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25 September 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 Hans Gutknecht, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Stephen Scharf's GFX review, clear and UV filter spectrograms, Apple's iPhone camera design goals, USB-C memory card readers, plastic wrap filters, show black and today's macOS High Sierra release.

  • In I Am ... Homeless, Los Angeles Daily News photographer Hans Gutknecht asked over 50 people to write a personal message on his white board or answer this question, "If you could say something about yourself to anybody, what would it be?"
  • In Italy Between Past and Future, Joseph Sciorra, director at Queens College's John D. Calandra Italian-American Institute, looks at 16 photos by Gianni Berengo Gardin from the current London exhibit of 50 of his vintage prints.
  • Motorsports photojournalist Stephen Scharf begins his three-part Fujifilm GFX Review with (what else?) cat pictures. He took the GFX to the Go Pro Grand Prix of Sonoma Indy Car race and did a little landscape and architectural photography with it, too.
  • Roger Cicala spent some time Looking at Clear and UV Filter Spectrograms. The short version: "So I guess we learned that same old lesson: white balance with your filter on or shoot in Raw or both."
  • John Paczkowski looks at How Apple Built an iPhone Camera That Makes Everyone a Professional Photographer. By "poring over the way others have used lighting throughout history -- Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, Vermeer," he suggests. Johnnie Manzari, a designer on Apple's Human Interface Team, said, "Truthfully, it wasn't 'make this one look like X.' It was more, 'Let's get enough range so that everyone has some different choices for different situations that cover key use cases.'"
  • Jeff Carlson reviews the Best USB-C Memory Card Readers but it's hard to argue for any of them compared to the OWC Travel Dock, which costs the same as the recommended reader-only product.
  • Megan Kennedy explains How to Use Plastic Wrap to Create Neat Color Special Effects. Vaseline and markers not included.
  • Kirk Tuck explains 'Show Black' and Other Mildly Interesting Event Production Details, including his system for cataloging full memory cards during the event.
  • Derrick Story anticipates a 6 p.m. debut for the macOS High Sierra Release Today. "High Sierra feels like an upgrade that you can embrace sooner than later," he writes. But, you know, "sooner" is relative. We won't be rushing into it and recommend you keep an eye out for reports from early updaters on sites like Ric Ford's Macintouch. We're cavalier about updating iOS immediately but not macOS.

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