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The business of cannabis photography, black shutter highlights black photographers, elopement trends and the new Pentax

April 22nd, 2021

Welcome the latest issue of Snapshots, where we recap news and highlights from the photography community.

Photographers cashing in on the billion dollar cannabis industry.

There are many stories of how photographers have had to pivot during the Covid-19 pandemic. Earning money from photography can be from the unlikely but ever expanding billion dollar cannabis industry. The great thing with product shots is it’s socially distant, paced on your time, and, if you get the right clients, it’s lucrative.

Following these 10 cannabis photographers as they share their sun-dappled macro shots and incredible sculptural images of resins can bring to mind sculpture instead of natural substances that, like art, are valuable to the users.

Find out more from this group of 10 featured on Cannabis Now as ten who are changing the game.

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Elopement: Trends of the pandemic.

There are some things the pandemic could not stop. People who wanted to get married did and in some fun new trends that might stick around for a while.

Covid made weddings get small. Fewer people were invited to weddings if they were invited at all. And the perhaps most socially distant were the elopement weddings which could also be an amazing adventure time for the newlyweds as well.

Either way, these scaled back weddings can save time, planning and money, while including amazing photos that your clients can share with friends and family and capture the unique culture that is the pandemic.

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Black Shutter brings black photographers front and center.

The Black Shutter podcast started in March of 2020 as a place for photographers, filmmakers, and creatives to have a forum. Idris Talib Solomon, an award-winning photojournalist and art director, hosts and produces the show. His partner Leslie Ogoe runs the business and operations.

Guests include a two-part interview with Jamel Shabazz the recipient of the 2017 Gordon Parks Award; Tara Pixley whose work has been seen in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, ESPN Magazine, and the Black Scholar; Petronella Lugemwa was the first black woman to be named a Rising Star in wedding photography worldwide and has been featured in Essence, Martha Stewart Weddings, The Knot and MunaLuchi Bride; and Lawrence Jackson who was an official White House photographer for the Obama administration.

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Shiny and new Pentax K-3 revealed.

With over six years since the last update, this is big news for Pentax and the reviews are rolling in. Their new mirrorless K-3 takes 25.6MP photos, has a magnesium alloy chassis and includes extensive dust and splash protection. The rear display is sharp (1.6 million dots) and supports touch input.

The body is retailing for around $1200 which may signal that they are targeting people who are in the Pentax house. So far no lens bundles have been announced.

Ricoh has announced they will be shipping in late April.

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