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Humor: Marky Ramone Invents a Product for Dealing with Smartphone Snappers at Concerts

Here’s a tongue-in-cheek sketch in which Ramones drummer Marky Ramone shows off a new product he developed called the Smartphone Swatter. It’s a cheap and simple fix for dealing with annoying concertgoers who ruin your view by constantly holding up their phones to capture photos and videos.

(via CH2 via Boing Boing)

Getty Images is Burning Through Cash as Its Earnings Shrink

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Photographers often grumble about Getty Images taking too big a slice from each stock photo sale, but it turns out the company hasn’t been lining its pockets with mountains of cash generated by its contributors — in fact, it hasn’t been doing so hot financially as of late.
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external Adobe Saved Photoshop By Ditching Boxes for the Cloud —Quartz

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The move [to a subscription model], successfully executed, has set Adobe—one of the world’s largest software companies—up for the current industry realities […] David Hobby, prominent photo blogger at Strobist, called it “the biggest money grab in the history of software.”

But glancing at Adobe’s quarterly reports, it’s apparent users have adjusted. At the end of fiscal year 2014, Adobe reported $1.7 billion in annualized recurring revenue for Creative Cloud, a 70% increase from 2013. About two-thirds of the company’s fourth-quarter revenue was from recurring sources, up from 44% a year prior. Adobe’s share price has nearly doubled over the past two years.

 
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These Are the Darkroom Techniques Photoshop’s Tools Are Based On

As a tribute to Photoshop for its recent 25th birthday, Lynda created this “before there was Photoshop” video that shows the darkroom tools and techniques that were used by film photographers before Photoshop and digital photography arrived on the scene.

Photographer Konrad Eek works on a print by dodging, burning, adding gradients, using masks, feathering, and more. If you’ve never made a print in a darkroom before, this video could be quite illuminating.

How I Drastically Improved My Photography with Just Two Little Decisions

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The question I get asked the most is: “Wow, nice pic! Which camera are you using?” Does that sound familiar? In the past, every time I heard this question I would answer in the same way: by telling people which camera I was using, but that it didn’t really matter in my opinion.
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The 25 Most Popular Smartphone Photos on Flickr in 2014

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The most popular cameras on Flickr these days are smartphone cameras. In fact, the top 5 cameras are all different phone models: the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5, and iPhone 6.

Last month we shared the 25 most popular photos on Flickr through 2014. That list included images captured any all types of cameras. Here’s a second look at what the top 25 photos were when only smartphone images are considered.
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Training at Lake Placid with the Team USA Bobsled Crew

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I recently took a trip to Lake Placid, NY to follow the Team USA Bobsled crew as they prepared for the upcoming World Cup competitions taking place all over Europe. In 2014, I photographed Jazmine as a personal project after the Sochi Olympics. We stayed in touch, and I convinced her to let me come to Lake Placid and photograph them training next time they were there.
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Three Approaches to Publishing Your Photo Book

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There comes a point in a photographer’s life when publishing a book seems like a logical step. The coffee table book represents a platonic ideal for a photo project that is both long-term and worthy of considerations by others. Yet, even with the advent of high quality on-demand solutions like Blurb, book publishing is still fraught with challenges. Here are three different approaches to book publishing in the 21st century.
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Town Accuses Photographer of Staging His Shots That Won World Press Photo

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Charleroi is a town of about 200,000 people in Belgium that has fallen upon some tough times in recent years due to increases in unemployment, poverty, and crime. Italian photojournalist Giovanni Troilo pointed his lens at the city last year, capturing a gloomy photo essay titled “The Dark Heart of Europe.” The images were recently awarded 1st prize at the prestigious World Press Photo contest in the Contemporary Issues category.

The contest, which already got a black eye after 20% of the finalists were disqualified for unethical photo editing, has another messy problem on its hands: the town is accusing Troilo of staging his winning photos.
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Lytro Raises $50M to Shift Focus from Still Photos to Video and Virtual Reality

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Lytro has announced that it just raised $50 million to undergo a “strategic shift” in strategy. Instead of focusing on light field photography and refocusable 3D photos, the company plans to expand into the fields of video and virtual reality. A large number of jobs will be shed during this process.
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