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The Photo I Wish I Had

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Yesterday was my wedding day.

It wasn’t a very big wedding. We’d actually been planning to get married in August, but after we found out I was pregnant (yay!), a very simple fact was staring us right in the face — I needed insurance. Now.

Plus, I’d be about 8 months pregnant in August, and call me crazy but I kind of want to be able to dance my butt off at our wedding, and 8 months pregnant does not qualify me for the kind of dancing I’ve been preparing for.
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Sony Sells Half Its Stake in Olympus for Cash, Now No Longer Largest Shareholder

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Sony became the largest shareholder in Olympus back in 2012 after investing $645 million in the company in exchange for a reported 11.5% of shares. It’s not the largest anymore.

The company has just sold about half of its remaining shares in Olympus to the bank JPMorgan, reducing its stake from 10% to 5%.
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A Roundup of April Fools’ 2015 Jokes in the World of Photography

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Ah, April 1st: the dreaded day on which you can’t trust anything you see online, lest it be a prank that makes you feel gullible. As has been our tradition in the past few years, we’re rounding up all the interesting April Fools’ Day pranks from the world of photography so that you can enjoy an overview, all in one place.
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These CGI Images Are So Realistic That They Look Like Actual Photographs

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Photography jobs may soon be more threatened by breakthroughs in computer generated imagery (CGI) technology. Newly developed light ray simulation algorithms are opening the door to digital images that are so realistic that they are easily mistaken for actual photos.
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Nikon Unveils the P∞, the First Compact Camera with a 1458x Zoom Lens

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Nikon has unveiled the new Coolpix P∞ superzoom, the world’s first compact camera with a 1458x zoom lens. While most of the design, specs, and features are identical to the camera’s predecessor, the Coolpix P900, the P∞ has a new 24-34992mm (35mm equiv.) lens that opens up new worlds of possibilities.
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This is the Winning Smartphone Photo from the 2015 Sony World Photo Awards

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This photo, titled “A Day on the Beach,” has been selected as this year’s best mobile phone photograph in the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards. Italian photographer Turi Calafato captured the image on a beach in Sicily in July 2014.

“It is usual to see scenes like this because people spend all day alone at the beach,” Calafato writes. “All kind of people are seen, and it is a pleasure to contemplate at the same time so much of humanity enjoying and relaxing under the sun.”
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Popular Lighting Gear Maker Photoflex Closing Shop After 30 Years in Business

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Photoflex, a popular manufacturer of lighting gear and camera accessories, has unexpectedly announced that it will be closing its business that has been in operation for three decades.
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DigitalRev Parodies Top Gear for Its Nikon D5 Review

Top Gear is going through some tough times right now, so the online photography show DigitalRev has decided to take on the mantel of continuing the famous car show’s style and traditions. The latest DigitalRev episode is a Nikon D5… done in the style of Top Gear.

“We’ve decided to change the style of our show to commemorate the premature demise of our favourite motoring show – Top Gear – by doing all future videos in the Top Gear-style,” DigitalRev writes. If you love Top Gear, you’re going to love this episode.

A TEDx Talk by TED’s Photographer on Finding Photos Right Before Your Eyes

Several times a year, Portland-based photographer Duncan Davidson is called upon by TED to shoot portraits of the notable speakers while they’re giving their presentations. Some months ago, Davidson himself stepped onto the stage and gave a talk at TEDxBeaconStreet about finding things to photograph right before your eyes.

“Light, details, and gesture are the building blocks I use to create my images for the TED stage, my work in the field, and even simply using my iPhone when walking about town,” Davidson writes.

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P.S. Back in 2012, Davidson also gave a TED audition talk on why we hate seeing photos of ourselves.

Your Camera Lens Can Double as a Lighter in a Pinch

If you’re out shooting on a sunny day and suddenly find that you need to start a fire, your lens may be able to do the trick. The video above shows how a photographer named Mohammad recently used his Carl Zeiss 45mm f/2 lens to light his cigarette while out hiking with friends. You could also use this handy little trick to light a fire if you’re out camping — as long as you have some direct sunlight to focus to a point.