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A Blast from the Past: Demos of Adobe Photoshop 1.0

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Adobe celebrated Photoshop’s 25th birthday yesterday with great fanfare. Since the original Photoshop version 1.0 was launched back on February 19th, 1990, there have been 15 major versions released that have advanced the way we work with (and look at) photographs.

To see how far post-processing has come over the past two-and-a-half decades, here’s a closer look at what it was like to use the very first version of Photoshop.
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A Laser Can Turn Off Streetlights That Interfere With Your Astrophotography

Streetlights polluting your shots of the starry night sky? A strategically placed laser might be just what you need.

Destin Sandlin of the YouTube channel SmarterEveryDay recently paid a visit to the house of NASA astronaut (and photographer) Don Pettit, who showed Sandlin a trick that he uses to temporarily disable an annoying streetlight just down the street. You can see this “life hack” in action at 1:04 in the video above.
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Print Your Photos or Risk Losing Them to the Digital Dark Age, Internet Pioneer Warns

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Want to make sure a photograph survives your lifetime? Print it out. That’s the warning Internet pioneer Vint Cerf gave at a talk recently, saying that vast amounts of digital information may soon be lost in a new digital “dark age.”
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Understanding Depth of Field: How Aperture Affects DOF, Visualized

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The key to mastering photography is not to follow the rules but to understand them. Understanding the photographic principles that define photography is a barrier that must be broken to truly unlock your full potential as a photographer.

The problems that plague beginners are the same problems faced by the pros, that is controlling your image with the exposure triangle; shutter speed, aperture, and ISO. This article will focus on understanding depth of field (DOF).
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A Breakdown of Cameras That Captured the Winning Images of World Press Photo 2015

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The prestigious World Press Photo contest announced the winning photos of 2014 last week. In case you were curious, here’s a look at the cameras that were used to capture the winning photographs.
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The Importance of Cameras in the Smartphone War

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When new smartphones are announced these days, the camera quality and specs are usually front and center. If you’re wondering why manufacturers focus so much on mobile photography, check out the chart above: taking photos is the most used feature of smartphones alongside text messaging.
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Everything You Need to Know About Lens Diffraction in Photography

Photographer Steve Perry of Backcountry Gallery sent in this 14-minute video he recently made to teach photographers about the topic of lens diffraction. He explains both what diffraction is and how the knowledge can be applied to your photography.

This is a 10K Time-Lapse Video Created Using 80MP Still Photographs

Want to see what a 10K time-lapse video looks like? Look no further than the video above. Titled “10328×7760: A 10K Timelapse Demo,” it was created by Los Angeles-based photographer Joe Capra, a guy who specializes in ultra-high-definition time-lapse photography.

If you don’t have a 10K display handy, don’t worry: the video zooms in to show you the level of quality the video has.
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Experiment Shows What Happens When You Repost a Photo to Instagram 90 Times

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Every time you post a photo to Instagram, it loses a tiny bit of quality. It’s not really noticeable for a single upload, but if you save and repost the photo over and over, the quality loss becomes extreme. It’s a concept known as “generation loss,” and is the subject of artist Pete Ashton‘s project “I Am Sitting In Stagram (2015).”
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Forgotten Moon Camera Found Tucked Away in Neil Armstrong’s Closet

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After Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon, passed away in 2012, his widow contacted the National Air and Space Museum. Carol Armstrong had discovered a white cloth bag in one of Neil’s closets, and it was filled with items that looked like they had been used in space. Among the contents was a forgotten camera that had been used to capture images of the first moon landing.
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