PhotoActive Podcast, Episode 126: Portfolio Building with William Neill

Putting together a photo portfolio doesn’t need to be a daunting task. William Neill returns to PhotoActive to talk about his new book, The Photographer’s Portfolio Development Workshop, and share advice on how to edit, organize, and present your best work.

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The Next Track, Episode #240: There’s No Old Music Anymore

Music no longer sounds like it comes from a specific time. Old music sounds new these days.

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How to Find the Right Words

Writing well is all about finding the right words. A simple, concise description is much more effective than one that drags on. Clear, authentic dialog is more realistic than long expositions. Sometimes, a single word, at the right place, can make all the difference between a middling story and a masterpiece.

Finding the right word isn’t always easy. Fortunately, we have some useful tools that can help us out.

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Portraits from the Summer of Love, and four other photo book picks

In this season’s photo book selection, we look at early color photographs by urban street photographer, Mitch Epstein; Elaine Mayes’s portraits of hippies and oddballs at the height of Haight-Ashbury’s counterculture scene; a reprint of William Eggleston‘s famous Chromes; whimsical portraits of Swedish farmers and villagers from the early 20th century; and a special edition of Kikuji Kawada‘s Chizu (The Map), one of the most sought-after photo books of all time.

Read the rest of the article on Popular Photography.

iPhone 14 Pro Review – An Amazing New Camera, Safety Features, and an Always-On Display

The iPhone 14 Pro includes a raft of new features, with an always-on display, safety features, such as Emergency SOS via satellite and crash detection, and a new 48 megapixel main camera. This is a solid upgrade to the iPhone Pro, and one that anyone who is serious about photography will want.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.

Apple Watch 8 Review – Why Change What Works?

While the first few years of the Apple Watch saw a refinement in the device’s focus, and a raft of new features being added to the watch, the last few years have been much less eventful. One could almost call this stagnation, as if this now mature product has little room to grow, and Apple adds a couple of new features each year to try to make new models attractive.

While new processors make a big difference to computers, and new displays change the way phones and tablets work, there’s little left to add to a smartwatch. The very nature of the device, and the way it is used, mean that it will remain essentially a passive device, displaying information and collecting data.

This year’s model only features two new features, both of which are useful, but neither of them may be enough to sway owners of recent Apple Watches. Unlike phones, which get upgraded on average every two to three years, smartwatches stay around for longer, so most potential purchasers of the Apple Watch 8 will see not just these two features, but all the additions since their last purchase.

Read the rest of the article on The Mac Security Blog.