The chase for likes on social media brought us many irrational and dangerous behaviors. One of them is approaching wild animals in order to take a selfie. According to a recent study, selfie-takers are getting too close to wild mountain gorillas to take selfies with them, transmitting COVID-19 and other diseases to the animals.
We’re all excited that we can finally get a COVID-19 vaccine. And when we’re excited about something, we tend to share it on social media. Well, before you post your vaccination card selfie on Instagram – think twice, and then don’t do it. Because if you do, you’re at risk of identity theft.
One week before what would be my only photoshoot of 2020, I received a phone call that broke me emotionally. My producer, friend and all-around incredible person, Eric, had taken his own life.
Eric had been diagnosed with an aggressive case of ALS last summer, which had taken him from super fit gym rat to a state in which he was unable to swallow solid foods in a matter of months. While the disease had physically debilitated this man that so many loved, it never took his humor. In his suicide note (which you can read here), he is as proud, funny and happy as we ever knew him. His death was one out of many good friends and family I lost in 2020, but it was the only time I let myself cry.
We were already expecting delays from Nikon due to the state of emergency declared in Japan by its prime minister, Yoshihide Suga in response to the recent surge in coronavirus infections, but with the restrictions set to expand to more areas, we might be seeing delays from Canon, too, including their 2021 gear release schedule.
Canon Rumors is reporting that a number of sources have told them that Canon’s roadmap has changed quite significantly due to the new restrictions. Just last week, they spoke of at least 8 new Canon cameras expected in 2021, but now the timescales for release of those cameras look like they might be shifted.
Texas wedding photographer recently got sick with coronavirus after a wedding she photographed. She contracted the virus at the maskless ceremony, thanks to the groom who hadn’t disclosed that he was positive.
Well, it looks like we’ve reached the stage of 2020 when sharing a selfie could end up in getting arrested or paying a massive fine. A UK photographer recently posted a selfie which proved that she had broken the self-isolation order. Consequently, she was ordered to pay £6,600 (around $8,530) after sharing the photo on Instagram.
2020 has definitely been the most unusual year we’ve lived in. The coronavirus pandemic has changed everything, from daily chores to big life events – including weddings. This is Reportage has chosen the best documentary wedding photos of this weird year, and they’re really something else! They show raw and unstaged moments of 2020 “corona-weddings,” and they are proof that nothing can stop the love.
Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic began, many nursing homes went into a full lockdown. The elderly folks fall within the most vulnerable group, so many of them are still in isolation. But an employee at Sydmar Lodge Care Home decided to cheer the residents up during lockdown. Robert Speker recreated famous album covers with them to lift their spirits up, and his wholesome project soon got viral.
Has COVID-19 impacted the look of advertising campaigns?
Maybe – but probably not by as much as you might think. What is impacted, however, is the way that a commercial photography set operates for the foreseeable future.
As an advertising photographer, you are responsible for everything that happens on set while shooting a campaign. This can range from not just the lighting scheme, but the choice of using craft services versus having a chef on set, choosing the appropriate camera and related equipment, and most importantly the safety of everyone present. This isn’t to say that there are not safety officers on set, or form specific trainers when we photograph professional athletes, but that the buck always stops at the photographer. For those that do commercial photography, we know that there are never ending insurance certificate pulls happening just to step foot on set. But how do we create when it comes to an unseen virus, and what will those campaigns look like?