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26 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 Vlad Vasylkevych, Melissa Ann Pinney, a free Smart Contrast action, Sarah Palin's Mustache and a Lightroom slider to take 10 lbs. off anyone.

  • "One, two ... you know what to do," a character in August Wilson's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom says to get the band going. Kate Wesson interviews Vlad Vasylkevych about his iPhone images, which almost all feature a single individual. And Jonathan Blaustein shows off Melissa Ann Pinney's Two, which features images of two people (not always couples) and -- bonus -- couples the illustrations with text by prominent authors. You know what to do.
  • Nino Batista has written a free Smart Contrast Action for Photoshop that lets him control shadows, midtone and highlight contrast independently. "As every shot is unique, so should every adjustment be unique for it," he writes. Here's his short video demo:
  • In Sarah Palin's Mustache, Australian journalist Julia Baird who worked for Newsweek at the time recalls stirring up the wrath of conservative commentators who called an early image of the vice presidential candidate image "mortifying" because it hadn't been retouched. Mark Miller, Newsweek assistant managing editor in 2008, remembers, "What was most interesting about the episode is that Newsweek and probably other media typically shot men and women differently for news covers." Expecting a male nominee, harsh lighting had been setup for a male.
  • And now let's get back to retouching with Scott Kelby who reveals a Quick Retouching Trick For Slimming Protraits in Lightroom. He does it with the Aspect slider in the Lens Correction panel, squeezing the image ever so slightly.

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