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Behold Siste Skanse: The World’s Smallest Instant Photo Studio

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If you feel like the pseudo-studio in your spare room is too small for quality results, Siste Skanse may change your perspective a bit. Located in Tromsø, Norway, this small building’s claim to fame is that it’s the “World’s Smallest Instant Photo Studio.” Read more…

‘Selfies Anonymous’ Parody Takes On Our Favorite Instagram Clichés

The didn’t-turn-off-the-flash mirror selfie, the plane wing cloud porn photograph, the ‘this is my office for the day’ humblebrag, overuse of hashtags… all of them make an appearance in this humorous parody sketch by comedians Tripp Crosby and Tyler Stanton.

Dubbed ‘Selfies Anonymous,’ the video imagines what “a 12-step group for people who struggle with selfies” would look like.

(via Laughing Squid)

Craigslist Ad Seeks Digital Artist to Make it Look Like Abusive Boyfriend is Cheating

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This is, bar none, the strangest Craigslist ad we have ever seen. In the past, the few ads we’ve shared typically involve people trying to hire photographers to work for free, but this is completely different.

Posted by a concerned family, they would like to hire a professional digital artist who can make it look like one of their relatives’ boyfriends is cheating. In other words, they would like you to insert this guy’s face into several pictures with another girl and make it look 100% believable. Read more…

Instagram and Anxiety of the Photographer – Part III

“we still look relentlessly to technology for solutions to the very problems technology seems to cause [...]” – David Foster Wallace

Over the past few years, iPhoneography has created a new form of photography that has and will continue to re-structure how we interface with technology, gather and generate data, and how we create narratives. iPhone (and similar smartphone) users employ mobile photography to disseminate mass amounts of information, to subvert cultural institutions, and for political rallying. These behaviors parallel the same strategies of the radical Avant-Garde art movements of the 20th century.

In the third and final article in this series I will expose the hidden contradiction that exist between mobile photography and the Avant-Garde described in Wallace’s quote through the use of Collage. Read more…

David Jay Stirs Up Controversy, Urges You to Give Up Certain Rights to Your Work

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David Jay, founder of PASS and Shoot and Share, is taking some heat yet again after he posted the above status on Facebook.

In the status update, Jay proposes the idea of giving up certain rights to your work in celebration of “freedom,” claiming it will make you a happier photographer and that relinquishing such rights will make the world a better place. He proposes that we ditch the old, traditional way of doing things and embrace the idea of shooting and sharing. Read more…

Before & After Photos Examine the Ethics of Photoshop in Portraiture

In the above video, Karl Taylor walks you through a four-step process that shows the before-and-after results of three variables when it comes to portraiture: studio lighting, make-up, and Photoshop. Read more…

Satire Site Posts Article About a Girl Suing Instagram for $500M, and Everyone Runs It

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“This is a Satire Website. Fictional Stories Just for laughs.” That’s the line you’ll find if you scroll to the bottom of the ODGossip website. But when they posted that the subject of an embarrassing Meme was suing Instagram for $500 million, blogs and publications the world over went ahead and ran with it. Read more…

Study Finds 11 Percent of #nofilter Tagged Instagram Photos are Hefe-n Lying

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How dare they!? According to a study conducted by Spredfast, 11% of Instagram users posting under the #nofilter tag are in-fact using a filter. At an estimated 8.6 million photos, the collection of fibbing photographers is growing daily. Read more…

Convict’s Viral ‘Sexy’ Mugshot Scores Him a $30,000 Modeling Contract

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It pays to have a mugshot photographer who knows their lighting. Jeremy Meeks, the 30-year-old alleged criminal whose ‘sexy’ mugshot took the Internet by storm sparking Twitter movements and Facebook Pages dedicated to his beautiful bone structure, has apparently signed a $30K modeling contract with Blaze Models in LA. Read more…

Leevia is a Petition Site that Understands and Leverages the Power of Photography

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The number of words a picture may or may not be worth aside, there’s something intrinsically more powerful about a cause when it is backed up by quality photography.

This is the thought at the foundation of a new website called Leevia, a photography-driven petition platform that draws inspiration from movements like the Bring Back Our Girls campaign that spread through social media like wildfire. Read more…