You’ve run through this fire drill a million times over: first, you grab the family cat, then your family photos.
Sadly, it doesn’t always work out that way. While many are grateful to survive a natural disaster, they’re still left devastated from the loss of everything they own.
The worst of it might just be the loss of irreplacable family photos.
Operation Photo Rescue is a league of photographers and graphic designers who set out to help survivors get their treasured memories back.
OPR’s first mission was Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Since then, they’ve restored 9,000+ photos in other disasters like Hurricane Sandy.
If you’re itching to help, OPR’s always looking for skilled photo restorers and fundraising.
You can help folks get back photos from their wedding day, that regal portrait of their great of grandpa, and snapshots of their daughter’s first birthday.
Won’t that feel awesome?
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Photography is a solo sport. It’s just you and your camera out there!
You’ve asked yourself a million times how you can make a difference with your photo skills, and 100 cameras figured it out.
This non-profit gives cameras to kids in developing communities around the world. Which is so great!
The kids are then able to sell their own photos giving them educational resources, healthcare, and lifeline supplies. Even greater!
These new photogs also learn about empowerment — they first-hand experience their own talent and skill positively affecting their communities.
Remember the first time you felt you could make a difference? Suddenly you felt like you could do so much! One empowering experience is all it takes.
BTW! 100 Cameras is actually raising funds to launch 100 Cameras 2.0, which will let anyone start their own photo community. Helping kids with photography? Sounds like a no-brainer!
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When you were a kid, having a camera in front of you was just a little less scary. You probably didn’t even notice it was there most of the time.
It’s that enviable carefree ‘tude kids have that makes taking portraits of them so much fun.
That’s just what You are My Wild is all about. 14 photographers document how they see their kids by submitting one remarkable portrait each week.
Meaghan Curry explains how it started:
And it seems to have worked! Check out their portraits, and may they inspire you to photograph your loved ones in a new light.
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You tried running your DSLR photos through phone apps.
But the details got lost, and you were left with a tiny photo!
Cole Rise’s Litely might just have made the perfect preset actions for your digital photos. And it’s no wonder, have you seen Cole’s photos?
Each set comes with twelve presets that gracefully adjust the color and tone of your photos with a look reminiscent of film.
But what makes these so different from all the other presets out there?
They’re impressively subtle and keep the skin tones of your subjects looking natural, all without washing out the detail. Plus, they’re pretty as heck!
The best part is they were each made to work with nearly any kind of lighting. So you can use use them whether you shoot outside, in low light, or in a studio.
We might just call Cole Goldilocks ’cause these presets are just right.
You can check the presets out in action at Lite.ly’s blog. They’re available Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, or Adobe Camera Raw.
It’s easy to forget about the video function built into your camera phone.
It’s just that videos end being too big to send to friends, and who wants to wait for a video to download anyway?
Man, are we spoiled. Back in our parents’ day, they had to carry 20lb VHS recorders just to shoot a few minutes of film! Us? We have a video recorder that fits in our pocket.
Vine fixes all of this and then some.
It’s an app that lets you share snippets of video –six seconds to be exact– in a super-digestible format. As you scroll through a stream of friends’ videos, the video on your screen instantly plays.
This isn’t just another Instagram. It’s a whole new platform for showing off your creativity. There’s so much you can do in six seconds!
Plus, you get to share life-experiences with friends as they happen. And that right there is pretty much the coolest thing your phone has to offer.
So get it, and then read on for all the best tips, ideas, and inspiration on Vine.
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Chris Hadfield might be the hippest astronaut yet.
He shares recordings from space on Soundcloud, chats with William Shatner on Twitter, and plays guitar shows from the International Space Station.
Best of all, he shoots and tweets jaw-dropping photos of Earth from space every. single. day.
Sure you’ve seen a photo from space before, but not like this. Chris’ poignant tweets show us what it’s really like to have a daily view of Earth from far, far above.
Here’s a sampling of some of the best! (Word is he shoots with a Nikon and a 400mm lens.)
If you’re lucky, you could even get featured in one of his photo challenges! Chris will be in space through May 2013, so keep an eye out for more daily photos (see past ones on his Tumblr & Facebook).
Normally, you don’t want your pixels to be seen.
You like the pristine, fine-grain look. But what if you went to the other extreme and really let your pixels show?
Vic Nguyen is taking commissions for turning your photos into awesome pixel portraits! His vixels, as they are called, are a little reminiscent of 8-bit Twitter avatars, but turned up a few degrees with way more detail.
Mustaches, beards, dimples, even your haircut are turned into exact pixel replicas.
So the next time someone tells you your pixels are showing, it’ll be a compliment!
p.s. Hey, Hot Shot! has a photo competition with $15,000 in prizes and some pretty amazing exposure up for grabs. Deadline is 11/14, so get those hot shots in!
Just a few weeks ago, 300 hackers got together for Photo Hack Day in San Francisco.
With the help of finger sweat-bands and a few pallets of energy drinks, they made 70 hacks in a short 24 hours!
A panel of judges chose three winners to receive funding and make their photo app dreams come true. So what were they?
1.Pics with Friends: A guessing game! Figure out what a portion of a photo from a friend actually is.
Two note-worthy ones are This Is My Cam!, a web app that looks at your Flickr photos’ EXIF data to figure out which cameras you use the most, and Actually, a web app that lets you view a “global stream” of photos from around the web.
To think all those apps were created just to make us photo fans’ lives awesomer! We <3 you, developers.
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What’s better than reality TV? Real life!
Your preferred way of watching it? Your Instagram stream, obvi. Being able to watch what your friends are up to in real time is just plain magic.
This is Now is a site that live streams geotagged Instagram photos in 9 awesome cities around the world–Los Angeles, Stockholm, Tokyo, Sydney, New York, Las Vegas, Sao Paulo, London, and Paris.
You can watch Instagrammers all over Tokyo have breakfast on a Sunday morning or see who’s in Vegas on a Saturday night!
We’ve been watching Olympians hang out in London! If you haven’t had the chance to hop around the world this summer, this is one great way to experience how other folks live.
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Watching the Olympics is crazy-inspiring. Olympians train every single day of their life to claim their title as #1 in the world!
You can relate. You’ve spent hours in marathon photo-editing sessions. You finished your 365 without missing a day. You’ve even buffed up your arm from carrying your gear.
And just to keep you going, we’ve rounded up eight absolutely awesome photo projects that were inspired by the 2012 Olympics.
From portraits of lost tourists to photos of abandoned Olympic sites and incredible snaps of Olympians at home, you’ll get pumped to start
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