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Google Drive Now Gives You Access to Your Google+ Photos

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Google is planning to separate its photo services from Google+ to make it a standalone offering, and we’re starting to see some shifts in service structuring.

The Mountain View-based company just announced that Google Drive users will be able to access their Google+ Photos images directly from inside Drive.
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Flickr Now Lets You Add Public Domain Photos and Release Shots to the Public Domain

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Last week SpaceX posted its photos to Flickr and released them to the public domain. Unfortunately for the company, Flickr didn’t have any public domain designation they could use, so even though SpaceX founder Elon Musk said the photos were public domain, the images were shared under a Creative Commons license that required attribution.

That has now changed. Flickr announced yesterday that it has created two new options for members in the copyright dropdown panel: public domain and CC0, which allows users to release content to the public domain.
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Grandma Sells Trove of Rare Civil War-Era Photos to the Library of Congress

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A 87-year-old grandmother in Texas has sold a rare and valuable collection of more than 500 Civil War-era photographs to the Library of Congress after building her personal collection for four decades.
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The World’s Smallest 80MP Medium Format Camera for Drones Unveiled by Phase One Industrial

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In addition to its main photographer-oriented business, Phase One also develops camera gear under Phase One Industrial, a leading manufacturer of digital medium format cameras for aerial photography.

The latter brand has announced a new camera called the Phase One iXU 180: the world’s smallest 80 megapixel medium format camera designed for drones.
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21 Rolleiflex Prototypes Appear on eBay with a Price Tag of $178,000

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The factory that manufactures Rolleiflex cameras is being liquidated in a bankruptcy auction, so there’s a chance we may never see new Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex cameras produced ever again. As the fate of the brand is in limbo, 21 original Rolleiflex camera prototypes have appeared in an auction on eBay. For a cool $178,000, collectors can own a unique piece of photographic history.
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Future Camera Bag Essential: Night Vision Eyedrops?

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If you’re a photographer who often shoots in very dark environments, would you want night vision eyedrops to help you see better without artificial illumination? It sounds like science fiction, but we’re actually getting closer to having it be possible as an item for camera bags.

A team of “biohackers” have announced that they’ve figured out how to enhance human night vision by dripping a chemical onto eyeballs.
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Arkansas Passes Privacy Bill That Could Kill Street Photography

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Prominent photography groups are sounding the alarm about a new bill that was just passed by the Arkansas Senate. SB-79, the “Personal Rights Protection Act,” would require photographers to get written consent from a stranger to feature their likeness in a photograph for most purposes.

The law could have a huge implication on street photography, whose practitioners thrive on the ability to capture life and people on camera without having to constantly stop and ask for releases from the subjects.
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Instagram Censors Photo of Fully Clothed Woman on Period, Causes Uproar

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Instagram sparked controversy this week after deleting this photograph of a woman lying on a bed with menstruation blood seen on her clothing and on her sheets. She’s now demanding to know why other more graphic or risqué photos are allowed on the service while images of a fully clothed woman on her period are not.
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Photographers Shooting in West Virginia Reportedly Harassed and Detained by ‘Mob’

Photographer Marisha Camp and her brother Jessie were recently passing through West Virginia on a nationwide tour for a documentary series when they were reportedly confronted by “a hostile mob.” The residents were suspicious of the photo taking and allegedly harassed and detained the duo until a trooper arrived and escorted the photographers from the scene.
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Pranksters Put Up Fake ‘Shot on iPhone 6′ Ads Next to Real Apple Billboards

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Apple recently launched a global advertising campaign touting the camera quality of the iPhone 6. As part of the campaign, the company put up billboards all over the world with its favorite photos captured by iPhone 6 users with the phone.

Two pranksters from the advertising industry recently decided to poke fun at the billboards by putting up their own fake “Shot on iPhone 6″ ads next to them.
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