Everyone’s A Photographer?

Everyone's A Photographer?
November 7, 2017

I was speaking last year at an event with a panel of photographers. There was a Q&A afterwards and someone asked me what I thought about this idea that “everyone is a photographer.” I told her I agreed. Everyone is a photographer – an excerpt from Photographer, Author, and Nomad David duChemin in his blog post “Everyone’s A Photographer“… a great thought piece that speaks to the proliferation of cameras in our world and the many people who use these cameras to capture the moments of their day. You can read the full post – click here.

Instagram Security Flaw Exposes Millions of Account Holders

September 1, 2017

It was reported that Instagram experienced an intrusion recently due to an insecurity in their software.  That flaw has been addressed but not before a 3rd party allegedly harvested email addresses and telephone numbers of many Instagram account holders.  These are reportedly now for sale on the Dark Web.  NOTE: Account passwords apparently were not compromised.  Many high profile Instagram account holders were targeted but so were many “average users”.

What do to if you have an Instagram account?

There is no method to know if you’ve been affected by this latest hack, but privacy experts recommend being extra vigilant in the coming weeks – with an email address and telephone number in their hands someone could launch a phishing attack where they attempt to get your log-in details (passwords, etc).  If you get a telephone call or email that seems suspicious, best to report it to Instagram (click here for details).

Summary: You should be extra wary of any call or email that asks you to reset your email or Instagram password, or asks for log-in details for your telephone account.  Revealing these details to a 3rd party could end up being a privacy/identity theft nightmare.

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Want to capture the Solar Eclipse on your SmartPhone?

NASA
August 2017

Here’s a good article (in a PDF document) that you addresses those wishing to photograph the Solar Eclipse tomorrow (August 21,2017). I’ll summarize the article:

  • Don’t expect to capture a photo worth framing, due to the distance of the image we’re capturing, and the extreme contrast.
  • Use a Solar Filter in front of your camera lens (or extended lens if you’re attaching one to your phone).

  • Do NOT, ever look at the sun during the eclipse. Permanent damage to your vision/eyes are likely.

    Read the entire article on the NASA 2017 Solar Eclipse website

  • 3 Tips to Reduce Eye Strain Using a Computer for Hours

    1/4/2017

    Computer Vision Syndrome strikes when viewing digital screens for extended periods

    Practice these three tips to ensure your eye-health when using a computer screen for long hours during your work day:

    1. Optimally, the computer screen should be 15 to 20 degrees below eye level (about 4 or 5 inches) as measured from the center of the screen
    2. The computer display should be a distance  of about 20 to 28 inches from the eyes.
    3. For every 20 minutes of computer viewing, look into the distance for 20 seconds to allow your eyes a chance to refocus.

    Read more about these three tips to keep your eyesight in good health.

    Online shoppers in the U.S. made $1.2 billion of purchases via their phones and tablets on Black Friday 2016 – first billion-dollar mobile shopping day

    11/26/2016

    The estimate from Adobe marks a 33% increase over last year’s mobile sales total for the day. Overall, Adobe predicts that total online sales reached $3.34 billion on the huge discount shopping day, on which retailers are increasingly running the same discounts online as they do in their stores.

    Instagram To Adjust What You See In Your Feed.

    http://blog.instagram.com/post/141107034797/160315-news

    If you are an Instagram user, be ready for them to adjust your “feed” starting this week. Instead of seeing those you have chosen to follow showing up in posting order, Instagram will begin curating your feed – determining for you what they believe you would like to see.

    Facebook to launch new emoticons

    http://techcrunch.com/2016/02/24/facebook-reactions/

    New emoticons coming to Facebook – more than just the “Like” we’ll have Love, Wow, Haha, Sad, and Angry options. This is designed to allow your Friends to share a more accurate reaction to one of your posts. For example, Liking a post when you announce an illness – when they were doing that to show support – now they can show support and can instead communicate their feelings with you (or about your latest public post) by selecting one of the 5 new emoticons.

    Facebook's New Emoticons

    Facebook’s New Emoticons

    Woman wins disability grant from allergy to electromagnetic radiation from gadgets.

    http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-34075146

    Interesting post from France – with the increased use of mobile technologies, with the dramatic increase in WiFi signals it will be curious if we see a rise in similar cases . This condition by the way –  electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) – is recognized by the WHO – World Health Organization.