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1 December 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 holiday light shows, a Santa Fe portfolio review, dark skin tones, digital preservation, a Davis webinar, Darktable, how to clean filters, Google's Vision Kit and hand lettering.

  • Alan Taylor presents 26 photos in Delighting in Holiday Light Shows to get you in the mood. It is December, after all.
  • Jonathan Blaustein presents the first part of The Best Work I Saw at Review Santa Fe. "I did 17 consecutive reviews on Saturday and it almost burned out my brain," he writes. "But the quality of work was high, overall and as I also popped through the portfolio walk on Friday night, I've got a nice selection of work to show you today and next week."
  • Audre Larrow provides 10 Tips for Photographing Darker Skin Tones. "No, you're not crazy: photographing darker skin tones, like mine, is harder than photographing lighter ones," he writes.
  • Digital Preservation in Practice provides an interesting perspective on this difficult problem we all face, highlighting how the Getty uses Rosetta software to help.
  • On Tuesday Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. PST Harold Davis will present a free webinar The Ten Minute Photo Gourmet: From Raw to Art sponsored by Topaz Labs. Davis will show how to use Topaz Studio to move from Raw file to finished art with no intermediary software in minutes. Registration is required.
  • The first release candidate of Darktable 2.4, written in Lua, is now available for Linux and Windows.
  • In Cleaning Your Filters: Warm Water With Amphoteric Surfactants, Lloyd Chambers describes a safe cleaning method for filters other than polarizers (which are not sealed) using Optisoap.
  • Google's $45 Vision Kit "lets you build an image recognition device that can see and identify objects, powered by TensorFlow's machine learning models. All you need is a Raspberry Pi Zero W, a Raspberry Pi Camera 2 and a blank SD card."
  • Hand Lettering With Adobe Capture shows you how to create vector graphics from hand-drawn artwork. We thought it might come in handy for homemade holiday greeting cards.

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