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5 September 2013

In this recurring column, we 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 a new title of Vietnam War photos, Akvis Sketch, Snapheal Pro and using a 50mm lens to report the news.

  • In Images of the Vietnam War That Defined an Era, the N.Y. Times Ralph Blumenthal reports, the Associated Press "has, for the first time, culled its estimated 25,000 Vietnam photographs and reprinted some 250 in a book, Vietnam: The Real War, with an introduction by Pete Hamill, to be published by Abrams on Oct. 1."
  • Akvis has released its $89 Sketch 15.0 [MW] tool to convert photos into sketches and paintings with Photoshop CC compatibility, new Pencil Color and Background Color options, new presets for both Classic and Artistic styles, Share options and more.
  • MacPhun has released its $39.99 Snapheal Pro 1.0 [M] defect healing tool as a standalone program or Photoshop plug-in using its new CleanPics technology, a streamlined interface and an improved clone function.
  • The N.Y. Times Lens Blog presentation of work by the Associated Press photographer Jerome Delay notes, "For the last year he has relied almost exclusively on one camera, and one lens, a 50-millimeter f1.4." That natural angle of view "is exactly what the human eye sees, without any distortion," Delay explained.

More to come...

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