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Twitter Takes Aim at Snapchat’s Market by Letting You Send Pics via Direct Message

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The tech world is full of ‘wars,’ all of them over the attention of that flighty creature known as ‘the consumer.’ And one of the wars being raged most furiously is between the major social networks: the established behemoths Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; that stubborn network loved by photogs, Google+; and the new kid on the block that has everybody’s undergarments in a bunch: Snapchat.

Well, Facebook has had its go at stealing some of Snapchat’s market (both literally and through acquisition) and has been ultimately unsuccessful on all counts. Now it’s Twitter’s turn. Read more…

external “Why I Don’t Support ‘Black Day’ at Flickr” —Thomas Hawk

Over the past week or so, hundreds (maybe thousands) of users who dislike an impending photo page change (and in many cases, redesign changes from earlier this year) have organized and are protesting by posting black protest images to their Flickr accounts today, December 8th.

Here is why I don’t support this protest.

Flickr users have protested quite literally *everything* that has ever been changed to the site. Every change over the past decade or so that Flickr has been around, has been meet by strong resistance…

The “who moved my cheese” crowd is strong with Flickr.

 
Dec 09, 2013 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

Exposure: A New Web Service for Creating Beautiful Photo Narratives

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The key to creating a good photo-based service is to fill a need that isn’t being filled by any other app or website — a task increasingly difficult as more and more players enter the market. Still, once in a while someone stumbles on an idea that is just the right mix of concepts to create a service really worth your while, and Exposure seems to be just that. Read more…

external Google+ Adds Twinkling Lights and Falling Snow Effects in Time for the Holidays —Google+

Just in time for the holidays, Google+ Photos is updating its AutoAwesome tool to add a couple of holiday-themed effects:

Twinkle: upload a new photo of something that sparkles (like a Christmas tree or a chandelier), and we’ll gift you a version with lights that actually twinkle.

Snow: upload a new photo with snow to Google+, and we’ll gift you a version with snow that’s actually falling.

 
Dec 07, 2013 · ∞ Permalink · 1 Comment »

Anonymous Woman Makes it on the Cover of the NY Post Thanks to an Ill-Timed Selfie

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So emergency workers are all over the Brooklyn Bridge, trying to talk down a suicidal man poised to jump. Media people are everywhere, doing their usual sensitive storytelling. A big chunk of the city is holding its breath, waiting to see how the life-and-death drama plays out.

Perfect time for a selfie, right? Read more…

Star Wars Inaugurates Instagram Account with Darth Vader Selfie

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What do you do when you’re not busy destroying rebel planets, choking out generals and dealing with traumatizing father issues? Why, you grab a quality selfie and upload it to Instagram of course. Read more…

The Arcanum: An Online ‘Hogwarts’ Where You Can Learn One-on-One from the Pros

In the past, before resumes, interviews and portfolios, there was the master/apprentice relationship. If you wanted to learn a trade, craft or skill, you sought out a master of that skill and humbly asked for their tutelage.

That system has all but disappeared where most professions are concerned, but photographer Trey Ratcliff wants to bring it back into the world of the arts, and he’s doing it through a newly-formed online “Magical Academy for the Mastery of the Arts” that he’s calling “The Arcanum.” Read more…

Instagram Account Photoshops Selfies if You Ask… Sometimes Even if You Don’t

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Here’s a new way to be violated in the social media era: Post a photo of yourself on Instagram, then wait for somebody you don’t know and didn’t authorize to repost an edited version that looks vaguely like you, except shinier and with a lot more makeup. Read more…

Boomf Makes Instagram Photos Edible by Printing Them on Marshmallows

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This might just be one of those services both the loves and haters of Instagram will like. Because while other services print your Instagram shots on magnets or postcards, Boomf prints them on… marshmallows.

So, you see, if you like Instagram you get to turn your favorite photos into edible confections, and if you don’t, you get to eat all of those pretentious selfies, food shots and cappuccino pictures you so despise. As Michael Scott would say: “win win win.” Read more…

Shitty Rigs: A Site Dedicated to the Crappy Rigs Filmmakers MacGyver Together

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You might have found yourself in this situation before: you’re in the middle of a photo shoot and you find that you badly need to set up a shot or lighting that is, in fact, impossible to do ‘professionally’ given the gear you have on hand.

So what do you do? You go all MacGyver of course! You put together an off-the-top-of-your-head DIY fix that gets the job done (even if it doesn’t look all that good doing it). The Tumblr blog Shitty Rigs is dedicated to showing off those brilliant, if a bit silly, creations. Read more…