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Is Europe about to ban selfies?

Do you take photos of buildings, street scenes, cityscapes, skyline panoramas, or a selfie in front of famous landmarks when you travel? Do you post your photos on Facebook, Google+, Twitter, Pinterest or Instagram?

After the European Parliament votes on “freedom of panorama” on Thursday, July 9, travelers to Europe, along with millions of Europeans, might have to watch their backs after posting their photos. The law could be just a few footsteps behind.
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How to photograph Independence Day fireworks

This week in the United States we’ll celebrate our nation’s independence. In Philadelphia, America’s birthplace and its first capital, that means after a concert at the foot of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, with more than a half million people in attendance, all will also enjoy one of the largest, most spectacular fireworks displays in the nation, with many more watching on television.

If you’re in Philadelphia, look for me shooting the festivities and fireworks, just southeast of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Here are some of my tips so you can photograph the fireworks near you like a pro, using your digital camera:
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Want to take a picture on the plane? Read this first

Next time you’re tempted to take a snapshot of an interesting cloud formation or your seatmate sprawling into your personal space on a plane, remember Arash Shirazi and Steven Leslie.

Both of them are law-abiding citizens and air travelers. And both recently ran afoul of the airline industry’s confusing photography rules.
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Take a screenshot like a pro: 5 insider tips

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A picture may be worth a thousand words, but in a he-said, she-said customer service dispute, it might be even more valuable. A well-timed screenshot could score you a refund you deserve.

Consider how almost everyone who rents a car these days takes pictures before accepting the car and when returning it. A picture is pretty good evidence that those dents weren’t there when you brought back the vehicle.

Images also come in handy when you have a dispute with an online vendor. With a picture you can claim “That’s not what I typed” and you can prove it. How do you reply when the company rep says you made a mistake? And do you remember exactly what you typed? How many items you actually ordered? For what date? What did those terms and conditions actually state?
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