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external How Instagram’s Drug Deals Go Undetected —VentureBeat

So, without a clear defense, how does Instagram put an end to its virtual drug market? With more than 200 million monthly users, you might think the company shouldn’t simply rely on user-submitted flagging. But, apparently, that’s exactly what it does.

 
Sep 12, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

High School Senior Petitions to Have Studio Portrait with Cat and Lasers as His Yearbook Photo

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More often than not, when we look back at old yearbook photos, we cringe at the outfits we wore, the poses we’re in and even the hairstyle that adorned our dome. That likely won’t be the case for 16-year-old Draven Rodriguez, whose trying to achieve the… purrfect yearbook portrait.
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The iPhone 6 Wallpaper’s Photographer Didn’t Find Out About the Use Until the Phone’s Unveiling

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When the iPhone 6 was announced this week, there was one person who received a bigger surprise than most: Espen Haagensen, the photographer behind the phone’s default wallpaper photograph.

Here’s why: Haagensen didn’t know his photo had been selected for this use until the rest of the world saw the photo during the phone’s official announcement.
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Dutch Girl Fakes a 5-Week Vacation to South East Asia by Posting Phoney Photos to Facebook

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Dutch graphic design student Zilla van den Born recently conducted an interesting experiment on the power of phoney and misleading photos on social media. For five weeks, Zilla tricked her family and Facebook friends into thinking that she was on a long and exciting vacation through South East Asia. In reality, she never even set foot outside of her home city of Amsterdam.
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external Apple Used Trick Photography to Make the New iPhones Look Thinner —Quartz

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The iPhone 6 is 9.2% thinner, but this image makes the phone appear 30% thinner, by using different lighting on the new phones and the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5s is lit from the sides whereas the new iPhones are lit straight on, creating a slimming effect on the rounded edges of the new phones.

 
Sep 11, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · 5 Comments »

external Long Fall: The Most Famous 9/11 Photo Is Still Suspended —Motherboard

Sept. 11 was the most photographed event in history, even if it happened just before the widespread proliferation of cell phone cameras. We were still years away from the true social media revolution, which enables sharing personal information and crowdsourcing efforts to unprecedented degrees. Hell, a lot of people were still tapping AOL through dial-up modems when the arc of history forever changed.

 
Sep 11, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

This Photographer Specializes in Professional Tinder Headshots to Help You Find ‘The One’

Meet Max Schwartz, a Brooklyn-based lifestyle photographer who has set up a side project that specializes in spicing up your Tinder profile. It’s called Tinder Headshots and its goal is “to help you get the most out of Tinder by taking photos of you that show your true self, or a slightly better looking version.”

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external Photographers Facing Danger and Death —NYTimes Lens Blog

“It’s sad because Camille Lepage died for pictures that almost nobody was interested in,” he said. “Nobody in the photography business cared for Camille Lepage before she died. Nobody gave her a guarantee. Nobody gave her insurance. Nobody gave her a helmet or a bulletproof vest. Suddenly she dies, and everyone says she was a talented young photographer.”

“I would love for people to care about young talented photographers before they are killed.”

 
Sep 11, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Humor: An Illustrated Guide on How (Not) to Make a Photo Book

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Looking to put some of your best images in front of the world by publishing your own photo book? Photographer Blake Andrews has put together a lighthearted illustrated guide on how to (or how not to) go about doing so.
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Capturing Every Moment of Our Lives is Changing the Way We Experience Reality

Television personality Jason Silva recently put together a poignant video with Shots of Awe that examines The Instagram Generation, and how this photo-driven generation sees their future as a series of ‘anticipated memories’. Read more…