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Flickr takes flak for selling Creative Commons photos as wall-art

Yahoo-owned photography site is playing by the copyright rules, but its decision not to share revenues is sparking a debate

Flickr’s latest business model – selling wall-art prints of more than 50m images shot by its community of photographers – has sparked a debate around Creative Commons licensing.

The Yahoo-owned site will keep all the revenues from sales of prints based on photos shared to Flickr using a Creative Commons “commercial attribution” licence, which allows commercial use. However, it is sharing 51% of the revenues from sales of prints licensed directly from members with those photographers.

“I want people to use my photos. That’s why I take them. I want that usage to be unencumbered. That’s why I chose a Creative Commons license. Some of the publications and businesses that use my photos make no money at all. Others make a little something. I don’t care either way. That’s why I chose a Commercial Attribution license. The license makes my work available to all publications and products, whether commercial or non-commercial. Fine with me.

But Yahoo selling the stuff? Cheesy, desperate, and not at all fine with me. I pay for a Flickr Pro account, and am happy to do so. That’s how Yahoo is supposed to make money from my hobby.”

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Your best night of 2014: share your stories and pictures

What’s the best night you’ve had this year? Share your photos and stories via GuardianWitness

After ClairChapman sent in their suggestion, we’d love to see your Best Night of 2014. Whether it was when you were knee deep in mud at a festival, sharing fireworks with family and friends or front row at a secret gig. Share your photos and stories that capture the highlight night of your year and we’ll feature the best on the site.

You can share your photographs and stories by clicking on the blue ‘contribute’ button on this article or you can download the free GuardianWitness app if you have a smartphone. Please use the description field to tell us more about the photo or video.

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The touching hug photo from Ferguson protests is a blatant lie | Jonathan Jones

It’s absurd that a nation’s new, yet old, encounter with its most destructive division can be summed up by this soppy picture of a tearful hug

The camera is a superb liar. It only shows one moment, and has no obligation to explain the bigger picture behind it. The selective use of photographs can therefore replace truth with whatever visual detail we choose to fix on. Horror or schmaltz, the effect is the same, to simplify reality and turn a story into a deceptively straightforward image.

In the 1930s and 1940s the dishonest manipulation of photographs was a speciality of state propagandists. Backroom technicians in totalitarian darkrooms removed unwanted faces from pictures and turned emotive images into posters. Today, we don’t need propaganda machines to deceive us because we can make hypocritical and self-manipulating choices ourselves just by “liking” the pictures that show us what we want to see and ignoring those that are more awkward.

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Facebook is half as popular as 'dark social' for sharing – Open thread

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 07:30

Have your say on less trackable social activity, as well as iTunes lawsuit, 3D printing in facial transplants, Flickr controversy and more

We’re increasingly familiar with the “dark web” through technology like Tor, but how about “dark social” – sharing that happens outside trackable social networks like Facebook and Twitter?

Online advertising firm RadiumOne has been trying to quantify the scale of dark social sharing (PDF), with a survey of more than 9,000 people plus data from their online sharing tools to understand how they share through tools like email and instant messaging, which are much less trackable through traditional web analytics.

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Bodybuilders and angels: the pictures that changed photography – part two

A popular Russian wrestler, a Sri Lankan centenarian and the pioneer of hidden cameras all play a part in some of the most revolutionary images ever taken. Today’s selection runs from the 1870s to the first world war

  • Drawn by Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection is at the Science Museum, London, from 2 December to 1 March 2015
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DPReview Recommends: Best Compact Cameras for Enthusiasts

DP Review News - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 00:07

There's a long tradition of high-quality compact cameras and today there are some incredibly capable compact cameras on the market. Top-notch lenses, great sensors and plenty of control are the hallmarks of every one of our top five recommended compact cameras for enthusiasts.

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DPReview Recommends: Best Cameras for Beginners

DP Review News - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 00:06

Choosing a first camera is extremely important. You want to make sure that the beginner has room to grow as they learn more, but you don't want to put them off with a lot of options that they might not understand. We've prepared some recommendations for you.

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DPReview Recommends: Best Compact Cameras for Travel

DP Review News - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 00:06

There's a big world out there, just waiting for you to explore it. In our opinion, a camera is one of the best traveling companions you can have. Here are our top five recommendations.

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DPReview Recommends: Best Cameras for Social Photography

DP Review News - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 00:06

Social photography didn't always mean snapshot selfies taken on a smartphone. For this list we've selected five of our top recommendations for cameras that you should consider taking out socially, to informal or special occasions.

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DPReview Recommends: Best Waterproof Cameras

DP Review News - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 00:06

Most cameras are delicate objects, and the last thing you want to do is drop them or subject them to wet or freezing conditions. But there are cameras which are specifically designed to handle rough treatment. In this list, we've chosen our top five recommendations for waterproof cameras.

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DPReview Recommends: Best Interchangeable Lens Cameras for Under $1000

DP Review News - Tue, 02/12/2014 - 00:06

A few years ago, the idea of a DSLR under $1000 was just a distant dream, but these days the financial bar to entry is much lower than it was in the past. Here's our list of the top five interchangeable lens cameras that we'd currently recommend for under $1000 - including a kit zoom lens.

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Cactus V6 update adds Micro Four Thirds and Metz flashguns to wireless control list

DP Review News - Mon, 01/12/2014 - 22:26

Flash manufacturer Cactus has updated firmware for its V6 wireless flash transceiver to include profiles for top end guns from Olympus and Panasonic's Micro Four Thirds and Four Thirds systems. Firmware 1.1.004 makes the V6 transmitter/receiver units compatible specifically with Olympus FL-50R, FL-36R and Panasonic FL-500R and FL-360R. Read more

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Vela One LED promises 1/2,000,000 flash duration for the price of a normal hotshoe gun

DP Review News - Mon, 01/12/2014 - 22:26

An inventor from Bristol in the UK is developing an LED-based light source for high speed photography, promising to produce a burst of flash with a duration short enough to freeze a bullet. The Vela One, which will be priced at a similar level to standard hotshoe flashguns, uses nine LEDs arranged in a bank that generates a million lumens and is powered by just four AA cells that the inventor claims will last a full day’s shooting. Learn more

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Canon EOS 7D Mark II studio analysis added to first impressions

DP Review News - Mon, 01/12/2014 - 18:02

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II is the long-awaited replacement to the 7D, which was launched in 2009. It features a 20.2MP APS-C CMOS sensor and dual DIGIC 6 image processors. It has a new 65-point, all cross-type autofocus system as well as an updated version of Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF system that provides continuous phase detect focusing during video recording. We've just updated our first impressions review with analysis of the camera's performance in our studio scene. See how it compares

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Eyewitness: Revolutionary photographs

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As time goes by: share your artworks about nostalgia

As the year draws to a close, take a trip down memory lane and share your nostalgia-themed art

It’s that time of year – time to overeat, surrounded by loved ones, as the days draw in and another year comes to a close. Whether you’re firmly in the holiday spirit or sick of it already, the festive season prompts many people to look back and remember days gone by.

A sense of nostalgia has inspired artworks for centuries, from JMW Turner’s wistful seascapes to John Constable’s bucolic countryside paintings and Norman Rockwell’s idealised Americana.

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A passing era: two Americans' visions of Britain and Ireland in the 1960s

A new exhibition in Los Angeles brings together the work of Bruce Davidson and Paul Caponigro, who travelled to Ireland and the UK as outsiders

When Queen magazine invited American photographer Bruce Davidson to visit the UK in 1960, it was for a series called Seeing Ourselves as an American Sees Us: A Picture Essay on Britain. Though Davidson had lived in the UK during the second world war, the magazine were hoping for an outsider’s view of a culture on the cusp of social revolution.

Known for his gritty reportage in Life magazine, Davidson was living in New York and had just finished one of his most memorable shoots, Brooklyn Gang, a series based around the Jokers, greasers with DA’s, tattoos and dangling cigarettes. Esquire wanted to publish some of them with Norman Mailer writing the text, but that required signed model release forms – so Davidson gave $200 to a gang leader named Bobby Powers. “I doubt anybody ever saw that money,” he says, “or he was really good at forging names cause obviously parents wouldn’t want you to have your picture taken in the context of a gangster.” Either way, Davidson started getting threatening phone calls and, at the advice of Magnum’s Cornell Capa, took the Queen assignment.

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How images shape our cities

Picturing Place: From John Snow’s Cholera map to Le Corbusier’s plan for a contemporary city and Moose’s ‘clean graffiti’ – images shape our ideas and precipitate change, for better or worse

Part one: The iconic origins of Brazil’s capital city

How do images shape cities? The answer might seem obvious: from impressionist Paris to contemporary photographs of China’s boom cities, we know that images depict and interpret urban change. But pictures of the city are hardly just decorative or documentary; they also have profound impacts on the ground.

Maps, plans, photographs, renders, computer generated images, street art and signage drive physical changes and are central to perceptions of place and claims to territory.

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Sex, violence and lots of dancing - the soundtrack to Iran pre 1979

Street thugs were often the dominant characters in commercial Iranian cinema - especially in the decade before the revolution. The love interest was either pure and veiled, or unveiled and up to no good. ShahreFarang has this collection of art gracing the record sleeves of FilmFarsi music

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From Queen Victoria to a hippo: the pictures that changed photography from the 1820s to the 1870s

All week we’ll be bringing you the most revolutionary photographs ever taken, by the biggest names. Today, it’s the birth of photography, with the earliest heliograph, scandalous nudes and the first ever manipulated image

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