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Explore Fujifilm X-Mount Lenses with This Interactive Test Website

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Fujifilm has a new website that lets photographers “try” X-Mount lenses to see what they can do. It’s a lens simulator of sorts: select the lens, aperture, and focal length you want, and press the shutter button on the page. A sample photo will pop up showing what that combination of gear and settings would produce.
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Studio Binder Lets Photographers Send and Track Call Times with Ease

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Studio Binder is a new service that’s designed to help photographers and filmmakers send and track call times with their cast and crew. The service is designed to take the pain out of making sure everyone shows up at the right time and in the right place for a shoot.
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Microsoft OneDrive Gets Photo-Centric Updates That Improve the Image Experience

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There’s a royal rumble going on in the world of cloud storage, and photo storage is one of the battlegrounds upon which the war is being waged. Dropbox launched a photo storage and sharing service in late 2014, and Amazon recently added unlimited photo storage to its Prime membership.

Now Microsoft is getting more serious with photography as well: this past week the company announced updates to its OneDrive service that greatly improve the photo experience.
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You Can Now Browse Through the World’s Largest Collection of Robert Frank’s Work

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The National Gallery of Art owns the world’s largest collection of photos and materials by renowned American photographer Robert Frank. That collection is also the museum’s largest holding of any single photographer.

Late last year, to celebrate Frank’s 90th birthday, the collection was opened up in a new way through the launch of an online repository. You can now browse through the 8,000 or so items held by the museum — some of which had never before seen the light of day.
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Gary Fong Launches Online Virtual Cameras to Help Owners Learn Interactively

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You may know Gary Fong due to his eponymous line of products for photographers, but pay a visit to his website and you’ll find that he has been very active in the world of instruction as well.

Today, Fong launched a new online product that’s designed to help camera owners become familiar with their gear in ways that owner’s manuals fall short in. It’s a new series of virtual cameras for interactive learning.
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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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