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external Should News Outlets Publish Photos of Air Crash Victims? —The Atlantic

After the crash of yet another Malaysian Airlines jet, the question is being asked: “Is it ethical for news outlets to publish graphic photos of the victims?”.

News outlets, the good ones, spend a lot of time thinking about the best way to present information as it unfolds; part of their thinking should respect the fact that images, once revealed, cannot be unseen.

The Washington Post has a similar article. The Big Picture and TIME have both gone ahead with sharing brutal images (albeit with clear warnings).

 
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Did You Know: We Don’t Have a Clear Photo of Pluto, but Next Year We Will

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Pluto has had a rough existence. Discovered February 18th, 1930, the largest object in the Kuiper belt has gone through a number of classifications, eventually settling on “dwarf planet” at this point in time.

The interesting thing is, as much as we may know about this dwarf planet, we don’t have a very good idea of what it looks like. Scientists have yet to take a clear photograph of Pluto, but around this time next year (on July 14th, 2015, to be exact) that’ll change.
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Your Kit Lens is An Excellent Lens

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As the saying goes, quality lenses are a lot more important than good bodies when it comes to investing in camera gear. They last longer, retain their value more, and have more utility overall than, say, buying the latest DSLR that will become obsolete in 3 to 5 years. But if you are into photography for the first time, you’ll likely buy an entry level camera that comes bundled with an inferior, even crappy, kit lens. Or is it?

Do you really need quality gear to take good pictures? Spend thousands of dollars on red/golden rings lenses?
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external A New Way To Talk About Poverty In Troy, New York —Slate

I don’t know anything about almost everything; there are so many things to know now. But I know some stuff about these couple places, and you have to want to share that,” she said. “The pictures are just a way to remind me about what I’ve learned. No longer do I care about having pictures in a frame on the wall.”

Some powerful images of families living below the poverty line in Troy, New York.

 
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Norwegian Photojournalist Aids Gaza Strike Victim, Takes Breath, and Resumes Shooting

It helps to have experience with first aid when you’re working as a photojournalists in conflict areas, and the intense video above is one example showing why. [warning: there's some blood]

On July 16th, Norwegian photojournalist Harald Henden was filming a report outside his hotel in Gaza City when there was an explosion at a beach just a few hundred yards from where he was standing.
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Photographer Looks to Retrace the Footsteps of Robert Frank in ‘The Americans’

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Similar in nature to the tribute Peter Essick paid to Ansel Adams, photographer Trenton Moore is on a mission to quite literally retrace the footsteps of famed photographer Robert Frank.

In his project titled Retracing America: A Photo Roadtrip, Essick hopes to visit the exact same locations Frank did for his iconic 1957 photo book The Americans.
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external iPhone 6 Camera May Jump To 13 Megapixels —CNET

Speculations abound over the highly anticipated iPhone 6, which continues Apple’s tradition of secrecy before its release. However Chinese site Digi-wo.com has taken a stab at the new features with a report of a new 13-megapixel Sony camera sensor in the upcoming phone.

 
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This Selfie Toaster Can Burn Your Portrait Onto Your Morning Toast

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Want further evidence of how far the concept of a “selfie” has spread in our culture? Look no further than this wacky Selfie Toaster by the Vermont Novelty Toaster Corp. Simply provide your favorite shot of your beautiful face, and the company will send you a toaster that can burn your likeness into toast for your morning meal.
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Photo Series Uses Laundry Machines to Frame Colorful and Abstract Shots

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“Inspirational” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind when you think about laundry, but for photographer Yvette Meltzer, that’s exactly what it turned out to be. Shirts strung over a clothesline, laundry being sloshed around with suds, and most recently, piles of clothes being tossed about inside the confines of a dryer.
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external Magnum Photographers Share Insight Into Their Craft —ISSUU

Exclusive interviews with 12 Magnum photographers.

“I don’t care if somebody takes a picture with an iPhone or with a washing machine [as long as it looks good].”

 
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