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6 May 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 the Alberta wildfire, black and white, why no one should ask for unedited images and software today.

  • Alan Taylor presents 23 images of The Massive Wildfire Burning in Alberta, which has forced 80,000 people to flee as it has burned more than 250,000 acres so far, destroying nearly 2,000 buildings.
  • In Black and White Aren't Opposites After All, Qasim Zaidi, a perceptual neuroscientist, walks you through some of his experiments "that have led to an interesting answer to a 400-year-old puzzle."
  • Caleb Kerr explains The Value of A Professional Photographer and why clients should never spec no editing. Kerr provides plenty of examples of what editing does to the Raw data (which, you know, is not yet an image). Point your clients to it or, you know, you could just shoot film and hand them the cassette (but be nice and explain it isn't a USB thumbdrive).
  • In Buying Software, Thom Hogan presents a little history lesson on the evolution of personal computer software before calling out the good guys and bad guys we have to deal with today. Wonder why all the big guys are bad guys and all the little guys are good guys. May have something to do with the rotation of the earth.

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