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Check Out the Nikon P900’s Ridiculous 83x Zoom

Earlier this month, we shared a video showing the incredible reach of the Canon SX60, a superzoom compact camera with a 65x lens. If you thought that video was crazy, check out this one featuring the new Nikon P900, which packs an even longer 83x optical zoom lens — the equivalent of a 24-2000mm lens in 35mm terms.
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Beastgrip Pro is a Versatile Lens Adapter and Camera Rig for Smartphone Shooters

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Back in 2013, Vadym Chalenko successfully raised nearly $40,000 to launch a product called the Beastgrip, the first universal lens adapter and camera rig for smartphones. Now, two years later, he’s refreshing the Beastgrip with a new version that’s even more versatile and powerful. It’s called the Beastgrip Pro.
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Apple Invents a Camera with 3 Sensors and a Prism That Splits Light

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The camera on smartphones is one of the main selling points these days, and Apple is working hard to push its iPhone camera ahead of the pack. A newly discovered patent reveals that Apple has created an innovative sensor design that increases quality by using three separate sensors and a prism for splitting light.
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A Lonely Rain Cloud Giving Water Back to the Sea

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Huw Alexander Ogilvie was flying over the Pacific Ocean in 2005 when he shot this peculiar photograph of a lone cloud dumping rain onto the world. After uploading it to Flickr, it quickly became his most popular photo and was even featured recently by NASA in a story about rainfall. You can view a larger version here.

Should We Listen To ‘Critics’ or Show Them The Door?

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(The Roosevelt quote above is one of my all time favorites. I have a couple of copies of it and one is on the wall next to my cluttered, USB encrusted desk.)

Ahhh… the world of the artist. A place where we can nurture our ideas and share our bountiful creativity to others who will accept it into their lives with open arms, and smiles of gratitude.

Or… not.
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Amazon Announces Unlimited Photo Storage for Just $12 a Year

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Amazon has just dropped a huge bomb on the file storage industry by announcing two new unlimited cloud storage subscription plans. One lets you store all the files your heart desires for just $60 a year, and the second is one that may be a very attractive backup option for photographers: unlimited photo storage for just $12 a year.
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A First Glimpse of Canon’s Small 4K Camera

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Canon has long been rumored to have a small 4K camera up its sleeve, and now the world is getting its first glimpse of the new product. The company has unveiled the camera at a press event in China ahead of its rumored official launch in the United States at the NAB 2015 show in Las Vegas next month.
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Photographing Basketball in Rwanda

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Back in June, I was lucky enough to partner with a Boston-based nonprofit, Shooting Touch, to travel to Rwanda and document the participants in their “Basketball Health Corps” initiative. They use the sport of basketball and their partnerships with health administrators to teach children valuable skills and preventative treatments when it comes to HIV/AIDS, malaria, and daily health.
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Inklet Lets You Use the New Macbook Touchpad as a Pen Tablet for Editing

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Apple’s new Macbook features a redesigned pressure-sensitive trackpad called the Force Touch. In addition to being more powerful for inputs from your fingers, the new design allows for the use of a stylus on the touchpad if you’d like to retouch your photographs tablet-style.

Inklet by Ten One Design is the first 3rd party application for Mac that offers this.
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Analyzing a Collection of B&W Street Photos Captured Around the World

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Last year I launched a new initiative called the Streettogs Academy, a biweekly challenge for motivating and sharpening the skills of street photographers around the world. Photographers are given 2 weeks to shoot photos for the latest theme and upload 1 to 3 of them to our Facebook page.

Our latest assignment was “Black and White.” The submitted photos that received the most attention from members of the group were those that had the simple basic requirement of a good image: a strong visual hook. Here’s a look at photos.
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