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Seven Essential Upgrades for the Everyday Photophile

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Photography. You’ve dabbled. Perhaps fancy yourself a modern-day Helmut Newton. Your social life: a graphic compendium of Kemptresses/muses.

Yes, generally speaking, your life imitates art. In the spirit of keeping things beautiful both behind and in front of the lens, we’ve compiled the must-have upgrades for your photographic endeavors. Your camera will thank us.

Check out all seven after the jump.»

Feeling for Film

Vintage Cameras

Our friends over at UrbanDaddy Perks have dug up a good-looking cache of vintage cameras—some of which are still operable—and it’s reminded us of the simple charms of old-school photography. (Not to mention how they’d be a nice addition to any well-appointed desktop.)

When film was the only medium, there was something more meaningful about taking each picture—the result was akin to a handwritten note only you could’ve written (there was no telling exactly what you’d captured until the film was developed). It made for the kind of perfectly imperfect moments that were lost with the digital viewfinder and 32GB memory card. And while you can be sure your 10-city trip through Europe benefited from the compactness of the digital age, we still think there’s plenty of merit to doing things the old-fashioned way every once in a while. So, in case you ever feel the urge, we rounded up a few good filmic options on the market today.

Revisiting the film camera with our favorites on the market today.»

Dasha Heard the Opening Ceremony Was Going to Be Very Pastoral

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Cheers, Mate: The opening ceremony for the 2012 Olympic Games will be on tv tonight, and the hospitable gents at GQ UK have come up with a drinking game for your viewing pleasure. (Just replace BBC with NBC and Boris Johnson with Ryan Seacrest.) [GQ UK]

Glimpsing the Future: The US has been forced to watch the opening ceremony on delayed telecast, but for those who’d like to get a sneak preview, CNN has been photo-blogging live. [CNN]

But Don’t Yell at the Fern: The 10 rules to live by when cheering your way through the Olympics. [Buzzfeed]

Leaps and Bounds: Gear Patrol lists the top 10 tech innovations happening at the Summer Games, from the track surfaces to the robotic cameras. [GearPatrol]

The Water Looks Cold

Cold Watervia Being Naked

Bad Luck: In honor of Friday 13th, Jen Doll took a skeptical look at some of the more common superstitions. Breaking mirrors really is bad news, you guys. [The Atlantic Wire]

The Coolest Camera in the World: One lucky blogger is about to come down with a Japanese Brooks Veriwide. [Archival Clothing]

Pulling the Wool: The latest from the legendary sweatermen at Inverallan. [Selectism]

Paratrooping Gear: Some great military trouser work from Michael Bastian. [Details]

Olga Zueva Is in Need of a Blanket

Going Barefoot: Your long-form excursion of the day: a look into life on the lam for the Barefoot Bandit, Colton Harris-Moore, a teenage airplane thief and federal fugitive apprehended in 2010. [Outside]

Blogger Blue Personified: An exhaustive rundown of every last royal-blue item available for purchase in the world today. Collect them all. [A Headlong Dive]

A Thing of Beauty: An Aston Martin parked in front of Gieves & Hawkes on Savile Row. It speaks for itself. [Driven]

The Instant: A photographer’s ode to the Polaroid SX-70, from a friend of Richard Avedon’s. [The Smithsonian]

The Return of the Silent Film

Cameras have been getting more low-tech for a while (Holga, anyone?), but it looks like the Lomography crowd is finally making the leap to video. This is the Lomokino Super 35, a hand-cranked 35mm camera—and the state of the cinematic art circa 1925. To be fair, it’s also in color, but otherwise there’s not much to separate it from the kind of cameras Buster Keaton was using. You can crank slower for a sped-up silent movie feel or over-crank for evocative slow motion. They even include a device for watching dailies—that Lomoviewer box to the right. Hopefully you saved your Chaplin costume from Halloween.

Carey Mulligan is Not Afraid of Close-Ups

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The Middle Distance: Wonderland Magazine nabs an early editorial. Well played, all around. [Fashion Gone Rogue]

The Tie Rack: Valet runs down the basics of a gentleman’s tie collection. We’d throw in a wintry Pendleton-style plaid, but otherwise, it’s not too shabby. [Valet]

All Hit: Esquire digs up a vintage Ted Williams profile. As long as they’re this good, we’ve got no complaints. [Esquire]

I Turn My Camera On: Leica’s new Parisian camera shop looks pretty spectacular. [Hoosta]

Lily Cole is Gilliamesque

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Cole in the Stocking: Lily Cole hits the Interview circuit. [Interview]

Here Come the Wolves: In the top ten viral videos of 2009, the Twilight trailer beats out Beyonce’s “Single Ladies.” For the first time in my young life, I feel somewhat betrayed by the internet. [TechCrunch]

I Turn My Camera On: A gentleman’s guide to the bewildering world of digital cameras. [Gizmodo]

In Bad Health: Men’s Health accidentally repeats a cover. The sound you hear is hundreds of people smacking their hands to their foreheads. [Gawker]

Into the Wild

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We’ve never been much for safaris, but they do tend to put a camera through its paces.

So Leica’s latest Safari Edition has its work cut out. The army green should match your pith helmet, while the presumably lion-proof aluminum body strips down the usual point-and-shoot functions to the bare necessities. Sadly, you won’t be able to get your hands on it until August, but hopefully you can find something a bit lighter to tide you over till then.

Shake It

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Polaroid may not be making old-school film anymore, but at least they know how great it was while it lasted.

Their CES booth included a genuinely wistful look back at the company’s past, including these pitch-perfect plastic models. (Our favorite was the 60s relic the “Polaroid Swinger.”) Nothing against their current line—which included a portable photo printer—but there wasn’t anything you could shake…

Oh well…there’s always eBay.

See the "Swinger" up close»