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Best Photobomb Ever? Queen Sneaks Into Selfie at Commonwealth Games

Most of the time, portraits of the royal family might be described as ‘stoic.’ But the most recent photograph of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II isn’t ‘stoic’ at all, in fact it might be better described as ‘sneaky.’ Read more…

Understanding Aperture: Why Shooting Wide Open Isn’t Always the Best Choice

When you drop hundreds or thousands of dollars on a new piece of fast glass, it’s natural to want to shoot it wide-open until the focusing ring falls off. But, the idea that for all portraits you want to be wide open and for all landscapes you want to be stopped down isn’t true. Here to explain in the above video is photographer Matt Granger.

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external Photography as a Balm for Mental Illness —NY Times

Two years ago, on one of her worst days, something different happened. “I was literally on the bathroom floor, bawling,” she said. “But I picked up my phone and started taking pictures — paint peeling on the door, reflections in the mirror. It just took a couple of minutes for me to become more present, breathing more normally. It was a really important moment.”

 
Jul 24, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Man Responsible for the Murder of AP Photographer Anja Niedringhaus Sentenced to Death

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Former Afghan police unit commander Naqibullah — the man who, three months ago, walked up to AP photographer Anja Niedringhaus‘ vehicle and unloaded an automatic weapon in the backseat, killing the veteran photojournalist instantly — has been convicted of murder and sentenced to death by the Kabul District Court. Read more…

Nikon’s D810 Beats Out Its Predecessors to Become DxOMark’s Top Sensor

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The verdict is in, again. After giving Nikon’s D810 a spin, DxOMark has officially declared the D800 successor the king of sensors. While the improvements to the mid-term update may seem marginally small, DxOMark reports these minor tweaks provide “an excellent result” in improvements.

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external Graphic Content: When Photographs of Carnage are Too Upsetting to Publish —The Guardian

The onslaught in Gaza and the MH17 crash scene in Ukraine have generated thousands of pictures, many of which show the gruesome reality of the violence. How does the Guardian’s head of photography decide whether or not to use such images?

 
Jul 24, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Icelandic Lava Cave and Northern Lights Captured Together in Breathtaking Composition

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How far would you go to capture a beautiful photograph? Would you spend almost an entire night inside a dark, freezing cold, kilometer-long lava cave in Iceland? Because that’s what photographer Ingólfur Bjargmundsson had to do to capture this stunning composite of the aurora through a cave’s skylight. Read more…

Fuji Releases Bokehlicious Updated Lens Roadmap for 2015

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Late last night, Fuji released an updated version of its lens roadmap, switching some things around, adding a lens to the lineup, naming the ‘ultra-wide angle lens’ from the previous roadmap, and otherwise letting X-Mount shooters know what they’re in for glass-wise through the end of 2015.

And what they’re in for, by the looks of it, is lots and lots of bokeh. Read more…

external What I Instagrammed Vs. What Was Really Happening, Or: My Entire Life is a Lie —Bustle

I, like most people, post the things that are going to reflect the best aspects of my life and personality. Also my face. Because selfies. Why, yes, I do drink coffee at hip cafes and order things online from J.Crew. Oh, don’t mind me, just a picture of my new Nike’s and I heading to spin class. Because I’m fit. Obviously (I’m not). Oh, look! I’m doing a juice cleanse. I buy peonies! I read books! I am well-rounded! I have shoes!

 
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10 Things Non-Photo People Do That Annoy the Crap Out of Photo Enthusiasts

Photo enthusiasts and pro photographers alike should appreciate this one, because we all have those friends who know nothing about photography and, somehow, they all end up saying and doing the same ridiculous stuff when you pull out your camera.

The video above, put together by the folks at DigitalRev, goes over the top 10 things these friends do that annoy photo enthusiasts to no end. From the “how do you zoom” question to believing that their smartphone is just as good as your SLR because they both have the same megapixel count, DRTV hit the nail on the head with this one.