New international programme of Covid Supervisor Training just launched!

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The Production Guild of Great Britain (PGGB) and the British Film Commission (BFC) are partnering to roll out a new accredited programme of Covid Supervisor training for film and TV production professionals.

Backed by £100,000 investment from BFC, the new High-Level Covid Supervisor Training Programme will be delivered by PGGB and is being developed in consultation with the US-based Producers Guild of America’s Production Safety Task Force. Targeted at Production Managers, Line Producers and Location Managers, it will build on the BFC’s Working Safely During Covid-19 in Film and HETV Drama Production’ guidance published in July, to introduce an international standard of best practice for the Covid safety role during film and television production.

Alex Boden, Producer and Chair of PGGB says: “I’m thrilled to see the PGGB partnering with the BFC on this essential new initiative. The film and TV industry has done an incredible job in re-starting production, but as we head back into lockdown in the UK, keeping the on-set environment safe is paramount. This training programme will help us ensure that Covid supervisors and other production specialists will receive the relevant ongoing training to keep our productions safe and to meet the challenges of the future.”

Samantha Perahia MBE, Head of Production UK, British Film Commission, said: “BFC is delighted to partner with PGGB for this vitally important training programme. In addition to safeguarding the health of the workforce, the right Covid safety measures can also protect production budgets, particularly when Covid Supervisors work with producers from an early stage. The UK remains very much open for business. This significant investment in training shows our commitment to supporting the ongoing excellence of our professional crew.”

Professor Lyndsay Duthie, PGGB CEO says, “Production teams around the world are adapting to new conditions in a united effort to keep the pipeline of  content flowing. Our High-Level Covid Supervisor Training, developed in partnership with the British Film Commission and in consultation with the Producers Guild of America’s Production Safety Task Force, will be the new international standard of best practice for what is now one of the most vital roles within the production team. It will empower the Covid Supervisor to work as efficiently as possible, ensuring the safety of crews in the UK and helping to keep production moving during the pandemic.”

“As productions have restarted around the globe, the Producers Guild of America’s Production Safety Task Force is proud to collaborate with the PGGB and BFC on this important endeavor. This is a moment where Guilds and industry organizations can step in to collectively prepare us for current challenges and forge new practices that move us all forward. We are honored to have the opportunity to help pave the way for producers to create safe and secure work environments while continuing to produce great content,” said Lori McCreary, former PGA President and CEO of Revelations Entertainment.

Helen Curston has been appointed PGGB Director of Training to lead the £100k accredited programme, and takes up her role on 9th November. With a background in production, Helen gained more than a decade’s experience working at the BBC as a Producer and Director before moving into education, first as Lecturer at the University of Kent and then Programme Director for the University of Creative Arts’ BA (Hons) Television Production degree at Maidstone TV Studios, for which she gained ScreenSkills accreditation. She also led on the UCA’s partnership with the BAFTA Albert programme.

Helen Curston says: “I’m very excited to be joining PGGB as Director of Training. These are challenging times and honing skills through structured training is more important than ever for those creative professionals working day-to-day in this industry. I look forward to leading on the new Covid Supervisor Training programme as a first priority, to help productions cut through adversity and move forward safely and successfully.”

The High-Level Covid Supervisor Training will provide a thorough overview of the impact of additional Covid measures on each department involved in production and how the Covid Supervisor’s role brings these elements together. An international standard job description for the Covid Supervisor role will be defined that can be adopted globally and the programme will also include online modules that will be rolled out to a wider international audience. Trainees will become trailblazers, part of the project’s online hub to share best practice and future-proof production techniques as the pandemic continues and evolves.

A call for participants in the training programme will go out later this month.

Creativity Works: Content Production

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Get the skills and connections needed to get paid work in branded content, moving image and film.
Create Jobs is looking for 25 aspiring content creators who want to make their career creating content for TV, film, music and advertising. Over 6 weeks you’ll gain free practical hands-on experience in shooting, directing, editing & casting as well as pitching ideas, sound production and budgeting.
You’ll also hear how to create content for digital platforms and different audiences & hear from directors and DOP’s at the top of their game, including Stink Films (Jay Z, Ray BLK, Game of Thrones), Untold Studios (Beats by Dre, Sam Smith, Mouth Full of Gold), BlinkInk (Idris Elba, Jon Hopkins, MTV) and Somesuch (The Weeknd, Halsey, Burberry) amongst others.

About the course

Remote: Online via Zoom – London, United Kingdom
Organised by Create Jobs
The course is delivered online, 5 days a week, Mon-Fri. This includes industry talks, development workshops, careers advice and guidance, individual support, peer networking and self-study.
The core elements of this course will cover:
  • 101 to content production: The work the roles the brief
  • Pre-Production planning + learning the ropes
  • Pitching (mood boards + concepts)
  • Storytelling: How to tell compelling stories
  • Shooting (for film, digital, branded content)
  • Directing: Hear from some of the best directors in the business
  • Lighting It: Lighting Directors and Director of Photography at the top of their game
  • Producing: Bringing it all together – Budgets/ Callsheets/ Location Permissions
  • Editing + best practice
  • Content creation including Premiere Pro – masterclass & workshops
  • Sound Design: Meet the sound experts
  • Casting for different formats
  • Music Videos: Commissioning & Production
There will be weekly shooting exercises and editing challenges all ending in an end of programme screening.


As well as access to the course content, our aim is to place every person who goes through this programme into paid work or further training.
You’ll also get access to:
  • Free, industry-standard training from top employers
  • Connections to live job roles
  • Weekly employment workshops to improve your applications and interviews
  • An industry mentor to support your career goals
  • Individual and group wellbeing support
  • A network of young creatives
  • Ongoing alumni support, access to events and networking opportunities
  • A MacBook Pro and Adobe Software



We don’t mind about qualifications or past paid experience; our only requirements are that:
  • You must be 18-24 years-old
  • You must be from a London borough
  • You must not be in full-time employment, education or training
  • You must commit to the programme and be free weekdays during the programme (29 October to 11 December 2020)
  • You must be free for a selection day on either the 14, 15 or 16 October 2020
Other than that, we want to see your passion and interest in the industry as well as a creative can-do attitude and desire to learn.
We encourage applications from people who are currently under-represented in the digital and creative sector. This includes women, people who are Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic, D/deaf, Disabled and Neurodivergent people, people from the LGBTQ+ community, as well as people from lower socio-economic backgrounds.
We also welcome applicants from a range of educational backgrounds and therefore do not require any formal qualification to apply.

How to apply

To apply for this programme, you need to fill out the application form by 10am Thu 1 October 2020.

Important info

If your application is successful, you’ll need to be available for an online group selection day on either 14, 15, 16 October 2020, where you’ll take part in a collaborative group task and meet the Create Jobs team.
Please note that we are unable to offer alternative group selection dates and if you are unable to attend the selection day, we will not be able to process your application further.
You must be free to take part in the programme full-time between 29 October to 11 December 2020.


It is important to us that our programmes are accessible. Please let us know if you would like to submit your application in a different format by contacting Programme Officer, Vanessa Owusu, or 07827 925402.
If you have access requirements for either the selection process or the programme itself please include this in your application or contact us before the deadline.


Applications are open from Tue 25 Aug – Thu 1 Oct
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John Brabourne Awards – Application Deadline July 31st

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The John Brabourne Awards has supported up and coming talent since 2007 and we’re proud to have over 100 alumni. We offer financial assistance of up to £5,000 to people in the UK film and TV industry who have already proved what they can do – but now face obstacles to their success. This may be financial, health-related or due to a change in personal circumstances.

The legacy lives on

Named in honour of legendary producer John Brabourne, these awards help to make sure talent isn’t wasted. In a continuation of his legacy, John’s son Michael-John Knatchbull and granddaughter Kelly Knatchbull (agent at Sayle Screen) are members of the awards panel – along with Cameron Saunders, Vice President International Theatrical Distribution at Paramount Pictures (Chair); Nigel Wolland of the British Cinema & Television Veterans; and Mark Clark, Talent Development Manager.

Winter Round 2020 applicants update

The JBA Panel will be shortlisting this week and we are hopeful that the shortlist interviews will take place by mid-June.

Please note that the situation is fluid due to the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus Covid-19. Updates will be added here and on Twitter at JBAFilmTV.

What can the award go towards?

It depends on your situation. You could put the award towards production projects, scriptwriting and development, education or training. This isn’t a definitive list, so feel free to contact us to chat through your plans. We’d love to help you to deal with any barriers and push your career to the next level.


The applications deadline is July 31st.

Can I apply?

Ready to apply?


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Global Short Docs Forum – Open for Submissions

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Global Short Docs Forum connects short documentary filmmakers with digital media platforms. The Global Short Docs Forum 2020 brings together 12 filmmakers selected from a global call, to attend an intensive online training programme and one-to-one pitch meetings. Over four weeks of masterclasses, workshops and mentoring we will take your short doc from conception to commission.

What are the benefits?

  • Invaluable pitching training and mentoring
  • Workshops + masterclasses from industry experts
  • One-to-one meetings with digital platforms
  • Connect with doc filmmakers from all over the world
Who are we looking for?
  • Filmmakers of short documentaries with new and original narratives.
  • Open to applications from all over world, with documentary projects up to 30 mins.
  • Special interest in stories that have a social, political or cultural narrative, take a solutions journalism approach or give us a new perspective on the changes we want to see in the world.

How does it work?

  • The annual call for applications is open to all.
  • Selection is based on the filmmaker’s proven ability and the strength of the story, characters and footage provided.
  • 12 selected applicants participate in a 4 week intensive online training programme and one-to-one pitch meetings.
  • Applications to GSDF 2020 are free.

Global Short Docs Forum 2019

For the second edition of the Global Short Docs Forum, 16 short doc filmmakers, 7 digital platforms and a whole host of industry experts gathered at Docudays UA in Kyiv, Ukraine. The 4-day workshop was an incredible whirlwind of masterclasses, storytelling, collaborating and pitching. Find out more about GSDF 2019



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Production Assistant Intern Wanted – Slinky Productions Birminham

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POST: Production Assistant Intern (12 Months Full Time)

ROLE: 1 Year Student Internship for University Students Studying Video / TV / Film. You must be about to start your 2nd year of University as this internship must form part of your studies. If you are in any other year of study, have completed your course or have already graduated then unfortunately we can’t offer you the position.

LOCATION: Based in Birmingham (UK), but you will be expected to travel throughout the UK – and occasionally internationally – when required.

DURATION: 12 months, full time (circa end of August 2020 to end of August 2021)

STANDARD HOURS: Monday–Friday 0900-1700 although you will be expected to work outside these hours, at weekends and bank holidays as and when production and filming schedules require.

SUBSIDY PAY: £750 per month student internship subsidy

HOLIDAY ENTITLEMENT: 20 days paid leave, plus statutory Bank Holidays

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Sunday 19th July 2020 (11pm)
INTERVIEWS FOR SHORT-LISTED CANDIDATES: Week commencing 24th July 2020 (via Video Call)
PROPOSED START DATE: End of August 2020 (TBC) – *some initial pandemic remote working may be required


As a Production Assistant and junior member of the Slinky team, you will have a great positive ‘can-do’ attitude and work ethic. You will be self-motivated, extremely organised and committed to your role in the close team. You will assist in a large range of production and business tasks, both in the office and filming on location.

Slinky produces a huge range of productions; from corporate and commercial promos, through to live event and conference videos, TV commercials, training films and animations. You will be comfortable in adapting and contributing to these styles and work well under pressure when required.

Some of the roles you will be involved with across the year include:


  • Assisting production planning and pre-production: including research, travel logistics, scheduling and call sheet drafting.
  • General assistance of crew, contributors and clients on shoots
  • Driving duties to/from shoot (if driving license available)
  • Shot logging
  • Manning the B-camera when appropriate
  • Assisting with and working alongside the Post-Production and animation department
  • Assisting in Quality Control checks
  • Lots of other production duty opportunities to nurture and grow your skill set – including filming and post production opportunities.


  • Answering phones and taking messages
  • Equipment prep and pick-ups
  • Office housekeeping and systems
  • Assisting with general marketing and business development duties
  • Client hospitality and coffee runs


    • Confident English writing and typing skills
    • Comfortable with office applications such as Excel and Google Docs
    • Excellent communicator
    • Highly organised


  • Experience with Adobe CC
  • Driving license
  • Likes Back To The Future


Applications for this position will only be accepted from 2nd YEAR Video/TV/Film University Students. You must be about to start your 2nd year of University as this internship must form part of your studies. If you are in any other year of study, have completed your course or have already graduated then unfortunately you aren’t eligible.

All applications must be made through the online application form on their website. When you submit your application, you will automatically be emailed a copy of your application for your own reference. Strictly no phone calls to the production office please. Only short-listed candidates will be contacted.


Slinky Productions is a small-but-mighty busy video production company with large ambitions. They produce a wide variety of content working to very high standard with premium client service. Their roster of clients include Jaguar Land Rover, Autodesk, the NHS, L’Oréal, The PGA, West Bromwich Albion FC, Chiquito and Frankie & Benny’s – as well as many other small and huge interesting clients you’ve probably never heard of!



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Want to get into TV? Join the 4Talent session – July 9th

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Channel 4 and the National Film and Television School (NFTS) have teamed up to run a four-week series of masterclasses and training sessions for independent production companies and freelancers based in the Nations and Regions.

This 4Talent session is aimed at students and young people who are interested in a career in TV production. It will will provide practical tips and advice to get into TV production and hear from those taking their first steps into the industry.

This sessions takes place online July 9th, at 10am BST. Register here.


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Get free film advice sessions from British Council Film

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Do you have a question about the film festival circuit or need help with your feature film’s international festival strategy? During lockdown the British Council Film is providing a series of free, bespoke one-to-one advice sessions to help you make plans.

About the sessions

The Council is offering 6 x bookable 1-1 sessions, each lasting 20 mins, available each week while the traditional film festival world is locked down. Sessions are bookable on Tuesdays and Thursdays with flexible times available, and will be scheduled to suit once you have been allocated a meeting. The surgeries are hosted by Rowan Woods, the BCF’s Film Programme Manager (Festivals) and are completely free to book.

The festival circuit is experiencing a period of great uncertainty due to COVID-19. The situation is evolving and there may be lasting changes that have yet to materialise. While it might be hard to provide definitive answers on what will happen to the remainder of the 2020 circuit, there are still some guiding principles that remain when thinking about how best to approach your festival strategy.

Who are they for?

These sessions are aimed at UK-based filmmakers who have completed or are about to complete a feature, and who do not currently have a sales agent on board. (Do note Short Support Salons for short filmmakers is also offered).

You are particularly welcomed if you are a filmmaker from a under-represented groups in the industry and who has not yet had festival experience.

British Council Film plans to offer each session with onscreen transcription and can schedule meeting times flexibly to suit those with caring responsibilities.

Sessions can be conducted on zoom or by telephone, to suit you. Each session will last 20 mins – and please note that Rowan will not be able to watch or read anything in advance.

How to Apply

Send some basic information about your project and a short note detailing what you would like to get out of the session.
You can book your slot here

Places will be allocated on a first come basis and you will be contacted via email to arrange a convenient time.

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Free creative courses via Open University

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The Open University allows you to learn about different aspects of culture and what it means to you. Whether you’re just starting out or looking to explore something new to reignite that creative inspiration, have a look at the below suite of free courses on Open Learn. If you create an account with OpenLearn and complete a course, you’ll be awarded a ‘Statement of Participation’, a free certificate to show that you’ve successfully completed a course. Here are a selection of courses:


Start writing fiction 
Have you always wanted to write, but never quite had the courage to start? This free course, Start writing fiction, will give you an insight into how authors create their characters and settings. You will also be able to look at the different genres for fiction.
Explore the course


Writing what you know 

Do you want to improve your descriptive writing? This free course, Writing what you know, will help you to develop your perception of the world about you and enable you to see the familiar things in everyday life in a new light. You will also learn how authors use their own personal histories to form the basis of their work.


Studying the Arts and Humanities
This free course is an introduction to studying the arts and humanities. It takes you through a series of exercises designed to develop your approach to study and learning at a distance and improve your confidence as an independent learner.


Business of Film
Making a film is a creative endeavour, but it’s also a business project. And just like any other business, most films are intended to make money. This free online course, The business of film, will show you how film production works. It has been created with Pinewood Studios – the leading provider of studio services to the global screen-based industries


Approaching Poetry
Do you want to get more out of your reading of poetry? This free course, Approaching poetry, is designed to develop the analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary texts. You will learn about rhythm, alliteration, rhyme, poetic inversion, voice and line lengths and endings. You will examine poems that do not rhyme and learn how to compare and contrast poetry.


Art and visual culture: Medieval to modern
What is art? What is visual culture? How have they changed through history? This free course, Art and visual culture: Medieval to modern, explores the fundamental issues raised by the study of western art and visual culture over the last millennium.


Music and its media
This free course, Music and its media, examines some of the main ways in which music is transmitted. It considers how the means of communicating a particular piece can change over time; and how the appearance and contents of a source can reflect the circumstances in which it is produced.


Approaching Plays
Do you want to get more out of drama? This free course, Approaching plays, is designed to develop the 3 analytical skills you need for a more in-depth study of literary plays. You will learn about dialogue, stage directions, blank verse, dramatic structure and conventions and aspects of performance


World Heritage
This free course provides an overview of World Heritage, its political and cultural origins and the role of UNESCO and other agencies in identifying and listing sites.
Explore the course


Creative Writing and Critical Reading
This free course, Creative writing and critical reading, explores the importance of reading as part of a creative writer’s development at the postgraduate level. You will gain inspiration and ideas from examining other writers’ methods, as well as enhancing your critical reading skills.
Explore the course


An Introduction to Music Theory
Gain an understanding of the basic building blocks of musical theory and notation. This free course, An introduction to music theory, will introduce you to music staves, clefs, rhythmic and pitch values, rhythmic metre and time signatures.
Explore the course


Start writing fiction: characters and stories
Start writing fiction is a free course that helps you to get started with your own fiction writing, focusing on the central skill of creating characters.
Explore the course


Understanding musical scores
This free course, Understanding musical scores, provides a general introduction to how to understand a musical score, and insights into what professional musicians do with the notation that these contain. You’ll learn how to connect the notation you see with the music you hear, from short familiar melodies to a full orchestral score.
Explore the course


Recording Music and Sound
This free course, Recording music and sound, provides an historical introduction to music and sound recording in the creative industries and offers some guidance about making your own recordings.
Explore the course


For the complete list of courses, visit Open University here.


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Creative England’s Future Studios Online Webinars

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In recent months, Creative Enterprise has been running Future Studios bootcamps. The aim of the programme is to provide business support to screen companies (film, TV, games, immersive and digital) with a narrative/storytelling focus. They are letting the public know that in light of the current coronavirus crisis, their last iteration of Future Studios is now online.

They have adapted the Future Studios programme by hosting a series of six free online webinars to support screen companies. The webinars ranging from 60-90minutes each, will run across 3 weeks from the 18th May to 4th June, topics include the future of storytelling, gaining investment, creativity, development and pitching.



Gavin James- Money, Deals, Business: Film and TV Financing and Distribution [90 minutes]

Tuesday 19th May at 2pm

In this session, we will cover what you can learn from film financing and film profit sharing, from two angles of streamer financing and traditional (independent and studio) film financing.  We will also look into streamer financing of series, traditional financing of TV broadcast series, as well as film distribution agreements and royalty reporting. To finish the session, we’ll look at what a collection account manager does, why you need one, and what a revenue waterfall looks like, and round off the webinar by giving some pointers about how to build a business plan for your enterprise, and maybe what potential investors will look for.

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Alison Norrington- The Future of Storytelling [60 minutes]

Thursday 21st May at 2pm

Alison will talk about the fundamentals of narrative across non-linear, immersive and experiential highlighting some core questions around emotional outcomes, building a storyworld, theme and experience design.

Sign up here.


Tim Reid- Developing Ideas: Creativity and Culture [90 minutes]

Tuesday May 26th at 2pm

During this webinar Tim will share with you his thoughts on what creativity is and how we can all get better at it. He will share a range of tried and tested tools and techniques, with stories, for how to tackle any challenge and have bigger, better ideas. And he will talk you through different ways of working that we can all steal from the world of comedy.

Sign up here.


Disruptive Thinking- Pitch Like a Pro [90 minutes]

Thursday May 28th at 2pm

How to pitch – during COVID-19 and beyond. Disruptive Thinking will be taking delegates through effective pitching techniques with guidance on how to articulate your business proposition clearly. Whether you’re pitching for a project or investment over video call, or just trying to succinctly tell somebody what you do, this webinar will provide you with a straightforward structure to follow. They will also be joined by Nick Ellis, founder of Halo creative agency for a 30 minute Q&A.

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Rachel Richardson-Jones [60 minutes]

Thursday June 2nd at 2pm

Film Producer and Festival Director talks about her career path, the leap from Corporate & Commercials to Feature Films and her decision to work within the genre sector in both Feature Films and the Film Festival GRIMMFEST. Insights into how she has survived in the low budget sector, the importance of attending initiatives such as Market Trader and the new ventures and models she and her team are embracing in these turbulent times. Why the launch of the production arm of the festival, Grimmfest films and most recently Grimmfest TV and how this is helping to keep her business sustainable and relevant.

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Stuart Blackburn- Pitch Perfect: How to Sell Your Idea [90 minutes]

Tuesday 4th June at 2pm

Pitch Perfect is about that crucial time when you’re trying to sell your show or film. The treatment is the sales pitch, the document that decides whether your project will ever see the light of day. There is no perfect formula, every show will be different and no two Producers or Indies will want the same thing. But, there is a structure that works, key elements that if you get right will get you one step closer to success. This session isn’t a lecture, it’s a chat, a discussion so your input is vital. We will also create time to address the impossible problem facing us all. How can our work reflect the ‘new normal’ when we may not know what that is for months.

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Nikon Offering Free Online Courses

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Nikon is offering ten Nikon School Online camera courses free of charge for the entire months of March and April. Usually those courses run from $15 to $50.

It has expanded the offerings with its new Creator’s Hour events, where novice photographers can hear from some of the best shooters and storytellers out there.

The courses try to go where the audience is. Some are held as live events on Instagram, with Nikon’s so-called “ambassadors” offering live, personal advice. There are some pretty moments to be had, found with Nikon’s “Moments of Zen,” a collection of curated images seen on Nikon’s social channels.

During these unprecedented times when we are all looking for human connection, photography has the power to bring us closer together, even when we are apart,” said Jay Vannatter, executive vice president for Nikon.

For sure, we’ve never taken more photos, but it’s impossible to discover exactly how many photos are taken every year.  Estimates vary wildly, but Mylio, a photo organizing and management app, points to data from Keystone Intelligence that says an amazing 1.4 trillion photos will be taken this year. Those will be added to the pile of existing photos, so that this year the world will have saved 7.4 trillion photos.

Digital cameras, rather than smartphones or tablets, made up 10% of all photos in 2018, and that figure is going down, from 8.2% last year, and a predicted to be 7.3% this year. Big camera makers like Nikon and Canon have had a tough time. Ironically, it’s probably never been easier to take a really good photo with a real camera, but a smartphone is a lot faster and handier to use.


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