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6 April 2017

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 spring, selfies powered by Adobe Sensei, HR 1695, a Professional Photographer Magazine cover, the Zeiss Batis 135mm, mirrorless v.dSLR sales and David Merron.

  • In Signs of Spring, Alan Taylor presents 27 photos suggesting the times they are a-changin'. In a nice way, that is. Which is nothing to sneeze at these days.
  • The Adobe Research team has released a sneak peek at what selfie photography could look like when powered by Adobe Sensei artificial intelligence. "By combining perspective effect editing, automatic, software-only photo masking and photo style transfer technology, we're able to transform a typical selfie into a flattering portrait with a pleasing depth-of-field effect that can also replicate the style of another portrait photo," the team explains. Here's the clip:
  • American Photographic Artists has issued a Call to Action: Tell Congress to Vote 'Yes' On HR 1695. "The bill would elevate the Register of Copyrights (previously held by Maria Pallante) to a position appointed by the President with the Advice and Consent of the Senate," APA said. "We believe this will provide a more transparent and accountable selection process. The Copyright Office has been operating without a permanent Register since last October. It is urgent that this issue is addressed so efforts to modernize the Copyright Office can move forward."
  • April may be Copyright Awareness Month but Greenberg and Reznicki find the cover photograph for Professional Photographer Magazine Both Flirting and Dancing With Danger. It's an uncomfortably faithful copy of a Norman Rockwell painting. "Avoiding any similarities to a well-known work is always a safer practice for any artist, author, photographer or writer," they advise.
  • Roger Cicala takes A Quick Look at the New Zeiss Batis 135mm f2.8 MTF Charts (with the lens shade, too). He compares it with MTF charts for the Zeiss 135mm f2.0 APO-Sonnar and the Canon 135mm f2.0 L.
  • In Mirrorless Nibbles Away at dSLRs, Thom Hogan bets "that mirrorless will cross the 30 percent threshold this year."
  • Cotton Carrier has published its second Interview With a Photographer, this time with David Merron. "Photography has somehow transported me to extremely remote places that I could only dream of visiting six years ago," he says. "Antarctica, Remote Atlantic islands, Canadian high arctic."

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