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14 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 finding the best average focus point, smart filters, Citizen of the Year, a dramatic photo edit and the case for RSS feeds.

  • In Testing Lenses: Finding the Best Average Focus Point, Roger Cicala continues his exploration of obscure optical performance metrics. This one is for "the times when you want as much of the image in focus as possible." Or, as he says, "It's kind of counter intuitive to focus on the third lady from center, but it might keep everyone in even focus in the group photo."
  • Julieanne Kost continues her Photoshop series with Five Reasons to Use Smart Filters:
  • When GQ selected its Citizen of the Year, the had a problem. The guy wasn't talking. So "we decided that we'd use photography -- the power of imagery and iconography -- to do the talking" in Colin Kaepernick Will Not Be Silenced.
  • Fabrizio Panattoni shows you How to Create an Emotional Soft-Tone Photo Manipulation of "a woman in the forest with flying petals."
  • It bears repeating. David Sparks makes The Case for RSs and Federico Viticci adds a good point to the argument for using RSS feeds rather than Twitter or Facebook feeds. Photo Corners has always offered an RSS feed (and a JSON feed since such was documented) as well as a Twitter feed. And we use RSS feeds ourselves as one way to keep up on things in this business.

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