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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.

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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Satire: Disgruntled Pixel Peepers Say Canon 5DS Still Not Enough

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MELVILLE, N.Y., March 26, 2015 – A 37-year-old man has criticized Canon’s latest DSLR, the 5DS, for not having enough pixels, even though it has more pixels than any other DSLR in history and has not even been released yet.
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Flickr Now Lets You Add Public Domain Photos and Release Shots to the Public Domain

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Last week SpaceX posted its photos to Flickr and released them to the public domain. Unfortunately for the company, Flickr didn’t have any public domain designation they could use, so even though SpaceX founder Elon Musk said the photos were public domain, the images were shared under a Creative Commons license that required attribution.

That has now changed. Flickr announced yesterday that it has created two new options for members in the copyright dropdown panel: public domain and CC0, which allows users to release content to the public domain.
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Is This a First Look at Canon’s Upcoming Large Sensor PowerShot Camera?

Update: Oops. It turns out the camera was already named and shown by Canon last month. Please see the update below.


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CES 2015 came and went, and there is still no mention of the large-sensor, large-lens PowerShot camera that Canon started teasing late last year. However, a new photo put up on Canon Netherlands’ PowerShot page appears to show a camera that doesn’t officially exist yet — could this be a first glimpse of the upcoming PowerShot for pros?
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Shooting Selfies with Strangers Using a 16mm Bolex Film Camera

Short-film makers Adrian Morphy and Marissa Bergougnou of Rhymes with Orange did an interesting little social experiment recently. They had a guy named Geoffrey Cork stand on a street and ask passersby to stop and pose for a selfie with him. It wasn’t just a smartphone selfie, though, but also one shot with a bulky 16mm Bolex motion picture camera. The black-and-white cinematic selfies turned out pretty well.