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DJI Mandatory Firmware Update Will Disable Camera Drones in Washington DC’s No Fly Zone

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Yesterday we reported that a DJI Phantom quadcopter operator had accidentally crashed his camera drone onto the lawn of the White House at 3 in the morning, causing a security panic among those tasked with ensuring the President’s safety (later reports suggest the man was drunk).

DJI wants to make sure this type of incident never happens again: the company is issuing a mandatory firmware update that will disable its camera drones in Washington DC’s no fly zone.
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Single Edition Leica 600mm f/5 Prototype Lens Shows Up on eBay for $230,000

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The Leica R 600mm f/5 Apo-Telyt prototype lens has appeared on eBay with a hefty price tag of $230,000. We say “the” instead of “a” because only a single copy of this lens was ever made for the company’s Apo-Telyt line — lenses don’t get rarer than this.
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Brevitē is a Simple New Camera Backpack that Draws Admiration but Not Unwanted Attention

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There’s a new camera bag on the horizon that may be worth keeping your eye on: it’s called the Brevitē, and it’s a simple backpack that packs the features photographers need into a simple and elegant classic backpack design.
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Sony World Photography Awards Adds a Smartphone Category for 2015

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Another sign of the times: the prestigious Sony World Photography Awards has announced that they will be launching an entirely new award today dedicated to mobile photography. Organizers say that the new award recognizes “how mobile photography has helped redefine the way in which photographers approach their art.”
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Study Finds that Professionally Captured Photos Are More Memorable Than Amateur Ones

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The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) recently conducted a study that compares public perception of professional photographs versus amateur ones. The main conclusion was that, yes, people can tell the difference between the two, and that professional photographs are generally more memorable than their counterparts.
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Muslim Cleric Warns Against Selfies, Saying They Lead to Different Sins

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A popular Muslim cleric from Earth’s most populous Muslim country is causing quite a stir due to public comments about the sinfulness of selfies. Felix Siauw of Indonesia warned his nearly 1.2 million followers on Twitter against the practice, saying that it opens the door to a multitude of sins.
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The Moment Case Equips Your iPhone with a Shutter Button, Lens, and Camera Strap

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When Moment launched a Kickstarter campaign for its smartphone lenses last year, it blew past its $50K funding goal in a single day.

The company is hoping to repeat its success with a new product called the Moment Case. It claims to be “the world’s best iPhone case for mobile photography.”
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Keepers of the Streak: A Film About the 4 Guys Who Have Photographed Every Super Bowl

Countless photographs have been captured by numerous photographers over the course of Super Bowl history, but only four photographers have covered all 48 Big Games since Super Bowl I in 1967: John Biever, Walter Iooss, Mickey Palmer and Tony Tomsic.

“Keepers of the Streak” is a new documentary film by sports photographer Neil Leifer that chronicles the journey of those four men. Above is the official trailer for the movie.
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World of Warcraft Adds a Selfie Camera for Capturing Virtual Duckfaces

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The “selfie” has made quite an impact on our culture in the past couple of years. The word was selected as Oxford Dictionary’s Word of the Year in 2013 and the keyword grew by over 2000% in the stock photo industry in 2014.

Companies have also been riding the selfie’s popularity to make their products more “hip” — Fujifilm’s latest mirrorless camera is one example. The latest brand to do so is Blizzard, which is incorporating new selfie cameras into its popular World of Warcraft video game.
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Camera Drone Crashes Onto White House Lawn and Causes More Wariness of Drones

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Photographers have long been grumbling about the FAA’s tight regulations for camera drone usage, and the actions of one operator over in Washington DC aren’t going to help the cause. An anonymous DJI Phantom owner and government employee crashed his DJI Phantom quadcopter on the White House lawn yesterday morning, causing a lock down of the President’s residence.
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