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2 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 tethered shooting, a Lightroom keywording issue, the Sony a7RIII silent shutter and TensorFlow's image recognition software.

  • In How & Why to Tether With Your Camera for Your Next Shoot, Zach Sutton outlines the benefits and requirements of cabling your camera to your computer. We prefer it for composing and setting optimal exposure of our product shots. Lightroom won't tether with our D300 any more (no matter what we do) but Capture One and the free SofofortBild both do. Sutton points to a handy list of other options compiled by Tether Tools, too.
  • Scott Kelby starts a controversy in Why You Shouldn't Add Keywords in Lightroom CC for Mobile. You shouldn't because, well, you can't. "Keywords you add in Lightroom CC for mobile, simply don't sync back to Lightroom Classic on your desktop," Kelby points out. Is that a bug or intended behavior. It's intended but that doesn't make it desirable. As one commenter pointed out, it's bad design.
  • In How Fast Is the Sony a7RIII Silent Shutter?, Jim Kasson measures the electronic shutter's speed against the quick but noisy mechanical shutter. "The fully electronic shutter takes longer to do its job," he reports.
  • Wondering what Google's Vision Kit would be good for? Nothing until the company makes the accompanying software available. But once you have the TensorFlow software installed on the SD card, the camera will be able to recognize what it sees. The company explains what Image Recognition is all about in this short article.

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