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15 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 Puerto Rico, Antarctica, Gianni Berengo Gardin, the iCloud Photo Library, the 'Robin Wong' Look, Sebastien Hue, JPEG settings, a free photo contests guide and pricing business portraits.

  • David Gonzalez presents 22 images from A New Museum for an Old Colony, Puerto Rico. The project by photographer Pablo Delano includes images from as long ago as 1899.
  • Alan Taylor takes you on A Photo Trip to Antarctica in 36 photos just as the continent is approaching the peak of summertime with 24-hour daylight soon. And, yes, they hit the beach.
  • In Leica Hall of Fame Award 2017 Winner Gianni Berengo Gardin, the photographer explains why humans are always at the center of his work. "Because humans are at the center of everything. I realized that when I was photographing factory workers on the production line in the 1960s. I did it to tell their story, but underneath it all was a basic need to defend their dignity," he says.
  • Glenn Fleishman explains Why You Should Not Rely on iCloud Photo Library as Your Only Media Backup. Or even your main one, Fleishman warns. The problem, he says, is that "you're relying entirely on Apple for this backup and you can't reach out to iCloud and backup that backup. It's a single copy, which means a single point of failure." One is not enough.
  • In About the 'Robin Wong' Look..., the photographer himself deconstructs the style even as he admits he hasn't "successfully developed a distinctive photography style yet." Nevertheless he lists eight things he does do that might help you, too.
  • In Cinematic Sci-Fi With Sebastien Hue, Terri Stone reveals what's behind the Photoshop composites that French image-maker Sebastien Hue creates. The article includes a link to 10 free Adobe Stock assets as well. Here's a one-minute tutorial on compositing to get you started:
  • In A JPG for Every Occasion, Rob Sylvan salutes the JPEG format, listing optimum settings for various exports. "JPG is the perfect file format for sharing photos online, via our mobile devices and even when sending out to get prints," he writes. "Every image viewer worth its salt can display a JPG image and every printer can print one."
  • PhotoShelter has partnered with the World Photography Organization to produce The 2018 Photographer's Guide to Photo Contests, a breakdown of 42 photo contests worldwide. "We give each a verdict based on factors like entry fees, promised exposure and prizes, submission rights, plus direct feedback from past winners," the company said. Your email address is required for the free download.
  • In another of his Pricing & Negotiating pieces, Jeff Dudley of the Wonderful Machine prices Employee Portraits for a Sustainability Report. Three head shots and one group shot with limited use for $3,000 to start the ball rolling.

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