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Amazon Announces Unlimited Photo Storage for Just $12 a Year

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Amazon has just dropped a huge bomb on the file storage industry by announcing two new unlimited cloud storage subscription plans. One lets you store all the files your heart desires for just $60 a year, and the second is one that may be a very attractive backup option for photographers: unlimited photo storage for just $12 a year.
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Deal Alert: Sony Shuttering All But Two of Its Physical Stores, Offering Big Discounts

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Sony is making big restructuring moves in order to increase profitability, and one of the big changes has been closing its inefficient physical retail stores. 26 of the stores were closed in 2014, and now the latest word is that in addition to closing all of its shops in Canada, Sony will be pulling the plug on 8 of the 10 remaining US locations.

If you’re a photographer who shoots with Sony, you might want to keep an eye on any Sony store near you: you could find it filled with heavily discounted photo gear.
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The Mirrorless Party of 2015: A Fun Stop-Motion Look at the State of the Industry

Back in 2012, The Camera Store released a lighthearted stop-motion video of mirrorless cameras attending a party. It reflected the state of the industry at the time — particularly how the Canon EOS M was late to the game and how it had a painfully slow autofocus system.

The video above is a followup: it’s shows the mirrorless party of 2015 and offers a witty look at how the camera industry landscape has changed over the past three years.

An Inside Look at Leitz Park Wetzlar, Leica’s Gorgeous Global Headquarters

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In February 2014, Leica moved its headquarters to the newly constructed Leitz Park Wetzlar, a state-of-the-art campus for its management and manufacturing. Here’s a look at what the beautiful campus is like from the outside and inside the buildings.
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Lighting Gear Pioneer Paul C. Buff Passes Away at the Age of 78

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The world of photography lost one of its own this week. Photographic lighting pioneer Paul C. Buff has passed away at the age of 78. Among his many contributions to photography were White Lightning, AlienBees, Einstein flash units; the CyberSync radio remote system; and the Vagabond power system.
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SpaceX is Now Publishing Its Photos Into the Public Domain Thanks to a Tweet

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NASA is a government agency, so the photographs it creates are released to the public domain and can be used by anyone for any purpose. Now that private companies such as SpaceX are getting involved in space exploration and collaborating with NASA, the copyright of mission photos becomes a little more murky.

All that cleared up in a big way this past weekend: SpaceX is following NASA’s lead and will now be releasing photos to the public domain.
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Sold Out: Alec Soth Snapchat Photos That Disappear After 10 Seconds

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Renowned Magnum photographer Alec Soth is experimenting with a new way of delivering photos to art buyers and a new way for art buyers to experience photos. One of his latest projects takes a page from Snapchat’s book, using the social photo sharing service to sell photos that disappear after just 10 seconds of viewing.
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After the Kodak Moment: How an Iconic Photo Brand is Trying to Reinvent Itself

The New York Times has published an in-depth feature in its business section that looks at how Kodak, at one time a juggernaut in the photo industry, is working to reinvent itself after missing the boat when the camera world shifted to digital.

Decades ago, when it was the heavyweight of consumer film, Kodak was pulling in $19 billion a year with 145,000 on its payroll. Now the company has $2 billion in annual sales, 8,000 employees worldwide, and is dabbling in niche film and printing markets while exploring new ways to grow.

At Kodak, Clinging to a Future Beyond Film [NYTimes]

Gender-Based Photography Groups… Why Do They Still Exist?

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The first one I ever saw was “Chicks Who Click.” It was years ago and the photography industry was predominantly male. I didn’t think too much of it, but wondered (aloud at times) the wisdom of not only creating a gender based photography group, but giving it a cutesy name like “Chicks Who Click.”

By naming it that, I felt they had downplayed the seriousness and professionalism of their chosen profession. They seemed to have devalued themselves from “professional photographers” to, well… “Chicks Who Click.”
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Sotheby’s First High-End Auction on eBay to Feature Famous Photo Prints

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After doing offline auctions for 270 years, Sotheby’s is partnering up with eBay to deliver its high-end auctions more widely in the Internet world. Starting next month, prospective buyers of the auctioned items will be able to submit bids in real time through the new website, found at eBay.com/Sothebys. The very first auctions to be held on the service is a collection of famous photographs.
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