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Policeman Returns Woman’s Smartphone by Posting Photos to Her Facebook Page

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A police officer in Albury, Australia, did some online photo sharing that drew quite a few chuckles last week. After someone turned in a lost iPhone at his police station, the officer found that the phone didn’t have any type of passcode protection. So, to get in touch with the woman who lost it, he started posting humorous photos to her Facebook account.
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Man Who Shot South Carolina Police Shooting Wants $10,000 Per Use

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A white police officer in South Carolina is facing murder charges after shooting an unarmed black man in the back and killing him as he ran away. A bystander named Feidin Santana witnessed the whole incident on April 4th and managed to capture cell phone footage, which then became widely seen around the world and sparked fresh new outrage about police brutality.

Now, nearly two weeks after the shooting, the video is at the center of a new discussion: news outlets are being asked for a $10,000 fee if they wish to share the video.
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Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2: A ‘Dream’ Portrait Lens from China

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ZY Optics, the Chinese company behind Mitakon and Zhongyi lenses and adapters, has announced its new Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 lens. It’s an ultra-fast, manual-focus portrait lens that gives photographers an f/1.2 aperture without breaking the bank.
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Photo Scanning Businessman Being Sued for $90M After Making $120K Per Week

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John Rogers was once one of the high flying entrepreneurs in the photo world. After coming up with the brilliant idea of scanning old photos for newspapers and splitting the rights to the digital images, Rogers was on his way to amassing one of the largest photo libraries in the world and was earning a whopping $120,000 per week selling his images on eBay.

Now his empire has come crashing down. Rogers is reportedly being sued for more than $90 million and has lost his business entirely.
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Coming Soon: 52-Megapixel Cameras in Smartphones

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There’s a stealthy startup in Silicon Valley that’s working to revolutionize photography. It’s called Light, and one of its goals is putting 52-megapixel cameras in smartphones by next year.
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WikiLeaks’ Sony Docs: A7r II, A6000 II, and RX Cameras Coming. A-Mount Left to Die?

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WikiLeaks has just published a massive collection of emails and documents that were leaked through the 2014 Sony hack. Among the documents was a product and service launch calendar that mentions new cameras Sony is (or was) planning to launch in the first part of this year.

If the calendar is still accurate, then Sony will soon be announcing new cameras in the A7r, A6000, and RX lines.
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EllaSnap Helps You Measure and Design Your Walls for Photo Collages

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EllaSnap is a photo canvas and book making service that offers an interesting app for helping you design a photo arrangement for your walls. Instead of spending time and energy measuring your walls yourself, the app lets you easily see what your design would look like on your wall using augmented reality.
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Man Has DSLR Stolen by Flight Attendant, Then Finds it on eBay and Gets It Back

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A former Ryanair flight attendant has pleaded guilty to stealing items that passengers left behind on airplanes. He was busted after a man accidentally left his DSLR behind and then later found the same camera for sale on eBay.
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The Top 10 Cameras Behind Photos Submitted to Shutterstock in 2014

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What are the most common cameras used by stock photographers? While we don’t have the data across all stock services, Shutterstock has provided us with some numbers that may be somewhat representative for the industry.
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EyeEm Raises $18M More to Turn Photo Sharers Into Photo Sellers

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Photo sharing service EyeEm has raised an additional $18 million in funding after taking $6 million from investors back in 2013. The new war chest will be used to further the company’s mission of becoming the top network for photographers looking to make some money with their photos.
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