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Why Unsplash is Hurting Photographers

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Launched back in 2013, Unsplash is a site which posts ten handpicked photos every ten days and these photos are absolutely free. By “free” I don’t mean “free to download” — they’re free to use everywhere and in any way you want. Commercially and whatnot.

Which is a great thing, right? Finally, a place with photos hip enough to use on a lifestyle blog or design agency’s website. I’ve seen hundreds of sites using them, including ecommerce. I’ve also seen them used in magazines, on T-shirts, in books and as prints. People are now earning money from unattributed Unsplash photos — everyone, it seems, but the photographers who took them.
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Polaroid Partners with Blipfoto to Launch a Photo-a-Day Service

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Polaroid wants to be a big player in the online photo sharing game. The company has partnered with Blipfoto to rebrand the photo-a-day sharing service as Polaroid Blipfoto.
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Visualizations Provide a Deeper Look Into a Historical MoMA Photo Collection

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The Thomas Walther Collection at the Museum of Modern Art is a set of 341 photographs by 150 artists captured from between 1909 and 1949 — a period in which photography “came of age.”

If you’d like to explore this collection of images on a deeper level, the museum has created a fantastic new tool for doing so that’s “unprecedented in its functionality”. It’s called “Object:Photo,” and is a special website loaded with information, images, and interactive visualizations.
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Photos for Life: A Stock Photography Service By and For Cancer Patients and Survivors

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Photos for Life is a “charity photo bank” where all the stock photos are created by cancer patients and survivors and for other cancer patients. Each of the models you see in the images was personally affected by cancer in their own lives. “They love their lives and want to show it to the world!” the website says.
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Vintage Photo Finds is an Online Collection of Old Pictures Found at Flea Markets

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Joel Snow was visiting a flea market in Colorado this past October when he came across a box with several packets of old negatives at the bottom. After digitizing them, Snow realized that it was a fascinating collection of old photos from the early part of the 20th century.
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Aerial Wallpapers: Beautiful Satellite Photos Turned Into Backgrounds for Your Phone

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Aerial Wallpapers is a website filled with beautiful wallpapers for your mobile device. Each of the images is a 1242×2208 pixel crop of a beautiful satellite photograph.

The project is curated by João Paulo Bernardes, who searches through the Creative Commons archives of NASA and the Airbus Defense and Space.
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ScanMyPhotos Can Scan Your Prints a Priority Mail Boxful at a Time

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Have a ton of old prints lying around but not enough time or energy to scan them? Since 1990, Southern California-based ScanMyPhotos has helped customers scan over 250 million physical prints. As digitizing old family photos is catching on as a trend, the company’s most popular service is something it pioneered: the USPS prepaid box deal.

It’s a flat rate option for scanning large quantities of photos. Pack as many photos as you can into it, send it in, and receive digital versions of every photo.
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RoboStage: Do Remote Photo Shoots in Your Browser with Real Models, Gear and Studios

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Here’s a new idea that’s quite a bit off the beaten path: RoboStage is a new online studio that lets photographers conduct a photo shoot through their browser. We’re not talking about some kind of faked virtual environment, but an actual photo shoot done in an actual location, controlled through your browser.
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ShareGrid Allows Photographers to Safely Rent Gear To and From One Another

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“AirBnB for cameras.” That’s how ShareGrid describes itself. The young startup company is trying to do for camera rentals what AirBnB did for vacation rentals, and if the idea catches on, camera gear rental companies may have some stiff competition to deal with in the years ahead.
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An Interactive 3D Viewer for Earth Pictures Captured From the International Space Station

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More than 1.4 million photos of Earth have been captured from the International Space Station over the course of 41 expeditions. San Francisco-based developer Callum Prentice wanted a better way to browse the images and the locations they were captured over, so he created a nifty 3D web app called the ISS Photo Viewer.
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