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Strange Instagram Hack has been Logging Users Out of Their Accounts

If you haven’t updated your Instagram password or haven’t reviewed your security settings in a while, now would be a good time to do so. A puzzling hack has locked some Instagram users out of their accounts and got all contact details replaced, with the email address linked to a new one under a Russian domain. ...
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The Nature of Things in Light and Color: Minimalist Landscape Photography by Li Ye

Landscape photography has always been about immersing ourselves in nature’s grandeur first, and bringing home photos that serve as a reminder of the experience. It’s also the same for freelance photographer and writer Li Ye, who is based in one of the most sought after destinations among photographers: the mystic and majestic Tibet. Apart from scaling the region’s mountainous landscapes, he also explores other regions in China whose features best fit his minimalist style and creative approach of finding the nature of things in light and color. In this quick interview, Li Ye gives us an insight into what inspires him within and outside Tibet, how he developed his moody and minimalist style, and how he began his journey into landscape photography....
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Larry Fink Exhibit Unravels the Drama In and Out of the Boxing Ring

The world of boxing has always been rife with action and drama, making it one of the most fascinating topics to capture for many photographers. Larry Fink, one of the country’s greatest photographers, certainly captured some of the most enduring images of the tough and unsentimental sport, as we’ll find in the recently opened exhibition in the Philadelphia Museum of Art....
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New Fujifilm Docuseries Showcases Why Printing Your Photos Is So Important

Whether you enjoy collecting prints from your favorite photographers or would like to get started with printing your own work, Fujifilm has a new docuseries worth checking out to get you even more inspired. Titled Beyond the Lens, it features two photographers who use Fujicolor Crystal Archive Papers for their printing needs. Each episode not only tells us why printing remains important today, but also tackles the technicalities of the process so photographers get the best prints out of their work....
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Finding Inspiration in the Great Outdoors with Sunny Herzinger

Some photographers travel to take photos, while others take up photography to travel. For Germany-based engineer and landscape photographer Sunny Herzinger, it’s hard to tell which camp he belongs to. “Probably both,” was also he could say, and it’s pretty easy to see why he thinks it’s the case, as travel and photography are inseparable. Luckily for him, inspiration is not hard to come by, as he’s surrounded by the beauty of nature and the great outdoors....
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Datacolor Announces Free Spyder5 eBook for Color Management Tips and Tricks

Still haven’t figured how to get the colors right for your photography? Datacolor, the makers of the Spyder5 screen calibration tool, has just announced their new Spyder5 eBook which you can download for free. This could be an essential guide to color management if you’re planning to get the Spyder5, and especially if you’re gearing to be a pro photographer who works with a lot of colorful projects. ...
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Olympus Mirrorless Camera Sales Down According to Q1 Financial Report

We were beginning to wonder what’s up with Olympus as we weren’t hearing much, and we now have an answer. In the latest financial report shared by 4/3 Rumors, we found out that the company isn’t doing so well. Apart from lower revenues marked especially in the mirrorless camera department due to “intensified competition,” Olympus also incurred some significant losses from operation problems....
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In Pursuit of Candid Moments with Irynka Hromotska

The love for photography is always sparked by things both big and small. For Ukraine-based Irynka Hromotska, they were as big as her dad’s lot of undeveloped films from his mountain trips, and as small as a few issues of National Geographic magazine. These things naturally sparked her interest not only in travel and photography, but also the pursuit of candid moments. This is very much the meat of her work, whether it’s travel photography or street photography....
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Abstract Visuals Dominate Fabio Giachetti’s Architectural Photography

A big chunk of the architectural photography we’ve featured in the recent past show us one of the most effective approaches to the genre: clean and minimalist in black and white. Today, we’re adding one more to the pile with the works of Italy-based photographer Fabio Giachetti, who has makes the curves, shapes, and outlines shine in his architectural photography....
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Sony 24mm F1.4 GM FE Lens to Be Released Around Photokina 2018, FE 135mm Lens Sometime in 2019

Reports are certain that we’re on the way to get two new lenses from Sony. The FE 24mm f1.4 GM lens is believed to be scheduled for announcement sometime around the Photokina 2018 dates. An FE 135mm lens is also said to be in the works and is slated to be released sometime in 2019....
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Steve Roe Turns Streets Into Trippy Neon Wonderlands Using Fractal Prisms

There may be no signs of the neon trend going away anytime soon, but that doesn’t mean we have to keep shooting the same things and looks over and over. The latest on our roster of photographers who are creating some interesting stuff with this trend is South Korea-based Steve Roe, who found a way to make neon extra trippy by combining it with kaleidoscopic prism effects....
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Explore Photography’s Origins with George Eastman Museum’s Photographic Processes Series

For today and future generations, film photography may already seem to be as traditional as photographic processes go. But it actually stretches way back. For us to be able to appreciate how far photographic technology has gone, George Eastman Museum created a series of videos that take us back to the processes that revolutionized how we see and capture the world through photography....
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Ian Pettigrew Aims for Smiles With His “Floating Dogs” Project

Ian Pettigrew is one of our favorite creative brains to pick when it comes to photography projects. This time, we have him back for something totally different from his usual work. A drastic departure from hard-hitting topics like Cystic Fibrosis explored in projects like the SaltyGirls and SaltyKids, this adorable new project brings smiles to our faces in place of the tugs at our hearts. Interestingly, the idea for this “floating dogs” series just popped in his head — literally and figuratively — in a way that only seems to happen to an art director-turned-photographer. Ian tells us more about this beautiful project through our lighthearted chat after the jump....
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Teaser Shows the New Nikon Mirrorless Camera Looks Like a DSLR

Those who are already aware that Nikon has a new mirrorless coming out very soon have also most likely been checking out the countdown on the website. The latest teaser so far gives us a closer look at the new mount and body, and it looks very much like a DSLR....
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Adobe Introduces Their “Rising Stars of Photography” for 2018

Looking for more photography inspiration? It’s time for us once again to check out some impressive photography from some up and coming photographers rounded up by Adobe for their latest “rising stars” this year. This time, the goal was to bring together some unique perspectives and interpretations through various photographic styles, subjects, and purposes....
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Jesse Echevarria Unravels the Beauty of Colorado’s Hidden Dunes

Attention, landscape photographers! Here’s a spot to add to your list of stunning places to photograph. Brooklyn-based art director and photographer Jesse Echevarria says visiting and staying overnight at the Great Sand Dunes National Park in Colorado is a must, and he definitely has the photos to prove it. If you’re up for some driving, hiking, and camping, you’ll have the opportunity to snap some breathtaking landscape photos in one of Colorado’s hidden natural treasures....
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Troyce Hoffman Captures Stunning Black and White Landscapes Using a Holga

If you still have a Holga camera lying around, we spotted a set of stunning black and white photos that will make you want to pick it up and take it on a road trip. Through his snaps of the American West, California-based documentary photographer Troyce Hoffman shows us exactly why the iconic toy camera actually works wonders in capable hands....
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First Cindy Sherman UK Retrospective to Exhibit at National Portrait Gallery London

Are you both a fan of Cindy Sherman’s work and planning a visit to the National Portrait Gallery in London? You might want to mark your calendars for her first UK retrospective exhibit. It won’t be until mid-2019, but that gives you loads of time to prepare and get a refresher on her work....
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The Digital Compact Camera Market Is Dying But the Contax T2 Is Over $1,000

While overall camera sales are continuing to plummet, there are obvious winners (or at least keeping afloat) and losers in the game this year so far. According to the latest Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) shipping report shared by 43rumors.com, mirrorless cameras are still on top of the game, while DSLR sales continued to decrease. And compact cameras? Well, they’re at the bottom of the pile. ...
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Reports Say We’ll Definitely See a New, High-End Olympus Camera in Early 2019

It’s highly likely that we’ll welcome a new high-end Olympus camera by first quarter of next year, reports over at 43rumors.com say. How likely exactly? Like 99% likely, they said. So, if you’ve been eyeing to grab one of them Olympus shooters, you might want to hold off for early 2019 to see what it’s going to be....
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Here’s How Your DSLR’s Phase Detection AF System Works

Whether you’re buying your first DSLR camera or finally upgrading to a better model, one of the first things you might be keen on looking at is the autofocus feature. In this very quick and but also very informative video, we learn how exactly the autofocus works in DSLR cameras, and how this knowledge can help you decide on your next buy....
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Get Better at Black and White Photography With These Quick Tips

Black and white used to be the only way to go back in the old days of photography. Today, however, there’s more than one way to make sure your black and white photos are on point. With these quick tips from London-based photographer Jamie Windsor, you can at least have a head start on getting better at black and white photography, whatever the genre you want to take on....
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The Standard 4×5 Lets You Build Your Own Modular Large Format Camera

If you think you’d like to progress from making your own pinhole cameras to something bigger and more complicated, we’ve found just the right stuff for you. Photographer Drew Nikonowicz offers to give you a head start to building your own large format camera through The Standard 4×5, currently being funded on Kickstarter....
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This Detailed Comparison Shows the Difference Between Slide Film vs. Color Negative Film

With film discontinuations here and there over the years, shooting with slide films has become either rare opportunities that you save for special shoots, or quirky experiments using expired film stocks. Still, for those who really want to get serious with film photography, knowing how to make the most out of the fresh slide films still available out there is paramount. In this very informative and detailed comparison video by Jay P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens, we get to see two of today’s popular slide films, Fuji Provia 100 and Fuji Velvia 100, go head-to-head with a color negative favorite, the Kodak Portra 160. ...
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What We Know About the Leaked DJI Mavic 2 Line So Far

Excited fans who were looking forward to the July 18th launch of the DJI Mavic 2 may still find some useful information from the recent leaks of the upcoming drone. In early July,  Photo Rumors reported of a leaked picture plus a video about the new Mavic 2 from Drone DJ. They followed it up these past couple of days with more leaks: a new product catalog showing the Mavic 2 ahead of the launch, and a high-res copy of what is most likely a official image. ...
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Andreas Kamoutsis Explores Alternate Visions Inspired by Self-Discovery

My primary photographic goal is to capture strong visual elements, such as mystery, feelings, harmony, and simplicity. This unique art also exists as an artistic expression of myself, a great field of continuous self-discovery, a path for personal creative fulfillment through the ever-changing vision of this world...
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Holga Digital Has a Limited Hong Kong Skyline Edition on Indiegogo Marketplace

It’s been three years since the Holga Digital was released and fully funded on Kickstarter and Indiegogo, but not without some hiccups along the way. For those who are still curious about the camera at the very least, there’s a limited Hong Kong skyline edition that has been made available on the Indiegogo Marketplace....
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Bet You Didn’t Know This Fun Fact About Nikon Sensors!

Newsflash: Nikon designs its own sensors. If you’re just hearing about this for the first time, don’t worry; you’re most likely just one of many. Canon Watch was another (so you’re in good company), leading to a blog post sharing some details about how Nikon exactly is involved in the making of its sensors....
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Reports Say Fujifilm X-T3 Will Most Likely Come with New Film Simulations

We could be close to hearing about the release of the Fujifilm X-T3, even ahead of this year’s Photokina, so we might as well countdown to it — one rumor at a time. The recent we’ve learned from Fuji Rumors says that the X-T3 will most likely come with some new film simulations. ...
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Blurb Now Offers to Print Your Zines With Upgraded Economy Magazine Paper

Blurb has been one of the top self-publishing platforms for magazines and books, and with its new offering, it may become even more popular. If you make your own zines or plan to make one sometime in the future, you may want to check out the platform’s new Economy paper upgrade....
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“Through a Different Lens” Looks Back at Stanley Kubrick’s Early Years as a Photographer

Stanley Kubrick may be best known for his work as a motion picture director, but an ongoing exhibit in New York City reminds us that he was also an outstanding photographer. Before he became an acclaimed film director and New York City’s most famous sons, Stanley Kubrick was first a photographer with an exceptional creative...
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Manfrotto Announces the Modular Noreg Camera Bag Collection

While modular camera bags aren’t new, manufacturers are still experimenting with various ways to make them more sleek and streamlined. The latest of these is the Noreg Collection, Manfrotto’s new modular camera bag collection that allows you to mix and match components to create a bag that fits exactly what you need. Whether it’s for work or for travel, the Noreg Bags look promising for photographers who are always on the go....
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Mark Turtoo Creates Haunting Visual Stories of Loneliness and the Human Psyche

I’m a visual artist, a photographer and storyteller infusing life into the stories that populate my head. constantly exploring new ways to create and always trying to implement new techniques and experiments in what I do, I have been mixing cinema with my images for a very long time now, to the point where it can be considered an essential part of my style....
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New COOPH Braid Straps Add a Touch of Color and Style to Your Cameras

Not a fan of leather camera straps but want something that is just as elegant and eye-catching? COOPH’s fun and functional Braid Camera Straps could be interesting for you. According to the photography apparel and accessories creator and online magazine, they were inspired to design the straps not only to be sturdy companions to lug our cameras around with, but to also reflect every photographer’s creative mindsets. For those who are more inclined to pick something different, these newly released camera straps in colorful combinations could just make great options....
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Report: Fujifilm Is Exploring the Possibility of Bringing Back Its Black and White Films

Not so long ago, the news of Fujifilm killing off its famed Acros 100 black and white film sent many of us scrambling for available stocks. The emulsion in 35mm and 120 formats will be officially discontinued in October this year. And yet, Fujifilm was recently reported to be looking into the possibility of bringing back its black and white films. ...
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Sergey Lebedev Handcrafts Unique Pinhole Cameras Using Driftwood

Pinhole photography is as simple and basic as it gets when it comes to creating images, but that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to make impressive work out of it. In fact, photographer and camera maker Sergey Lebedev proves us that you can make the camera itself jaw-dropping. After seeing his gorgeous handmade pinhole cameras made out of driftwood, I believe we no longer have any excuse to take on crafting our own pinhole cameras — and getting experimental with it in the process. I’m sure that seeing something that is typically ignored made into something beautiful, unique, and functional is nothing short of inspiring....
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This Photo Book Project Documents Atlantic City Post-Trump Casino Era

If you’re into documentary photography and are looking for contemporary projects on the genre, you might want to check out this photo book on Kickstarter. Simply titled Atlantic City, the photo book by New York-based photographer Brian Rose aims to document the once vibrant resort city as it is left reeling from destruction left by Donald Trump. ...
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Matthew Guido Gives the Neon Trend a “Nightmare” Treatment

The neon trend may be one of the most overused visual style or aesthetic today, but that doesn’t mean it should be avoided altogether. If you can re-imagine and reinvent it to suit your own creative vision or style, then make good use of it by all means. To inspire and give you an idea on how to go about this, just look at this mesmerizing example by Toronto-based photographer Mathew Guido....
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Felix Inden’s Mesmerizing Fairy Tale Landscapes of the Lofoten Islands

If moody landscapes are your thing, one of the best places to find them is up north, where nature is often both moving and intense. In his latest set, German landscape photographer Felix Inden showed us another destination to add on our must-visit list: the Lofoten Islands of Norway, which is home to some of the most magical landscapes of the Arctic Circle....
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Olympus Releases Premium Handcrafted Camera Bags and Straps in Partnership with Barber Shop Bags

Attention, Olympus shooters! The company has recently launched an eye-catching line of camera bags and straps made in partnership with Barber Shop Bags. Designed with the style-conscious photographer in mind, these luxurious leather goodies will make sure you’re out there shooting with your Olympus photography essentials and turning heads while you’re at it....
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Pep Ávila Pictures Children’s Heartbreak for an Emotional Ad Campaign

Of all the things we like asking children, it’s “What do you want to be when you grow up?” that resonates the most. These dreams mean a lot to young minds and hearts, so watching them crumble or fade is always a heartbreaking ordeal. This was the idea that Barcelona-based photographer and cinematographer Pep Ávila executed into an emotional ad campaign for international independent children’s organization Save the Children....
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Louis Dazy Explores Moody Black and White Photography in “Smokescreen”

We take a break from Louis Dazy’s punchy colors and moody double exposures to revisit one of his old works. In a set from a few years ago called Smokescreen, the Paris-based film photographer showcased his eye for sentimental imagery sans the hues and overlaps that have become his signature style....
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This Detailed Infographic Encourages Us to Preserve Our Digital Memories

While digital cameras and smartphones have enabled virtually everyone to document their life through photography, the fate of many of the photos we take are often uncertain. A portion of it goes to social media, sure. A big percentage of “misses” definitely get deleted. What about the rest? How many of us even think about what to do with the ones we choose to keep?...
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Florian Kaps and His “Superheroes” Haven’t Given Up on Saving Peel-Apart Instant Film

The beauty and wonder of peel-apart packfilm, sadly, is something that most of us who still shoot film today may no longer experience. Yet, there remains a glimmer of hope for a handful of people who are still hard at work trying to keep it alive. After successfully bringing back Polaroid Instant Film through the Impossible Project (now Polaroid Originals), Florian “Doc” Kaps has been hard at work with what he calls the “ultimate attempt” to save peel-apart instant film. Florian and one of his Superheroes, Uwe Schneider, tell us more in an interview video with Analog Things....
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“SunnyMoon” is an Expandable and Portable Photo and Video Lighting That Promises to Replace Your Softboxes

If you’re still looking for a bright solution to light up your photo and video projects, we’ve found something that could just be interesting to you. Meet “SunnyMoon”, an innovative Kickstarter project designed by EnoLight to improve and simplify lighting setup. ...
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“Atomic Ed” Photo Book Tells About an Anti-Nuclear Activist and His “Black Hole” Shop

Heads up, photo book collectors and military history fans! We’ve spotted an interesting project you might want to check out and support on Kickstarter. There was once a unique military surplus store at the heart of Los Alamos in Northern New Mexico which was filled with all kinds of technologies, relics, and objects from the Los Alamos National Laboratory. A photo book titled Atomic Ed holds some stories about the intriguing shop as revealed by the work of anti-nuclear activist Ed Grothus, the man who put it all together....
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The Inrigo Is a Smart, Waterpoof Backpack for Your Camera and Gear

If the the Inrigo camera backpack looks unlike any camera bag you’ve seen before, that’s because it’s not your ordinary camera bag. First, it’s a waterproof bag, much like the dry bag you use when you when you go to the beach or anywhere your valuables can potentially get wet. Second, it’s a smart bag that monitors the humidity inside and alerts the user when there’s too much moisture in the bag....
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This Fun 2019 Pinup Calendar Features Our Favorite Characters from a Galaxy Far, Far Away

The next year is still several months away, but if you’re an early bird who plans to start your 2019 preparations soon, we’ve found something you might want to put on your list: a fun galactic pin-up calendar which stars everyone’s favorite sci-fi characters from a galaxy far, far away!...
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Ferrania Fixes Major Factory Issues, Secures In-House Production of P30 Film

“Normally, when we are quiet it’s because we are very busy. This time the opposite is true,” Ferrania began in their latest update, referring to the factory being non-functional since February. There, they briefly mention the hardships that have halted their production — but also, more importantly, that they’ve already fixed the problems and can now continuously produce the P30 film....
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“Witnesses to War” Aims to Show the Resilience of Syrian Children

Much of what we know about the tragedy that war has brought upon Syria are taken from the perspective of a bigger picture. A powerful project, however, puts the focus on the most vulnerable victims of this conflict. Syrian war photographer Bassam Khabieh puts his lens and narrative to use to tell us the story of loss, tragedy, and the astonishing resilience of Syrian children for a photo book titled Witnesses to War: The Children of Syria....
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