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6 May 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 a private collection of Berenice Abbott images, Drobo dual redundancy, the Ansel app and a complicated annual report job.

  • In Berenice Abbott, Writing Her Own History, which includes a nine-image slide show, Laurence Butet-Roch takes a peek at the large portion of her archive just now coming to light as part of the Ryerson Image Center's acquisition from a private collector. In addition to the 351 glass negatives and contact prints, the archive reveals Abbott's technical interests in "designing a utilitarian vest to inventing her own set of lenses, cameras and enlargers."
  • Terry White explains Why You Should Enable Dual Redundancy on Your Drobo. A "better safe than sorry" story.
  • Rob DePaolo reviews the new Ansel App whose "sole purpose is to remove color from your images." The free black-and-white image editor for iOS distinguishes itself with "its clean and simple user interface, along with some of its more unique features such as the black and white Camera Roll preview and the tonal 'Mix' tool," he writes.
  • Kirk Tuck reflects on a complicated annual report job with praise for the Nikon D810, Rokinon 14mm f2.8, Sven Stork's Rokinon profile, the Elinchrom Ranger RX and, among other things, his Stetson.

Incidentally, if you find the layout at Tuck's Visual Science Lab blog difficult to read (small type, long lines running past the browser window), don't let that discourage you. Look for a Reader View icon in the address bar of FireFox or Safari to reformat the article. Chrome has an experimental reader view, too.

More to come...

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