Archive for April, 2011

What is Tumblr?

One of the reasons I started this little project is to better understand web trends and technologies, either by forcing myself to use them (WordPress), or by learning enough that I could write about them — this feeling has been exacerbated by Portal 2 having been released and my not having known anything about it. [...]


‘South Asian Safari’ opens English retirees’ minds

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on October 22, 2006. It can be found here. LEICESTER, England (AFP) – Asaf Hussain takes retirees from the countryside on a cultural “safari” of one of England’s most ethnically-diverse cities — and is finding himself increasingly in demand. “The 34 people sitting in front [...]


The rise of the iPhone 4 camera (and fall of my G10)

The rise of the iPhone 4 camera (and fall of my G10)

The good folks at TechCrunch have pointed out something pretty incredible: Camera upload data over at Flickr indicates that the iPhone 4 is about to overtake the Nikon D90 to become the most popular “camera” in terms of photos being uploaded to Flickr, and usage of point-and-shoot cameras is falling through the floor. If you [...]


A random thought, with a touch of Bollywood

I recently returned to Baghdad from a holiday visiting friends and relatives in Asia, and during the course of that trip, I visited my brother and his family in Singapore. While in Singapore, I spent most of my time playing with my 16-month-old nephew, who is walking and has an expanding vocabulary that is, for [...]


AFP Journalists on Twitter

UPDATE: I’ve actually moved this post into a page (unimportant why, but easier to organise for me) which can be found here. LAST UPDATED: April 18, 2011 More and more AFP journalists are on Twitter, to the point where a simple old #FollowFriday is difficult, so I’ve set about compiling a list with as full [...]


Reading Material

In a bid to better get to grips with photography and videojournalism, I’ve added a few “multimedia” (for lack of a better word) blogs to my Google Reader. I’ll add them to my blogroll soon, when I actually create one. But in the meantime, the full (fairly institutional, and very brief) list is: The New [...]


Some Housekeeping

A couple quick things that I’ve changed about the website: The RSS button on the top-right now links to my Feedburner feed, which makes it much easier to subscribe to this blog’s RSS feed. Posts should now automatically be published to my Twitter feed. I’m hoping it was as simple as described. And the things [...]


Disappearing Tradition: Najaf abaya makers in decline

Disappearing Tradition: Najaf abaya makers in decline

by Prashant Rao Note: This article was originally published by AFP on March 9, 2011. It can be found here. NAJAF, Iraq (AFP) – Known across the region for its fine texture, the Najafi abaya is worn by all manner of VIPs from officials to oil-rich sheikhs. But the men who produce the hand-made cloth, [...]


‘Webclip’ Training at AFP Hong Kong

Yesterday morning, I was in AFP’s Hong Kong bureau (I spend much of my leave from Iraq in Hong Kong) to learn how to make ‘webclips’, which the agency has been promoting and training several of us for. A webclip is a video, around a minute in length and comprised of a few short scenes [...]


AFP CEO pushes multimedia (WSJ)

The Wall Street Journal has just published an interview with AFP chief executive Emmanuel Hoog. The agency is on a real multimedia push (like the videoclip training I’m doing tomorrow), details of which he gives in his answers. (Hat tip to Kabir Chibber)


Early Struggles

I’ve been incredibly lazy for the past week or so when it comes to this little project, so I’m endeavouring to get back on track. Even through just a couple weeks of working on this website, I’ve begun to figure out a couple things about photography that seem to hold fairly firm, at least when [...]