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2 December 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 Jen Pollack Bianco, the Optimize Mac Storage option in Apple Photos, backing up your online assets and Sunsetwx.

  • Kate Wesson interviews Seattle travel photographer Jen Pollack Bianco about her iPhonography, apps and the iPhonographers she most admires. She has a Canon dSLR but prefers the smaller iPhone for street photography.
  • In Understanding 'Optimize Mac Storage' in Photos for Mac, Jason Snell describes how the option will copy your Photos library to iCloud and, when your free local disk storage gets down to about 10 percent, removing local images, dynamically loading them from iCloud as necessary. So, you know, you never run out of space on your hard drive. A StackExchange post graphs the process.
  • Mac Kung Fu's Backup your online life to your Mac explains how to backup your assets dispersed on social media sites. Facebook, eBay, PayPal, Twitter and Google are detailed.
  • Sunsetwx forecasts your sunrise or sunset. Sunsetwx looks at a few different factors than The Photographer's Ephemeris, which knows when the sun will be where (for more on that see the comment below from Stephen Trainor). "The model itself takes primary elements into account: Moisture, pressure, and cloud cover," the company said. High clouds count the most.

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Not sure if you're aware, but The Photographer's Ephemeris looks at a lot more than the time of day! In addition to calculations of sun azimuth and altitude, atmospheric refraction, terrain (not to mention the moon and night photography features), TPE also includes Skyfire, a sunrise/sunset forecasting tool that has been around for over a year now and is a significantly more sophisticated model than Sunsetwx, in that it includes three source weather models, not only NAM.

-- Stephen Trainor, Crookneck Consulting

Thanks, Stephen! -- Mike

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