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The Cincinnati Public Library Lets You Use DSLRs and Studio Equipment for Free

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As books are easier to buy and borrow in digital forms, public libraries are evolving and experimenting with new ways to stay relevant. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has one awesome idea for how to do so: the main branch of the library in downtown Cincinnati, Ohio, features a makerspace that provides free access to tools for creative people — equipment that includes DSLRs and photo studio gear.
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Moments In Time: An Inspiring 1-Minute Photo Essay for Photographers

Photographer and Lightroom expert Jeff Hirsch created this 1-minute photo essay titled “Moments in Time” about the ephemeral nature of our daily lives, and the task of capturing fleeting moments with your camera as a photographer. It’s a combination of 99 words and 550 photos in 60 seconds.
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What It’s Like to Shoot Backstage At the Oscars

Tonight, USA TODAY staff photographer Robert Hanashiro (the founder of SportsShooter) will be covering the Academy Awards with his camera for the 26th time, and for the 10th time he’ll have rare backstage access. Only 4 news organizations were given this level of access, allowing them to capture moments that TV cameras can’t.

In the 3-minute video above, Hanashiro shares a little about what it’s like to work as one of the chosen backstage photographers.
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America’s First Female Photojournalist, Jessie Tarbox Beals, With Her Cameras

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Here’s a photograph of Jessie Tarbox Beals, America’s first female photojournalist, with her camera on a street a century ago. While most female photographers of her time shot photos from the peace and safety of photo studios, Beals ventured into the world of photojournalism and made a name for herself through her tenacity, self-promotion, and freelance news photos.
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A 324-Key Keyboard Dedicated to Lightroom Editing

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It was around this time last year that we shared a new product called SHORTCUT-S, a 319-key keyboard designed specifically for editing photos in Photoshop.

Creatives soon began asking the company to branch out into other popular programs, and today the company is doing just that. SHORTCUT-S tells us that it will soon be launching dedicated keyboards for 13 other programs, one of which is Adobe Lightroom.
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Garry Winogrand Talks to University Students About Photography in 1977

Garry Winogrand was one of the most notable and prolific American street photographers of the 20th century. He is known for capturing a vast record of what American life was like during the decades following World War II; in addition to his published works, thousands of his undeveloped and unseen rolls of film were discovered when he passed away in 1984.

In 1977, Winogrand was invited to speak to Rice Students about photography. Over the course of two hours, the photographer answered all kinds of questions and discussed a wide range of topics regarding photography, his work, and his thoughts.
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A Printer That Can Cook a Photo of Your Face Into a Pancake

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Remember that Taiwanese machine that can print a photo of your face onto the foam of a latte? Here’s something along the same lines that’s just as quirky: there’s a new printer that can cook a photo of your face into a pancake.
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Photographer Peter Lik Has Sold Nearly Half a Billion Dollars in Prints

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Last December, the art world balked when photographer Peter Lik announced the world’s priciest sale of a photograph: a single black-and-white print titled “Phantom” for $6.5 million. Here’s another fact that will drop your jaws: Lik has sold nearly half a billion dollars worth of photographic prints, which means he’s possibly the best-selling fine-art photographer in history.
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Creating a Conceptual Wedding Photo of a Sideways World in a Bar

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In my work, the concept and the pre-visualization of the images are the key issues. It’s all about fresh ideas and trying to achieve something that has never been seen when trying to create original pieces of art.
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A Benedict Cumberbatch Photo Shoot for Vanity Fair

Here’s a behind-the-scenes video showing how photographer Jason Bell recently photographed actor Benedict Cumberbatch for a special issue of Vanity Fair.

After observing that “this British invasion of Hollywood has gotten so out of hand,” Bell (who was born in London) came up with the idea of doing an all-British edition of Vanity Fair‘s annual Hollywood portfolio, which will arrive on March 2015. Cumberbatch is one of the stars featured in the series.
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