Month: August 2021

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Buddies Rick Houchin and Steve Jakubcin show their pearly whites for the camera. Learn more about how to use yours in their photography course at Art in the Loft.

ALPENA — Snapping photos can be fun, meaningful and therapeutic, depending on what you’re seeking. Whether it’s capturing a moment in history, documenting a family event, or just preserving nature’s beauty, taking photographs has become a large part of our lives.

But how do you know if it’s a good photo? What could make it better? How can you take photos that “Wow” the viewer?


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Review | An important project somewhat marred by its execution: the Corning Museum’s VR recreation of a lost glass drawing room in a London palace | In Sparkling Company: Glass and the Costs of Social Life in Britain During the 1700s

The Art Newspaper’s XR Panel

What exactly is extended reality (XR) and how is it being used in art? We bring together an international group of experts in the field to review and make sense of the cutting-edge, digital work that artists, museums, galleries and app-makers are creating across the spectrum of XR—from augmented to virtual reality.

Each XR review gives an overview of a project and a statement from the creators before our expert panel rate it based on ease of use, how good the art is, the medium-specific qualities it employs and whether it breaks new ground. Read

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Cable TV Lost 1.1 Million Subscribers Last Quarter. They Went Here.

U.S. consumers continue to cancel their conventional cable services. The nation’s six biggest names in the business (which Leichtman Research says accounts for about 95% of the market) collectively lost a little over 1.1 million customers during the three-month stretch ending in June, slowing down Q1’s cord-cutting pace of more than 1.5 million, but continuing the bigger-picture cord-cutting cadence that’s been a problem for the industry since 2014.

A red falling chart compared to a green rising chart.

Image source: Getty Images.

AT&T (NYSE:T) led the way with its loss of 443,000 subscribers as its flagship platform DirecTV undergoes the major disruption of changing ownership hands, although the satellite-based service

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Nikon Z50 and Z fc to get Laowa 9mm F2.8 ultra-wide prime lens

Laowa has announced it will be producing a Nikon Z version of its 9mm F2.8 APS-C prime lens which is already available in Sony E, Fujifilm X and Canon EF-M versions. It’s not a new lens, but the Nikon Z version is big news given the relative lack of lenses right now for these cameras.

We really rate the Nikon Z50 as a powerful and compact mirrorless camera for enthusiasts, together with its new stablemate, the beautiful retro-themed Nikon Z fc. The problem for both cameras, though, is that apart from the retracting Nikkor Z 16-50mm f3.5-6.3 DX VR kit

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Bowling, entertainment center wins approval

Stars & Strikes plans to open early next year in the former Peebles/Gordmans building.

After 8-1/2 years without a bowling alley, Warrenton will get 18 lanes as part of a new entertainment center in early 2022.

The town council voted, 7-0, Tuesday night to grant a special use permit for Stars & Strikes in the Warrenton Village Center.

Brett and Patricia Mills, who live in northern Culpeper County near Amissville, plan to invest $2 million to transform the 25,000-square-foot space that formerly housed Peebles and then the failed Gordmans department stores.

“I want to thank you for risking your hard-earned

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8 Black Art Advisors Transforming the Art Market from the Inside

Alaina Simone worked at several galleries, including G. R. N’Namdi Gallery, before climbing up to artist liaison, curator, and board member. She approaches her interdisciplinary career with reverence and respect for the artists she works with and the clients to whom she sells, and draws on her own artistic training. “I grew up taking drawing, painting, piano, and dance classes as a child,” she said.

Simone has many roles, serving as a consultant for artists, galleries, and institutions while also writing, producing, and managing brand collaborations. Ruminating on what initially drew her to the art world, she cited her move
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NBA free agency 2021: Live updates, rumors, news as Kawhi Leonard to re-sign with Los Angeles Clippers

Hornets sign Oubre to two-year deal

After two-plus days of free agency, most of the notable names were already off the board. Now, Kelly Oubre Jr. has joined the ranks of players that have secured a new deal. He’ll join the Charlotte Hornets on a two-year, $26 million deal, according to a report from Chris Haynes of Yahoo Sports. 

This will be the fourth team in four seasons for Oubre, who has struggled to find any consistency with his game or place in the league. He’s coming off a disappointing season with the Golden State Warriors, during which he got

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Amazon to film next ‘Lord of the Rings’ series in UK, not New Zealand

Sir Ian McKellen has said he was “miserable” while filming “The Hobbit,” compared to playing Gandalf in “Lord of the Rings,” because of too much virtual production, but the technology could become more common in filmmaking in a post-Covid-19 world.

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Amazon has announced it is going to film the second season of its yet-to-be-named “Lord of the Rings” television series in the U.K. rather than New Zealand, which is where the first season and Peter Jackson’s Oscar-winning film trilogy were filmed.

Amazon Studios said Thursday that the move away from New Zealand is

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Nicole Kidman granted Hong Kong quarantine exemption for TV series

Actor Nicole Kidman was granted an exemption from Hong Kong’s strict quarantine rules to film a TV series.

“The case in discussion has been granted permission to travel to Hong Kong with a quarantine exemption for the purpose of performing designated professional work, taking into account that it is conducive to maintaining the necessary operation and development of Hong Kong’s economy,” government officials wrote in a statement, The Associated Press reported.

Although the statement did not name Kidman, it came after reports of Kidman skipping quarantine surfaced, which provoked some anger over the decision. 

Residents of the city were

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How to select the right Lensbaby lens

Spend more time with your camera and less time editing by using a Lensbaby lens for creative results. However selecting the right one is key, Angela Nicholson speaks with three photographers to find out more.

Lensbaby may have started out with one simple bendy lens that had a plastic optic, but these days it offers an extensive array of lenses, optics and housings to enable a range of effects on just about any camera. They’re not for everyone, but there are legions of photographers who love them for their creative results. With different types of lenses available

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