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10 November 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. This time we look at school children in Syria, a possible photo of bluesman Robert Johnson, Pete Souza on the road, the last Lighting 103 installment, fine-tuning autofocus, Lena Herzog, syncing 32 strobes and Apple Clips.

  • In Syria's Students: Going to School in a War Zone, Alan Taylor presents 24 photos of Syria's lost generation trying to catch up. "In areas that have been captured (or recaptured) and are considered safe or regions that are relatively untouched by the war, Syrian students are making their way to class despite the risks. The region remains a war zone, however and air strikes have hit several schools in recent months."
  • Is This Really the Bluesman Robert Johnson? It's not an idle question. Zeke Schein thinks he has only the third known photo of the legendary bluesman but he needs your help.
  • In Pete Souza Photographed the Obama Presidency. Now He Helps People Remember It., Katie Rogers catches the former White House photographer at a speaking event in Brooklyn. "When Souza became choked up speaking about the president's reaction to a shooting that killed 26 at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., a tragedy Obama has referred to as the worst moment in his presidency, sniffles were audible in the crowd," she reports.
  • David Hobby wraps up his Lighting 103 series with Takeaways, appropriately enough. There's an even dozen of them before he embarks on his next series, The Strobist Lighting Cookbook.
  • In Nikon D850 MF and AF-Tune, Jim Kasson raises some interesting questions and makes even more interesting observations about fine-tuning autofocus on Nikon's flagship dSLR. "It turns out that there are two sets of random variations that can cause all kinds of trouble," he writes.
  • It Stuns Me Every Time is Lena Herzog's short take on the power of photography to "render the highest kind of justice to the visible world," in the words of Robert Harrison who conducts this one-hour interview with the photographer.
  • In Speedlights on the Street, Joe McNally maxed out radio control at 18 strobes but since the shot required 32 strobes, he had to rely on good old onboard slave eyes to trigger the rest.
  • Clips Introduces Selfie Scenes for Immersive, 360-Degree Selfies on iPhone X not to mention new artistic effects, a redesigned user interface and Star Wars content.

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