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A Brief Intro to Shooting with a Rangefinder Camera

If you’ve never picked up a rangefinder camera before and have always wondered how it differs from single-lens reflex cameras, here’s a short video that may be of interest to you. In it, photographer Craig Semetko discusses the basics of rangefinder photography — in this case he’s using a Leica M — and its advantages compared to SLRs.

(H/T Leica Rumors)

This DIY ‘Patina’ Leica M2 Was Turned Green Like the Statue of Liberty

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Did you know that the Statue of Liberty started out as a dull copper color, but turned green over time due to oxidation occurring on the copper skin? The green patina (also called verdigris) can occur naturally or with human intervention on copper, brass, and bronze.

Know what else is brass? The body of the Leica M2 underneath the chrome surface. Photographer Bellamy Hunt used this fact to create a custom DIY special edition of the M2, the “Patina Edition.”
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Megatron is Not a Fan of Selfies

Universal Studios in Hollywood recently offered guests a photo op with a performer dressed very impressively as Megatron, one of the main baddies in Transformers. It turns out Megatron is not a fan of selfies.

When Alexandra Trew walked up and tried to snap one, she ended up capturing this video of the villain ranting about selfies and arguing how people need to learn to live in the moment.
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How to Harness Your Fear to Become a More Confident Street Photographer

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Street photography is one of the most difficult forms of photography out there. Not only do you have to rapidly compose, frame, and approach strangers, but you have to do so with the risk of “injury.” They might injure you verbally (threaten to break your camera, give you a dirty look and call you a creep, or curse at you) or they might injure you physically (try to grab your camera, hit you, shove you, etc).
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How to Make a Coffee Cup Spy Camera That Snaps a Shot When You Take a Swig

Here’s an interesting weekend photography project of moderate technical difficulty: the video above is a tutorial on how you can make a DIY coffee cup spy camera. The camera sees out of the cup’s base and has a shutter that’s triggered whenever you lift the cup and pretend to drink from it.
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Brooklyn Street Photographer Andre D. Wagner Talks Us Through His Photographic Process

Here’s a short, inspiring video profile of Brooklyn-based street photographer Andre D. Wagner. We’re offered a glimpse into Wagner’s mind as he talks about his process for creating images, from how he approaches photographing people on sidewalks with a Leica 35mm film rangefinder to his love of making photos with his hands in his darkroom.

On his website, Wagner writes that his “love and true desire to capture his subject using traditional film is not solely based on the tangible textures and grains that’s visible in the final shot, but also the reality of shooting individuals from different backgrounds that are just as unpredictable as film can be.”

(via Leica Rumors via Reframe)

A Brief Comparison of Canon 400mm Lenses, Mark I Against Mark II

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Canon shooters have a bit of 400mm excitement right now. The biggest news, of course, is the release of the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II lens, replacing the original version that’s had a very long, successful run.

Not quite so much excitement was generated by the release of the 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens. It too replaces a long running lens, but one that has been considered more of a niche lens. (I’ll admit, though, it’s been one of my favorite niches. I used the 400mm DO a lot over the years.)
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Photo Sharing is Big, Big Business: Instagram is Now Reportedly Worth $35 Billion

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When Facebook agreed to acquire Instagram for $1 billion in cash and stock back in April 2012, the world balked at the price. Instagram was only a 17-month-old company at the time that had just launched on Android, and there was no income on the horizon.

Well, fast forward two years, and Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg looks like a genius for making the deal: Instagram is estimated to be worth $35 billion now.
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This Photographer Transforms His Dog Into Different Animals Every Holiday Season

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Bristol, England-based photographer Peter Thorpe has a special treat for his clients every holiday season. For the past 20 years, he has sent hilarious promo Christmas cards featuring his dogs as different animals in elaborate handmade scenes.
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Rumor: Nikon Will Soon Unveil a New 300mm f/4 VR Lightweight Telephoto Lens

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Planning to purchase a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D lens? You might want to hold off for now: Nikon is rumored to have a replacement to that lens ready for a near-future launch.
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