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[REPOST] The Unreal, Eerie Emptiness of China’s ‘Ghost Cities’

The Kangbashi district of Ordos, China is a marvel of urban planning, 137-square miles of shining towers, futuristic architecture and pristine parks carved out of the grassland of Inner Mongolia. It is a thoroughly modern city, but for one thing:

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[REPOST] A Global Journey With a Camera and a Motorcycle

Walter Astrada wanted to go on a motorcycle trip and take photographs around the world. He didn’t have much money. He didn’t have a motorcycle. One more thing: He didn’t even know how to ride a motorcycle. Continue reading A

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Simple Photo Hack: Use a Vintage Optical Viewfinder with a Mirrorless Camera

Despite its age and budget status, my trusty SONY NEX-3N still serves me well. But the lack of an optical viewfinder (OVF) hasn’t become any less annoying with time. Although the camera has a decent display, it becomes pretty much unusable on

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digiKam Explained: Chroma Subsampling

When configuring saving settings for the JPEG format in the Saving Images section of the Configure digiKam window, you can choose between medium and high chroma subsampling, or disable it altogether. But what is chroma subsampling and what does it do? As

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[REPOST] These Photos Got a Photographer Banned from North Korea

Photographer Éric Lafforgue has spent years traveling the world to shoot documentary photos for well-known publications. He was even given rare access to North Korea, where he shot thousands of photos showing citizens and government officials going about their daily

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[REPOST] Magical Night Photography Of Tokyo’s Streets by Masashi Wakui

Anybody who’s been to Tokyo will know that the city is best viewed at night, and these stunning pictures prove it. They were taken by Masashi Wakui, a talented and self-taught Japanese photographer who has expertly managed to capture the

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digiKam Recipes 4.9.9 Released

A new release of digiKam Recipes is ready for your reading pleasure. This version adds two new recipes: Chroma Subsampling Explained (tucked under Configure digiKam) and Create Embeddable Maps with digiKam and uMap. That’s all there is to it this time around. Readers who already purchased the

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