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Resources: Melissa Groo's Online Bird Photography Course

Bird Academy   Tuesday June 30, 2020

Released today by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology, “Bird Photography with Melissa Groo” is a comprehensive online bird photography masterclass for beginning and intermediate photographers. The $189 course features more than three hours of video instruction across 30 topics — everything from how to get close to subjects to gear. Videos are accompanied by text, image galleries, and guided practice designed to build your confidence in bird photography. Groo’s work, including thoughtful essays on ethical wildlife photography, has appeared in National Geographic and here at PPD.   Read the full Story >>

Portfolio: He Hated Bugs. So He Photographed Them

MY MODERN MET   Tuesday June 30, 2020

Saudi photographer Mofeed Abu Shalwa had an unusual entry into his chosen profession. Shalwa, who specializes in macro insect photography, was actually spurred to pursue his passion by his childhood fear of bugs. Much of Shalwa’s work focuses on scarab beetles and jewel beetles. “Insects, in general, are the first creatures that appeared on Earth—since 435 million years. My attention towards beetles was because they are the highest rank of insects, meaning that 40% of insects are beetles,” Shalwa says.   Read the full Story >>

Social News: Instagram Will Soon Let 'Creators' Sell Products Through the App

PetaPixel   Tuesday June 30, 2020

Will Instagram become the new Etsy? Instagram is officially expanding its Commerce Eligibility Requirements, opening up the Instagram Shopping experience to smaller businesses, including “creators.” Photographers with a large enough following could stand to benefit in a big way, notes PetaPixel.   Read the full Story >>

In Focus: Asian Americans and Racism During the Pandemic

TIME   Tuesday June 30, 2020

Since mid-March, STOP AAPI HATE, an incident-reporting center founded by the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, has received more than 1,800 reports of pandemic-fueled harassment or violence in 45 states and Washington, D.C., notes Time magazine. “It’s not just the incidents themselves, but the inner turmoil they cause,” says Brooklyn-based photographer Haruka Sakaguchi. Since May, Sakaguchi, who was born in Japan, has been photographing people in New York City who have faced racist aggression.   Read the full Story >>

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