Here’s What: 8 Things Happening in Photography News

Here's What's Happening in Photography News. A series of the latest and greatest creative news, apps, gear, and more!

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The photography community is a constantly evolving space. From new gear, tools, and software to weirdly fascinating stories, it’s easy to miss some of the buzz happening in the photo world.

That’s why we’re introducing a new series called “Here’s What”—a regular dose of the latest and greatest photo-things you may not have heard about.

1. Rewind

As its name suggests, Rewind will take you back in time. Created by Luke Beard and Jeremy Boles, this fun app will help you rediscover old Instagram posts with the click of a button. You can set up a reminder to get a daily “Rewind,” or, hop into the app and randomly shuffle to see new, old posts. It’s great for a flashback Friday or when you just want the nostalgia of old memories.

Rewind is available for iOS, Android, and Amazon app stores.

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2. Snapchat Costume

If you’re still wondering what costume to wear on All Hallows Eve we have just the thing. Snap Inc, social app turned camera company and creator of that dust-collecting app Snapchat and the infamous Spectacles, has launched their newest product: The Dancing Hotdog Costume. That’s right, that weird little VR dancing hotdog can be your costume for Halloween this year for just $79.99.


Disrupting the stock photography space is TONL, with their mission to “transform the idea of stock photography by displaying images of diverse people and their stories around the world.” Co-Founders Karen Okonkwo and Joshua Kissi created TONL when they saw an immense void of diversity in stock photography. They want to challenge the stale, homogenous look of traditional stock photography by showcasing the many ethnic backgrounds of everyday people.

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4. Wildlife Photographer of The Year

We’re constantly blown away by the images captured around the world. A recent photo of a slain black rhino has been declared the top entry in this year's Wildlife Photographer of the Year (WPY) competition. South African born Brent Stirton took the image in Hluhluwe Imfolozi Game Reserve as part of an investigation into the illegal poaching and trade in rhino products where he visited more than 30 similar scenes.

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Photo by Brent Stirton

5. New in Instagram Stories

Instagram Stories has been given high praises from users, and each update is better and better. The biggest update in a while, which introduced polls, will allow your audience to help you decide tough life decisions, like which donut you should get. After taking a photo or video, just select the “poll” sticker, and you can customize the answer options available. If you’re participating in a poll, remember they're not anonymous, so choose wisely!

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Another new feature to Instagram Stories came as a delight for those of us who treat Stories as art. The color picker tool will help you keep your text and brushes on brand, and the alignment tools will keep things lined up perfectly.

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6. Photos in North Korea Win Award

Matt Hulse took home a prize at the Felix Schoeller Photo Awards for his super sneaky photowork in North Korea. It's a series of candid photos, captured from his hotel window, using a cheap telescopic lens on a phone. We can't help but imagine what the photos would look like if he had used a Moment Tele. Either way, the eerie images are a fascinating look into a country where photography is mostly forbidden.

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7. Lightroom 2.0?

The face of Lightroom as we know it may be changing! As Adobe continues to dive deeper into the cloud, some big changes are on the horizon. At their MAX event this week, Adobe unveiled the shiny new Lightroom CC, a cloud-centric photo service for editing, organizing, storing, and sharing photos – from anywhere.

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There is still some ambiguity around the difference between Lightroom CC and the original Lightroom Classic, as it will now be called. So far, the big difference will be that Classic continues to run on a file/folder based workflow, while CC will be a cloud/mobile-oriented workflow. While the changes seem exciting as we move more into a mobile-first world, some photographers took to Twitter to raise their concerns.

8. Plotagraph

If you haven’t seen these mind-bending creations on Instagram yet, you’ve been missing out! Plotagraph is a one of a kind image animation app that brings your photos to life. This new, innovative app gives you the tools to easily animate any image in minutes. Check out some of our favorites:

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