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11 October 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 California wildfires, affordable circular polarizers, Moose Peterson, matching a background, the Sony A9 and tips for hiring a crew.

  • Alan Taylor presents 36 Photos of California's Destructive Wildfires. Dramatic as they are, they convey little information, a problem we've had with most disaster coverage. We know Santa Rosa pretty well but we've had trouble telling if our haunts have been spared or not. What's needed is a map which you can zoom into to see photos of the area. The only Google maps of the disaster we've found have used fire icons to indicate hot spots based on an official database like this map of Jack London State Historic Par, Glen Ellen, Kenwood and Oakmont:
  • In My Last Circular Polarizer Post, Roger Cicala test two inexpensive ($35 and $45) circular polarizers. They get the polarizing part done but reflect a lot more light, he says, but that may not be a big deal on a polarizer.
  • Moose Peterson is guest blogging today at Scott Kelby's site. "What makes us the photographers we are comes from all our experiences we've had up to that moment we go click. I'm not talking about photographic experiences, but all of our life experiences!" he writes.
  • Client With an Existing Background sounds like a murder mystery and, who knows, it could become one is Kirk Tuck can't match "a custom painted canvas background that is now impossible to source." He's asking for help. We'd do it in post, actually.
  • Thom Hogan reviews the Sony A9. "I really wanted to like the Sony A9. And to a very large degree I do. But frankly, I was expecting a little bit more than Sony actually delivered," he concludes.
  • Julia Hanley shares some advice on Hiring Crew for Photo Shoots. Not the least important tip, she notes, is sending "a thank you message or some kind of debriefing about the shoot to the crew."

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