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15 October 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 two beautiful cars, the W. Eugene Smith Grants, Karen Vikke and a JDI for Adobe.

  • In A Few From My Car Shoot Out in Phoenix, Scott Kelby shares some exquisite images of a rented Maserati GranTurismo and a borrowed Ferrari California. Complete with lighting setups at the cavernous studio.
  • The W. Eugene Smith Grants Honor Humanistic Photography and this year Matt Black was so honored for the The Geography of Poverty, which he's been working on since the 1990s. The grant is a $30,000 prize which Black intents to use to continue documenting poverty, focusing on the middle of the country. Other grant recipients include Mary F. Calvert, who will share the $5,000 W. Eugene Smith Fund Fellowship award with Marcus Bleasdale, and Tom Garber, who was awarded the $5,000 Howard Chapnick Grant for his film Pixel Nation about how digital images are changing the world.
  • Kate Wesson finds out How Karen Vikke Takes Great Urban iPhone Photos. A generous collection of Vikke's marvelous images is included, too. Vikke is a social worker from Denmark with no formal photographic training. But she does have an iPhone.
  • This has been annoying us since Camera Raw became a filter in Photoshop, especially because we tweak small images with it for Photo Corners. We're talking about the default magnification size. There's no way to set it and on our monitor, those little images end up being enlarged over 300 percent. The problem, in Chris Cox's words in the link to this item, is, "The default magnification is 'fit the available space.'" And that's that. What should it be? Fit the available space -- but do not magnify. There's a JDI for you, Adobe.

More to come...

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