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Iconic Space Photos Are Actually B&W: Here’s How NASA Colorizes Hubble Shots

Did you know that the Hubble Space Telescope is only able to capture black-and-white photos? In order to capture a maximum amount of information in their space photos, NASA captures multiple black-and-white images using different filters in the camera. These images are then combined in post to create the iconic color photographs that you see published by the space agency.

The video above shows how NASA goes about colorizing the photos by compositing the individual shots.
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Portraits of New Mothers With Their Day-Old Babies

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For the past five years, portrait photographer Jenny Lewis of Hackney, London, has been finding and photographing new mothers with their newborn babies within 24 hours after childbirth.
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I Found Photos by the Man Behind Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ in a London Junk Shop

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Peter Fordham was a British photographer best-known for his music work in the 1970s. If you own a copy of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, his second solo album, you’ll be familiar with his work. Fordham was the photographer who took the picture of Lennon, sat at his white piano with a pair of headphones on, at Lennon’s Tittenhurst Park home where the 1971 album was recorded. It’s a classic of rock music photography, Lennon singing into a hard black mic set against a stark white room, and was included as a fold-out poster in the album.
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Everyday App Version 2 Offers Multiple Timelines and Helpful New Features

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If you’d like to create a time-lapse of your face over long periods of time like what photographer Noah Kalina has been doing, one of the easiest options out there is an app called Everyday. It has been a popular photo app in Apple’s app store since its launch in 2012, and today Version 2.0 of the app was released to make the experience even better and more flexible.
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An Inside Look at Leitz Park Wetzlar, Leica’s Gorgeous Global Headquarters

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In February 2014, Leica moved its headquarters to the newly constructed Leitz Park Wetzlar, a state-of-the-art campus for its management and manufacturing. Here’s a look at what the beautiful campus is like from the outside and inside the buildings.
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Pilot’s DSLR Jammed Airliner Joystick and Caused it to Plummet, Investigation Finds

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American and European regulations generally prohibit pilots from taking pictures while flying planes, and for good reason: sometimes the camera does get in the way of safe flight — literally.

An investigation in the UK has found that a military airliner took a terrifying 4,400 foot nosedive last year after the pilot’s DSLR got stuck next to the plane’s joystick.
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Lighting Gear Pioneer Paul C. Buff Passes Away at the Age of 78

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The world of photography lost one of its own this week. Photographic lighting pioneer Paul C. Buff has passed away at the age of 78. Among his many contributions to photography were White Lightning, AlienBees, Einstein flash units; the CyberSync radio remote system; and the Vagabond power system.
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Lighting Fundamentals: High Speed Sync Versus Flash Duration

If you’re just getting started in learning how to light your shot with flashes, you may be confused about the terms “high speed sync” and “flash duration.” Here’s a helpful 6-minute primer in which photographer Daniel Norton explains what these two concepts are, how they differ, and which situations they come in handy for.
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I Had 164 Rolls of Film Processed at Once: Here’s How I Do It

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I recently stopped into the Costco in Mountain View, California with 164 rolls of Kodak Portra 400. You should’ve seen the look of the staff — it was a look of confusion, awe, and amazement.

They were surprised that all that film I brought in was all shot by me. They were also partly worried that they would have to process all of it. I reassured them by telling them to take their time. I wasn’t in a rush. After all, I had been sitting on my film and letting them “marinate” for nearly a full year.
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A Look at Composition in Documentary Photography

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In my mind, there are three important elements of a photograph. Lighting, Composition and Moment. Every picture that I love has these elements, in varying amounts. A great picture may have strength in all three areas, or it may be, for example, such an emotional moment that it overpowers poor composition or light.

But for this article I want to take a quick look at composition, and how photographers will be subconsciously considering many compositional elements when making pictures as well as editing and post processing later.
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