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CameraBands: Turn Your Junkyard-Bound Camera Gear Into Custom Rings and Bracelets

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In Brook, Indiana, a town of about 1,000 people, there’s a small business called CameraBands that specializes in recycling camera equipment into bracelets and rings. If you ever break your favorite gear far beyond repair (i.e. it’s destined for the junkyard), you can ship it to CameraBands instead of tossing it to have it transformed into very different forms.
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Photographer Shares How He Spent Two Years Living on Photos Instead of Money

Back in 2012, we wrote about a project called “Pixel Trade” by Australian photographer Shantanu Starick. The basic idea was simple but crazy: Starick wanted to travel through all seven continents on the globe without ever spending any currency. Instead, he would try to trade his services as a photographer to people willing to provide him with shelter, food, and transportation.

Starick recently appeared at Behance’s 99U to give a 20-minute talk on spending the past two years living on photos instead of money.
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These Are the Photographs That Took My Freedom, and This is the Story of How It Happened

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My name is Abe Van Dyke. I am a photojournalist who was arrested by the Milwaukee County Sheriffs department for being on Interstate 43 photographing protestors on 12/19/14 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. This is my story.
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external 10 Lessons Learned with the Heart of a Photographer —Huffington Post

The ever evolving world is changing our work. While we must not forget that the photographs, like life itself, must be composed with feeling, heart, and instinct, and thinking only of rules, and proportions. By the way of the heart, that is the key to open so many doorways in life. The path is not outside. The path, our path, is to be found in our hearts. Our sky of possibilities, mission, and purpose are alive in the heart, and exists within us. Never stop dreaming.

National Geographic photographer Kike Calvo shares some things he has learned while touring Asia.

 
Dec 22, 2014 · Permalink · Comment

Heavenly Photographs of Dubai Skyscrapers Poking Through a Sea of Clouds

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The city of Dubai in the United Arab Emirates is known for its impressive skyline, which features the world’s tallest building. Every so often, the city will become blanketed with a thick layer of fog that opens the door to beautiful photos of skyscrapers rising above clouds.

Daniel Cheong is one photographer who’s always on the lookout for this particular photo opportunity. Over the years, he has built up an impressive collection of shots showing skyscrapers poking through Dubai fog.
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Nikon D750 Owners Reporting a Dark Band Problem That Causes Ugly Lens Flares

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The Nikon D750 full frame DSLR has been receiving fantastic marks from reviewers so far, but now an issue has popped up that threatens to damage the camera’s reputation. Photographers around the world are reporting a problem with their lens flares. At certain angles, an ugly dark band shows up across the top, separating lens flares from the edge of the frame.
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external Time Inc. UK Issues Rights-Grabbing Contract —PDNPulse

Time Inc.’s UK division has riled editorial photographers by issuing a new contract requiring freelancers to hand over “all rights” to any assignment images for about 60 specialty publications. The contract takes effect January 1, 2015, but there may be wiggle room for negotiation, at least for some photographers who take the initiative to push back.

 
Dec 22, 2014 · Permalink · Comment

How I Created This Viral Puddle Reflection Picture in Photoshop

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My name is Michael Pistono, and I’m a 28-year-old photo enthusiast living in Honolulu, Hawaii. I was recently playing around with a reflection photo when I had the idea of creating another one out of a puddle — one that featured both tall buildings and an airplane.

The photo I ended up creating in Photoshop (shown above) went viral online. Here’s a look at how it was made.
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Lens Technologies: Fluorine vs. Fluorite

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There are two lens terms that have similar sounding (and potentially confusing) names: fluorine and fluorite. Apparently quite a few people have trouble distinguishing between the two, so here’s a quick look at what they each are.
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Photographer Finds That a Santa Suit Is All It Takes to Make Strangers Drop Their Guard

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Tired of strangers giving you wary glances when you photograph them? A Santa suit can change that suspicion into smiles.

Lithuanian photographer Tomas Tumalovicius tells us that he recently shot a project in which he photographed strangers in public places while dressed up as Santa Claus.
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