Artificial intelligence is finding its place in journalism, art, digital photography, and many other fields. Still, it remains a gray zone, and it’s hard to catch up with it and set the laws to match the new reality we live in. But it looks like we’re getting there. The Associated Press has just announced AI guidelines for its journalists. While they do encourage experimentation with AI, thankfully, it won’t replace journalists and photographers any time soon.
Production is underway for a new movie about the life of wartime photographer and correspondent Lee Miller. Filming has begun in Croatia, with actress Kate Winslet playing the role of Miller. The first production still of Winslet as Miller has been released, complete with a Rolleiflex camera in hand.
The movie apparently focuses on the decade of Miller’s life, which includes her time reporting the events of World War II. The former Vogue model-turned-war photographer captured many life-changing events with her lens. She was one of the first photographers to record the horrors of Nazi concentration camps.
McKinney Fire that’s been raging in California since late July has become the largest wildfire of 2022 so far. Sadly, lives have been lost of both humans and animals, and lots of damage and destruction has been done.
But kind-hearted and empathetic people make everything more bearable. One of them is photographer Jonathan Rivas of AIO Filmz, who saved a puppy and helped reconnect it with its owner. He captured the encounter on camera and returned our faith in humanity.
One of the most shocking events in the U.S. last year was the U.S. Capitol riots. On Wednesday 6 January 2021, hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol Building to protest the election results.
During the riots, multiple people were assaulted and injured, many of them being journalists. One of the men who attacked the police and an AP photographer was charged with an assault and has been arrested.
Leica has released another of its cameras in the olive-green “Reporter” suit. This time, you can get the Q2 Monochrom in this special “outfit,” and it’s not even a lot more expensive than the basic version.
To remind you, Leica already has the M10-P and the regular Q2 in this version. But it’s a pleasant surprise that the Q2 Monochrom doesn’t cost $300 or even $1,000 more than the basic version, like the Q2 and the M10-P respectively.
A Getty contributing independent photojournalist Maranie R. Staab recently covered an anti-mask protest in Portland, Oregon. She was captured in a video photographing a child throwing a mask in a burning barrel. The video caught her fierce criticism for the community, and she got under fire for allegedly staging the image.
Mexican photojournalist, Margarito Martinez (49), was shot dead outside his home in Tijuana. While the police say that the reasons for the attack are still not clear, Martinez had reportedly been threatened.
Synonymous with smartphone editing is a growing tendency to worship new apps and post on social media about the new features as quickly as possible.
Being able to shoot, edit and publish using a smartphone enables immersive cross-border reporting. Rana Sabbagh, senior editor for the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at OCCRP, believes all journalists should learn to edit stories on a mobile. “Editing generates diversity in storytelling and a local point of view’. Sabbagh adds, ‘working on a mobile is often safer than carrying a large camera and laptop edit suite”.