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5 March 2014

In this recurring column, we highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at lens rebates, the video trend in photojournalism, copyright and starlings.

  • Derrick Story lists all the lens rebates available at the moment, which include savings from Nikon, Canon and Pentax. He recommends going with instant savings over rebates, echoing our experience with rebates.
  • Spot the trend? At the Orlanda Sentinel, the staff photographers were laid off and given one day to apply for new jobs that are "videocentric." While the infamous Chicago Sun Times has agreed in a settlement deal with the Chicago Newspaper Guild to hire back four of the 29 photographers it laid off last year -- but for "multimedia jobs, stressing strong video skills." Which may explain why only "nine or 10" of the former Guild photographers applied.
  • In Paging Bradley Cooper's Lawyers: He Might Own Ellen's Famous Oscar Selfie, the Wire's Philip Bump suggests it's the guy who presses the button, not the owner of the camera, who has the copyright to an image.
  • The Murmurations of Starlings shows starlings flocking together at The Atlantic's In Focus page. We like the lonely hawk and the abused Miata.

More to come...

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