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We’re Giving Away a $1,000 Gift Card to B&H Photo Video

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We love our readers. As a thank you for being a faithful follower of this blog, we’re doing another big giveaway. One lucky reader will receive a $1,000 gift card to B&H Photo Video for anything in the store your heart desires.
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Apple Sends Out Reminder of Aperture’s Impending End, Encourages Migration to Photos

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Apple has sent out an email reminder to Aperture owners, reminding them that Aperture will no longer be available for purchase starting this spring after it’s replaced by the new Photos for OS X app. Aperture users can migrate their libraries to the new Photos app, which is now available for anyone to try through the OS X Beta program.
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Firefighter Photographer Jake Niece Captures Beauty While Battling Destruction

2012 Wildfire photos. Copyright registered.

Jake Niece is a “jake of all trades” who uses both mind and muscle in his multiple lines of work. In the summer he works as a wildland firefighter in Colorado, and in the winter he works on snowmaking crews. In both seasons he carries a camera and creates beautiful images through his passion for photography, which he has since turned into a third profession.
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external Photographer Helped Expose Brutality Of Selma’s ‘Bloody Sunday’ —NPR

NPR‘s Morning Edition broadcast this 4-minute segment on photographer James “Spider” Martin, who captured some of the most iconic photos from “Bloody Sunday” in Selma, Alabama 50 years ago. You can see some of his images on his website.

 
Mar 06, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

Pranking Tourists with Magical Photobombing

If you appreciate simple pranks, here’s a photo-related one you may find amusing. Greg Benson of MediocreFilms recently stood in front of the Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard and photobombed tourists while helping to take a photo of them. The clever trick involved an accomplice and a cardboard cutout of himself.

Another simple picture prank we’ve shared in the past is the Polaroid picture person swapping prank.

A Look at How Colorizer Dana Keller Breathes New Life Into Historical Photos

Dana Keller has made a name for himself as a talented photo colorizer, using his Photoshop skills to offer an idea of what historical black-and-white photos might have looked like had the photographer been able to shoot in color. The video above is a 6-minute look at how Keller approaches the task of colorization.
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Divoom Bluetune-Bean is a Bluetooth Speaker That Doubles as a Wireless Shutter Release

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As smartphone photography and selfie culture become more ubiquitous, we’re starting to see new products that aim to make snapping smartphone shots simpler. First came the selfie stick, and now there’s a new product called the Divoom Bluetune-Bean. It’s an ultra-portable Bluetooth speaker that has a feature that sets it apart: on the side is a shutter button for triggering the camera on your phone.
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Photos of a Last Trip to the Beach to Give a Dying Pit Bull the Vacation of a Lifetime

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In August 2014, photographer Zhenia Bulawka and her boyfriend Christian took their three dogs on a special trip to the beach. One of their beloved dogs, an 11-year-old American Staffordshire Terrier named Mr. Dukes, was dying of cancer, and Bulawka wanted to give him a vacation of a lifetime before he passed away.
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external House of Lords Calls for Compulsory Registration of Drones —The Telegraph

Camera drone operators in the UK may soon be forced to register their drones with an online database to make them traceable.

The House of Lords EU Committee is calling for the compulsory registration of all commercial and civilian drones, claiming that it would allow the government to track and manage drone traffic and address safety concerns. […] it highlights growing public concern over the use of drones by private individuals with little knowledge of aviation rules.

It suggests that all commercial drone operators should register their drones on an online database or app in the near future, and that in the longer term this should encompass leisure users as well.

 
Mar 05, 2015 · Permalink · Comment

This Slow-Mo Clip Shows What It’s Like to Photograph Planes Landing at Maho Beach

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Maho Beach in the Caribbean islands is famous for being a place where you can stand directly under airliners as they’re landing at Princess Juliana International Airport. With giant airplanes roaring so close overhead, the beach is a popular photo spot that results in some unbelievable images.

Photographer and travel blogger Paul Luning recently paid a visit to the beach, capturing the eye-opening video above that shows just how close the planes come to the people on the beach below.
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