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12 January 2016

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 Vivian Maier, the Nikon 200-500mm f5.6 zoom, Do Good Fund's Pictures of Us and a Lightroom Adjustment Brush trick.

  • Ah, Vivian Maier. Vivian Maier Developed is Ann Marks' "two-part narrative focused on the talented photographer who spent much of her adult life as a nanny," the first part of which appears today. And in Digging Deeper Into Vivian Maier's Past, Kerri MacDonald presents the first of "a two-part story revealing new research reported on Vivian Maier." Namely Marks' research, which "ventured beyond her computer and into archives in New York City, where Maier was born in 1926."
  • Thom Hogan reviews the $1,400 Nikon 200-500mm f5.6 zoom and, as usual, goes beyond the spec sheet to consider how it handles and performs. A focus ring, zoom ring swap bothers him as does the zoom travel (half a turn from 200mm to 500mm) and it's very big. But is better optically (and cheaper) "in all respects from 200-400mm than the latest 80-400mm."
  • The current issue of the Georgia Review includes a few images from Pictures of US, the Do Good Fund's currently project, which is a free six venue, city-wide exhibition in Athens, Ga. through March 2016 of its "museum-quality collection of contemporary Southern photography, including works by emerging photographers."
  • Scott Kelby shows how closing the disclosure triangle on Lightroom's Adjustment Brush reveals an Amount slider to adjust the overall effect.

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