1. Facebook Photos has undoubtedly changed the way we think about photography. More than just a way to display our images to the world, it has essentially pioneered and perpetuated the idea of social photography. Engineering Manager Cory West talks about how people we don’t even know – “second order friends” – account for most of the activity on Facebook Photos. Cory also discusses how the plethora of information that’s now at our fingertips has actually contributed to memory loss: we often no longer remember specific facts, and instead reserve memory for how to find specific pieces of information.

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  2. Has trust in photography declined in recent years? How do you assess photo manipulation and whether an image is "real" or not? Kevin Connor, President and Co-Founder of Fourandsix Technologies – which works to create software that can detect photo manipulation – discusses the dichotomy between photographers who constantly strive to shoot something novel that no one has ever seen before, and the suspicion that arises when we see a photo that we've never seen before.

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  3. According to Amy Dresser, photo retouchers are parasites in the photo industry – without photographers, people like her wouldn’t exist. Yet retouching has never been more prevalent, and we increasingly blur the line between photography and illustration. As a professional photo retoucher, Amy’s attitude is not to make any image perfect; keep the character, but remove what might be distracting.

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  4. New York-based photojournalist David Burnett almost needs no introduction. He's been shooting film for over 50 years, and despite the widespread movement to digital, he continues lugging around his 4x5 camera worldwide to events like the Olympics. "It's tough to be a film photographer in the digital age," says David Burnett. "But it's the look of film that's stayed with me – there's something almost nostalgic about it."

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Luminance 2012 was a 2-day conference featuring two dozen top speakers from a variety of organizations that help to create, consume and define photography in a myriad of ways. Each speaker presented a 20-minute TED-style talk on a topic relevant to their…


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Luminance 2012 was a 2-day conference featuring two dozen top speakers from a variety of organizations that help to create, consume and define photography in a myriad of ways. Each speaker presented a 20-minute TED-style talk on a topic relevant to their area of expertise.

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