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Photographer Finds That a Santa Suit Is All It Takes to Make Strangers Drop Their Guard

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Tired of strangers giving you wary glances when you photograph them? A Santa suit can change that suspicion into smiles.

Lithuanian photographer Tomas Tumalovicius tells us that he recently shot a project in which he photographed strangers in public places while dressed up as Santa Claus.
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Judge: Police Can Use Fake Instagram Accounts to Try to See Your Private Photos

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A federal judge has decided that it’s okay for police officers to befriend Instagram users with fake accounts in order to gain access to photos shared through the service.
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Minecraft Founder ‘Notch’ is Likely the New Owner of That $1 Million Giant Leica Sculpture

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Here’s a super random piece of photographic trivia: that $1 million giant Leica sculpture in Los Angeles is likely now in the possession of Minecraft founder Markus Persson (AKA “Notch”).
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Megatron is Not a Fan of Selfies

Universal Studios in Hollywood recently offered guests a photo op with a performer dressed very impressively as Megatron, one of the main baddies in Transformers. It turns out Megatron is not a fan of selfies.

When Alexandra Trew walked up and tried to snap one, she ended up capturing this video of the villain ranting about selfies and arguing how people need to learn to live in the moment.
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Columnist: Prince Harry Photographing Africans with Fujifilm X100 is ‘Arrogant’ and ‘Colonial’

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Guardian columnist Jonathan Jones is a master of sparking controversy in the world of photography. As you might remember, he’s the guy who keeps arguing that photography is not art… a year after calling it “the art of our time.”

His latest target is the above photograph showing Prince Harry shooting with a Fujifilm X100 during a trip to Lesotho in Africa. Jones argues that it’s “as arrogant as any colonial portrait.”
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Fan Gets Karate Kicked by Guitarist While Snapping an On-Stage Selfie

Here’s a strange incident that’s causing a stir online and in music communities: at a recent concert by the metal band Every Time I Die, a fan named Micah Barnes decided to climb onto the stage to try and snag a selfie with the lead singer. Guitarist Jordan Buckley would have none of it, and decided to put an end to the photo shoot with a swift kick that sent the smartphone flying into the air.
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Famous Paintings Recreated as Photos Using Things Around the Office

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Photographers Chris Limbrick and Francesco Fragomeni both work for the website hosting company Squarespace. During times in which they’re not hard at work, the duo has been shooting a lighthearted photo project called foolsdoart.

Each photograph is a recreation of a famous painting with Limbrick and Fragomeni as the subjects and with their office as the stage.
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Samsung Camera Ads Imagine Famous Self-Portrait Paintings as the Result of Selfies

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Samsung has launched a clever new marketing campaign to promote its tiny NX Mini mirrorless camera. The ads imagine a few famous self-portrait paintings as a result of selfies captured with the company’s camera.
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Los Angeles to Be First Major City to Equip Every Cop with a Body Camera

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Los Angeles will be the first major city in the United States to equip every one of its officers on the street with a body camera. The city will be purchasing 7,000 cameras in order to document the activities of its officers and to promote transparency.
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Bride Thrown from Horse During Photo Shoot

Here’s an example in which having a “YOLO” attitude during a photo shoot turned out to be a very bad idea. Photographer Jarrett Hucks was photographing a soon-to-be bride on a beach when a group of equestrians rode by. The client decided that “since you only live once,” she wanted a photo of herself riding a horse. What happened next is captured in the video above.
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