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Pranksters Put Up Fake ‘Shot on iPhone 6′ Ads Next to Real Apple Billboards

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Apple recently launched a global advertising campaign touting the camera quality of the iPhone 6. As part of the campaign, the company put up billboards all over the world with its favorite photos captured by iPhone 6 users with the phone.

Two pranksters from the advertising industry recently decided to poke fun at the billboards by putting up their own fake “Shot on iPhone 6″ ads next to them.
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Woman Becomes a Instagram Celebrity by Sharing a Cheerier Side of Somalia

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Somalia is a country that doesn’t often get good press. Most headlines about it seem to focus on things like pirates, violence, and political unrest. With media organizations largely ignoring the happier aspects of the country, one woman is taking it upon herself to do so, becoming something of an Instagram celebrity along the way.
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Chinese Official Busted for Corruption Related to His Love for Photography

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As China expands its anticorruption initiatives, quite a few government officials have met their political demise through being caught in a wide range of unethical behavior. One of them, a politician named Qin Yuhai, was busted under different circumstances than most: his corruption was related to his love for photography.
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I Found Photos by the Man Behind Lennon’s ‘Imagine’ in a London Junk Shop

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Peter Fordham was a British photographer best-known for his music work in the 1970s. If you own a copy of John Lennon’s ‘Imagine’, his second solo album, you’ll be familiar with his work. Fordham was the photographer who took the picture of Lennon, sat at his white piano with a pair of headphones on, at Lennon’s Tittenhurst Park home where the 1971 album was recorded. It’s a classic of rock music photography, Lennon singing into a hard black mic set against a stark white room, and was included as a fold-out poster in the album.
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Pilot’s DSLR Jammed Airliner Joystick and Caused it to Plummet, Investigation Finds

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American and European regulations generally prohibit pilots from taking pictures while flying planes, and for good reason: sometimes the camera does get in the way of safe flight — literally.

An investigation in the UK has found that a military airliner took a terrifying 4,400 foot nosedive last year after the pilot’s DSLR got stuck next to the plane’s joystick.
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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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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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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.)

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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Texas Lawmaker Receiving Death Threats for His Bill That Limits Photographing Cops

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Texas House of Representatives lawmaker Jason Villalba sparked quite a controversy earlier this month after proposing a bill that would make it illegal to photograph a police officer from within 25 feet. People were so angered by the idea that Villalba has received death threats from angry members of the public.
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