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When should one post a selfie? For dudes, the answer is always no. Now before some of you get all up in arms about that question, emailing us in all seriousness about how, as professional photographers, you’re not going to dignify that with a response, let’s all just take a step back and watch this funny fake horror(-ish) video by comedy website College Humor.

This humorous video explores (and I use that word very loosely) the camera phone-age old question, “Should you post a selfie?” A young lady, seeing a perfect selfie opportunity while applying make-up in the bathroom, finds herself in a struggle between her id and her super-ego on whether or not she should do a selfie, prompting a few not-so flattering facial expressions and extremely narcissistic camera poses from her. As her id tries to convince her that taking a selfie is “empowering” because “helps young girls redefine the standards of beauty,” (seemingly) logically insisting that great artists and astronauts themselves take selfies, her reasonable super ego points out that it just might “come across as some pathetic plea for attention.”

It’s not an entirely accurate depiction of the struggle – or the lack thereof – we face when we take our selfies (don’t deny it, we’ve all done it at one point or another!), but it does come pretty close. And it just might be a good way to energize you back into work mode so you won’t have to spend your entire Monday wishing you’re on vacation still.

See the video after the jump.
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Ryan “Hippo” Hipwood Surfing

Two years ago big wave rider Ryan “Hippo” Hipwood nearly drowned when he dared to surf “The Right,” an Australian break known for being the heaviest waves in the world. Hipwood told the Courier Mail how the thundering white-water of the middle-of-the-ocean break held him down as the power of the waves threw him around like a rag doll. In short it was a horrific near-death experience that left him terrified of returning to take on The Right again—that is until now.

Earlier this month Hipwood returned to the break off Western Australia’s coast with a few other daredevil surfers and a couple of cameras to record it all. Together the death defying wave riders took on Australia’s most fearsome waves some of which rears up to 7-meters tall (22-feet).

In the Monster Energy-sponsored video you’ll see some surfers just narrowly making it through the wave by the skin of their teeth. Others aren’t so lucky and there’s even a jet ski that gets flipped up by the wave halfway through the footage. Check past the break to catch all the gnarly action.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 35mm f2 IS product images (6 of 7)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 2.8

We you get a new camera or just step up to an interchangeable lens one, you need to realize that there is a whole bunch of care and work that needs to go into it. But the camera isn’t the only thing that needs maintenance–but also the lens. For those folks, Canon has recently released a video showing you how to care for your camera and lens as well as listing all of the necessary things to check. Indeed, when you get a DSLR or a mirrorless camera, a lot can go wrong. For example, you can get the sensor dirty and that will require cleaning. Sometimes you can’t always clean it yourself either. When I was a paparazzo, I was often getting cleaning jobs done.

Then there are other things that need maintenance like your lens contacts. Canon recommends pretty much the same process that we do.

The video is after the jump.

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dishwasher-screengrab

What happens inside a dishwasher stays inside a dishwasher. Or does it? Presumably, exactly as many people as are using a dishwasher have an idea what goes on inside said machine when it is doing its job. This is about to change, though, thanks to one of the crazier GoPro videos we’ve seen recently.

Curious about what exactly is going on in his dishwasher when it’s wahsing the dishes, YouTube user Bito decided to take the risk of exposing their GoPro camera plus two light sources to whatever happens inside–quite possibly a dimension portal opening up and sucking in all of the dirt that sticks to the dishes. His bravery paid out big time, as now, for the first time, humankind gets a chance to experience what it feels like to be a fork that’s being cleaned by a dishwasher.

Before you head past the break and click the play button on the video, we have to warn you, though. Some parts of the video have the appearance of a man sausage being … well, rather happy and excited. So if you’re sensitive to these kinds of imagery, better let what happens inside this guy’s dishwasher stay inside. For everyone else: congratulations, you have just experienced 0ne of the most groundbreaking revelations of the 21st century.

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Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope. Nope.

That’s what I would’ve been thinking if I were Terry Tufferson who jumped off of a cliff at Sydney Harbor into water only to end up right next to a Great White Shark. As soon as he jumps in, he surfaces and his mates scream, “shark!” Terry, instead of panicking and swimming away like many of us mere mortals would do, actually did what experts say you should: face it, kick at it, and don’t panic. But just how close he got to the creature and the video that he shot with his GoPro is still incredibly beautiful.

Still though, what an experience!

julius motal panasonic fz1000

At some point in the future, Panasonic will release the FZ1000 to the masses. It’s one of those nifty bridge cameras for those caught between a compact camera and full-fledged DSLR. The FZ1000 comes with 4K video, a 20.1MP 1″ sensor, and 16x optical zoom lens (25-400mm 35mm-equivalent) from Leica with an aperture range of f2.8-4. It also comes with built-in Wi-Fi and a minimum focusing distance of 3cm. With the latter in mind, we strongly suggest you use some sort of tripod. On the whole, the camera reminds us of Sony’s RX10, which sported similar specs save for 4K video. While the RX10′s lens had a shorter focal range of 24-200mm, it had a constant aperture of f2.8. The FZ1000 offers nearly twice as much in terms of focal range, and for video junkies, the 4K will work wonders, we’re sure.

Unfortunately, there isn’t any word of a release date or a price, and with similar cameras priced around $1,300, we can only guess at what the FZ1000 will be. We’ll keep you updated as soon as we have more information.

Tech specs are after the jump in a full list.

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