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Chimpanzee Whacks Camera Drone Out of Mid-Air with a Stick

Pro tip: Don’t fly your camera drone too close to chimpanzees. They might knock it out of the air using a stick.

That’s what happened to one camera drone user over in the Netherlands while flying a drone in a zoo’s chimpanzee habitat. One of the chimps decided that “enough is enough” when it came to bearing with the pesky and loud flying object.
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The Average Faces of 30 Legendary Rock Bands

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What do famous rock bands look like if you take portrait photos of each of their members and average them into a single face? The folks over at West Coast Shaving recently decided to find out.
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A Glimpse Into the World of Forensic Photography

Nick Marsh has been a forensic photographer for over two decades over the UK, and he offers his forensic imaging consulting services to the London MET police. He has even written a book about the subject, titled “Forensic Photography: A Practitioner’s Guide.”

In the video above, by David Beazley, Marsh gives us a behind-the-scenes look into the world of forensic photography and what the practice means to him, especially as budget cuts and the changing camera industry landscape threaten his profession. It’s the art of documenting a crime scene clearly and honestly to provide a jury with the information they need to make a decision about what happened.

(via Beazknees via The Phoblographer)

NY Courts: Fine Art Photographers Can Take Pictures of People Inside Their Homes… For Now

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NYC-based photographer Arne Svenson, whom we interviewed last month, has won a lengthy legal battle against people who claimed that he had invaded their privacy by taking pictures of them in their homes through open windows.
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Nikon to Release Firmware Update That Will Make Its High-End DSLRs Better at Video

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One of the big camera industry rumors this year that hasn’t come to pass (yet) is the fancy new firmware update system Nikon reportedly has up its sleeve. Nikon Rumors still believes that leak to be legitimate.

Big firmware updates are coming though: Nikon announced today that it will be releasing major firmware updates this summer for a few of its high-end DSLRs that will make them more capable as filmmaking cameras.
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‘Picture of Innocence’ Episode of Midsomer Murders is a Battle of Film Versus Digital

The video above is an episode of the British television detective drama Midsomer Murders titled “Picture of Innocence.” It originally aired back in June of 2007 and tells the story of a rivalry between a “traditional” (AKA film) photographer and a digital one leading up to a village’s annual photo exhibition.
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This Octopus Was Trained by Sony to Take Pictures of Aquarium Visitors

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Octopuses are known to be very intelligent creatures, but one octopus over in New Zealand has one upped its peers by becoming the world’s first octopus to be trained as a photographer.
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These Portraits Are the Result of Eight-Minute, Light-Painted Exposures

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Photographer Gary Schneider shoots portraits with a rather unusual technique. For his project titled Faces, Schneider had his subjects lie on a black backdrop under his large format camera and then sit still for eight minutes while Schneider slowly illuminated the details of their faces with a small light.
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Fotodiox Wooden Grip Turns Your Sony RX100 III into a Poor Man’s Hasselblad Stellar

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Want a Hasselblad Stellar but don’t want to shell out the hefty sum it takes to buy one? Luckily for you, the camera is just a pricey rebrand of the Sony RX100 line, and now Fotodiox has a product just for you. The camera accessory maker has just launched a new wooden hand grip for the RX100 III that looks virtually identical to the handgrip found on the Stellar.
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Drone Photos from Around the World That May Not Be Legal to Shoot Anymore

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After camera drones started taking off — both literally and figuratively — in the photography industry over the past few years, there was a brief window of opportunity for photographers to legally shoot aerial shots at many famous tourist locations around the world before authorities decided to make those spots off limits to drones.

Photographer Amos Chapple spent two years traveling the globe and doing as much drone photography as he could while “staying ahead of local laws against their use.”
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