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13 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 smartphone photographs, a sensor wars update, Maarten van Dijk, celebrities at airports, art in snapshots, five tips, European libraries, Guy Aroch and the CokexAdobexYou challenge.

  • Mike Johnston published his Baker's Dozen of Smartphone Photographs submitted by readers over the last two weeks. It's an engaging variety of techniques showing off the photographers imagination even more than the capability of the little cameras.
  • Thom Hogan has published a Sensor Wars Update. "Sony fabs that produce the larger-than-smartphone sensors are basically running at full capacity," he writes, "and every new sensor -- yes, even for Sony Imaging -- has to grapple with the increased demand for those sensors overall. Nikon has lost some key sensor staff to Sony itself recently and it now appears that Nikon is going to try running with a different partner, at least for some of their products."
  • Dutch photographer Maarten van Dijk takes candids at Union Square in San Francisco wearing "a tan three-piece suit he describes as British gentlemen's countryside attire, with tall riding boots and round spectacles." But his subjects look even more glamorous. Gorgeous portraits on his personal site, too.
  • On the other hand, Daniela Sternitzky-Di Napoli found some Vintage Photos of Celebrities Looking Glamorous at the Airport that prove just how hard it is to look good at an airport.
  • Derrick Story is busy Extracting the Abstract From the Mundane. He found art lurking in his snapshots when he "started playing with cropping and graphical effects." You can too, he suggests.
  • Robin Wong offers five Tips to Improve Your Photography Using What You've Got. "The greatest weapon a photographer possesses," he reminds us, "is their vision -- how they see the world around them, with their unique artistic sense and perspective."
  • German photographer Reinhard Görner specializes in architecture and fine arts. For the photographic series Libraries, he traveled from Madrid to Stuttgart, passing through Turin, to immortalize the modern interiors of these places dedicated to knowledge.
  • In Guy Aroch Makes Nostalgia Modern, Terri Stone interviews the fashion photograph about taking the CokexAdobexYou challenge. The challenge? Incorporate Coca-Cola assets into a unique piece of art, share the results and for every submission received by Dec. 31, Coca-Cola will make a contribution to Special Olympics (up to $30,000).

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