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My Workflow: How to Stay Sane While Working as a Music Photographer on Tour

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My workflow is the most important part of being a productive and successful music photographer. Other photographers rarely ask about it, but I feel like it’s something a lot of people don’t think about until they’re on the road and freaking out because their workflow sucks. So I’d like to share mine with all of you.
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Visualizations Provide a Deeper Look Into a Historical MoMA Photo Collection

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The Thomas Walther Collection at the Museum of Modern Art is a set of 341 photographs by 150 artists captured from between 1909 and 1949 — a period in which photography “came of age.”

If you’d like to explore this collection of images on a deeper level, the museum has created a fantastic new tool for doing so that’s “unprecedented in its functionality”. It’s called “Object:Photo,” and is a special website loaded with information, images, and interactive visualizations.
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Japanese Travel Agency Offers a Solo Wedding Photo Shoot That Singles Can Experience

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Want to have your own wedding photos without having an actual wedding? Apparently some people do. A Japanese travel agency called Cerca Travel has started offering a strange package this past year called the “Kyoto Solo Wedding.” It’s a two-day experience centered on a fake wedding shoot that’s designed to pamper women and boost their self esteem.
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Tip: Place Some Gaffer Tape Behind Your Model’s Ears to Remove Unsightly Glow

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Want to remove the glow in your model’s ears when photographing them in front of a bright background? Instead of dealing with the problem in Photoshop, you can fix it during the shoot itself with just a bit of gaffer tape.
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Photographer Michel Rajkovic Captures the Magic of Landscapes with Long Exposures

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Michel Rajkovic is a fine art photographer based in Asnieres, France. He travels the world and captures photos of time passing through landscapes by shooting long exposure photographs on medium format black and white film.
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Deal: Subscribe to Adobe Creative Cloud’s Photo Plan and Get $30 on Amazon

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Here’s a nice deal for those of you planning to start a subscription to Adobe Creative Cloud’s Photography Program for 2015: if you subscribe through Amazon instead of Adobe, you’ll get a free $30 to spend on Amazon.
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Comparing the Optics of the $40 Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 and the $125 Canon 50mm f/1.8 II

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I recently did a simple review that compared Yongnuo’s new $40 clone of the Canon 50mm f/1.8 II. Today I will dive a little deeper into how the two lenses stack up optically.

There’s only so much that can be tested in home without fancy gear (MTF charts and the like) so I did a few tests that gauge common aesthetic qualities, using techniques that are often recommended for testing at home.
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Tip: You Can Use Your Wallet as a Simple Tripod for Your Smartphone

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There are now a number of smartphone tripods out there that are designed to fit inside your wallet when not in use. Before you buy one, though, here’s a random little tip: if your wallet is thick and sturdy enough, you don’t even need a separate accessory — your wallet itself can do just fine.
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Selfie Bots: Students Create Robot Snappers That Use Sight and Sound

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Cornell offers a course on designing with microcontrollers, and this year’s final project submissions featured a couple of groups who decided to build robotic photographers that help capture selfies.
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A Time-Lapse of Earth Created Using Photos Taken by Astronaut Alexander Gerst

Photographs captured from the International Space Station have gotten a lot of press in recent years, especially as social networking has helped to share them with a wider audience. Quite a few time-lapses have been made as well using those photos.

Usually those videos are created by video editors who combine all kinds of photos found on space agency websites. The video above is a bit different: it was created with photos captured by a single person: astronaut Alexander Gerst.
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