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17 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 Michael Johnson, housetrucks, the Olympus E-M1 Mark II, the Neewer Vision Four flash, layer groups and B&H Photo's lawsuit settlement.

  • Suzanne Sease explores Michael Johnson's personal project Two-Wheeled World. "My intention is for the project to humanize cyclists and hopefully make dangerous drivers use more caution, as well as show how much better off society would be if it were a two-wheeled world," he says.
  • Or maybe you prefer the Housetrucks of the 1970s for getting around. "Housetrucks were first popularized in the 1960s and 1970s, part of a growing international counterculture with origins in the Bay Area, but the spirit of the open road," Rian Dundon writes.
  • Thom Hogan has published his Olympus E-M1 Mark II Review, which he calls "a technology masterpiece." He likes the physical controls but bemoans the redesigned menu system for its icons, loss of color and small font. Nice demonstration of the difference between single AF and continuous AF (not always reliable), too.
  • For location work, Kirk Tuck has replaced his Profoto and Elinchrom battery-powered systems with the lighter $279 Neewer Vision Four flash with a radio trigger.
  • Julieanne Kost shares her Shortcuts for Working With Layer Groups in Photoshop CC, which includes eight reasons to use Layer Groups, too.
  • Cotton Carrier continues its interview series with Idaho outdoor photographer Josh Parker. "I love photography and love sharing what I see on my adventures with others, hoping to inspire others to get out and appreciate nature," he says.
  • In B&H Foto Resolves Allegations of Discrimination, Bias, and Harassment, the Dept. of Labor reports the well-known retailer which is also a federal contractor has agreed "to pay $3,220,000 in back wages and other monetary relief to more than 1,300 affected class members" and hire a workplace consultant.

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