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1 July 2014

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 fireworks advice from a real firecracker, how good a Canon Rebel really is, how wealthy you have to be to be a photo enthusiast and Kost's ebook release of Window Seat.

  • In Well, You Know, 4th of July and Summer's Over!, Joe McNally once again reprints "a chapter from the LIFE Guide to Digital Photography, in which I wrote about hopefully most of the nuances and details of shooting fireworks."
  • Kirk Tuck spends a rewarding few days with an old Canon Rebel in Relentless Gear Snobbery and The Real Reason Why Canon Will Not 'Lose The War' To m4:3. He concludes that "most of our camera purchases these days have little to do with technical proficiency of the tools and a lot to do with our fashion sense."
  • Tuck's inspiration was Martin Kalaydjian's A Hobby for the Very Wealthy. "Those of us who are photo enthusiasts are part of a very small elite group among humankind," he begins. "We might think that any camera under $1,000 is affordable, but the truth is most of the world's population cannot even afford a $50 camera."
  • Julieanne Kost has released her signature tome Window Seat -- The Art of Digital Photography and Creative Thinking as a $4.99 ebook on iTunes. You need iBook on a Mac or iOS device to read it. We interviewd her for the print version in April 2006 (yep, it's a classic). We said, "It's a unique book, featuring sections that sandwich her portfolio of images culled from 3,000 originals between advice on remaining creative in a need-it-yesterday world and a technical appendix that reveals the equipment and techniques used to create the images reproduced in the book."

More to come...

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