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15 Free Organizational Tools for Photographers

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These days, photographers are dramatically strapped for time. We live in a world where “busy” is the most common answer for “how are you doing?” Endless client talks, long emails, phone calls, social media messages and trips steal your precious time with no intention of giving it back.

So, how can you become more effective in the time you do have and maybe earn yourself some time for shooting? And I’m not talking about multitasking, everyone already knows that’s not working anyway!

In this post I put together 15 time-saving tools for photographers that’ll help save you more time for shooting. Tools for creating quick to-do lists, bookmarking links to read later, sharing various files with others, automating certain quick tasks, creating personal website in minutes, and much more. Read more…

external Revisiting Life and Death in Africa —NY Times | Lens Blog

Yunghi Kim went to Somalia 20 years ago expecting to cover a famine. She found herself instead in a war zone.

 
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‘Self-Portraits with Men’ Series Explores the ‘What-Ifs’ of Life with Different Partners

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Have you ever wondered what you life would be like if you ended up with one of your exes? Or just a random person on the street, somebody whose trajectory in life would have changed your own drastically?

Czech photographer Dita Pepe has, but she took it an step further than most of us when she turned these spousal what-ifs into a series of portraits that take an interesting look at “what might have been” had her family life taken a different direction. Read more…

Picdeck Web App Brings TweetDeck-Like Functionality to Instagram

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Instagram is a wonderful social network with simplicity built right into its infrastructure. But while simplicity may work for the masses, there are power users out there who would like to make the most of the photo-sharing network using third party options — options that just got a bit more tempting thanks to the introduction of Picdeck.

Picdeck, a new web app for Instagram users, hopes to bring an interface similar to popular Twitter app TweetDeck to Instagram, letting users make the most of their square-cropped image streams. Read more…

external The Invention of the “Snapshot” Changed the Way We Viewed the World —Smithsonian

Not everyone was happy with the rise of the snapshot. Professional photographers were repelled by the weird, ungainly, often out-of-focus shots that amateurs produced. “Photography as a fad is well nigh on its last legs,” prayed the art photographer Alfred Stieglitz. Other pundits bemoaned “Kodak fiends,” camera obsessives who carried their device everywhere and were apparently so constantly taking pictures that they would space out and miss their trains.

 
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US Spy Satellites Used to Drop Photos in ‘Film Buckets’ from Space for Airplanes to Catch in Mid-Air

So, you think taking your film to the local shop to get developed is a pain? Try being an American spy satellite in the 1960s. Getting your film developed then meant dropping it in a special ‘film bucket’ capsule from space, which the US Air Force then had to catch in mid-air. Read more…

MIOPS: Smartphone Controllable High Speed Camera Trigger

MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger that combines all of the features photographers want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.

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Check Out This Rare Red Curtain Leica IIIc with Nazi Engravings On It

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Bellamy Hunt of Japan Camera Hunter recently stumbled across a very rare Leica IIIc Red Curtain Rangefinder — rare because it comes complete with Nazi engravings on it. And though these Nazi symbols were not placed on the camera by Leica themselvesthe company actually helped Jews flee Nazi Germany during the Holocaust — it’s still a fascinating camera find. Read more…

external Will Tiny GoPro Cameras Replace Your Obnoxious Phone at Concerts? —Mashable

It’s rare to find someone at a concert who will keep their smartphone buried in their pockets or purses for the entirety of the show, seeing as we’re essentially Generation Hold Your Camera Phone Up At Concerts Instead of Paying Full Attention.

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To avoid pissing off people, some tech-savvy patrons at the Made in America festival are using tiny GoPro cameras, which have grown in popularity over the past few years.

 
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Colorized Photos of Hong Kong Seek to Reintroduce You to the City’s Rich History

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Typically, colorizers focus on famous images. Photos like the V-J Day kiss photo from Times Square, or historic portraits. Honk Kong resident and Photoshopper Victor Liu’s focus is more specific. His new project is all about Hong Kong, and he’s hoping that his colorized images will encourage others to rediscover the city’s past. Read more…

Rumor: Canon Reportedly Launching 24mm f/2.8, 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6, and 400mm f/4 at Photokina

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It seems Canon has a lot more up its sleeve for Photokina than just the rumored 7D replacement. In fact, if recent rumors prove true, you’ve got three new lenses to look forward to. Read more…