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27 April 2015

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 GPU notes for Lightroom, drones on the Golden Gate Bridge, a creative lighting build and a 1,000 year exposure using a pinhole camera.

  • Camera Raw Engineer Eric Chan has posted GPU notes for Lightroom CC (2015). "While cards that are 4 to 5 years old may technically work," he notes, "they may provide little to no benefit over the regular CPU when processing images in Lr and in some cases may be slower. Higher-end GPUs from the last 2 to 3 years should work better." We're continuing to see poor rotation behavior on our 2010 MacBook Pro, in fact. But, as Chan writes, "This is the beginning of the GPU story for Lightroom, not the end."
  • Mark Prado at the Marin Independent Journal reports, "More and more the Golden Gate Bridge is being buzzed by camera-carrying flying drones and security-conscious span officials are none too happy about it." Bridge District General Manager Denis Mulligan said drone technology is phenomenal, "But there needs to be some rules."
  • In A Lighting Build for a Boxer, Joe McNally details the creative process of lighting a subject. "I'm discussing the thought process of light instead of the mechanics of it," he explains.
  • Perhaps the most ambitious pinhole camera ever conceived, Jonathon Keats designed his with a 24-carat gold plate for the pinhole and a copper interior covered in rose madder to take "a 1,000-year exposure of a western Massachusetts mountain range."

More to come...

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