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11 May 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 Ed Caraeff, the group shot, storing images in the cloud, capturing flowers, bird photography, Nikon's year and Lloyd Chambers' lens sale.

  • In 'Save Some Film for This Jimi Hendrix Cat', Eric Nagourney talks to Ed Caraeff about capturing Hendrix at the Monterey International Jazz Festival in 1967 as he burned his guitar. The German photographer next to him had given him a heads up.
  • Joe McNally tackles one of the toughest tasks a photographer can face in The Art of the Group. "Doing a group shot usually invokes certain kinds of photographic nightmares about lighting, composition, producing a shot under a ridiculous time gun, difficult people, not to mention people who collectively are a complete zero when it comes to sartorial panache and synchronicity," he writes. And then he gets the shot.
  • In Four Things to Consider Before Enabling iCloud Photo Library, Mike Matthews walks you through using the cloud to store your photos. Applicable also to Google, Lightroom, Mylio and Amazon clouds. Beware, however, of storage costs, especially if, as one commenter noted, a friend copies a few gigs of photos to your computer.
  • Dirk Dom emphasizes the importance of backgrounds in Photographing Flowers -- Some Techniques.
  • In The Wind Has It!, Moose Peterson offers a simple formula for capturing birds in flight: put the sun and wind on your back. And he shows, in two photos, what a difference that makes.
  • Thom Hogan takes a look at Nikon's Year (Financial Results). "Those are bad numbers, folks," he explains. Even worse than the numbers: "Where are customers in any of this? Apparently not squarely in management's vision."
  • "It's time to clean house on some very good lenses," Lloyd Chambers notes. So he's once again having a lens sale of Canon, Leica, Nikon, Olympus and Rodenstock and Schneider glass.

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