and himself — daily on social media. 

Dan wrote that Peloton's trainers actively encourage users to reach out on social media, sometimes shouting out their Instagram handles at the end of classes.

Read the full post on Peloton's cycling instructors promoting its brand on social-media

How do influencers pay taxes? 4 steps to conquer tax season as a self-employed social-media creator

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At many jobs, a portion of your income is automatically deducted from your paycheck for taxes. But when you work for yourself, you are responsible for deducting this amount out and for keeping track of every dollar you earn.

Social-media influencers often work for themselves, which can make their taxes a lot more complicated.

How do they navigate tax season? 

I spoke to Eric Bronnenkant, the head of tax at Betterment, a firm that offers digital investing advice, along with several influencers across Instagram and YouTube, on their tax-season tips.

They broke down four steps for conquering tax season as a social-media creator, from the best ways to keep track of both your income and expenses, to what you can deduct as a business expense. 

Every time YouTube creator Morgan Yates (313,000 subscribers) gets paid, she moves a percentage of that revenue straight into a separate bank account, so that it's immediately out of sight, she told me. 

Read the full post on how social media influencers face tax season, here

Inside the business of an 'adventure cat' TikTok influencer, who has 2 million followers and earns up to $60,000 for a sponsored video package

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"Adventure cats" has become a popular genre of content online, going viral on platforms like Instagram.

Dan spoke with JJ Yosh, the owner of one adventure cat influencer named Simon, about the duo's digital business. Yosh has built a large following on Instagram and TikTok by filming and photographing his hiking trips with Simon. 

The pair have a combined 2.8 million followers across their Instagram and TikTok accounts. Their largest account is Simon's @backpackingkitty channel on TikTok. 

Yosh told Dan that he switched to focusing on social media full time in 2018, when it became more lucrative than his previous career commercial modeling and acting.

With the help of his manager, Yosh said he usually sells sponsored content as a package, attracting five-figure deals from brands. The pair has worked with a variety of companies including Procter & Gamble, Intuit, and Petco.

Read more about the business of a viral TikTok adventure cat and its owner, here

What else happened this week on BI Prime:  YouTube video of the week: How much a YouTube creator makes, spends and saves in a single month as a minimalist 

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CNBC's "Millennial Money" series, which breaks down the budgets and finances of young people, has taken over YouTube. Many YouTube creators are jumping on the trend and filming videos about their expenses. 

Kyra Ann is a YouTube creator and minimalist with 76,000 subscribers. In her most recent video, she broke down exactly how much money she makes, spends, and saves in a single month as a minimalist.  

She has three revenue streams: her day job at a nursing home, Amazon affiliate links, and YouTube. As an influencer, she earned $158 from Amazon, and $1,817 from YouTube AdSense this month, which is more than what she earns a month at her day job, she said. 

Here's a breakdown of her monthly expenses, according to her YouTube video

  • Rent: $675, Kyra lives in Massachusetts near Boston, she said. 
  • Laundry: $20, she said normally she spends up to $50 a month, but recently she stopped drying her clothes to cut the cost. 
  • Phone: $72, Kyra said she has the cell phone service provider Sprint, and that she receives a discount on her bill through her job. 
  • Food: $60, she noted that she works in a kitchen, so most of her meals are free. 
  • Electric: $15, she doesn't own a TV, and she said in the video that she typically has two floor lamps, her laptop, and her phone plugged in.
  • Car gas: $80, Kyra said she plans to purchase a Tesla soon, and she that she currently owns a Honda SUV.
  • Spotify: $10, and she added that her account includes a membership with Hulu.
  • Other: medical: $45, heat for her apartment: $176, car insurance: $76, retirement: $100, an app: $5, eyebrow wax: $15, gift: $50.

Total February monthly expenses: $1,399.00. For a full explanation of Kyra's monthly finances, check out the YouTube video here.

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