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9 April 2013

In this recurring column, we'll highlight a few items we've run across that don't merit a full story of their own but are interesting enough to bring to your attention (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at sharpening masks, a super control panel, Phase One's blog and Doisneau's photographs.

  • Roger Cicala explains how to build a sharpening mask based on resolution maps for your lens. Or, lacking the map, how to take a simple shot that reveals "where each lens starts to soften and by how much."
  • Rohith Thumati details his Olympus OM-D E-M5 setup, replacing the obtuse menu system with the one-screen Super Control Panel so you can live long and prosper. And "you don't need to go into each function to change it: just highlight the function you want to change (say, ISO), and use the dials to change the setting."
  • Phase One's The Image Quality Professor's Blog is posting some great tips, clearly illustrated. Recent favorite include picking the right aperture for night shots, getting sharp shots with wide angle lenses and using negative Clarity values to smooth skin.
  • We spent an enjoyable break looking over the black-and-white portfolios of French photographer Robert Doisneau (1912-1994). The story of his photo of The Kiss will break your heart.

More to come...

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