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500px Launches ‘Insights,’ New Analytics App for iOS

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Today, 500px launched a new iOS app. It’s called 500px Insights and its purpose is to provide users access to the statistics of their 500px content. Not only does it provide statistics though, it’s also meant to provide a better promotional platform to strategically engage with their audience, all from a mobile device.

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external Landmark Photo Essay: W. Eugene Smith’s ‘Country Doctor’ —LIFE

Eugene Smith’s at-times almost unsettlingly intimate pictures illustrate in poignant detail the challenges faced by a modest, tireless rural physician — and gradually reveal the inner workings and the outer trappings of what is clearly a uniquely rewarding life.

 
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Good Enough to Succeed in Photography

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It’s been a tough few years and people are frustrated with the state of the industry. Everywhere I turn, people seem to be saying that a photography career isn’t what it used to be and that budgets are tight. Many of the blogs I read and the message boards that I visit all seem to be repeating the same message: There’s no work, there’s no money, and the competition is too intense to succeed. To quote one frustrated photographer, “How do you f’ing make a living shooting pictures anymore?Read more…

How I Used ‘Grandpa’s Photos’ to Honor My Grandfather’s Memory and Retrace His Steps

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It’s a sad day when your Grandfather needs to go into a ‘nursing home.’ For years my Grandpa, Stephen Clarke, had always been the strongest, smartest, most capable guy in the room. Now, he had been reduced to needing 24-hour care in a place that smells like a hospital.

In an effort to help him, my family and I cleaned out his now empty house. As I was sorting through things and cleaning I found a box of old 35mm slides. Little did I know just how much these slides would change the next half-decade of my life, eventually leading me to create my latest project, Grandpa’s Photos. Read more…

external World’s Fastest Auto Focus Technology explained by Mark Weir —Sony Blog

Sony Senior Technology Manager Mark Weir explains the “World’s Fastest Autofocus” technology the company built into the Sony a6000. It gets pretty techy, so the technologically faint of heart may want to steer clear.

 
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New Zealand Newspaper Makes ‘Appalling’ Front Page Photo Mistake by Using Facebook

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In the age of social media, major publications frequently source photos from Facebook or Twitter profiles. But as the NZ Herald recently discovered, this can lead to major, embarrassing mistakes. Read more…

Video: Inspirational Words on Having Confidence as a Photographer

We are our own worst critics. It’s always the case. Naturally, we see the works of others and gawk in amazement, but when viewing our own work we can often only notice the flaws and imperfections. But, photographer Mike Browne is here to hand out a healthy dose of inspiration and speak to the power of self confidence.

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external At Front Lines, Bearing Witness in Real Time —NY Times

The act of witness, a foundation of war reporting, has been democratized and disseminated in new ways. The same device that carries photos of your mother’s new puppy or hosts aimless video games also serves up news from the front.

 
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Striking Black & White Photographs Capture the Chaotic Streets of Tokyo

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While he was born in 1965, it wasn’t until 2008 when Tatsuo Suzuki first picked up a camera with the intent to be a photographer. Since then, he’s been traveling around, camera in-hand, capturing the turbulent street life of Tokyo. Deep in contrast, strong in grain and often paired with a dragged out shutter, his monochrome images seem to paint a perfect picture of the world around him.

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This is the Hypnotic Result of Duct Taping a GoPro to a Car Tire

The title sort of says it all doesn’t it? The cool, slightly nauseating video above is the result of a fun little experiment: what would happen if you duct tape a GoPro to your car tire and go for a drive. And we do mean duct tape. Video creator Ryan Fox didn’t use any kind of special mount… just some tape and a prayer.

It’s a simple idea with captivating, hypnotic results that will either give you flashbacks to speedracer, make you feel like you’re traveling through time, or make you nauseous… the way we see it, two out of three ain’t bad.