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Made in Japan: A Brief History of the Japanese Photographic Industry

To practice German, I translate photography-related articles and technical texts. The following is an adapted translation of an article published in the FOTOHITS Special supplement to issue 5/2017 of the magazine. The Japanese optical and photographic industry has a long

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Coarse Geotagging with Bash and Google Maps

If all you want is to geotag photos with coordinates of the city where they were taken, a simple Bash shell script is all your need. The script  obtains geographical coordinates of the specified city via Google Maps API, and

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[REPOST] Inside Air Koryo, North Korea’s Fleet of Ancient Soviet Planes

North Korea possesses the technological wherewithal to develop a nuclear bomb, launch devastating cyberattacks, and even hurl rockets toward its enemies. Yet it can’t manage to put together an airline that isn’t heavily stocked with Cold War-era Russian airliners. That

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[REPOST] Wildlife Gets the Celebrity Photo Shoot Treatment

Randal Ford believes that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. An accomplished portraitist with commissions from the largest agencies and brands, Ford has changed tack with his series Animal Kingdom. Panthers, owls and cows all captured against monochrome studio backdrops that

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Map Photos with uMap and PHP

If you happen to use a photo publishing application like Mejiro that stores photos and their thumbnails in regular directories, you can automatically map your photos with uMap and a dash of PHP scripting. Better still, there is no need

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[REPOST] Man Buys Envelope For $3.50 In Flea Market, Discovers Lost Photos Of Barcelona By Unknown Master Photographer Inside

When American tourist Tom Sponheim bought a stack of photo negatives for $3.50 in a flea market in Barcelona back in 2001, he probably wasn’t expecting to find the secret work of a master photographer hidden inside them. But that’s

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[REPOST] This Russian photo magazine published groundbreaking art under 70 years of Soviet rule

The role of photography in Soviet society was a hotly contested subject — artistic expression, or tool for uplifting the proletariat — and for roughly 70 years, the debate played out on the pages of Sovetskoe Foto. From 1926 to 1997, the magazine—ostensibly a

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Recipes for automated and streamlined photographic workflow on Linux

Curve presets for digiKam and the GIMP

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