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200 Light Orbs Captured in Single Long Exposure Sets New World Record

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Did you know that there’s a Guinness World Record for the most light orbs painted into a single long-exposure photograph? The record was most recently broken by a group of 12 notable light painting photographers who gathered together in the middle of last year to create a photo featuring 200 light orbs.
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An In-Depth Tutorial on the Many Uses of a White Seamless Backdrop

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A white seamless background is a staple of photography and video studios. Photographer Zack Arias of DEDPXL has created a fantastic (and lengthy) two-part tutorial on the basics of the setup.
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A Crazy Photo Sequence from a Crash-Filled NASCAR Xfinity Series Race

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This past weekend, I covered the Alert Today Florida 300 Xfinity NASCAR race in Daytona. Following the Kurt Busch NASCAR appeal across the street from the track, I had to hustle to get to the roof for the race — it sure didn’t disappoint.

Halfway through the race, Daniel Suarez got turned sideway and hit Regan Smith (7), which caused Smith to barrel roll through the tri-oval. It was one of the best crash sequences I have shot.
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What Color is This Dress? Is it Under or Over Exposed?

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What colors do you see in this dress? Is it an underexposed photo of a white and gold dress, or is it an overexposed photo of a black and blue dress? It seems everyone has a different opinion on these questions, and this photo has seemingly become the most talked about thing on social media over the past day.
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Humor: Marky Ramone Invents a Product for Dealing with Smartphone Snappers at Concerts

Here’s a tongue-in-cheek sketch in which Ramones drummer Marky Ramone shows off a new product he developed called the Smartphone Swatter. It’s a cheap and simple fix for dealing with annoying concertgoers who ruin your view by constantly holding up their phones to capture photos and videos.

(via CH2 via Boing Boing)

Getty Images is Burning Through Cash as Its Earnings Shrink

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Photographers often grumble about Getty Images taking too big a slice from each stock photo sale, but it turns out the company hasn’t been lining its pockets with mountains of cash generated by its contributors — in fact, it hasn’t been doing so hot financially as of late.
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external Adobe Saved Photoshop By Ditching Boxes for the Cloud —Quartz

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The move [to a subscription model], successfully executed, has set Adobe—one of the world’s largest software companies—up for the current industry realities […] David Hobby, prominent photo blogger at Strobist, called it “the biggest money grab in the history of software.”

But glancing at Adobe’s quarterly reports, it’s apparent users have adjusted. At the end of fiscal year 2014, Adobe reported $1.7 billion in annualized recurring revenue for Creative Cloud, a 70% increase from 2013. About two-thirds of the company’s fourth-quarter revenue was from recurring sources, up from 44% a year prior. Adobe’s share price has nearly doubled over the past two years.

 
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These Are the Darkroom Techniques Photoshop’s Tools Are Based On

As a tribute to Photoshop for its recent 25th birthday, Lynda created this “before there was Photoshop” video that shows the darkroom tools and techniques that were used by film photographers before Photoshop and digital photography arrived on the scene.

Photographer Konrad Eek works on a print by dodging, burning, adding gradients, using masks, feathering, and more. If you’ve never made a print in a darkroom before, this video could be quite illuminating.

How I Drastically Improved My Photography with Just Two Little Decisions

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The question I get asked the most is: “Wow, nice pic! Which camera are you using?” Does that sound familiar? In the past, every time I heard this question I would answer in the same way: by telling people which camera I was using, but that it didn’t really matter in my opinion.
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The 25 Most Popular Smartphone Photos on Flickr in 2014

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The most popular cameras on Flickr these days are smartphone cameras. In fact, the top 5 cameras are all different phone models: the iPhone 5S, iPhone 5, Samsung Galaxy S4, Samsung Galaxy S5, and iPhone 6.

Last month we shared the 25 most popular photos on Flickr through 2014. That list included images captured any all types of cameras. Here’s a second look at what the top 25 photos were when only smartphone images are considered.
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