Instagram Stories Now Viewable on Desktop, Mobile Web Creation Soon

Instagram Stories Now Viewable on Desktop, Mobile Web Creation Soon

Instagram is moving further and further away from its mobile-centric routes. Instagram has just announced that Stories can now be watched on desktop Internet browsers.

Normally, users would have to upload or view stories using the smartphone application only. The Instagram website is notoriously limited in its ability to use the social media platform, leaving most of the functionality to the app itself.

However, the dividing line between the two browsing methods is becoming increasingly blurred with this latest development.

Heading to the desktop site, you’ll now be able to browse stories at the top of your feed, just like you’d expect when using the app. Since you can’t necessarily tap your desktop’s screen, left and right arrows have been included for convenience.

“Stories has quickly become an important part of the Instagram experience — over 250 million people use it every day to see what their friends are doing in the moment,” said Instagram. “Now we’re excited to bring stories to people who use Instagram on the web.”

Instagram also says it will soon be enabling the creation of stories via mobile Web browsers, without plans of desktop story creation as of now. Photo uploading already came to mobile browsers back in May, and photographers have since found a way to use that functionality to upload photos from the desktop.

The new Desktop updating is being rolled out now to users around the world, and mobile browser Story creation is expected to arrive sometime in the coming months.

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Instagram Stories Now Viewable on Desktop, Mobile Web Creation Soon

The Meadows Music & Arts Festival Returns to Queens, Releases Set Times

The Meadows Music & Arts Festival Returns to Queens, Releases Set Times
With just over two weeks to go, The Meadows Music & Arts Festival is gearing up to take Citi Field once again for a weekend of entertainment that will soon be forgotten.
This year’s highly anticipated lineup boasts everything from hip hop legends, such as Jay-Z, NAS and L.L. Cool J, to rock ‘n roll gods Red Hot Chili Peppers. GORILLAZ, Erykah Badu, Blood Orange, Migos, Weezer, Future and Foster The People will also add to the extravagant schedule.
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The Meadows Music & Arts Festival Returns to Queens, Releases Set Times

Photos of Cameras and Lenses That Got Destroyed by the Solar Eclipse

Photos of Cameras and Lenses That Got Destroyed by the Solar Eclipse

Before the Great American Solar Eclipse happened, we shared a warning about how attempting a photo without the right solar equipment can melt your camera’s guts. Unfortunately, quite a few photographers ended up learning this lesson the hard way at the expense of the cameras they used.

Leading camera rental company LensRentals writes that despite numerous warnings sent out to renters, a number of cameras and lenses still came back damaged and destroyed.

The photo above shows a Panasonic 20mm f/1.7 lens that had its aperture blades partially melted by the sun during the eclipse. Here are some other pieces of equipment that got scorched:

This Canon 7D Mark II shutter got burned, and the heat went past it and damaged the sensor behind it as well:

This Nikon D500 got its mirror melted:

Finally, this $11,499 Canon EF 600mm f/4L IS II lens had its aperture blades completely destroyed by the sun:

“[A] customer used a drop in solar filter to protect the camera from being damaged by the eclipse,” writes Zach Sutton of LensRentals. “He was right, the camera was protected… but the lens iris was not protected.”

Thankfully, there were relatively few items that were returned to LensRentals with this type of damage, and LensRentals is hoping that sharing these horror stories and photos “will hopefully serve as a warning to those who are already prepping for the next eclipse in 2024.”

Image credits: All photographs courtesy of LensRentals

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Photos of Cameras and Lenses That Got Destroyed by the Solar Eclipse

These Are the Best Bird Photos of 2017

These Are the Best Bird Photos of 2017

The Bird Photographer of the Year 2017 winners were recently announced, and they are a sight for sore eyes.

The competition receives thousands of entries from around the world and celebrates all things feathered. Now in its third year, the competition has become a very prestigious award amongst wildlife photographers and has been steaming ahead in popularity.

The top prize is $6,500, and this year that went to Overall Winner Alejandro Prieto Rojas, who shot the photo above titled “Feeding Flamingos.” It was the Gold prize winner of the “Best Portrait” category.

Here are the other winners in the other categories (unless specifically noted, each winner is the Gold prize winner in that category):

Best Portfolio

Markus Varesvuo

Birds in the Environment

Ben Hall (Gold)

Piotr Chara (Silver)

John Sherman (Honorable Mention)

Attention to Detail

Tom Hines

Bird Behaviour

Andy Parkinson

Birds in Flight

Bret Charman (Gold)

Jamie Hall (Silver)

Gabor Kapus (Honorable Mention)

Birds in the Garden

Jamie Hall

Creative Imagery

Georgina Steytler

All of the winners can be found on the BPOTY website.

Image credits: All photos courtesy their respective photographers and used with the permission of BPOTY

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These Are the Best Bird Photos of 2017

I Just Had 20,000 Slides Returned from Sports Illustrated

I Just Had 20,000 Slides Returned from Sports Illustrated

Ever since I was a kid, I loved saving stuff. I saved all my baseball cards in rubber band stacks in shoe boxes. I collected stacks and stacks of 7-Eleven Slurpee baseball cups in 1973. Every San Francisco Giants yearbook and media guide going back to the early 1960s? Yup, got them too.

I have a Mason jar of every ticket stub from every sporting event I attended as a kid in the 70s and 80s with the results written on the back. I saved every credential I have been issued to cover a sporting event as a professional photographer since 1987. I could go on and on but you get the idea. I am a pack rat. I save everything. As I get older I think I have saved too much, but it’s hard to let go!

A box of my credentials going back 30 years.

Once I started taking pictures with a 35mm SLR in high school shooting for Paul Ficken’s basic photo class at Washington High School in Fremont, California in 1982 I saved all my negatives. I didn’t realize at the time how important those original negatives were — I just saved everything.

This is the original Fujichrome slide of John Smoltz from 1998 that resulted in my first Sports Illustrated (regional) cover. (Photo by Brad Mangin)
Sports Illustrated regional cover of John Smoltz, October 12, 1998. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Here we are in 2017 and I am glad my obsession with keeping stuff carried over into my photography. This maniacal attitude combined with great advice I received early on from mentors like Neil Leifer taught me to fight like hell to keep my copyright and retain ownership and control of my images. In the old days, this meant my chromes — my 35mm color transparencies. There is nothing like a properly exposed, sharp, color slide viewed on a light table through a Schneider loupe. These magical squares are valuable, that’s why clients always tried to keep them.

My 30 year old Schneider loupe came in handy when looking through my 20,000 selects that were returned by Sports Illustrated. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

I was lucky to freelance regularly for one of the greatest editorial clients for almost 25 years — Sports Illustrated. The magazine was such an amazing place to work when I started shooting for them at the end of 1992. One of the many great things about shooting for the magazine was you shot gorgeous Fujichrome RDP 100 ASA slide film. Simply pick up the phone, call the amazing Mel Levine in the lab and ask him to send you a few hundred rolls of film, some small-core Duct tape, and a few cans of Dust-Off.

After shooting and shipping my film from a baseball or football game I would get the outtakes back via FedEx in a few weeks. I was free to send those slides out to a stock agency to make secondary income by licensing the images in a partnership with an old school agency like Duomo. The magazine kept “selects” from each assignment that were in their files to be used as stock pictures in future issues of the magazine and various other Time Inc. publications.

This is the original color slide of James Hundon of the San Francisco Demons from 2001 that resulted in my first Sports Illustrated (national) cover. (Photo by Brad Mangin)
Sports Illustrated national cover of James Hundon and the XFL, February 12, 2001. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Every time they used one of the images I would get paid a space rate. The images were also licensed to commercial and editorial clients through Sports Illustrated Pictures Sales, run by the incomparable Karen Carpenter. During the heyday of space rates and stock sales, there were times when I would have as many as seven checks from Time Inc. in my mailbox on a given day. Let me tell you it made going to the mailbox pretty damned exciting!

Once the Internet was invented — it did not exist when I started! — and having an online archive became a reality, I jumped at the chance to have all of my digital files captioned and searchable via PhotoShelter when they started in 2005. Once I realized the power of gaining control of my copyrighted images I knew I had to start having my old slides scanned.

I started shooting digital full-time in 2003 so my slides had an end in 2002. This meant it was a project that I could see to the finish since I would not be shooting any more chrome. In 2009 I started getting some slides back from my old agencies that were cleaning out their files. Between Duomo and Major League Baseball Photos I got back thousands and thousands of beautiful originals. Many of these were worthy of scanning and captioning for my archive so I began the process.

I had my last big batch of slides scanned, captioned, and uploaded to my gallery in 2013. By this time the number of slides scanned was near 6,000 dating back to 1987. It was pretty exciting being able to conduct searches in my archive and find old pictures that would be invisible if they were still in boxes. You can’t find photographs like this and get them to clients quickly if they are not scanned, captioned and online. At this time I had taken control of pretty much every good image I could get my hands on. Except for one pot of gold that resided in a building in New Jersey.

Since I shot hundreds of assignments for Sports Illustrated on slide film from 1992-2002 I knew there were thousands of my “selects” in their archive that had been moved out of the basement of the Time Life Building several years ago and were now housed in New Jersey. The publishing business has tanked so badly in recent years that there is no chance these slides would ever be scanned by the magazine. Ever since Time Inc. spun off the magazine division into a separate company and moved out of the Time Life Building to save money there have been rumors of all of the magazines being for sale. Revenue keeps falling and its stock is way down again this year.

I know, love, and trust the few remaining people in the Sports Illustrated photo department led by Director of Photography Marguerite Schropp. However, not knowing what the future might hold for the magazine, especially if and when the company was sold I felt it was time to pull the trigger and get my slides back. The prospect of getting this stuff back was very exciting to me. These were the best pictures I shot for the magazine. These were slides I HAD NEVER SEEN BEFORE. There had to be some great stuff that would be a wonderful addition to my ever-growing online archive of over 93,000 images. I finally called the amazing Karen Carpenter in January of 2017 telling her I wanted my stuff back. I told her I was in no hurry, I just wanted the slides back so I could take control of the images. Soon after she emailed me a list of assignments telling me the pull from the library would be from close to 350 assignments. This would be lots of slides!

In March I heard from Karen that they were ready to send the slides to my house. The total shipment was 20,000 slides in plastic sleeves in three large boxes weighing a total of 80 pounds. I couldn’t wait to see this stuff! As an added bonus there was a separate small box of every slide that was ever published in the magazine, including originals that were used for covers and Leading Off’s.

This is what 20,000 slides weighing 80 pounds looked like when my selects were returned from Sports Illustrated. (Photo by Brad Mangin)
This is what one box of my slides looked like when my selects were returned from Sports Illustrated. (Photo by Brad Mangin)
Willie explores my slides that were returned from Sports Illustrated. (Photo by Brad Mangin)
Mike explores my slides that were returned from Sports Illustrated. (Photo by Brad Mangin)
All of these slides with red dots were published in Sports Illustrated. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Having never seen these chromes, it was a special feeling being able to hold them in my hands for the first time. It took me a few days to go through the boxes and when I was done I had 518 slides pulled that I wanted to have scanned. What a trip down memory lane! This journey brought back so many fun memories of great baseball and football games I had shot. And let’s face it, there is nothing like looking at chromes from a 49er game on a gorgeous November afternoon at Candlestick Park. If you were ever there with a bag full of Fujichrome you know what I am talking about.

It was fun seeing gems like this chrome of Don Mattingly for the first time. (Photo by Brad Mangin)
Derek Jeter and Joe Torre. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

Next up I had to find a place to scan my stuff. I knew prices had come down since I last had slides scanned, but of course, I don’t trust just anyone with my originals and I don’t want to send my stuff out of the country. Luckily through my friends at PhotoShelter I found the fabulous Julie Morris, who is the president of FotoBridge in New Jersey. These people would be an ideal place for me and many other friends to work with if they did a good job.

I called Julie and immediately knew that she “got it” and understood the industry and what people like me needed. She told me they had scanned 250,000 slides for NHL Images, scanned 40,000 slides and negatives for the Kansas City Chiefs, and 25,000 slides and negatives for the Minnesota Vikings, to name just a few of their big sports clients. I told her I needed pro scans at 4,000 DPI to give me 50 megabyte TIFF files and she told me they would cost under a dollar apiece. I could not believe it! I decided to give them a try and see what happened. Two weeks later and I could not be happier with the scans I got back from FotoBridge.

The final stack of 518 selects that were shipped off for scanning to be uploaded into my archive. (Photo by Brad Mangin)

After spending a few days of trimming the black borders and making the files look as perfect as possible in Photoshop I am ready for the worst part of this entire project- the captioning. I am a freak in so many ways and need to have my captions as accurate as possible with the date of the game if possible, and at worst the year. Luckily over the years, I have memorized all the uniform and patch changes from year-to-year that distinguish different seasons. I also just happen to remember some of the games from looking at the images.

A chrome of Mike Bordick. (Photo by Brad Mangin)
Now I have to caption over 500 of scans for my archive. Never fun but super important!
Staring at blank caption fields in Photo Mechanic is never fun. All of these fields will be filled up for all 500+ scans very soon!

Of course the business of licensing sports images as stock has completely gone to hell, so great timing, right? Well, s**t! These are my images and no one can take them away from me. Yes, I know that many of these images used to be able to fetch good money as stock but now are only worth pennies thanks to all the lame wire services that have been giving away content for cheap and/or free for the past decade.

I have often said that I used to think my archive would be my retirement but now it’s as worthless as a box of Joe Charboneau rookie cards. However, I also hold out hope that there are still some people out there who like dealing with individual artists and I am ready for them. In fact, in the past month, I have licensed many old football scans for an upcoming book project that has brought in a nice check. You never know.

The moral of this story? Take control of your images. Period. End of story.

About the author: Brad Mangin is a freelance sports photographer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. He regularly shoots for Major League Baseball, and between 1993 and 2016 he was a regular contributor to Sports Illustrated. He’s also a founder of You can find more of Mangin’s work on his website, online archive, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. This article was also published here.

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I Just Had 20,000 Slides Returned from Sports Illustrated