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It Would Take 21 of These IBM Hard Drives from 1956 to Hold a Single D800 RAW File

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Here’s both a neat picture and a mind-blowing fact for you. What you see above is the IBM Model 350 Disk File from 1956. It weighed over a ton, contained fifty 24-inch disks, and was leased to companies for $3,200 per month. It could hold… 3.75 Megabytes.

That means that it would take 21 of these puppies to hold the largest 14-bit RAW file the Nikon D800 spits out. Read more…

Portraits from The 2014 World Beard and Mustache Championships

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A new year has gone by, which means a new World Beard and Mustache Championship has been completed. And in keeping with his annual tradition, portrait photographer Greg Anderson was there to document some of the most outrageous facial accoutrement you will ever come across. Read more…

external In Almost All Cases, Journalists Are Still Being Killed With No Consequences —Poynter

Earlier this week the Committee to Protect Journalists issued a report revealing that since 2004, out of 361 journalist deaths only 9 of whose killers had been prosecuted. With the toll rising, the report shares what is being done on a global level in the fight against impunity in journalist killings.

 
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Sony Announces Pro Support Service: Quick Repairs, Loaners and More for Pro Photographers

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As more and more professional photographers make the jump to Sony (for one reason or another), it only makes sense that the electronics giant start offering professional services along the line of Canon’s CPS program and Nikon’s NPS program.

And that is exactly what the company has decided to do. As of this morning, Sony Imaging has officially launched what it’s calling the Sony PRO Support service program.

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Rumor: Canon Working on a ‘Modular’ DSLR that Will Let You Swap Out the Viewfinder and More

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Here’s an interesting rumor from the Canon camp. You know that ‘modular’ phone Google is working on that will let you swap out pieces of it — say, the camera, or the processor — by removing and attaching different pieces? Well, fresh rumors suggest Canon is thinking of doing something similar with a forthcoming DSLR. Read more…

external DIY Photography Hacks: How To Make Your Own Light Tent —Digital Camera World

This DIY light tent is about as simple as they come. It doesn’t take much more than some white fabric and a cardboard box to create stunner close ups.

 
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Video: Four Steps That Will Help You Approach and Take Portraits of Complete Strangers

Taking photographs of strangers can be a daunting task, especially for us more reserved photographers; however, it can also produce some of the most rewarding and impressive work. To that end, photographer Jimmy Hickey put together this informative video to help shy photographers get comfortable approaching strangers on the street.

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Paris Views: Voyeuristic Portraits of Parisians Captured Through Apartment Windows

Gail Albert Halaban, Rue de Belleville, 20th arrondissement, Paris, from Gail Albert Halaban: Paris Views (Aperture, 2014)

Gail Albert Halaban, Rue de Belleville, 20th arrondissement, Paris, from Gail Albert Halaban: Paris Views (Aperture, 2014)

Photographer Gail Albert Halaban calls herself a ‘friendly window watcher.’ In 2009, this manifested itself in the much-lauded photographs of her New York City neighbors in the series Out My Window, and now she’s back with another series/book of similar portraits captured in the City of Light: Paris. Read more…

external Christoph Bangert, War Porn —L'Oeil de la Photographie

Photographer Christoph Bangert’s book War Porn is not one to be left out on the coffee table for pleasant perusing. In fact some of the images are so horrifying that the pages are still sealed together to let the viewer prepare himself for the image. It’s not just the blood and gore he’s trying to communicate, but the anger, weakness and emotion of modern warfare that often escapes our attention.

 
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Fuji X20 Survives 3 Months of Rain, Snow, and Bears in the Wild… Still Works

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This poor camera has seen some things. For three months, photographer KB‘s Fuji X20 languished in the Colorado wilderness while rain, hail, snow, and animals took turns saying ungentle hellos. And yet, when KB brought it home and charged it up, the X20 started right up! Read more…