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9 February 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 photography concerts, the inventor of flash sync, a then-and-now photo essay and a free John Divola lecture.

  • In Photographing Concerts, Ming Thein presents his checklist for shooting a concert. Prime lenses (for speed) and manual exposure, including disabling Auto ISO (for control).
  • Arthur Fischer, a German inventor whose over 1,100 patents included the first synchronized camera flash has died at the age of 96. He came up with the flash trigger 1947 to take photos of his baby daughter without using powder flash. "It was dangerous and the picture quality was poor because the subject usually blinked at the flash," he recalled in an 2015 interview.
  • In San Francisco, Then and Now, Guardian photographer David Levene travels across the San Francisco Bay Area photographing the sites that transformed the city. Use the slider to move from then to now on each image. (Thanks to San Francisco librarian Reeba Lynn for the tip.)
  • On Thursday, John Divola will give a free lecture at the California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth St. in San Francisco. "Over the past four decades, he has evolved a wide-ranging and rigorous body of work merging photography, painting, sculpture, performance, and conceptual art," the Pier 24 program notes.

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