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Link Roundup 08-02-08

Some interesting links from around the web this week…

  • 4,000 U.S. Deaths, and a Handful of Images
    NYTimes
    An interesting piece from the NYTimes on the topic of war photographers and the censorship around their work. Zoriah, an artist recently featured here on Epic Edits (and a personal acquaintance of mine), is featured in this article due to his recent issues in Iraq.
  • 5 Reasons to Love Film Photography
    Rasmus Rasmussen Dot Com
    Film photography is so awesome — here are some reasons why.
  • tripod talk – from mini to mighty
    extreme macro photography trick
    Pro Photo Life
    Two great videos from Jim this week! A handy little discussion of tripods — the different types, and various ways to use them. And if you’re looking to get into macro photography on a budget, here’s an old trick for using some non-macro gear to give you macro capabilities.
  • The world’s biggest post about Photoshop
    FrancescoMugnai.com
    This is a massive list of links to various other lists of Photoshop tutorials, textures, patterns, brushes, etc.
  • How to Take Portraits – 19 Portrait Photography Tutorials
    digital Photography School
    19 great portrait photography tutorials spanning everything from general tips, composition, subjects, travel, models, environments, posing, hands, clothes, candids, and much more!
  • Top 10 Tips for Getting Attention on Flickr
    The 10 Best Things About the New Adobe Lightroom 2.0
    Thomas Hawk’s Digital Connection
    Thomas is on fire this week with some great articles! Popularity tips and tricks from a Flickr-master — he talks about various ways of increasing your exposure and gaining attention via Flickr. Coming from a Bridge user, this review of Lightroom 2 by Thomas Hawk sure says a lot. It looks like the software has some great features to offer.
  • July Challenge Recap
    September Challenge Announcement
    PhotoChallenge.org
    A couple of new things from PhotoChallenge.org too! The July Challenge was on the topic of lights and lighting fixutres — check out the results! (unfortunately, I started this one but didn’t finish). The next PhotoChallenge (scheduled for the month of September) will be on the topic of portrait photography, and I’ll be one of the three judges for a contest portion of it.
  • Photokina 2008 DSLR Speculation and Predictions
    1001 Noisy Cameras
    Some exciting speculations and predictions for the Photokina event — it looks like we’ll have all sorts of new toys to play with in the next year.
  • The Zen of Photowalking
    Photoshop Insider
    Jeff Revell goes over some tips for photowalking, including how to prepare, what to bring, and how to have a little fun.
  • 7 fun and interesting uses for a fisheye lens
    ShutterPad.com
    Here are some fun ways to get creative with a fisheye (or other wide angle) lens.
  • Creating a photo with a pure white background
    Leggnet’s Digital Capture
    A great explanation of the “in camera” technique for producing photos with pure white backgrounds.

ZORIAH: A Great Photojournalist

© Zoriah

I have a deep admiration for great photojournalists. The ones who do well have a special gift for capturing real events as they happen to real people. Being able to convey these things to people across the globe through photos and written stories is truly a gift. I’m no photojournalist myself, but I hold those who are in very high regard and their photos are some of my favorites to experience.

© Zoriah

INTRODUCING ZORIAH…

Zoriah is one of these great photojournalists. And what I really love about his work is his ability to combine photojournalism with art — I find many of his photos to be highly artistic in nature. He’s completely independent; covering the issues that he wants to cover. Zoriah is not bound by anyone’s agenda but his own. He chooses to cover some of the tragic and terrible events that mainstream media won’t. But with this freedom comes sacrifice in other areas (especially in the wallet). Even with limited budgets, Zoriah keeps doing what he loves. He also has a very defined explanation of what photojournalism means to him:

I think photojournalism is about producing journalism in a way that hits people right in the heart and their emotional core using the power of the still image to affect people on an emotional level and make them want to change and educate or have some action in a situation.

MORE ABOUT ZORIAH AND HIS WORK

© Zoriah

If you can’t tell by now, Zoriah is a photojournalist and war photographer specializing in documenting conflict, crisis, and disaster. He is an award winning photojournalist whose works have been featured in some of the world’s most prestigious galleries, museums and publications. Zoriah’s clients have included The BBC, Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, Fortune, ABC News, NPR, Focus and many others. With a background in Disaster Management and Humanitarian Aid, Zoriah specializes in documenting human crises in developing countries. His vitae not only lists photographic achievements and study, but also the in-depth training and experience necessary for working under extreme conditions in some of the world’s harshest environments. (quoted from Zoriah.net)

He’s covered events such as the Lebanon Post Conflict and Cluster Bomb Aftermath, the Gaza Medical Crisis, the Thailand Tsunami, the Bird Flu Pandemic in Southeast Asia, Hurricane Iris, the World Trade Center Attacks, and many more.

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FOLLOWING ZORIAH

Zoriah is currently in Iraq covering the ongoing events via his blog, Flickr, etc.

I would highly recommend checking out each of his sites, particularly his new blog where he combines his amazing imagery with first-hand reports and stories. You won’t find this type of journalism on typical mainstream media. Also note that the photos you see on this post are just a small portion of his work.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON ZORIAH

© Zoriah

This entire post is a bit out of the ordinary for me. I don’t typically feature single photographers because there are way too many great ones out there. But Zoriah actually contacted me several days ago looking for tips and such on his new blog, and he introduced himself as “new to blogging, but old to photography”. As soon as I saw his work, I knew that Zoriah was a very special individual… one of those people who can change the world with nothing more than a camera. And to top it all off, he’s very down to earth and approachable as a real person just like you and I.

I wish him all the best of luck with his current and future endeavors, and I invite all of you to view his photos, read his writing, and take an interest in what he’s doing.

© Zoriah