David Schonauer

State of the Art: See a Green Dot in iOS 14? Your Camera Could Be Spying On You

PetaPixel   Wednesday September 30, 2020

If you’ve upgraded your iPhone to iOS 14, you may have noticed a little green dot at the top of your screen when using certain apps. It’s a new security feature: When you see the green dot, it means that there’s an app that’s actively using your iPhone’s camera. If you see an orange dot, that means an app is using your microphone. “What this means is that if you see a green dot but aren’t aware of any app needing your camera, there may be an app secretly accessing the camera to spy on you,” notes PetaPixel.   Read the full Story >>

Books: What It's Like to Photograph The Rock for 20 Years

The Hollywood Reporter   Wednesday September 30, 2020

For more than two decades, Hiram Garcia — president of production at Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Seven Bucks Prods., has enjoyed unprecedented to Johnson’s film sets, workouts, wrestling matches and personal life. The result, notes The Hollywood Reporter, is The Rock: Through the Lens: His Life, His Movies, His World, a new book from St. Martin’s Press. "Besides the obvious bonuses of shooting an individual who’s 275 pounds of pure muscle, the thing that really makes DJ a great subject is what’s at his core," says Garcia.   Read the full Story >>

Resources: Newspaper Navigator Lets You Search 1.56M Newspaper Historical Photos

DIYPhotography   Wednesday September 30, 2020

The Library of Congress’s Newspaper Navigator is an online database of 16,3 million newspaper pages, out of which 1.5 million are photos, notes DIY Photography. The resource, which covers the period between 1900 and 1963, has existed for a while, but now you can browse through newspaper photos only. “The visual content was identified using an object detection model trained on annotations of World War 1-era Chronicling America pages,” the LoC explains.    Read the full Story >>

Nature Watch: Amid the Last Quiet Places On Earth

Smithsonian   Wednesday September 30, 2020

“Having spent my career working as a photographer in remote, hard-to-reach areas, it took me nearly two decades to fully realize that the least appreciated and often the hardest gems to document are not the vistas I chase with still cameras, but the auditory elements that surround them.” So writes photographer Pete McBride, whose images of Earth’s quietest places are featured at Smithsonian. The “blanket of calm” he encountered in these places “remained with me long after my pixels were processed,” notes McBride.   Read the full Story >>

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