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15 June 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 the Red Bull Illume Photo contest winners, triptychs, lightening the load, the new Luminar and Google's new Backup and Sync.

  • In Winners of the Red Bull Illume Photo Contest 2016, Alan Taylor presents 22 images from the contest whose categories included Energy, Playground, Sequence and Enhance (where digital manipulation is allowed). There were over 34,500 entries by 5,646 photographers from 120 countries.
  • Julieanne Kost recommends you Make a Lot of Photographs, and Make Them Often. She practices what she preaches, showing a few of her Instagram triptychs. "Posting more than one image forces me to explore my subject (rather than simply capturing the first 'grab-shot' and walking away)," she writes, "while the constraint of posting three related images, limits the possibilities yet somehow, simultaneously increases my creativity."
  • Kirk Tuck describes The 'Fly in the Ointment' When It Comes to Downsizing Our Gear and Lightening Our Loads. The requirements of a commercial outdoor portrait shoot are not the same as walking around town for some street shots, he observes. You can probably guess which one profits from a lighter load.
  • I New Luminar Neptune Adds Speed and Features, Derrick Story provides a link to the new version for $69 that, if you order by June 25, nets you the Luminar update with Video Training, eBooks plus Presets and Overlays, a total value of $309.
  • In Backup and Sync From Google Available Soon, the G Suite team details your options for the changes to Google Drive coming June 28.

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