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Photo of Woman Glued to Her Phone Wins the 2014 National Geographic Photo Contest

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This photograph of a woman glued to her smartphone has been selected as the Grand Prize winner of the 2014 National Geographic Photography Contest. It was captured by photographer Brian Yen of Hong Kong.
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Fan Gets Karate Kicked by Guitarist While Snapping an On-Stage Selfie

Here’s a strange incident that’s causing a stir online and in music communities: at a recent concert by the metal band Every Time I Die, a fan named Micah Barnes decided to climb onto the stage to try and snag a selfie with the lead singer. Guitarist Jordan Buckley would have none of it, and decided to put an end to the photo shoot with a swift kick that sent the smartphone flying into the air.
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The Great Instagram Purge Vaporizes Millions of Spammy ‘User’ Accounts

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After announcing that it had passed 300 million active users earlier this month, Instagram warned that it would be cracking down on spam accounts and that users may see their follower counts drop as a result. It has come to pass.

If your follower counts just dropped noticeably, you’re seeing the effects of the Great Instagram Purge, which has wiped out millions upon millions of accounts.
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Fujifilm Firmware Updates Add Big New Features to the X-T1, X-E2, X-E1, and X-Pro1

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If you’re the proud owner of a Fujifilm X-T1, X-E2, X-E1, and X-Pro1, here’s an early present for you this holiday season: Fujifilm has released firmware updates that add some pretty big new features your camera.
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Famous Paintings Recreated as Photos Using Things Around the Office

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Photographers Chris Limbrick and Francesco Fragomeni both work for the website hosting company Squarespace. During times in which they’re not hard at work, the duo has been shooting a lighthearted photo project called foolsdoart.

Each photograph is a recreation of a famous painting with Limbrick and Fragomeni as the subjects and with their office as the stage.
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Flickr Sorry for Selling Creative Commons Photos as Wall Art, Will Stop and Refund All Sales To Date

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Flickr is apologizing for its decision to sell Creative Commons photos as wall art. The images have been pulled, and all sales made with CC photos will be refunded.
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Comparing the Image Quality of Film and Digital

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There have been a few film versus digital articles here and there on the interwebs, but seems like very few have approached the subject in a scientific fashion or with the advice of both film and digital experts.

However, with the help of Joe Cornish (a landscape photographer who made his living shooting on medium and large format but now shoots Phase One IQ280s), Chris Ireland (who sells Phase One cameras), and myself, Tim Parkin, (I shoot film and run a drum scanning service), a definitive test was born.
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500px iOS App Update Brings Lightroom-Powered Editing and a Built-In Camera

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500px released a major update to its iOS app today. Users can now take advantage of an in-app camera and editing tools powered by Adobe Lightroom technologies.
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Rephotographing Route 66: Animated GIFs Showing 1930-1970 Scenes Compared to Today

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Route 66 is a famous highway that crosses the United States, connecting Santa Monica, California on the west with Chicago, Illinois toward the east. It was one of the original highways of the US Highway System.

The route is also the subject of a project by photographer Natalie Slater, titled “The Mother Road Revisited.” Slater found old photos of the route from decades ago and rephotographed them as they appear today.
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PrintSnap Wants to Bring Back the Instant Picture Using Dirt Cheap Receipt Paper

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Instant photos are fun and were at one time super popular, but they aren’t exactly cheap. Shooting with new Impossible Project film costs about $3 per shot these days. But what if you could shoot casual instant snapshots on a physical medium for less than a penny per shot?

That’s the idea behind the PrintSnap. It’s an instant camera that captures photos on standard receipt paper.
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