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Arkansas Privacy Bill Vetoed, Street Photography Lives Another Day

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We reported over the weekend that Arkansas lawmakers had passed a privacy bill that could potentially kill street photography by requiring (in most cases) that photographers get written consent from strangers they photograph. Photographers who don’t could get sued by their subjects.

The photography world was in an uproar over the bill and worked hard to get it vetoed by the deadline at the end of the day today. There’s now some great news: the bill has been vetoed by Governor Asa Hutchinson.
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Heads Up: The Tablet Selfie Stick is Now a Thing

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Tablet cameras are getting better and better, and more and more people are using their tablets as everyday snapshot cameras. So it only makes sense that tablets would eventually follow the smartphone into the world of selfie sticks as well.

That has now happened. You can now buy a selfie stick that has a special attachment specifically for mounting your tablet as a camera.
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Photo of a Syrian Girl Surrendering to the Camera Breaks the Internet’s Heart

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One of the most widely shared photos on the Internet in the past week has been the picture above by Turkish photojournalist Osman Sağırlı. It’s a portrait of a young Syrian girl he encountered back in 2014, who mistook his telephoto lens for a weapon and instinctively threw up her hands in surrender.
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Satire: Disgruntled Pixel Peepers Say Canon 5DS Still Not Enough

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MELVILLE, N.Y., March 26, 2015 – A 37-year-old man has criticized Canon’s latest DSLR, the 5DS, for not having enough pixels, even though it has more pixels than any other DSLR in history and has not even been released yet.
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Shooting Selfies with Strangers Using a 16mm Bolex Film Camera

Short-film makers Adrian Morphy and Marissa Bergougnou of Rhymes with Orange did an interesting little social experiment recently. They had a guy named Geoffrey Cork stand on a street and ask passersby to stop and pose for a selfie with him. It wasn’t just a smartphone selfie, though, but also one shot with a bulky 16mm Bolex motion picture camera. The black-and-white cinematic selfies turned out pretty well.

Taking Pictures: A Cute Animated Short About Love and Photography

Animator and photography enthusiast Simon Taylor created this short animated film titled “Taking Pictures.” It’s a cute little story of two photographers who meet while taking pictures in a park and connect over their love for photography. You can find a behind-the-scene video showing how one particular scene was created here.

Humor: That Annoying ‘Take Another Photo!’ Girl You Always Get in Group Portraits

You know that girl in group photos who always wants to see the photo you capture and is never satisfied with the way she turns out? The short sketch above is an exaggerated tongue-in-cheek sketch about what “Take Another Photo girl” sounds like to photographers.
“Weird” humor channel CH2, which made the video, writes: “That’s what you sound like. Stop asking.”

(via CH2 via Reddit)

Instagram Censors Photo of Fully Clothed Woman on Period, Causes Uproar

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Instagram sparked controversy this week after deleting this photograph of a woman lying on a bed with menstruation blood seen on her clothing and on her sheets. She’s now demanding to know why other more graphic or risqué photos are allowed on the service while images of a fully clothed woman on her period are not.
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Photographers Shooting in West Virginia Reportedly Harassed and Detained by ‘Mob’

Photographer Marisha Camp and her brother Jessie were recently passing through West Virginia on a nationwide tour for a documentary series when they were reportedly confronted by “a hostile mob.” The residents were suspicious of the photo taking and allegedly harassed and detained the duo until a trooper arrived and escorted the photographers from the scene.
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Buying or Selling Used Gear on Craigslist? Arrange the Meetup at a Police Station

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If you’re planning on buying or selling some camera gear with the help of Craigslist, here’s a simple tip: the lobby of your local police station is a safe place to arrange the meeting with the stranger.
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