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Each day, we save you the trouble of keeping track of the pile of photo news coming down the pipe by doing it ourselves. Then, once we’ve uncrossed our eyes, we compile the Top 5 stories into a 500px News Roundup that will keep you up to date without eating up hours of your day.

We list out the top five stories along with a short little summary that hits the high points. If you want to read more, we’ll include our source links at the end of our blurb. If you don’t… well… you don’t have to do anything. Scroll down and get informed!

Top Stories for Wednesday January 7th, 2015

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1. Ansel Adams Act Seeks to “Restore the 1st Amendment Rights of Photographers”

Today’s top story comes from the US Government, where the so-called Ansel Adams Act by Representative Steve Stockman of Texas wants to “restore the first amendment rights of photographers.” The bill lists the ways in which photographers’ 1st amendment rights have been violated by the Government in recent years, and then sets about righting those wrongs. [Read More at SLR Lounge]


2. Rumor: Sony Might Have an Ultra-Cheap Full-Frame E-Mount Camera in the Works

The ever reliable Sony Alpha Rumors has received tips indicating that Sony is working on an inexpensive, entry-level Full-Frame E-Mount camera system. The rumored camera is said to cost only $950 with a kit lens! [Read More at Sony Alpha Rumors]

3. Before-and-After Video Shows Just How Much Color Grading Goes into the Movies

The video above was created by Taylre Jones of the Kansas City-based Grade, and it shows just how much work goes into a professionally shot movie in post. The footage was shot using a Sony F55 at 4K in LOG, giving Jones an incredible amount of latitude in post… it’s pretty mind-blowing. [Read More at PetaPixel]


4. British Soldier’s Previously Unseen Photos from Hong Kong 60 Years Ago Brought to Light

In 1954, Roy Passingham, a young gunner with the Royal Artillery Regiment, had an 8-hour layover in Hong Kong on his way back to England with the rest of his troop. He spent that 8 hours taking photos, but only recently did he send these rare color images to the South China Morning Post because, “he thought readers might be interested to see rare colour photographs of Hong Kong in the days before the relentless bulldozers transformed the city.” [Read More at SCMP]

5. Arizona Realtor Becomes the First Person to Get the FAA’s ‘Okay’ for Commercial Drone Photography

Yesterday, Douglas Trudeau of Tierra Antigua Realty in Tucson, Ariz. became the first real estate agent to receive permission from the FAA to use his drone for commercial photography. According to the FAA, Trudeau has been licensed, “to fly a Phantom 2 Vision+ quadcopter to enhance academic community awareness and augment real estate listing videos.” [Read More at TechCrunch]