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You may have noticed our newsletter column, "Photo Clicks". We created it to bring you current information about photography, including the vision and inspiration of others.

We added the same information on our website and welcome your submitting links about photography to PhotoClicks@MPC.

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Obituary: Ken Regan, Celebrity and Sports Photographer November 2012

The award-winning photographer Ken Regan, whose portraits of celebrities, athletes, news and sporting events appeared in Entertainment Weekly, Newsweek, Time, Life, Rolling Stone, People, Vanity Fair, Sports Illustrated, The New York Times Magazine and other publications, died November 25. The cause of death was cancer, according to Suzanne Regan, one of his daughters. Read more about it...

Assistant to Photographer: Ari Michelson's Professional TransitionNovember 2012

Ari Michelson spent a decade assisting top photographers in Los Angeles after he studied photography at Santa Monica College, but thought of himself as a photographer from the start. "I was always shooting from day one-testing, shooting horrible things. I never wanted to be an assistant, but at the same time, I loved it. I loved the people I worked for, and I learned everything I could. Then one day I got too big for my britches."  Read more about it...

Jay Maisel: The Mentor Who Tells It Like It IsNovember 2012

Jay Maisel, whose work can be found in many private, corporate and museum collections, is also widely admired as an instructor. In the late 1990s, he stopped taking commercial assignments in order to focus on his personal work, including giving lectures and leading the intensive, boot-camp-like Jay Maisel New York Photography Workshop. Since then, he has earned a reputation as an inspiring teacher. Inspiring and, well, charmingly profane.
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Upgrading May Be Part of the Art of Mobile PhotographyNovember 2012

Until this September, Star Rush's entire experience of smartphone photography was through her iPhone 3GS. She used one device for almost three years, only upgrading OS and apps. When her 3GS started clicking whenever I used a photo app, I upgraded to the 5. The clicking, she's since realized, was the sound of her creative life changing.   Read more about it...

Five Apps for the Reluctant iPhone PhotographerNovember 2012

Lauren Crabbe was late to the iPhone photography game. After completing a degree in photojournalism and carrying her gear halfway around the world, she considered her DSLR a more of a part of her body than a camera.  When she finally got a smartphone, she still wasn't ready to leave the DSLR at home. It took an extended trip abroad with her husband and iPhone 4S to force her to use her phone as a primary photographic device.  Read more about it...

Photograph Your Family: How-To Take Great Candid Photos Of Kids November 2012

Photographer Winky Lewis says catching kids being kids with other kids almost guarantees good pictures. What you don't want, says Lewis, are kids focusing on your camera. She mainly looks for actual, candid moments. They say the most because they capture something real. She keeps her camera within easy reach, and it's normal for her to take photos of everyday happenings; not just birthdays, first days of school, or holidays, but all the time. Read more about it...

The Lynny Lens Is Squishy, Does Lo-Fi Tilt-Shift For $75November 2012

The Lynny is one of the more peculiar lenses we've seen in a while. From what we can tell, the Lynny, is...well...squishy. It's has a soft, flexible exterior that allows you to tilt the lens in order to control blur. Focusing is also done by using its flexibility, requiring you to squeeze, push, and pull the lens until you get the image how you want it. The concept is actually pretty similar to the original Lens Baby. Read more about it... 

Animal Studies: Seeing Ourselves in the Faces of Dogs October 2012

One thing that makes living with dogs both rewarding and poignant is their emotional honesty. Dogs reveal their joy, excitement, yearning and curiosity in their faces with an openness that more self-consciously guarded humans can envy. When photographer Martin Usborne looks into the moist eyes of a dog, he sees a reflection of our own animal natures, and his own vulnerability. "Seeing the lonely face of dogs is like looking inside myself and seeing the lonely face there," he says. Read more about it...

How to Take Great Nature PhotographsOctober 2012

Whether you're taking a picture of a geranium in your backyard garden or a grizzly bear in the Rocky Mountains, capturing a great photo outdoors means working with Mother Nature, and not trying to impose your photographic will upon her.
So many factors come into play when taking a nature photograph ... sun, clouds, wind, rain, sleet or snow ... and if you're photographing animals in their native habitat, you've got noise, odors, and movement to deal with.Read more about it...

Ripple Effect Images: Photojournalists Supporting WomenOctober 2012

Ripple Effect Images, a consortium of photojournalists, launched in 2010 with a mission to help non-governmental organizations (NGOs) working in the developing world improve the lot of women and girls, especially those whose lives are affected by the consequences of climate change. The idea, says photojournalist and Ripple Effect founder Annie Griffiths, is to use photography and video to help the NGOs attract attention and donations for projects that achieve the biggest impact by improving the lives of the people who tend to lift the most boats in their communities: females.  
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David Griffin Speaks at the TED Conference: How Photography Connects UsOctober 2012

David Griffin's career has followed an organic path through a number of publications. David started as a photographer, moving to editing and design, eventually taking on greater directing and management responsibilities. Positions have included: Deputy Director of Photography of The Everett (WA) Herald, Art Director of The Hartford Courant, Art Director of the Philadelphia Inquirer's Sunday magazine, Assistant Director of Design of National Geographic magazine, Design Director of NG Books and Creative Director of U.S. News & World Report. Read more about it...

Artist John Stezaker Wins 2012 Deutsche Börse Photography PrizeOctober 2012

British artist John Stezaker has won the 2012 Deutsche Börse photography prize, organizers announced yesterday in London. The £30,000 award is given annually to a living photographer for a book or exhibition that contributed to the medium of photography in Europe during the previous year. Stezaker, who makes photos from collages but doesn't shoot them, won for his exhibition in early 2011 at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Read more about it... 

Q&A With Michael Benson, Curator and Explorer of Space PhotographyOctober 2012

Writer, photographer and filmmaker Michael Benson has just compiled his third book of space photography, called Planetfall: New Solar System Visions. Published by Abrams, it features spectacular close-range landscape images of planets, planetary moons, asteroids and the Sun, which Benson has culled and processed from the image databases of various space probe missions. Read more about it...

Beamr App Shares Full-Res iPhone Images in Magazine FormatOctober 2012

We're noticing a new trend in photography-related apps lately as app makers seem keen to help us share our images with one another in new and interesting ways. Beamr is amongst the latest in this genre, uniquely packaging your iPhone and iPad images into a digital magazine-style format for sharing via links sent through email, Facebook or Twitter. But what's truly interesting is that images are sent at full-resolution, up to 28 megapixels (or 10 megabytes) each.  Read more about it...

Picture Story: A 16-Year Immigration OdysseyOctober 2012

Janet Jarman visited a toxic garbage dump in Matamoros, Mexico, one day in 1996 while exploring the environmental impact of international trade policy as part of her research for her master's thesis. Picking through the burning trash was a mother with several children. The woman gave Jarman permission to take pictures.  Read more about it...

Tracking Hurricane Sandy on InstagramOctober 2012

On Monday night, I was sitting at home in Melbourne, Australia watching and waiting to see the impact of Hurricane Sandy as it approached the East Coast of America, on the other side of the world.  The first place I looked was Instagram.  Knowing the app has a massive East Coast user base, I was hoping to find an up-to-date picture from people there on the ground.  Read more about it...

Think Tank Unveils Glass Limo Lens Bag and Retrospective Photo Shoulder Bags October 2012

Think Tank Photo announces that in November it will release the Glass Limo™, the photo industry's slimmest profile backpack for carrying "Big Glass," such as a 600mm f/4 without body attached or a pro-size body attached to a 500mm f/4.  And, unlike most bags for carrying large lenses, the Glass Limo complies with airline carry-on requirements, thus allowing photographers to stay near equipment that is among their most expensive and delicate. Read more about it...

Hipstamatic Paks a Punch with Add-onsOctober 2012

"If you take any obnoxious hairstyle and think, 'How can it be more obnoxious?'" says photographer Brock Davis, "eventually you're going to get to a stallion pompadour." Davis is describing a photograph he took on an assignment to illustrate an Esquire editorial package about grooming, which included an essay by a staffer at the magazine who was growing out his ginger mane. Read more about it...

John Maeda: How Art, Technology and Design Inform Creative LeadersOctober 2012

John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future. Watch for demos of Maeda's earliest work -- and even a computer made of people.
John Maeda is dedicated to linking design and technology. Through the software tools, web pages and books he creates, he spreads his philosophy of elegant simplicity Read more about it...

MIA's Arnold Newman Lecture Series Tonight with Stan DouglasOctober 2012

Tonight, Thursday, October 11, 2012 Pillsbury Auditorium 7:00-8:00pm-
Stan Douglas, winner of the prestigious Infinity Award for Art by the International Center for Photography in 2012, is a visual artist who lives and works in Vancouver and Los Angeles. He was a professor at Universitat der Kunste Berlin and since 2009 has been a member of the core faculty in the Grad Art Department of Art, Center College of Design in Pasadena. His work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions at prominent institutions worldwide. Major international museum collections hold works by the artist, including Walker Art Center. Read more about it...

MPC Past Exhibitor, Cig Harvey's Art is PersonalOctober 2012

Amidst the somber colors and glowering models that filled the fashion magazines this fall, the new ads for Kate Spade apparel and accessories stood out for their bright colors and quirkiness. To shoot the campaign, partner Andy Spade and creative director Julia Leach, who had previously worked with such well known photographers as Tim Walker and Tierney Gearon, tapped up and comer Cig Harvey, whose fine art and editorial photographer is characterized by its bright colors and quirkiness.   
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The Perks of CollaborationOctober 2012

If photography has dogmas-and what art form doesn't-the idea that it is an inherently solitary pursuit remains one of the most enduring. The archetype of the photographer as lone wolf, more likely to be fiercely competing with peers than collaborating, remains strong in our collective imagination. Yet that archetype was never more outmoded than it is now. The rise of the Internet, and accompanying ubiquity of social media, has helped a new generation of photographers to pool their talents and knowledge like never before. Read more about it...

The New Economics of Photojournalism: The rise of InstagramSeptember 2012

Instagram is more than just a filter application for iPhone and Android phone users. Its goal, as defined by Systrom and Krieger, was to make mobile phone photography fast, simple and beautiful. Instagram now boasts more than 80 million users who have shared four billion images. The app is available on both the iPhone and Android devices, and its staff have been acquired by Facebook for more then $730m. Read more about it...  

Lady Gaga 'Vogue' Cover Photo Retouched? Magazine Takes Flak After Allegations Of Photoshop SurfaceSeptember 2012

Lady Gaga appears on the cover of Vogue's September issue -- arguably the most important and noteworthy issue of the year -- but it is not her flamboyant dress or crazy hair that has people talking. The fashion magazine is taking heat over allegations that Gaga's photo has been retouched. The Gaga who appears in the sneak-peek video from the September photo shoot, released by Vogue earlier this month, looks mighty different than the Gaga who appears on Vogue's cover.
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Help Create a List of Photography Museums!September 2012

The "What I Be Project" is all about honesty. In today's society, we are told to look or act a certain way. If we differ from these "standards," we are often judged, ridiculed, and sometimes even killed over them. I started this project in hopes to open up the lines of  communication, and to help everyone accept diversity with an open mind & heart. Each person that takes part in the project is extremely courageous! They are putting their insecurities out in the open, and exposing a side of themselves that nobody has seen before. Read more about it...

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