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Unsplash began as a Tumblr account with a simple premise: 10 new curated photos, every 10 days, and every photo 100% free to use. Yes, free as in “do whatever you want.” Today, Unsplash’s community is 40,000 photographers large, and their photos are viewed more than 600 million times every month.

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All photos published on Unsplash are licensed under Creative Commons Zero which means you can copy, modify, distribute and use the photos for free, including commercial purposes, without asking permission from or providing attribution to the photographer or Unsplash.

The featured photos are chosen by curators from varied backgrounds, bringing a wide range of photographs and different styles to the featured photos.

Though you can do whatever you want with the photos, including selling them, you cannot claim them as your own and charge others for freely using them. The community has a dim view of photographers or companies doing this.

Users, however, are encouraged to creatively add to the photos and Made with Unsplash has many examples of such creative remixes.


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Firmware Updates Leica

Leica SL Firmware Update 2.1 (28 July 2016) Improves Tethered Shooting Workflow


New software and firmware updates for the LEICA SL improve the tethered shooting workflow

Wetzlar, 28 July 2016. Available from today – firmware update 2.1 and the software solutions Leica Image Shuttle 3.4 and the Leica Tethered Plug-in 1.1.0 for the mirrorless Leica SL further improve the professional workflow for the camera system. Registered camera owners can log in to the Leica Owner’s Area ( and download the new firmware and software or take advantage of the opportunity to have their camera brought up to date by the free update installation service offered in all Leica Stores.

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Announcing the 2016 AIMIA | AGO Photography Scholarship Winners!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2016 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program! There were more than 100 applicants this year from 15 participating post-secondary institutions across Canada. The jury, comprised of Adelina Vlas (Associate Curator of Contemporary Art, AGO), Dave Jordano (2015 Winner of the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize) and Cheyanne Turions (independent curator and writer) awarded the three prizes to Catherine Canac-Marquis of Concordia University, Jeff Chiu of Ryerson University and Alexia-Leana Kokozaki of the University of Ottawa, plus a first this year due to the quality of the submissions, an honourable mention prize to Andi Icaza Largaespada of Simon Fraser University’s School for Contemporary Arts.


Meet the 2016 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Winners

The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Scholarship Program. Valued at C$25,000, the scholarship program, which was inaugurated in 2013, recognizes three full-time students—Canadian or international—who are entering their final year of study toward a bachelor’s degree of fine arts in photography at one of 15 participating post-secondary institutions across Canada.

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Photographer Donates Images to Library of Congress, Gets Getty Images’ Demand for Payment, Sues Back for $1 Billion

It’s a surreal situation. Documentary photographer Carol Highsmith had donated tens of thousands of documentary photos to the Library of Congress for use by the general public at no charge. Imagine her surprise when she received a copyright infringement letter from Getty Images for featuring one of her own photos on her website, and demanding payment of $120. It turns out that stock photo agencies Getty and Alamy had been sending similar threat letters to other users of her images. So, Highsmith decided to file her own $1 billion copyright infringement suit against both Alamy and Getty for “gross misuse of Ms. Highsmith’s photographs – more than 18,000 of them.”

This is apparently not the first time that a stock agency has misappropriated other photographers’ work. In 2013, Daniel Morel was awarded $1.2 million in a suit against Getty and Agence France-Presse for distributing Morel’s images of the 2010 Haiti earthquake without his permission.

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Leica Press Releases

Ara Güler receives the Leica Hall of Fame Award 2016

Ara Güler, famous Turkish photographer, portrayed everyday life in the city of Istanbul for over 60 years. His work as a reporter and photojournalist took him and his Leica around the world on assignments for numerous international magazines. The Leica Hall of Fame Award will be presented to Ara Güler in Istanbul at the end of this year. Visitors to photokina 2016 will have the opportunity to view the exhibition celebrating the photographer and his work in the Leica Masters of Photography Gallery (Hall 1). The exhibition is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from September 20 to 25.


Ara Güler receives the Leica Hall of Fame Award

Leica Camera AG honours and celebrates the lifework of the outstanding Turkish photographer with the Leica Hall of Fame Award and a major exhibition at photokina 2016.

Wetzlar, 27 July 2016. The lifework of the famous Magnum photographer Ara Güler will be honoured with the Leica Hall of Fame Award and his photography will be celebrated by a major exhibition in the Leica Masters of Photography Gallery in the course of photokina 2016.

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Lenses Nikon

Nikon Announces Fastest 105mm F1.4 Full-Frame Weather-Resistant Lens: AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED

To celebrate the production of 100 million lenses, Nikon has announced the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, currently the fastest 105mm full-frame lens at a large F1.4 aperture. This is a premium lens with 14 elements in 9 groups, including 3 ED elements, and Nano Crystal coating to produce high-quality images. It is sealed and gasketed to resist dust and moisture, and Fluorine coatings protect both the front and rear elements, so that smudges, dirt or moisture are easily removed. This medium-telephoto lens has 9 rounded aperture blades which, together with the large aperture, produces smooth bokeh and makes it ideal for shooting portraits.

Availability in Canada is August 25 for a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of CAD $2,799.953 (US $2,199.95).


Glamorous glass: Nikon celebrates the 100 million NIKKOR milestone and the introduction of the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED

Mississauga, ON – July 27, 2016 – Today, Nikon Canada is celebrating a momentous NIKKOR production milestone as well as the announcement of the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED, a premium lens for the most discerning photographers. This luxurious new medium-telephoto lens is engineered to help create flattering images with gorgeous bokeh, while delivering impressive sharpness and beautiful colour rendition. As a testament to a lasting legacy of high-calibre lenses, Nikon has also announced that NIKKOR lens production has reached the landmark achievement of 100 million units produced worldwide.

“Reaching the milestone of 100 million lenses produced is a great honour and a testament to the photographers who both love and rely on NIKKOR glass to get the job done,” said Amanda Mohammed, Communications and Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada. “The AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED represents the embodiment of the NIKKOR line of high-quality lenses, giving photographers a robust, well-balanced lens that provides intense sharpness, astounding image quality, and stunning background bokeh. It is sure to be a favourite among portrait photographers.”

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Will We See Paper-Thin @ImprintEnergy Batteries In Mirrorless Cameras?

However thin you may think lithium-ion batteries are in today’s smartphone and tablets, they are still not thin enough for the gadgets of the future. For example, the flat battery in the iPhone or the iPad takes up much of the space of the gadget and contributes to the bulk of its weight.

So, researchers at Imprint Energy are challenging long-accepted battery limitations and pioneering new ways to enable inexpensive, mass production of ultrathin, flexible, and high-energy density batteries. Flexible is good if these batteries are to be used in wearable devices.

Using everyday screen-printing machines (apparently, the same equipment that are used to print witty phrases on t-shirts), they print one layer of the battery on top of another, essentially printing a multilayer device stack to produce a single, rechargeable, ultra-thin battery.

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Firmware Updates Leica

Leica Q Firmware Update 2.0 (07/2016) Is Now Available, Adds Useful Features

The Leica Q is a full-frame camera with a fixed Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens, a 24 MP CMOS full-frame sensor, and maximum ISO 50,000. Firmware Update 2.0 is free to download now and adds a number of useful features:

  • A separate DNG mode
    You can now shoot DNG RAW files separately, rather than in combination with JPG files. JPG mode and the combined JPG-DNG mode are still available.
  • Autofocus
    The 1-field autofocus metering area can now be selected in three different sizes: small, medium and large. The Face Detection function now automatically reverts to multi-field autofocus mode as soon as a face is detected.
  • Simplified EVF mode
    Navigation has been simplified when in EVF mode: pressing the menu or play button now allows you to switch straight to menu control or picture review on the LCD screen.
  • Expanded Shutter Speed Range
    The maximum 30 s shutter speed has been extended to 120 s.
  • Other
    The menu sub-item ‘User Profile’ is now directly accessible and enables quick and easy access to all functions stored in a selected user profile. The spirit level display now remains visible after pressing the shutter release.


The latest LEICA Q firmware update 2.0 offers numerous new features

Wetzlar, 26 July 2016. The latest firmware update for the Leica Q is available now as a download from the Leica website ( Owners can update their camera with firmware update 2.0 and enjoy the benefits of numerous new features.

Leica works constantly in close collaboration with users on the further development and optimisation of its products. Due to this policy, a number of improvements in this latest firmware update for the Leica Q are based on the recommendations and suggestions of our customers.

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