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Stop Learning About Photography, Just Buy the New iPhone

Did you catch the big news coming out of Apple this week?  I’m not talking about the new phone announcements. I’m talking about Phil Schiller, Senior VP Marketing for Apple claiming that you no longer need to learn about photography to take better pictures, you just have to buy the new iPhone because (apparently) it does it all for us.

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ExpoImaging’s New On-Camera Flash Enhancer Is Weird

ExpoImaging, makers of the well-loved Rogue Flashbenders, has announced a new product that those of you who like on-camera flash might enjoy: the Rogue Safari DSLR Pop-up Flash Booster. It purportedly enhances a flash’s power by eight times. So if you’ve wanted to get that flash bulb that comes included with your DSLR to expanded distances, you could give this a shot. [more]

LitePanels Announces an On-Location Battery Solution for its Hilio Fixture

Many of you probably love the Vagabond/Einstein combination, and for good reason: it rocks. That said, constant lighting for video can still be a pain when you want to take the show on the road. LitePanels, who make some pretty great LED fixtures, has attempted to address this by combining one of their lights with Anton/Bauer’s portable power solutions to go beyond normal limitations. [more]

Islamic Seminary Calls Photography a Sin

According to the Hindustan Times the Darul Uloom, India’s leading Islamic seminary, has issued a ruling that “photography is unlawful and a sin.” The ruling came from an authority at the seminary after an engineering student requested to pursue a career in photography because it was something he was passionate about doing. [more]

The iPhone 5S and its Promise for Better Images

Well first off, I am not positive anyone actually retained what the specs on the new iPhone 5S are going to be. Mostly because I’m sure the only thing running through their minds was ‘I love goldddddd’ from Austin Powers Goldmember. But lets push aside the fact that you can rock a phone that will glisten in the sunlight like a shiny olympic medal and talk about some of the much needed upgrades on the new 5S.

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Hasselblad to Open First Retail Outlet in Tokyo

Hasselblad, a company that is currently receiving a mixed bag of emotions from photographers due to their seemingly disjoined marketing strategy, is set to open their first retail outlet in Tokyo’s “fashionable” Harajuku area on September 14. This decision is the latest move in Hasselblad CEO Dr. Larry Hansen’s extensive new investment program aimed at supposedly making it easier for more people across the globe to own a Hasselblad camera. [more]

Olympus Announces New Flagship Professional DSLR: OM-D E-M1

Remember the Olympus E-5? If you don’t, I can’t say I blame you. It was Olympus’s last attempt at a “professional” DSLR that was anything but. Everything about the E-5 felt outdated as soon as it was released. It’s been years since the E-5, and Olympus is finally ready with its successor, the micro four thirds OM-D E-M1. [more]

Think Tank Announces New Apple-Centric Bags for Laptops and Tablets

Think Tank announced a new bag and accessory case today that focus specifically on jiving with your favorite Apple products. The “My 2nd Brain” bag comes in three sizes for iPads and the different sized laptops, while the PowerHouse is an accessory bag to keep cords and whatnot in place. It’s an interesting direction for the camera bag maker, to say the least. [more]

Top Photography Headlines Of The Week

Top Photography Headlines Of The Week brings you some of the best stories from around the web from the world of photography. Read through to see some amazing photos of red lighting forming in space, crazy images from this years Burning Man and hear about an editorial photographer who set down his camera and headed to the shooting range.
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Remote-Controlled Helicopter Fatally Strikes its Operator

“A 19-year-old man was killed on Thursday when a remote-controlled model helicopter that he was piloting in a Brooklyn park struck him in the head, the authorities said. The man, Roman Pirozek Jr. of Woodhaven, Queens, had been operating the large model — measuring several feet end to end — when it hit him and the top of his head was sliced off, the police said.” Image Via AP [Full Story at NYT] [more]

16-Year-Old Twin Brothers Document Homelessness as Art

Some people go through life and aren’t sure how they can take their photography to the next level of giving back. There are many programs and non-profits such as Help Portrait and Operation: Love ReUnited, but nothing that you can say you did or created. Well these 16-year-old brothers decided they would do just that and create something worth remembering.

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Canon Adds New Cinema Prime with the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F

Canon rather quietly snuck a new lens onto the market today, announcing the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F single-focal-length Cinema prime lens designed for large-format single-sensor digital cinematography cameras employing Super 35mm or full-frame 35mm imagers. This brings Canon’s cinema lens family up to six. [more]

Just Announced: Photoshop and Lightroom Bundle for $9.99 a Month

We have just heard that Adobe has listened to the cries of photographers since the Adobe MAX announcement of the new CC pricing and is giving a new bundle specific to their needs containing Photoshop and Lightroom for just $9.99 a month… if you sign up by December 31… and prove ownership of CS3 or later. [more]

Sony’s FDR-AX1 Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder Hits Market at $4,499

Advertised as the “first consumer 4K camera by Sony,” the FDR-AX1 is now available for pre-order at a (consumer friendly?) price of $4,499. It shoots 3840 x 2160p video at 60 fps on a 1/2.3″ Exmor R 8.3MP CMOS Image Sensor through a Sony G Lens with 20x optical zoom. Sony says it has packed technology developed for their professional video cameras to create a compact, easy-to-operate 4K consumer model that’s designed to make 4K video and professional-quality audio available to the masses. [more]

Sony’s Hotly Discussed DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 Phone Cameras Available for Pre-Order

Sony’s highly discussed and hotly debated cell phone cameras (accessories?), the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 are now available for pre order. These camera/lens combo devices attach to Android and iOS devices using WiFi, but can also store images on a microSD card of up to 64 GB capacity. The products have been the subject of a lot of speculation and rumor over the past few weeks and they are finally available to order. [more]

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