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Beware: Building Your Own DIY Photo Gear Could Be Patent Infringement

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Going a do-it-yourself (DIY) route is popular among photographers who want the benefits of a certain product without having to shell out money in order to buy the actual thing. Here’s something you might not have considered though: building a DIY version of something that’s patented can actually constitute patent infringement, and sharing those designs with others can land you in even deeper trouble.
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Woman Photoshops Her Body in Real Time in This Powerful Statement on Beauty

Personal trainer Cassey Ho is a YouTube star with an exercise channel boasting more than 2.1 million subscribers. In recent days, however, she has seen an increase in the number of negative comments by people criticizing her appearance. In order to express what she felt in reading those messages, Ho came up with the idea of creating a video in which she Photoshops herself to create “the perfect body” based on what commenters want her to look like.
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The Only Way to Do Great Work is to Love What You Do

Cinematographer Tucker MacDonald created this inspiring video titled “Find What You Love.” It features snippets of commencement speeches given by two men who were titans in their respective fields: tech entrepreneur Steve Jobs and film director Martin Scorsese.

“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work,” Jobs says. “And the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”

(via Tucker MacDonald via DigitalRev)

Sony Unveils Updated Versions of the A-Mount 24-70mm f/2.8 and 16-35mm f/2.8

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Sony’s A-Mount system hasn’t seen very much love in recent days, but there’s still some activity. As the company promised late last year, today it announced two new versions of popular A-mount lenses: the Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 and the 16-35mm f/2.8.
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Photographing the Blood Moon in Yosemite

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I was in the middle of Yosemite during the “Blood Moon” lunar eclipse on April 4th, 2015. Here’s the story of the cool experience I had shooting it.
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A Time-Lapse of the Calbuco Volcano Eruption in Chile

Yesterday, the Calbuco volcano in southern Chile erupted for the first time in over 42 years, sending an enormous ash cloud 7 miles into the air and forcing thousands of people to evacuate their homes in a 12 mile radius. A man named Rodrigo Barrera was on the scene with his camera, and he managed to capture the above time-lapse video showing both the beauty and terror of the eruption.

Canon Acquires Lifecake, A Startup Building a Photo Sharing App for Parents

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Canon Europe has acquired a London-based startup company called Lifecake, which builds a photo-sharing app that’s marketed toward parents of young kids. The service, which launched back in 2013, claims to offer “time travel for parents.”
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An Incredibly Rare Photo of a Quadruple Rainbow

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New Yorker Amanda Curtis was waiting for a train in Long Island, New York, this past Tuesday when she spotted something incredibly rare: a quadruple rainbow in the sky. She quickly snapped and shared a photo of it online, where it became one of the most talked about images over the past couple of days.
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The Way I See It: A Day in the Life of 13 Photographers

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It’s reported that over 208,000 photos are uploaded to Facebook EVERY MINUTE. “That’s so Tumblr” is an actual phrase used to identify images that would get noticed and go viral.
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The Pentax K-3 II: Pixel Shifting, GPS, Compass, and Star Tracking

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Ricoh today announced its new Pentax K-3 II DSLR, the successor to the K-3 of 2013. The camera packs a number of new features, including pixel shifting, GPS, and star tracking.
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