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The ACLU in California today released a free smart-phone app that allows people to send cellphone videos of police encounters to the ACLU, automatically—and the ACLU will preserve the video footage, even if the cops seize the phone and delete the video or destroy the phone. The app, “Mobile Justice CA,” works for both iPhones and Android users. It’s available at Apple’s App Store and at Google Play.
The app features a large red “Record” button in the middle of the screen. When it’s pressed, the video is recorded on the phone and a duplicate copy is transmitted simultaneously to the ACLU server. When the “stop” button is pressed, a “Report” screen appears, where information about the location of the incident and the people involved can also be transmitted to the ACLU. The video and the information are treated as a request for legal assistance and reviewed by staff members. No action is taken by the ACLU, however, unless an explicit request is made, and the reports are treated as confidential and privileged legal communications. The videos, however, may be shared by the ACLU with the news media, community organizations or the general public to help call attention to police abuse.
The app is available in English and Spanish. It includes a “Know Your Rights” page.
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The Rescued Film Project discovers and processes 31 rolls of film shot by an American WWII soldier over 70 years ago.
Filmed By: Tucker Debevec
Audio Engineer: Eric Bower
Original Music: Mark Doubleday
Second Camera: Eric Bower
Edited by: Levi Bettwieser
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Just bought a pair of these to use as lighting for my photo tent.
A vignette about a large format photographer.
Photographer: Joseph Allen Freeman
Producer/Co-Director: Nick Bolton
Cinematographer/Co-Director: Taylor Hawkins
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If you’d like a contact print from the negative featured in this film, Joe has made them available on his Etsy site:
The Invisible Photograph: Part 1 (Underground)
A safe haven for thousands of images happens to be hundreds of feet underground in a repurposed limestone mine.
The Invisible Photograph: Part II (Trapped)
In Part 2 of The Invisible Photograph, see how a team of computer scientists, archivists, artists, and curators teamed up to unearth Andy Warhol’s lost digital works.
This morning when I parked my car this guy was just sitting there eating his nut without a care in the world. Yes, I’ve got a great zoom on my camera, but I got within 5 feet of this guy without him even twitching at my presence. It wasn’t until a car drove by that he hopped up into the tree.
Here’s an Apple-product tech tip. If you’d like to see gridlines in the camera app you can turn them on, but not in the camera app. Head to Settings, then Photos & Camera. There you’ll find an on/off slider labeled Grid. Change accordingly.
USA PRISM Plus will randomly, secretly take photos and tweet them; either straight to the National Security Agency, or just to your friends. Several options are available to limit when photos are taken and what exactly will be tweeted. The app will only take photos when your device is in use and not set to silent.
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