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external Instagram Begins Purging Spam Accounts —Time

Instagram announced yesterday that it is now deleting inactive, old, and spam user accounts on a mass scale for the first time. The number of people following you may change through this purge.

 
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DxOMark: The Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art Series Lens ‘Comes Seriously Close’ to the Otus

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We have our own Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens on the way for full review, but until then it’s interesting to see what some of the big names in gear review are saying about this optical beast and how it compares to the Otus it was meant to compete with.

Today, one of the biggest of those reviewers, DxOMark, released the results of its tests — and news is good if you’re planning to pick one of these beauties up. Read more…

Video Shows Off Awesome Franken-Kodak DSLR Aboard 1991 Space Shuttle

It’s #throwbackthursday, right? Good, because we have a rather interesting piece of photography history to share with you, courtesy of NASA, Nikon and Kodak. Read more…

Flickr 3.0 for iOS and Android Gives The Mobile Experience Its Biggest Update Yet

Today, Yahoo! has announced its biggest overhaul to the mobile Flickr experience yet. Appropriately sporting the 3.0 version name, this new Flickr experience turns what was once an attempt to bring the browser version of Flickr to mobile devices into an entirely new experience that they hope will feel as natural on a mobile device as Instagram. Read more…

external “Former Kodak CEO Doubled Total Pay In 2013″ —USA Today

Then-CEO Antonio M. Perez received $4.46 million in cash: His $1.15 million salary, which was roughly flat compared to 2012 when Kodak filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection from creditors and a $3.3 million cash bonus through Kodak’s EXCEL bonus plan. And when Kodak emerged from bankruptcy, he received $2.25 million worth of restricted stock units, according to Eastman Kodak’s 2013 proxy statement.

 
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Major UK Newspaper Called Out for Using a Stock Photo to Illustrate a Story on Poverty

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Photojournalistic ethics are serious business. While there are many styles of photography where heavy post-production is not just acceptable, but commonplace, the world of news demands accuracy and truth, and it is accuracy and truth that some are claiming were given a backseat to shock and sensationalism when The Daily Mirror decided to use a stock photograph to illustrate a front page story. Read more…

Eyefi Launches Cloud Service, Makes Your Photos Available Everywhere Instantly

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As built-in WiFi and dedicated apps become standard fare in most cameras, wireless SD card company Eyefi is making sure that its technology stays relevant and ahead of the game with a new subscription cloud sync service called, appropriately enough, Eyefi Cloud. Read more…

Tutorial: A Simple Technique for Matching Tones and Correcting Colors in Photoshop

One of the issues talented photographer and retoucher Michael Woloszynowicz often runs into when he’s taking portraits is mismatched skin tones. Using a light modifier of some sort he’ll get the tone he wants in the face, but the tones or colors in another part of the subject’s skin simply don’t match.

You could correct for this using curves, selective color or hue/saturation, but Woloszynowicz has a better way: using solid fill layers and tonal averaging, he’s able to “take the guesswork” out of it and perfectly match tones every time. Read more…

Satellite Images Show the Earth’s Beauty in Intricate Detail

Malaspina Glacier, August 1st, 2000

Malaspina Glacier, August 1st, 2000

Taken by a collection of three satellites orbiting Earth — Landsat 7, ASTER, and MODIS — the images above and below are part of an incredible collection of photos that were captured from space purely for their aesthetic beauty, rather than the usual scientific reasoning. Read more…

Google Releases Standalone Camera App, Features Lytro-Like Focus Control

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Google wants to give all Android users (or at least those running Android 4.4 and up) the opportunity to use a camera app designed by the same people who made the operating system, and so the company has decided to release a standalone ‘Google Camera’ app packed with a few features that will make it a very tempting download at the price of “on the house.” Read more…