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Photos of Children From Around the World With Their Most Prized Possessions

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Amanda Gorence, Feature Shoot:

Shot over a period of 18 months, Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti’s project Toy Stories compiles photos of children from around the world with their prized possesions—their toys. Galimberti explores the universality of being a kid amidst the diversity of the countless corners of the world; saying, “at their age, they are pretty all much the same; they just want to play.”

But it’s how they play that seemed to differ from country to country. Galimberti found that children in richer countries were more possessive with their toys and that it took time before they allowed him to play with them (which is what he would do pre-shoot before arranging the toys), whereas in poorer countries he found it much easier to quickly interact, even if there were just two or three toys between them.

There were similarites too, especially in the functional and protective powers the toys represented for their proud owners. Across borders, the toys were reflective of the world each child was born into—economic status and daily life affecting the types of toys children found interest in. Toy Stories doesn’t just appeal in its cheerful demeanor, but it really becomes quite the anthropological study.

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March 15, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Histograms help gauge your exposure as you shoot

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Dave Johnson, TechHive:

Getting the right exposure is a critical ingredient in taking a good photo. And while your camera’s Auto mode does a pretty good job most of the time, there’s often room for improvement. Thankfully, tweaking the exposure is not as complicated as it might seem—after you learn a few simple rules, you can ensure that your photos pop with color and energy.

A well-exposed photo is neither under- nor over-exposed. That might sound obvious, but in practical terms, what does it mean?

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March 9, 2013 at 8:16 PM

Get the most from your smartphone camera

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Dave Johnson, TechHive:

If you own a smartphone, your digital SLR or compact digital camera probably collects a lot of dust these days; it’s just so much more convenient to snap photos with your phone. Sure, your smartphone isn’t as sophisticated as a DSLR, and it can’t capture nearly the same quality of images. But that’s not always important—what is important is that your phone is always in your pocket when you need it.

And even though your phone doesn’t have the same exposure and image-quality controls as your bigger, better camera, you can learn a few tricks to take photos that rival what you can get with a dedicated digital camera.

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March 9, 2013 at 8:09 PM

Can your smartphone really replace your point-and-shoot camera?

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James Galbraith, Macworld:

When I see something that I’d like to capture and save for posterity, or share with friends and family, I reach into my pocket for my ever-present iPhone. I don’t leave my desk, much less my house, without my iPhone, but the days of habitually grabbing my stand-alone camera before going on an outing are over.

For me, it’s about convenience. With my keys, wallet, and phone already filling my pockets, I don’t have room for another device, and I’m not one to carry a bag.

But, what, if anything, do I give up in image quality for the convenience of leaving my camera at home? Do the photos that a dedicated point-and-shoot camera captures justify the hassle of packing yet another device?

Smartphone photography has come a long way since the original iPhone with its 2-megapixel camera, but to find out how phones today compare to a popular point-and-shoot camera, I gathered four popular smartphones—an Apple iPhone 5, a BlackBerry Z10, an HTC Droid DNA Android phone, and a Nokia Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8—and a Canon PowerShot Elph 520 HS, and started snapping.

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March 9, 2013 at 7:57 PM

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