You Can Grow Plants in Used Film Canisters


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Houseplants and film photography have both seen renewed interest among younger people in recent years. Here’s a neat way to combine these two loves: you can recycle used film canisters by turning them into tiny pots for plants.

Photographer Marina Llopis of IFWEFILM shared the idea in a short video tutorial earlier this week.

You’ll need to pull off the top cap of the canister — you can do this with pliers and a bottle opener. Once you take the film reel

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Wedding Videographer Denies Refund and Mocks Man Whose Fiancée Died


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A wedding videography and photography company has sparked fury online for its response to a client who requested a refund after the death of his fiancée.

KRDO reports that the Dallas, Texas-based Copper Stallion Media had been booked to film the wedding of Justin Montney and Alexis Wyatt, who reportedly put down a non-refundable $1,800 upfront for the services.

Tragically, the 22-year-old Wyatt died in a car crash in February. Montney then reached out to Copper Stallion Media for a refund, believing that the company should grant it because the wedding cancellation was out of Montney’s control.

When the company

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Guy Pushes Photographer Into Pond, or: Why You Should Insure Your Gear


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Photographers with expensive gear often insure it against accidents and theft. This 1-minute video shows something else it can protect you from: asinine “pranks” when you’re simply minding your own business.

According to the St Albans and Harpenden Review, the incident occurred in St Albans, Hertfordshire, England, on May 7th, 2018. The photographer was shooting along the edge of the ornamental lake in Verulamium Park when a man walked up to her from behind, shoved her into the water, and then walked away.

The woman received bruises on her arm and damage to her Canon DSLR equipment worth many

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Bigfoot Poses in Hilarious Real Estate Photos for $1M House


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There’s a beautiful million-dollar house for sale in the forested town of Felton, California, that’s attracting a huge amount of attention for an unusual reason: its real estate photos feature bigfoot.

5649 Hillside Dr, Felton, CA. Photo by Elijah Crowell.

The gallery of 94 photos starts out with your typical wide-angle views of the property at dusk and mid-day, but once you get to photo #23, Bigfoot suddenly shows up and is seen enjoying the various areas and features of the house.

Enjoying a book in the great outdoors
Bigfoot warm and cozy in the living room.
Bigfoot doing some

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Ohio Reveals Plan to Allow Wedding Receptions with Up to 300 Guests as of June 1st


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Large gatherings, including wedding receptions and other events, have been banned in Ohio since mid-March, but that’s all about to change. As of June 1st, Ohio will begin allowing wedding receptions with up to 300 guests, effectively re-opening the wedding photo industry… with some restrictions.

According to Cleveland.com, the plan was unveiled by Lt. Gov. Jon Husted during Thursday’s coronavirus briefing. The new guidelines allow banquet venues and catering services to re-open while following the same rules that have been set out for Restaurants and Bars, including:

Dutch Court Orders Woman to Delete Photos of Her Grandchildren from Social Media


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A court in the Netherlands has ordered a woman to delete all of the photos of her grandchildren that she’s posted on Facebook and Pinterest without their parents permission. The ruling, handed down last week, is calling into question what qualifies as “purely personal” usage in the age of social media.

According to the BBC, the court case is a result of a falling out between the woman and her daughter. As a result of their schism, the daughter apparently asked “multiple times” that photos of her three underage children be deleted from social media, but the grandmother refused.

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Gucci Ad Campaign: No Photographer, No Problem


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Who is the photographer for Gucci’s fall winter 2020–2021 campaign? Surprise! There is no photographer. Yes, that’s right: no photographer and no make-up artist, hairdresser, stylist, or assistant … only models, who received a parcel of clothes and photographed themselves. Selfies.

You’d think it was just an expedient to cope with the limitations of the current pandemic. The photos aren’t going to be very good, right?

Actually, they are quite good, the results are surprisingly professional. The photos are well composed, the styling is accurate, the images dynamic and fresh. The pictures in this campaign show remarkable stylistic consistency, both

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Students are Failing AP Exams Because the Website Won’t Accept iPhone Photos


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Students across the US have been failing their Advanced Placement (AP) exams this month, but the issue isn’t a lack of knowledge… it’s photography. Apparently, the College Board testing portal where answers are submitted won’t accept the default iPhone photo format.

According to a report by The Verge, ‘thousands’ of students will need to re-take their AP exams after they tried to submit their long-form answers using an iPhone or other device that defaults to the more efficient (but less widely supported) HEIC image format.

Because of the pandemic, students are taking their tests online instead of in-person. Since

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South African Journalist Says He was Beaten by Police for Photographing Lockdown Enforcement


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A journalist in Meqheleng, South Africa claims he was assaulted not once, but twice by a group of police officers while attempting to document coronavirus lockdown enforcement for his newspaper. The Committee to Protect Journalists is calling for an investigation, and asking that charges against the journalist be dropped.

According to a local news report, journalist Paul Nthoba, owner and editor of the local newspaper Mohokare News, was out by the Caledon River on Friday investigating complaints that lockdown enforcement in the area was “too slack.” While walking around the area, he saw a group of four

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Washington Reveals Guidelines for Photographers Who Want to Reopen


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Washington State Governor Jay Inslee has published a set of guidelines for professional photographers who want to re-open their studios as the stay-at-home order in the state is rolled back. These guidelines—the first we’ve seen from a government entity—could act as a template for photographers in other states who are eager to open back up safely.

The State of Washington published the guidelines last Friday as part of its 4-phase ‘Safe Start‘ plan to re-open non-essential services. Professional photographers—which includes studio, event, freelance, and even ‘artistic’ photographers—are part of Phase 2, and should be able to re-open

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Ex-McDonalds Worker Gets Getty to Stop Selling Photo of Her Used in Negative Articles


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It took three years, and multiple requests, but law student Kennedy Reese has finally convinced Getty Images to stop selling a photo of her working at McDonalds when she was 15. The photo was taken without her knowledge, and used in numerous negative and embarrassing articles.

According to Australia’s ABC News, the saga began in 2017 when a friend of Reese’s told her that her photo was being used in an article about Brisbane’s bullied Macca’s workers. A quick reverse image search revealed that many more articles were using her photo, including some embarrassing and awkward pieces like this

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Wile E. Coyote Chasing Road Runner Caught on Camera in Real Life


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A university professor was visiting at the Santa Cruz River in Tucson, Arizona, earlier this month when he captured a scene straight out of classic Looney Tunes: a real-life Wile E. Coyote chasing a Road Runner.

Michael Thomas Bogan, an assistant professor at the University of Arizona’s School of Natural Resources and the Environment, caught the chase on camera on May 9th.

“There is literally a coyote chasing a roadrunner,” Bogan is heard saying in the

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Shooting Creepy Photos of Women in Public Isn’t a Crime, Court Rules


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An appeals court has ruled that a 40-year-old man who followed women around with a camera to shoot creepy images of them did not commit any crime because the photography was done in public places.

The New York Times reports that three women accused 40-year-old David Eric Lambert of following them around large stores (a Dollar Tree, a Hobby Lobby and a Walmart) and shooting imagery of their chest and buttock areas with his smartphone camera.

Lambert was arrested, convicted of unlawful photography in three separate cases, and sentenced to over 3.5 years in prison.

David Eric Lambert’s mugshot

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Robert Pattinson Shot His Own GQ Cover and Spread with a Nikon DSLR


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As celebrities and photographers alike self-isolate, magazines have had to find ways to illustrate their articles and covers without resorting to breaking the law. The solution: self-portraits. Naomi Cambell did it with an iPhone, and now Robert Pattinson has shot his own GQ cover and spread using a Nikon DSLR.

Released a few days ago, Pattionson’s feature will be the main attraction of the June/July issue of GQ. As the next Batman and future star of the upcoming Christopher Nolan blockbuster Tenet, the self-described “reluctant” movie star was the right choice for a cover piece. Whether or not

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Facebook Buys Giphy for $400 Million, Will Integrate it Into Instagram


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Facebook has just acquired the massive GIF library and creation platform Giphy, with plans to integrate the service more fully into Instagram. The purchase reportedly cost Facebook $400 million, though terms were not officially disclosed.

The purchase was officially announced this morning, when Facebook’s VP of Product Vishal Shah welcomed Giphy to the Facebook family in a blog post titled “Facebook Welcomes GIPHY as Part of Instagram Team.” The acquisition was a natural fit, says Shah, who revealed that Facebook’s apps already account for half of Giphy’s traffic.

“A lot of people in our community already know and

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Police Called on New Jersey Wedding Photographer Shooting ‘Backyard Wedding’


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A wedding photographer in Lakewood, New Jersey was charged with violating emergency “stay at home” orders last month after the cops were called on a small backyard portrait shoot that he was conducting with 8 adults and 3 children.

The incident took place last month, during the height of the lockdown, when police were tipped off to a “back yard wedding.” When they arrived at the home, they found a van with two adults and three children in the driveway. “The driver advised that she was there for family photos for a wedding,” reads the police blotter report. “In

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Instagram Now Lets You Batch Delete Comments, Disable Tags and Mentions


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Instagram has just announced three new features that give you more control over comments, tags, and mentions. The update is meant to fight online bullying by letting you batch delete comments, pin positive comments, and disable tags and mentions.

As with previous updates like these, Instagram says that these new features “mark the continuation of our effort to lead the industry in the fight against online bullying.”

Today, they’re doing this in three ways: by letting you delete comments and block problematic users in bulk, by letting you pin positive comments, and by giving you some control over who

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Wedding Photographer Photoshops Mother-in-Law’s Dress Because She Wore White


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A wedding photographer is being roundly praised on social media after digitally dying the dress worn by the bride’s new mother-in-law. Apparently the groom’s mother wore a white gown, and the bride was having none of it.

The story popped up on the comical Facebook group “That’s It I’m Wedding Shaming,” where a user shared a side-by-side photo that purports to show how the photographer was asked to edit the mother in law’s dress from white to red in photos from the reception.

“The mother in law defied the bride and wore white,” wrote the original poster. “[So]

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American Idol is Being Shot on iPhone Rigs During Lockdown


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As photo/video production crews and their high-end equipment are locked down in the COVID-19 pandemic, companies are getting creative with getting the shots they need. Supermodel Naomi Campbell recently shot her own portrait for a magazine cover with an iPhone, and now it has come to light that American Idol has gone that same route.

TechCrunch reports that the American Idol team sent each of the show’s judges and contestants an at-home studio setup comprising 3 iPhone 11 Pro smartphones, a ring light, and a tripod.

The 4K/60fps iPhones are being used to both film the singers’ performances as well

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This Famous WWII Photographer Just Beat COVID-19 at 97 Years Old


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In the spirit of spreading some much-needed good news, the Associated Press recently revealed that Tony Vaccaro—the famed World War II photographer whose professional career spanned almost 80 years and 500,000 images—caught and survived coronavirus at the ripe old age of 97-years-old.

Vaccaro, a Queens native, is a photography icon. He survived the Battle of Normandy and captured thousands of images during the War, often developing them in Army helmets by the light of the moon. One of his most famous photographs, ‘Kiss of Liberation,’ shows a US soldier kissing a young French girl after liberating her

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