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Guitarist Andy Summers Photographed the Rise and Fall of The Police

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English rock band The Police sold over 75 million records over the course of their decade-long career, making them one of the best selling music artists of all time. In addition to being the band’s lead guitarist, Andy Summers was also a passionate photographer who captured behind-the-scenes photos of the band at the peak of their popularity.

Those photographs will be featured in a new documentary later this year, titled Can’t Stand Losing You: Surviving the Police.
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Comic: The Trend of One-Photo-a-Day Art Projects

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Here’s a little comic titled “Art Project” by xkcd that pokes fun at the way people are using cameras to capture the passage of time and create art. One of the pioneers in this space was photographer Noah Kalina, who has been shooting a selfie every day since the year 2000. His latest “Everyday” compilation video released in 2012 showed 12.5 years of his life in 7.5 minutes. People have since taken this project into all kinds of creative directions.

In case you didn’t catch it: the two people on the left are simply capturing an ordinary photo and 24fps video, respectively.

Woman Who Attacked Drone Photographer for Being a ‘Pervert’ May Have Charges Dropped

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The woman who was captured in a viral video last year attacking a drone photographer and calling him a “pervert” may have her charges dropped and record cleared.
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Satellite Camera Being Adapted for Spotting Signs of Cancer in Photos of Skin

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A camera used on satellites to monitor vegetation from space may soon help save lives in the battle against cancer. The special camera will be capable of peering into human skin to see things that are invisible to the naked eye for the purpose of detecting diseases early.
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Guy Makes a 365-Day Proposal Video by Popping the Question Every Day for a Year

Here’s a 365-day project that took a tremendous amount of planning and dedication. On January 8, 2014, Dean Smith decided that he wanted to ask his girlfriend Jennifer to be his wife. He also had a crazy idea for how to do so: a 365-day video-a-day project, synced to music.

So, for every day over the next year, Smith captured a short clip of himself popping the question with a whiteboard. He also carefully planned it so that each of the 365 clips was part of a lip-synced music video. The entire project can be seen in the video above.

LA to Pay $50K to Detained Photographers and Teach Deputies That Photography is Not a Crime

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Los Angeles has agreed to pay a $50,000 settlement to three photographers after they were detained by LA County Sheriffs while taking pictures in public places. As part of the settlement, the city will also teach its sheriff deputies that photography is not a crime.
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Using the World’s Longest Selfie Stick on the Streets of London

This guy from Trollstation recently did an experiment to see what kind of reactions he would get by taking the world’s longest selfie stick onto the streets of London for some unusual self-portraits. He should try shooting with this 28-foot-tall tripod next.

Top Instagram Users Making Thousands Per Photo by Promoting Products

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It pays to have a lot of Instagram followers — literally. Top users on the photo-sharing service these days are finding that their simple picture snapping can be turned into real dollars, and a lot of them at that. The numbers may astound you: some users are receiving thousands of dollars in exchanging for sharing a single photo that promotes a company’s products.
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Pranking Tourists with Magical Photobombing

If you appreciate simple pranks, here’s a photo-related one you may find amusing. Greg Benson of MediocreFilms recently stood in front of the Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard and photobombed tourists while helping to take a photo of them. The clever trick involved an accomplice and a cardboard cutout of himself.

Another simple picture prank we’ve shared in the past is the Polaroid picture person swapping prank.

Octopus Grabs Camera, Photographs Photographer, and Becomes Famous

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An octopus is getting quite a bit of attention this week for its photography skills. After noticing a camera placed in its enclosure to photograph it, the eight-legged creature grabbed the camera, turned it around, and unintentionally captured a portrait of the photographer.
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