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Cubee Displays Your Favorite Instagram Photos in a Glowing Photo Cube

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Since its launch in October of 2010, Instagram has inspired many a product meant to help you print, use and interact with the photos you take on the service. And one of the newer, cooler Instagram-related products we recently ran across is Cubee: an illuminating Instagram photo cube.

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This is the World’s Most Valuable Selfie: It Was Taken in the 1850s and Just Sold for $115K

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Photography pioneer Oscar Rjlander captured a self-portrait in the 1850s that is being hailed as yet another ‘first selfie ever.’ But whether or not it really is the first (and that doesn’t seem to be the case) it can probably claim to be the most valuable selfie (based on what we could uncover) after being sold at auction for over $100,000. Read more…

external Apple’s iPhone 6 Has Finally Convinced Me To Ditch My Compact Camera —TechCrunch

From this point on, the question isn’t whether smartphone cameras can catch up to their standalone counterparts, it’s how much better they can get in their own right.

 
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DIY Tip: Using a Shower Curtain as a Diffuser

Sometimes we’re left working with inconsistent or otherwise less-than-ideal light sources. And while we can’t always make bad light good, we can certainly control some of the light quality if we get creative. Showing just how to do that is this clever little DIY Diffusion tip by the guys over at Film Riot.

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Photographs that Shatter the Stereotype of the Absent Black Father

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If you trust the image painted by popular culture and the media at large, it’s easy to come to the assumption that African-American fatherhood is something of an oxymoron. The stereotype depicts black fathers as universally absent, uncaring or otherwise uninvolved.

But as with most stereotypes, it misses the mark. And photographer Zun Lee‘s powerful new book “Father Figure: Exploring Alternate Notions of Black Fatherhood” seeks to show the other side of the coin and shatter this misconception (and studies show that it is, indeed, a misconception) once and for all. Read more…

external The New York Times Could Never Have Published TMZ’s Ray Rice Video —Gawker

“However, there’s a rub: The video that’s now been watched millions of times over was heavily edited by TMZ. The raw video of Ray Rice knocking his then-fiancée unconscious is almost unwatchably glitchy. The site decided to delete and interpolate hundreds of individual frames to make Rice and Palmer’s actions more coherent—to make the punch appear as it actually happened.”

 
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Useful Free Lightroom Plugin Shows You What Focus Points Your Camera Used for Each Photo

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There are some Lightroom plugins that make you truly question why the feature isn’t built directly into Lightroom itself, and Show Focus Points is one of those. Just as the name implies, it’s a plugin that lets you see which focus point was used when your camera captured the photograph. Read more…

5 Reasons I Love Rooftopping and Will Do It Until The Day I Die

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The word “rooftopping” first appeared in a book called “Access All Areas” in 2005 by author Jeff Chapman. In this book Jeff refers to this activity as an offshoot of urban exploration. It’s been called skywalking, roofing, and most recently New York Magazine called the people who do this “outlaw Instagrammers.”

Call it what you will, people have been going on roofs for decades (and probably even longer) for their own reasons, from Dan Goodwin‘s stunts to Philippe Petit‘s rope walk across the World Trade Center towers. Exploring rooftops is nothing new. Read more…

external This Is Where The Slick Photos Of Military Jets Come From —Washington Post

 
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AFP Will No Longer Accept Photos from Freelancers Putting Themselves in Harm’s Way in Syria

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Freelance photojournalists traveling to rebel-held areas in Syria and putting themselves in serious danger of being kidnapped and/or killed will no longer be able to have their work published by Agence France Presse (AFP). Read more…