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A First Glimpse of Canon’s Small 4K Camera

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Canon has long been rumored to have a small 4K camera up its sleeve, and now the world is getting its first glimpse of the new product. The company has unveiled the camera at a press event in China ahead of its rumored official launch in the United States at the NAB 2015 show in Las Vegas next month.
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Photographing Basketball in Rwanda

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Back in June, I was lucky enough to partner with a Boston-based nonprofit, Shooting Touch, to travel to Rwanda and document the participants in their “Basketball Health Corps” initiative. They use the sport of basketball and their partnerships with health administrators to teach children valuable skills and preventative treatments when it comes to HIV/AIDS, malaria, and daily health.
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Inklet Lets You Use the New Macbook Touchpad as a Pen Tablet for Editing

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Apple’s new Macbook features a redesigned pressure-sensitive trackpad called the Force Touch. In addition to being more powerful for inputs from your fingers, the new design allows for the use of a stylus on the touchpad if you’d like to retouch your photographs tablet-style.

Inklet by Ten One Design is the first 3rd party application for Mac that offers this.
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Analyzing a Collection of B&W Street Photos Captured Around the World

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Last year I launched a new initiative called the Streettogs Academy, a biweekly challenge for motivating and sharpening the skills of street photographers around the world. Photographers are given 2 weeks to shoot photos for the latest theme and upload 1 to 3 of them to our Facebook page.

Our latest assignment was “Black and White.” The submitted photos that received the most attention from members of the group were those that had the simple basic requirement of a good image: a strong visual hook. Here’s a look at photos.
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Three Photographers Go Head-to-Head in Capturing ‘Intimacy’ with Strangers in 20 Minutes

Every year at the Gulf Photo Plus photography festival in Dubai, attendees are treated to a special event called the GPP ShootOut. Called the “most exciting hour in the photography world” by David Hobby, the event pits famous photographers head-to-head in creating the best photo they can on the spot. It’s a freestyle battle for imaging.

You can watch this year’s GPP ShootOut 2015 in the 18-minute video above, which shows photographers Sara Lando, Ryan Brenizer and Joel Grimes battling each other with their eyes, minds, and camera gear.
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Weegee Shares His Thoughts on News Photography

As New York City prepares to digitize and publish thousands of historical crime scene photos captured by photo unit police officers, here’s a look at the subject from the photojournalist’s point of view.

The 9-minute above is an interview with Weegee, a photographer known for his gritty black-and-white photos of crime scenes and urban life. It’s from the 1958 vinyl record “Famous Photographers Tell How.”
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Historical NYPD Crime Scene Photos to be Digitized and Released to the Public

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The photographer known as Weegee made his mark on photography by hunting for crime scenes and uncomfortable shots in New York City. We may soon be seeing some of the crime scenes he captured from an alternate perspective.

Thousands of historical crime scene photographs shot by the New York Police Department will soon be digitized and released for the public to see.
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How Humans Are Teaching Computers To See and Understand Photos

Three year old children can make sense of what they see in photos and describe them to us, but even the most advanced computers have historically had difficulties with that same task. That’s quickly changing though, as computer scientists are developing powerful new ways to have computers identify what a photograph is showing.

The video above is a new TED talk given by Fei-Fei Li, a Stanford professor who’s one of the world’s leading experts on computer vision. She talks about her revolutionary ImageNet project that has changed how computers “see.”
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The University of Texas to Create Thousands of Insect Macro Photos for the Public Domain

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A team at the University of Texas is set to create thousands of macro photographs showing the beauty and diversity of the smallest critters in the state of Texas. Every one of the photos will be released to the public domain, allowing anyone to do anything with the photos without charge (or even permission).
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Deal Alert: Sony Shuttering All But Two of Its Physical Stores, Offering Big Discounts

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Sony is making big restructuring moves in order to increase profitability, and one of the big changes has been closing its inefficient physical retail stores. 26 of the stores were closed in 2014, and now the latest word is that in addition to closing all of its shops in Canada, Sony will be pulling the plug on 8 of the 10 remaining US locations.

If you’re a photographer who shoots with Sony, you might want to keep an eye on any Sony store near you: you could find it filled with heavily discounted photo gear.
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