Has the rise in anti-Asian violence changed your behavior?

A rise in anti-Asian harassment and violence since the start of the pandemic has left many Asian Americans on edge across the nation.

Snippets of some of these attacks have gone viral. Thousands more have happened outside of the public eye — nearly 3,800 reported incidents since March 2020, according to the advocacy group Stop AAPI Hate.

This alarming trend hits close to home for our team at PickFu, an Asian American-led company. We wonder how others beyond our respective communities are feeling. How have the attacks affected their psyches? Their daily lives?

In an open-ended PickFu poll, we asked 50 Asian respondents this question: “Has the recent uptick in anti-Asian violence and harassment changed your behavior or outlook? If so, how?”

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DIY product photography: 5 dos and don’ts

Editor’s Note: Thanks to Peter Alessandria, photographer at GreatProductShots.com for the following guest post about DIY product photography.

1. DIY Product Photography: The camera

DON’T use your cellphone. Please. It’s not because I am a camera snob. The main problem with your cellphone camera is the lens. The wide angle can distort the view of your product. Since you spend thousands of dollars acquiring, designing, developing, prototyping and/or manufacturing your product, you want it to look its best, and the lens on the cellphone will not do it justice. It just can’t come close to the sharpness, clarity, and perspective you’d achieve with a decent camera. Plus, if you don’t have enough light, cellphone pictures look grainy.

DO get a nice camera. If you’re serious about selling and want to present your product in its best light, make the investment. You don’t need to spend more than $300-$400. Buy (or borrow) a great entry-level, interchangeable lens camera, such as a DSLR. I bought my 10-year-old niece a refurbished Canon Rebel SL-1 (including lens) from the Canon USA website for less than $300, and I could probably do 80% of my professional work with this camera if I had to. Afraid of using the wrong settings on your fancy new camera? Shoot in automatic mode, and the photos will still be stunning.

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