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9 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 Stephen Crowley, Pete Souza's new book, Joann Pai, the Canon 22mm f2 M lens, more useful Lightroom smart collections and mail order film development.

  • James Estrin celebrates the career of retired New York Times photographer Stephen Crowley as a "visual historian in real time" with 26 images and an interview. "The miracle of our democracy is that we really are represented: the good, the bad, the insane and the genius," Crowley says.
  • Obama: An Intimate Portrait by Pete Souza is culled from the 2,000 images he took as official White House photographer for eight years. It will be released in November as a 10x12 photo book with a foreward by the main subject himself.
  • A Sense of Place Suffuses Joann Pai's Food Photography, writes Jenny Carless in her profile of the food photographer. Lighting is the trick, especially for a natural light photographer. "As a natural light photographer," Pai says, "I try to find the best light in the room, usually by the window and I turn off other lights in the room to avoid light pollution."
  • Thom Hogan reviews the Canon 22mm f2 STM EF-M Lens. A 35mm equivalent for Canon's M-Series cameras, Hogan finds it "excellent in most of the frame even at f2." And, at $250, inexpensive.
  • In Building a Catalog Dashboard, Rob Sylvan expands on his smart collections with "a set of useful smart collections that track certain aspects of my catalog as it grows."
  • Jim Grey lists a few places Where Can You Still Get Film Developed? It's a short list of mail order film labs that he has actually used.

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