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2 August 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 Elliott Erwitt, handling criticism, copyright tip, Thiago Dezan, equipment failures, Apple's media library folders and a bid for stills and video.

  • In Elliott Erwitt's Lost Photographs of Pittsburgh, Jordan Teicher presents 19 of the photographer's recently rediscovered images taken when he was 22 years old for Roy Stryker, former head of the Farm Security Administration's photography program that employed Walker Evans and Dorothea Lange. "It was probably the most important thing that happened to me with regard to starting my career," Erwitt said. Some of the 500 images are included in Pittsburgh 1950.
  • Jim Kasson muses on Photographic Criticism and Discussion in a wide-ranging piece written with a rare generosity of spirit. Including a five-step approach to handling an attack on your work, it celebrates the value of another perspective regardless of how it's expressed.
  • Rob Sylvan's Copyright Status Tip is a bright idea. Use a Smart Collection in Lightroom to point out imported images that don't have copyright information in the Exif header. When you collect a few, select them and apply a metadata preset with your copyright information. Presto, all done.
  • Thiago Dezan is The Conscientious Traveler, always looking around for the untold story. "I always seek to go deeper into a city or a person's culture, always keeping myself open rather than planning too much," he writes. These black-and-white images are of the poor and homeless people of Rio de Janiero. Dezan's work has been published in Al Jazeera English, the Guardian, The Intercept and the New York Times.
  • Thom Hogan reports a few Africa Failures of his gear, including the Canon M5, Nikon D810, Sigma 300mm f2.8 and Nikon D500. But, he points out, "I was a little surprised we didn't have more issues with all the gear that was in use and the torture we were subjecting it to."
  • Glenn Fleishman explains Apple's Media Library Folders like those used by Photos. You can, as he points out, get around them by not importing your originals but referencing their original location (in Preferences). They won't have your edits, though. Those are always stored in the library folder.
  • Craig Oppenheimer prices Stills and Video for a Pharmaceutical Company that required 17 people on the set and a few adjustments after the initial bid. Instructive, as always.

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