Posts Published in February 2013

Photos of the White House Gutted During Its Truman Reconstruction

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Did you know that the White House was completely gutted and rebuilt on the inside between 1949 and 1952? After decades of poor maintenance, the building was in danger of collapsing in 1948, which forced President Harry Truman to move out and commission a complete gutting and rebuilding of the building’s insides.

The U.S. National Archives has been publishing photographs showing the gutted White House to its Flickr photostream.
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Socialmatic Camera to Arrive in the Real World with Polaroid Branding

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A few months back we shared the news that, assuming Instagram’s trademark lawyers didn’t get ahold of it first, the Socialmatic camera would indeed be making an appearance IRL. And now, none other than Polaroid has stepped up to place its name on the Instagram icon turned physical camera. Read more…

GoPro Hero3 Frying Pricey 64GB microSD Cards, Some Users Report

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A number of users over in the GoPro forums and beyond are reporting a serious problem with the GoPro Hero3. Namely, those who have been putting up the money to buy 64GB microSD cards (the largest the Hero3 will take) are finding that the GoPro is actually frying the cards after only a few days of use. Read more…

Film Noir-style Engagement Photos from a 1920s-Themed Shoot

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Belgian photographer Filip Bunkens recently did an engagement photo shoot with a couple named Mattias and Adinda, who proposed that it be 1920s-themed. Last Sunday morning they gathered at a local jazz bar for the session.
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Attorney General Asks Social Networks in the UK to Delete Illegal Photos of Killers

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In February of 1993, 10-year-olds Jon Venables and Robert Thompson kidnapped and murdered two-year-old James Bulger. The two were eventually caught, and became the youngest convicted murderers in modern English history.

Their life sentences were cut short, however, when they were released in 2001 under the protection of new identities and a court order that prohibited the publication of any info that could reveal who they were. Now a full 12 years after their release, UK Attorney General Dominic Grieve is finally getting a chance to enforce that court order. Read more…

A Sneak Peek at the Google+ Photos App in the Chromebook Pixel

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When the new Google Chromebook Pixel was announced a week ago, one of the new apps announced alongside it was for managing photographs. Photography played a bit part in the laptop’s design: it has a 12.85-inch, 4.3 million pixel touchscreen (the highest pixel density of any laptop) that has a strange aspect ratio of 3:2 — the aspect ratio of classic 35mm film.
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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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Cullinator Lets You Sort and Edit Photos Using a Video Game Controller

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Photographer Ed Pingol was sick of battling carpal tunnel every time he needed to cull or edit photos in Lightroom. So instead, he developed the Cullinator, a software app for Mac that pairs perfectly with an attachable gaming controller to keep you editing and culling ergonomically for hours without fatigue. Read more…

X-ray Photographs of Various Cameras

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Memphis, Tennessee-based photographer and X-ray technician Blake Billings has a set of images showing what various cameras look like when photographed with an X-ray machine. What you see above is a Nikon D60 DSLR.
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Oscar-Winning Documentary Filmmaker Used His iPhone When Money Ran Out

When Malik Bendjelloul — director of the Academy Award-winning documentary ‘Searching for Sugar Man‘ — ran out of money just a few necessary shots away from completing his film, he wasn’t sure what he was going to do. He had decided to shoot the film on a Super 8 film camera, but the cost of film had taken a larger toll on his budget than he had expected.

That’s when he stumbled onto the $2 iPhone app that saved his film and, to some extent, is the reason Bendjelloul now has an Oscar sitting on his mantle. Read more…

Music Website Gets Around Band’s Photo Ban with LEGO Recreations

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It’s an unfortunate truth in the world of concert photography that some bands refuse to issue press passes to “small time” local music photographers. The Killers are one such band.

After the group performed in Dublin earlier this month, music website GoldenPlec wasn’t able to send a photographer, so it decided to think outside the box to “get around” the ban. Instead of publishing actual photos of The Killers, the site featured LEGO recreations depicting what the show was like.
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