5 Easy-To-Take-Care-Of Plants During the Winter Season
You probably recognize it as a simple desert staple, but the cactus is an iconic, complex, people-person plant that only needs a windowsill that provides it with plenty of rays and natural light. Seriously, find a chic-ass pot, fill it with soil and lil rocks, and just water it every once in awhile. Like truly, you could for like 2 or 3 weeks without paying attention to it and it will still be living its best fucking life. Eeeeoowww.
Sabrina Carpenter is On The Brink of Superstardom
This interview appears in the pages of V116, our Winter 2018 issue, on newsstands now! Order your copy of V116 at shop.vmagazine.com today.“I’m jetlagged,” says Sabrina Carpenter with an effervescence that belies her alleged grogginess. It’s a September morning and Carpenter has been bouncing around the Philippines, South Korea, and Australia doing shows and press, before heading to the Toronto International Film Festival to rep The Hate U Give, in which Carpenter plays a mis…
Brexit: a Stain on the Fashion World
When the U.K. voted in favor of Brexit in 2016, it became the first country in 60 years to pledge to withdraw from the European Union, and by far the largest economy ever to do so (fellow defectors include Greenland and Saint Barthélemy). According to a recent report by the Business of Fashion, 90 percent of British designers voted to remain in the Union, and it’s not hard to see why: five months before Brexit is slated to take full effect, London is now one of the lowest-valued luxury…
Debbie Harry on the Party That Birthed Blondie
This interview appears in the pages of V116, our Winter 2018 issue, hitting newsstands on November 8. Pre-order your copy of V116 at shop.vmagazine.com today!
In his new book, photographer and Blondie guitarist Chris Stein shines a light on the birthplace of Blondie—the downtown New York club scene of the 70s and 80s, where those in search of a good time could be at Studio 54 one night and CBGB the next. Here, he and Blondie cofounder Debbie Harry reflect on this largely bygone social s…
After buying the new EOS R, Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless, photographer Michael Andrew of Michael the Maven was disappointed by the camera usability. Here’s an 11-minute video in which Michael points out the things in the EOS R that drove him crazy.
“Usability is the number of steps, button presses and options to change certain settings,” Michael writes. “If you are really interested in getting an EOS R, watch this carefully to understand what you are in for in terms of basic operations like changing your focusing squares or going back and forth from your modes.
“Contrast this with the Nikon Z7 and you can see Nikon is way ahead of the game in terms of usability […]”
While Michael loves certain features of the camera (e.g. the grip, monitor, Q screen menu system), he was frustrated by simple feature and setting changes requiring unnecessary steps that could have been simplified through better design.
For example, changing your shooting mode (e.g. Auto, Program, Av, Tv, M) is done through pressing the Mode button, selecting your desired mode on the touchscreen, and then closing out of the Shooting Mode screen. An analog mode dial like what’s found on most DSLRs would have greatly simplified this task into a single step.
Many other commonly-used features have the same issue, Michael says. Instead of simple, dedicated physical controls for selecting and adjusting things, things are accessed through unnecessary button presses, dial turns, and screen touches.
By comparison, the Nikon Z7 has the dedicated controls not found in the Canon EOS R. Things like a dedicated mode dial, dedicated ISO, dedicated exposure compensation, a joystick, dedicated Drive button, and more.
The Canon EOS R isn’t Canon’s top-of-the-line full-frame mirrorless camera — that one will be announced sometime in 2019, and it’ll be interesting to see whether it has a different physical design and interface. The lower-end Nikon Z6 shares the same physical design (and thus usability superiority) as the $3,396 Z7, and it’s priced at $1,996 compared to $2,299 for the Canon EOS R.
Flickr Won’t Delete Creative Commons Photos Over New 1,000 Free Limit
Flickr announced a controversial decision this month to limit free accounts to 1,000 photos and delete extra existing photos of users who are already over the limit. Many people immediately wondered whether countless Creative Commons photos would be trashed. Today, Flickr reassured the photo community by promising that CC photos aren’t going anywhere.
In its move to downgrade free users and upgrade pro users, Flickr (and its new parent company SmugMug) stated on November 1st that free members will have until January 8th, 2019, to download photos beyond the 1,000 photo limit. Starting February 5th, 2019, Flickr will begin deleting photos over the limit starting from oldest to newest.
“Many users are concerned such a limit on free account capacity might cause millions of CC images to be deleted from the Commons,” wrote Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley after the Flickr announcement. “A lot of people have reached out to us directly and asked what we can do. I’m confident that together we can find solutions, if we assume goodwill and bring our collective creativity to the problem.
“Creative Commons is working closely with Flickr and its parent company SmugMug to find ways to protect and preserve the Commons, and ultimately help it grow and thrive […] No one wants to see works from the Commons deleted, and we’ll be the first ones to step forward to help if that ever were to happen.”
No solutions will be needed, as Creative Commons photos aren’t earmarked for deletion. SmugMug co-founder and CEO Don MacAskill announced in a blog post today that photos that were licensed under a Creative Commons license will be spared, as are photos in the Flickr Commons that were uploaded by institutions.
“Photos that were Creative Commons licensed before our announcement are […] safe,” MacAskill writes. “We won’t be deleting anything that was uploaded with a CC license before November 1, 2018. Even if you had more than 1,000 photos or videos with a CC license. However, if you do have more than 1,000 photos or videos uploaded, you’ll be unable to upload additional photos after January 8, 2019, unless you upgrade to a Pro account.”
Flickr will also be offering free Pro accounts to 501(c)(3) organization and international charities to “ensure Pro isn’t a cost they need to worry about.”
“Whatever changes come in the years going forward, the importance of these photos will always matter to us,” MacAskill says. “We not only want to preserve the photos we have, we want to keep partnering with organizations such as libraries, museums, and government agencies to contribute to The Flickr Commons as well.
“And we will continue to work hard to keep these photos safe and available for the world to view and enjoy.”
Ariana Grande is Billboard’s Woman of the Year
When breaking down the past year in music, one will easily and quickly discover that the majority of the buzz and coveted spots on the charts belonged to women. One of those women whose had a seemingly unmatched year compared to any of her peers from any genre has officially been announced as Billboard’s 2018 Woman of the Year: Ariana Grande. On December 6, Billboard will host the 13th annual Women In Music dinner and gala in New York City, where Ariana will be honored and join the ranks of…
Photos of Dutch Heather Landscapes Through the Seasons
A few years ago, I published my (still very popular) heather series titled Purple Dream that consisted of images that portrayed the Dutch heather landscapes in August when everything turns purple. But the heather is not only beautiful when it’s purple — it’s interesting all year round.
Here is a new series titled Dutch Heather Seasons that shows the Dutch heather through the year from the regular purple shots through summer and the winter frost. This year we also had an unusual drought that caused the heather to turn red even. All in all, the Dutch heather is always a nice subject to photograph, especially during foggy mornings.
Fun fact: this entire series was shot on the heather fields around Hilversum!
About the author: Albert Dros is an award-winning Dutch photographer. The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the author. His work has been published by some of the world’s biggest media channels, including TIME, The Huffington Post, The Daily Mail, and National Geographic. You can find more of his work on his website, or by following him on Facebook and Instagram.