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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.

(via TEDxBeaconStreet via ISO 1200)


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.

Sitting Down for a Conversation with White House Photographer Pete Souza

Photographer Robert Caplin of The Photo Brigade recently visited the White House and sat down with Pete Souza, President Obama’s official White House photographer. The 50-minute interview, which can be viewed above, is a fascinating look into the life, work, and mind of the man who serves as the public’s eye into the White House.

Facebook Launches ‘Scrapbook’ to Help Parents Tag Photos of Their Kids

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Facebook doesn’t allow children under the age of 13 to sign up for the social network, which makes things trickier for parents who wish to organize photos of their kids with tags. Today Facebook launched a new feature called ‘Scrapbook’ that’s designed specifically to allow parents to tag children who don’t have their own accounts.
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Arkansas Privacy Bill Vetoed, Street Photography Lives Another Day

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We reported over the weekend that Arkansas lawmakers had passed a privacy bill that could potentially kill street photography by requiring (in most cases) that photographers get written consent from strangers they photograph. Photographers who don’t could get sued by their subjects.

The photography world was in an uproar over the bill and worked hard to get it vetoed by the deadline at the end of the day today. There’s now some great news: the bill has been vetoed by Governor Asa Hutchinson.
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Use CamelCamelCamel to Hunt for the Best Camera Gear Prices on Amazon

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One of the tricky things about online shopping is the price fluctuation that happens for products. The price you see today may not be around when you check again tomorrow. If you regularly shop for camera gear on Amazon, one website that you should bookmark and reference is CamelCamelCamel. It’s a website that tracks the price history of Amazon’s products, allowing you to time your purchases at historically low prices.
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Heads Up: The Tablet Selfie Stick is Now a Thing

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Tablet cameras are getting better and better, and more and more people are using their tablets as everyday snapshot cameras. So it only makes sense that tablets would eventually follow the smartphone into the world of selfie sticks as well.

That has now happened. You can now buy a selfie stick that has a special attachment specifically for mounting your tablet as a camera.
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Photo of a Syrian Girl Surrendering to the Camera Breaks the Internet’s Heart

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One of the most widely shared photos on the Internet in the past week has been the picture above by Turkish photojournalist Osman Sağırlı. It’s a portrait of a young Syrian girl he encountered back in 2014, who mistook his telephoto lens for a weapon and instinctively threw up her hands in surrender.
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Google Drive Now Gives You Access to Your Google+ Photos

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Google is planning to separate its photo services from Google+ to make it a standalone offering, and we’re starting to see some shifts in service structuring.

The Mountain View-based company just announced that Google Drive users will be able to access their Google+ Photos images directly from inside Drive.
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How to Capture Stunning Star Trail Photos in Light Polluted Places

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I’ve always found photos of star trails — the arcs the stars paint across the sky as the earth turns — fascinating. They’re one of the things that we can “see” with a camera that we can’t see with our eyes. Technology has changed how we shoot star trails, making star trail shots in locations we previously thought impossible possible.
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