Shooting digital in Iraq: Ben Lowy

Here’s what started out to be a dry story that listed the equipment Ben Lowy uses in the field, but later he opens up and give an account of a terrifying but challenging time for him. Great photos too, and not all what you’d expect from Iraq.

“There is a certain attraction to doing conflict photography,” he says. “I think anybody who says there isn’t, doesn’t really look at themselves. You’re your own personal Arnold Schwarzenegger. You get to run headlong into danger. And there’s something really attractive about that. But you also have a tremendous priviledge to be witnessing history for everyone else in the world.”

Do your pictures tell a story?

Photofocus Magazine has a thoughtful article here. Tell a story with your photos.

Why tell stories with your camera? Well, for one thing, people who look at pictures will enjoy looking at a story over a snapshot any day. Telling stories with your camera forces you to slow down and think about what you are doing. What is it about this scene that makes you want to make a photograph? What moves you or attracts your eye? Is there a theme, a phrase or a point of view that you want to capture and preserve?

Asking these types of questions will almost always lead to a better photograph.

Foundphotos – peek into their lives

Foundphotos is kinda strange. It states that, “these were found by doing a search using p2p programs. people share their own personal digital photos in their shared folders, i guess they put them there for friends or family to download or just select their whole my documents folder as shared.”
After scrolling down through the first few photos I got this feeling that I was getting a look into the lives of strangers and other cultures. People from all walks of life are featured here in all kinds of situations – snashots of family, personal encounters, public events and down right silly goings on at times.
Mostly safe for work but no guarantees!

Mozilla and WinXP Flaw

This bug/flaw could be serious if you run Mozilla on Windows XP. It lets web pages run any program without user intervention. There’s a fix so go download it! You can take some consolation in the fact that not many blackhats are going to exploit a browser with 1% share of the general Internet browsing population however!