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Chris Gampat the Phoblographer Lily Drone (1 of 1)ISO 2001-550 sec at f - 4.0

Last week, we got to play with what’s possibly the future of drones and selfies. It was only a matter of time until someone developed an autonomous drone that followed you around and shot photos and video of it. It’s called the Lily; and when we met with CEO Antoine Balaresque in Central Park, we didn’t exactly know what to expect. The photo above shows a prototype of what the Lily looks like. The Lily is a drone that follows you around while hovering and documenting your life as it happens. To do this, it connects to a little device that you can put in your pocket or in a watersealed watch type thing.

Antoine tells us that the Lily features the same camera as the GoPRO Hero 3; so you know that it’s quality stuff. It shoots 1080p at 60p or 120p at 720p. Alternatively, it can also shoot photos.

To get it going, you simply throw it up in the air and it will take off. To land, you can have it come to your hand or as soon as it hits a surface it will detect that and stop the propellers. Lily is also waterproof up to three feet; so if it drops into the water you shouldn’t be too worried. Lily can record audio but the device that you have on you can also record the audio.

A demo video of the Lily is after the jump. It will initially be available for $499, but will skyrocket up to $999 later on. So consider this a promo deal to get interest.

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Chris Gampat Lensbaby Art (1 of 1)ISO 4001-8000 sec

From a technical standpoint, silhouettes are essentially about three things: high contrast, careful compositions and shapes. Good silhouette photos give you a hint of what something is, but they don’t tell you exactly what the subject is. You can liken them to things like sketches and drawings in pencil–but in the end they are photos. Silhouettes can be done in color or black and white–but by far some of the very best are done in black and white.

Here’s how to get better silhouette photos.

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Since Adobe announced their movement to the Creative Cloud, many photographers were hoping that Adobe Lightroom didn’t make the move. Today, Adobe is giving consumers and professional photographers alike a new option. Photographers can either go for the new Adobe Lightroom 6 (most likely for the amateurs) or Adobe Lightroom CC (most likely for the working pros with a Creative Cloud account.) For the most part, they’re the same pieces of software.

Adobe’s Sharad Mangalick told us that both programs will receive updates at the same time when the patches and release candidates are available for download. New to Adobe Lightroom are four big features: enhanced performance for the editing of all RAW file types, a new filter brush that works in conjunction with gradients, HDR merge, Panoramic merge, and a couple of new additions for folks that make slideshows such as syncing to music and changing the pace of the image progression to the beat of the music.

All of these features are standard to Adobe Lightroom 6; and Adobe Lightroom CC’s major differences come with its integration with the Creative Cloud and with Lightroom Mobile for iPad and Android. Adobe Lightroom CC is also included in the Photography package for $9.99/month.

If you’re a landscape photographer, the upgrade to Lightroom 6 seems like a no brainer and if you’re a pro, the CC upgrade just makes so much sense.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Pentax K3 special rendering (1 of 1)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.5

Selling your images is one thing, but leasing them is a whole different ball game. There are many parameters that can be put into place and it can become complicated. First things first: you need some sort of written and drafted agreement. This is best negotiated but having something pre-made is great for presentation.

We’ve got a sample image photo license along with extra advice after the jump for an idea on how you can license your images.

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The folks over at Canon created a video showing off a nifty arts and craft project that you can do at home using your own photos. By printing them in what looks like something very photo booth style, you can paste them onto the exterior glass of a candles and use them for a creative decoration idea.

But Canon decided to go even further and put the images right onto the candle itself. To make this work best, you’ll have to print the images onto tissue paper and then use heat and wax paper to literally attach the images to the candle.

The video on how to do this fun DIY photo project is after the jump.

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chris gampat yashica electro 35 gsn review batch 2 (6 of 7)

Every photographer has done it.

Correction: every street photographer has done it.

We’re talking about taking photos of the most unfortunate members of our society in terms of socio-economic status: the homeless. You do it. I’ve done it. Every staffer that’s written for this site has done it. But there is the notion that taking photos of the homeless is exploitation of their current terrible situation. Just think, would you want someone to take a photo of you down on your luck?

The homeless can also be seen as easy targets: they’re doing something often not considered the norm and their actions can make for a photo that captures a slice of life not normally seen.

But is it really exploitative?

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