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Barack Obama photo and quote becomes most popular tweet of all time

Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Former president Barack Obama’s recent photo response to the violent events in Charlottesville, VA has officially become the most popular tweet of all time. The 44th President of these United States tweeted the official White House photograph above—captured by the great Pete Souza—alongside part of a quote by the late Nelson Mandela:

“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin or his background or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.”

As of this writing, the tweet has received over 53,000 replies, 1.3 million retweets and nearly 3.4 million likes.

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin or his background or his religion…” pic.twitter.com/InZ58zkoAm

— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) August 13, 2017

The new record just goes to show: pair a powerful message with a powerful photograph, and you’ve got a lot more power than the proverbial “1,000 words” that photo is supposedly worth.

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How to shoot the solar eclipse: a list of resources for photographers

The first successfully captured photograph of a total solar eclipse was shot on July 28, 1851, by Prussian photographer Johann Julius Friedrich Berkowski. Your eclipse photos can look better than this, with a little advice from some of our friends.

If you live in North America or are a citizen of planet Earth, you’ve probably heard chatter about the upcoming solar eclipse starting the morning of August 21st. It’s a rare opportunity for a lot of folks across the United States to see and/or photograph a partial or total eclipse of the sun, and it’s all happening just under a week from now.

We’ve already published our guide to photographing the eclipse (and a plea to consider not photographing it), but the Internet has no shortage of great information on the subject, some of which goes very in-depth. In an effort to provide you with the totality of eclipse photography resources, we’ve rounded up some of our other favorite articles and guides below. Good luck, and remember to protect those eyes and sensors!

Canon eclipse guide – 16 articles on shooting the eclipse

Canon’s guide to photographing the solar eclipse is very impressive and thorough. It features more than 15 articles on the subject. There’s also a nifty ‘Solar eclipse pocket field guide’ PDF you can download and print. The guide is slightly geared to Canon shooters, but we feel the information is useful to all photographers, regardless of brand of choice.

Read Canon’s eclipse guide

B & H eclipse guide- An easy-to-read complete guide

B & H also posted a really thorough guide on everything you should consider to safely and successfully shoot the eclipse. And unlike the Canon guide, these tips are all in one → continue…

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10 Great Movies From The 1990s You May Have Missed

By David Zou

The 1990s is a period of great cinematic innovation. Filmmakers from around the world made some of the most critically acclaimed movies of all time. For example, Krzysztof Kieślowski’s Three Colors Trilogy (1993-1994), Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction (1994), or Wong Kar-Wai’s Happy Together (1997).

However, perhaps due to such numerous amount of great films, some 90s films are slipping out of the audience’s radar: they deserve more attention. This list aims to introduce these gems with diversity in mind. Some of the films are from France, some from the United States, others from Asia. Some made by great directors such as Jean-Luc Godard or Robert Altman or Hou Hsiao-hsien, others more obscure.

All of them exemplify the cinematic art’s fertile development, although in altogether diverse ways, in genres ranging from arthouse to crime thriller. In a sense, the 1990s is a golden age of world cinema, a time when great directors made their masterpieces.

Most of the films are entertaining, some are more challenging. They are all highly worthwhile aesthetic experiences, allowing the audience to travel, for a brief duration, into another time and place, to live the lives of another.

10. Nouvelle Vague (1990)

Nouvelle Vague (1990)

Jean-Luc Godard’s filmography—for many film lovers, it seems—is confined to the 1960s. The French radical auteur’s obscurantist 1970s political films removed him from public attention.

However, following Godard’s return to the mainstream narrative with Every Man For Himself (1980), the critical attention paid to his work still did not regain to the level of the 1960s period. Not until recently, with Goodbye to Language (2014), which won the Palm d’Or, had Godard returned successfully to the public gaze.

Thus, Godard’s films from the 1980s to the 2000s, are, arguably, the most neglected works of art in recent memory. The 1990 narrative feature Nouvelle Vague (New → continue…

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US Army abruptly stops using DJI drones due to ‘cyber vulnerabilities’

A leaked US Army memo obtained by unmanned aviation news site sUAS News is making some waves in the drone world today. In the memo, the largest branch of the United States armed forces called for its units to “cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow on directions.”

The decision was reached by the US Navy and the US Army Research Lab, which identified ‘operational risks’ and ‘user vulnerabilities’ in DJI’s products.

The memo does not go into detail regarding the specific vulnerabilities, saying only that,

Due to increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products, it is directed that the U.S. Army halt use of all DJI products. This guidance applies to all DJI UAS and any system that employs DJI electrical components or software including, but not limited to, flight computers, cameras, radios, batteries, speed controllers, GPS units, handheld control stations, or devices with DJI software applications installed.

DJI’s public relations manager Michael Perry responded to the news in an e-mail to sUAS News, saying the company was ‘surprised and disappointed’ that the Army didn’t consult DJI during the decision process. “We are happy to work directly with any organization, including the U.S. Army, that has concerns about our management of cyber issues,” wrote Perry, saying that DJI would reach out to the US Army to confirm the memo and better understand what they mean by ‘cyber vulnerabilities.’

To read the full memo and response, or dive a bit deeper into some of the cyber security concerns surrounding DJI’s products, head over to sUAS News by clicking here.

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Lawsuit ruling sends clear message: Register your photo copyrights ASAP

Though copyright is automatically granted to creators for their created works in the United States, the option remains to officially (and voluntarily) register those copyrights with the U.S. Copyright Office. As detailed on Copyright.gov, this registration bestows certain benefits and may, in certain circumstances, be necessary: “Before an infringement suit may be filed in court, registration is necessary for works of U.S. origin.”

A recent U.S. lawsuit involving infringement may set a precedent regarding whether a copyrighted work is considered registered for the purposes of an infringement suit if the registration application is still pending.

The matter revolves around a lawsuit filed by photojournalist Matilde Gattoni against clothing retailer Tibi over its unauthorized use of her photo. According to the lawsuit, Gattoni posted one of her own photos on her Instagram; this image was taken in Morocco and her copyright registration was still pending in the U.S. Though the Instagram post included a copyright notice, the lawsuit claims Tibi cropped the image, posted the cropped portion on its own Instagram, and included only a link to Gattoni’s Instagram sans copyright info.

The lawsuit aimed to hit Tibi for both a DMCA violation and copyright infringement, seeking between $2,500 and $25,000 for the alleged DMCA violation and up to $150,000 in damages for the copyright infringement.

However, things didn’t quite go as Gattoni had hoped. U.S. District Court Judge Robert W. Sweet has ruled that while the case can proceed with the DMCA claim, it must do so without the copyright infringement claim due to the copyright registration’s ‘pending’ status. Discussing this matter in particular, the court stated:

Because Gattoni has alleged only that the registration for the allegedly infringed film is pending, and because no application has been made by Gattoni to amend the → continue…

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Nikon marks 100th anniversary with new scholarship program

Nikon is marking its 100th anniversary in many ways, including the creation of a new scholarship program for ‘future visual creators’ in the USA and Canada.

The scholarship will consist of two programs: ‘The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship’ will award ten college students with academic scholarships of $10,000. In addition, Nikon will identify rising stars on digital platforms and recognize them as a part of a curated ‘Nikon100 List.’

Criteria for consideration will be announced later this year, and submissions will be reviewed, selected and awarded prior to the 2018-2019 school year.

Press Release:


Imaging Leader Allocates $100,000 in Scholarship Funds to invest in Next Generation of Students Pursuing Photography, Film, Journalism, Visual and Fine Arts Degrees

NEW YORK, NY (July 27, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. EDT) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced two new programs to recognize and support the next generation of visual creators. “The Nikon Storytellers Scholarship” will award ten college students with academic scholarships of $10,000. Additionally, Nikon Inc. will identify rising stars on digital platforms and recognize them as a part of the curated “Nikon100 List.”

“For the past 100 years, Nikon has been at the forefront of optical innovation and exploration,” said Kosuke Kawaura, Director; Marketing, Communications & Planning, Nikon Inc. “We have never been more excited about the future of imaging and are committed to supporting the next generation of photographers and creators that are eager to capture and share their world.”

This fall, Nikon will announce the criteria for students throughout the United States and Canada to be considered for the scholarship program. Submissions will be reviewed, selected and awarded prior to the 2018-2019 school year. Recognizing the value of education and creative collaboration, → continue…

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The TSA Will Require You To Take Your Camera Out of Your Carry-On Now

By Canon Rumors It looks like traveling through United States airports will become even more laborious, as you will now have to remove all electronics larger than the smartphone from your carry-on. Is it a huge deal? Not really, I think I’m asked to remove camera gear or get hit by a second screening 50% of the time. … → continue…

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