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The Washington Post Unveils Its New ‘In Sight’ Photo Blog

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Following in the footsteps of the New York Times’ Lens Blog, The Washington Post has launched something called In Sight: a photoblog focused on presenting the world through visual narratives. Read more…

The Unbelievable Case of Teresa Blau Kursman, a Pathological Photo Stealer Who Just Doesn’t Stop

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There are stories of fauxtographers stealing photos and claiming them as their own, and then there is this: the true-but-unbelievable saga of Teresa Blau Kursman, a photographer and designer who went above and beyond any photo stealing case you’re likely to ever come across.
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This is the World’s Most Valuable Selfie: It Was Taken in the 1850s and Just Sold for $115K

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Photography pioneer Oscar Rjlander captured a self-portrait in the 1850s that is being hailed as yet another ‘first selfie ever.’ But whether or not it really is the first (and that doesn’t seem to be the case) it can probably claim to be the most valuable selfie (based on what we could uncover) after being sold at auction for over $100,000. Read more…

AFP Will No Longer Accept Photos from Freelancers Putting Themselves in Harm’s Way in Syria

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Freelance photojournalists traveling to rebel-held areas in Syria and putting themselves in serious danger of being kidnapped and/or killed will no longer be able to have their work published by Agence France Presse (AFP). Read more…

Brikk to Release 24K Gold Nikon Df and Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8 Lens… Because… Opulence

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If you thought the $2,750 Nikon Df was too expensive as is, you might want to skip this one. Announced a few hours ago via Facebook, it seems the company Brikk is planning to release the 24K gold version you see above. Read more…

Confirmed: Ricoh Working on Full-Frame Pentax DSLR, Debuted Two FF Lenses at Photokina

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Details on the matter are scarce, but Ricoh’s European Product Manager Laurence Bouly has officially confirmed in an interview that Pentax is hard at work developing a full-frame DSLR, even going so far as to pull the curtains off two FF lenses at Photokina.

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Peak Design Strap Failures Causing Dropped Cameras for Some Photographers

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When you’re in the business of keeping photographers’ cameras secure and safe, having your product fail can lead to disastrous results. This past weekend, San Francisco photo gear company Peak Design sent out an email to some customers warning them about a newly-discovered issue with their straps.

Apparently a small percentage of straps have a component that can disengage without the photographer wanting it to, potentially leading to dropped cameras.
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JIBO: The World’s First Family Robot That Can Double as Your Private Photographer

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Cynthia Breazeal envisions a world in which every family has its own personal robot helping out at home — one that can help out around the house, and even help take photographs when needed. To turn this idea into a reality, the MIT robotics professor has created a robot called JIBO.

The robot has already become a top 5 most funded campaign on Indiegogo after raising over $2.2 million from over 5,500 supporters.
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Exposure Now Lets You Search for and Embed People’s Photo Stories

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Photo narrative platform Exposure announced two very useful features today: search and embeds. And while the former has been expected — dare we say anticipated — the latter of the two is quite a surprise. Read more…

Phase One’s Capture One Pro 8 Update Takes Aim at Ex-Aperture Users, Adds Subscription Model

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Phase One is making the most of Photokina by announcing a complete overhaul to its popular Capture One Pro software. Now on version 8.0, the updated program not only improves upon its former self, but also looks to squeeze in more of the market share by enticing ex-Aperture users who are looking for simple migration to a semi-familiar interface. Read more…