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My Top 10 Tips for a Brand New Photographer, From a Slightly-Not-So Brand New One

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Hello. My name’s Tom. After two years of tinkering around with DSLR photography, I believe that I may have passed an important milestone and successfully made the transition from amateur to enthusiast. I am by no means great, but I am aware of how great I’m not, which I’m told is a significant step.
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Snapchat Quietly Acquired a Company That Makes Stealthy Camera Glasses

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Reporters all over the world are digging for nuggets in documents that were leaked in Sony’s hacking. Here’s one of the interesting finds: back in March, Snapchat secretly purchased a company that builds stealthy camera glasses.
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external Best Space Pictures of 2014: A Year’s Delights Courtesy of Starry Nights —Nat Geo

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The photo editors over at National Geographic hand select 12 of the most amazing, out-of-this-world pictures taken from space this year.

 
Dec 17, 2014 · Permalink · Comment

High Megapixel Canon DSLR Will Arrive in 2015, Will Likely Cost Less Than $4,000

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Canon will be launching a new high megapixel DSLR sometime in 2015. The camera will reportedly offer a resolution of somewhere around 50 megapixels, and the body shape will not be of the EOS-1 style with a built-in vertical grip.
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Focus Breathing: When Focusing Your Lens Changes Your Composition

Here’s a term that most of you have probably experienced before, but some of you may never have heard before. It’s called “focus breathing” (or simply “breathing“), and it refers to the shift in angle of view that often occurs when you focus a lens. If you’ve ever carefully composed a shot, refocused, and then discovered that your composition changed, you’ve been a victim of focus breathing.

In the video above, photographer Matt Granger offers an explanation of the term and a demonstration of its effects using the “holy trinity” of Nikon zoom lenses. “Even the crème de la crème do have focus breathing issues,” he says.

(H/T Imaging Resource)

Samsung Camera Ads Imagine Famous Self-Portrait Paintings as the Result of Selfies

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Samsung has launched a clever new marketing campaign to promote its tiny NX Mini mirrorless camera. The ads imagine a few famous self-portrait paintings as a result of selfies captured with the company’s camera.
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external The Photographer Who Ansel Adams Called the Anti-Christ —Smithsonian

In 1937, the photographer Edward Weston wrote Ansel Adams a letter noting that he had recently “got a beautiful negative of a fresh corpse.” Adams wrote back expressing his enthusiasm, saying, “It was swell to hear from you—and I look forward to the picture of the corpse. My only regret is that the identity of said corpse is not our Laguna Beach colleague.” The “colleague” Adams referred to was William Mortensen, one of the most popular and otherwise respected photographers of the 1930s, whose artistic techniques and grotesque, erotic subject matter saw him banished from “official” histories of the art form. For Adams, Mortensen was enemy number one; he was known to describe him as “the anti-Christ.

Beware… some of Mortensen’s is a bit NSFW.

 
Dec 17, 2014 · Permalink · Comment

Los Angeles to Be First Major City to Equip Every Cop with a Body Camera

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Los Angeles will be the first major city in the United States to equip every one of its officers on the street with a body camera. The city will be purchasing 7,000 cameras in order to document the activities of its officers and to promote transparency.
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Thriftier Fifty: Yongnuo Has Cloned the Cheap Canon 50mm f/1.8 II to Make it Even Cheaper

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Back in September, we reported that Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo has expanded its cloned gear business to include copycat lenses, starting with the Canon 50mm f/1.4. Now a new clone has emerged: the super popular “thrifty fifty” Canon 50mm f/1.8 II (also known as the “nifty fifty” and “plastic fantastic”).
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Photographer Imagines What Chairs Would Look Like If They Were People

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“What would chairs look like if they were people?” It’s a strange question that forms the basis of an interesting and creative project by photographer Horia Manolache. It consists of pairs of photos showing various chairs and Manolache’s ideas of what those chairs would look like in human form.
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