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Instagram Announces Layout, an App for Combining Multiple Photos Into a Single Image

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Today Instagram unveiled its new Layout. No, it’s not a redesign of the company’s website or app, but rather a new official app for easily combining multiple photos into single images that can quickly be shared.
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Adaptalux: How I Designed a Light for the Everyday Macro Photographer

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Product design is the notion of transforming an idea into a tangible object that has a purpose. Solving problems with products is what I like to do — it’s how I try to give something back to the world. Adaptalux is something I created recently to give photographers a portable macro studio wherever they go.
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SpaceX is Now Publishing Its Photos Into the Public Domain Thanks to a Tweet

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NASA is a government agency, so the photographs it creates are released to the public domain and can be used by anyone for any purpose. Now that private companies such as SpaceX are getting involved in space exploration and collaborating with NASA, the copyright of mission photos becomes a little more murky.

All that cleared up in a big way this past weekend: SpaceX is following NASA’s lead and will now be releasing photos to the public domain.
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How to Transfer Your Photos Onto Wax Candles

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Here’s an idea for a fun weekend project and/or personalized gift: make some custom candles that feature your photographs. It’s actually incredibly easy, and you may already have the necessary materials lying around at home.
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Catstacam Turns Your Cat Into an Instagram Photog

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If you’ve always dreamed of seeing your cat share photos of its life on Instagram, there’s now a camera being developed that may make your dream a reality. It’s called Catstacam, and is a wearable collar camera that automatically posts photographs to an Instagram account you set up for your cat.
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Video Profile: Peter Black on Documenting the Streets of New Zealand

Here’s a short 10-minute profile by The Learning Connexion on photographer Peter Black, a man who has been documenting the streets of New Zealand for the past 40 years. He’s known for the simple way in which he documents commonplace scenes. “I’m trying to document New Zealand,” he says.

Black started doing street photography with black and white film, but lately he has been transitioning his work into digital color photography. You can find a collection of his images over on his website.


P.S. If you enjoyed this video, the same school shot a profile of astrophotographer Mark Gee last year.

Then and Now: A Cheeky Look at How Photography Has Changed Over Two Decades

DigitalRev TV‘s latest episode examines this question: “What’s the difference between how we approach photography these days compared to the good ol’ 1990s?” It’s a humorous comparison of film versus digital and various trends and techniques that have come and gone… and come again. (Note: there’s a tiny bit of strong language.)

How to Turn an iPad and iPhone Into a Negative Film Viewing Station

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A few years ago, we wrote about how phones can be used as negative film strip viewers by simply inverting the screens. Swedish photographer Adam af Ekenstam took the idea a step further by using an iPad and iPhone together as a simple yet powerful negative viewing station.
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Nikon Now Selling a Stainless Steel Hot Shoe Cover That Gives Your DSLR Some Bling

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Nikon has announced a new product called the Nikon ASC-01, a new stainless steel insert for your camera’s hot shoe mount. It slides right into the mount when it’s not in use, giving your camera a shinier and more “complete” look.
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The Real Meanings of Common Photographic Words and Expressions

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We photographers do love our catch-phrases, but what do they all mean? Here’s my not-so-serious and very tongue-in-cheek rundown of some of the more commonly used terms and their meanings. And yes, I’m as guilty as the next guy:
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