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A Cautionary Tale: How a Bug in Dropbox Permanently Deleted 8,000 of My Photos

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TL;DR: If you are using Dropbox as a sole backup of your files, think again. Without making a mistake, you might lose your files.

I started using Dropbox back in 2009 and have always loved the service. Over time, I kept moving more and more files to my Dropbox folder and eventually had to upgrade to the Pro plan to keep up with the space requirements. In particular, I moved there all of my photos in order to be able to view/share them online and also to have them backed up.

In April of this year, a hard drive in my laptop was running low on space so I decided to use the Dropbox’s Selective Sync feature to unsync some large directories from the laptop. Because there was never any problem with the service and also because it’s already the year 2014, I thought it might be about time that one can trust a cloud-based storage service and use them as a sole backup of their files. Boy, I was wrong. Read more…

Urbex Photographer Discovers Eerie ‘Train Graveyard’ in North Carolina Forest

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One of the draws of Urban Exploration photography, or Urbex, is the chance that you’ll discover and photograph something truly strange and unique. A building abandoned for so long that nobody realizes the treasures hidden within. Or, in this case, a ‘train graveyard‘ with over 70 dilapidated subways, trains and busses in the middle of a North Carolina forest. Read more…

Canon’s 7D Successor to Contain ‘a Lot of 1D X’ in it, Coming Early September

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As the rumor mills continue to churn out their dose of information, more and more information on Canon’s successor to the 7D is coming to light. Earlier rumors have pointed to a brand new, “revolutionary” sensor being in this impending beast, but new rumors have pointed out even more exciting use for those holding out, specifically, that the 7D replacement is going to have “a lot of 1D X” in it.

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Video: Tutorial Shows You Exactly How to Capture the Milky Way in Heavy Light Pollution

A couple of days ago, we republished a short tutorial by talented photographer Justin Ng that explained how he uses the Expose To The Right (ETTR) method to capture milky way photos in the heavy light pollution of Singapore.

But if you’d like a more detailed, video run through, this tutorial by astrophotographer Ian Norman — whose Sony a7S Astrophotography Review, incidentally, appeared on PetaPixel yesterday — shows you exactly how to adjust your images to get the perfect results. Read more…

Big Name Filmmakers Come to Kodak’s Rescue, Push Deal to Save Motion Picture Film

Quentin Tarantino has been a long-time supporter of motion-picture film, and public critic of digital filmmaking.

One of the last vestiges of the Kodak of old, the one part of its film division not sold off in 2012, is the company’s motion picture film business. But even that is in trouble, and might be taking its dying breaths right now if it wasn’t for some of Hollywood’s biggest filmmakers coming to the rescue. Read more…

Photomicrographer Captures the Stunning, Jagged Landscapes Inside Gemstones

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There is beauty in imperfection. In fact, imperfection might be considered the subject within a subject that photomicrographer Danny Sanchez tirelessly seeks out to create his stunning photography.

Sanchez’s main subjects are gemstones, but the colorful, alien ‘landscapes’ he captures are made up of imperfections called ‘inclusions’ that actually make a gem less valuable. You might say that one gem merchant’s trash is a gem photographer’s treasure. Read more…

This Guy’s Wife Refused to Take Maternity Photos, So He Posed for Them Instead

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When his wife Meghan refused to have maternity pictures taken, Justin (who goes by DruishPrincess69 on Reddit) decided to take matters into his own hands. And by matters we mean his belly. Since his wife wouldn’t take the photos, he hired a photographer and posed for all the stereotypical maternity shots himself. Read more…

How Much Do Publications Pay for Freelance Work? ‘Wiki’ Shares Names, Fees and More

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Who Pays Photographers? is a Tumblr dedicated to demystifying at least some of the compensation standards held by many editorial clients throughout the world.

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Chinese SWAT Member and Fiancée’s Action-Packed Engagement Photos Go Viral

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As a SWAT officer, Hou Weilin needs to be constantly prepared for any situation that may arise. Thus, when his fiancée, Li Jinyang, wanted to get engagement photographs, he was unable to do so in a studio setting, where he’d be too far distanced from his equipment and gear, should a situation arise.

As a compromise, Weilin and his fiancée used his workplace to their advantage to create some crazy, cinematic engagement photos.

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Sony a7S Astrophotography Review

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As soon as the Sony a7S was announced, I knew I had to try it for astrophotography. With a full frame sensor and ISO 409600, is it the best low light camera out there? Read more…