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30 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 Ofit Barak, interactive deep colorization, Photoshop alignment shortcuts, a solution to Sony overheating problems, ISO 100 noise in the Sony a9, the Venice Biennale and a spring book sale.

  • In Mea Shearim -- the Streets, Ofit Barak shares photos from his new book on the Orthodox Jerusalem neighborhood. "I once heard a conversation," he says, "between a resident of the area to his friend on his phone -- one person asked where he is and the other replied he was 'at the state of mea shearim' -- from that sentence we can see the importance of the place." Barak has launched an Indiegogo project to help finance publication of the images.
  • Richard Zhang has posted his team's Interactive Deep Colorization Python project on github. The project colorized monochrome images by presenting a palette whose colors you can assign to the image. The code then smartly applies the hues where directed.
  • Julieanne Kost's latest shortcut tutorial covers Grid, Guides and Ruler Shortcuts in Photoshop CC. We use these shortcuts all the time to make tight crops on product shots here. Bonus tip: Griddify is a tiny Photoshop panel for creating guides and grids.
  • Kirk Tuck discovers a solution to Overheating Problems in Sony's A7X Series: use a battery grip. That gets the hot battery out of the camera for cooler run times. He shot a half hour of 4K video with his A7RII's LCD on in 96° heat without getting a heat warning.
  • In Sony A9: Pattern/Banding Noise at ISO 100, Lloyd Chambers reports "some unexpected streaking in an image with a good exposure at ISO 100. The red channel is overlaid with horizontal lines/streaks in 12-pixel-high bands" which he attributes to "the high-speed readout of the sensor."
  • What I Saw at the Venice Biennale follows Robin Pogrebin as she tours the 57th edition of the world's most important international art festival.
  • The Online Photographer is having its Spring Book Sale: Paul Strand and Lee Friedlander. The Yale University Press offerings are discounted from $75 to $40 for Friedlander and from $75 to $39 for the Strand while supplies last.

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