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15 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 Leticia Valverdes, Zarita Zevallos, the Strobist Lighting Cookbook, Nikon's lens famine, Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer contest and net neutrality.

  • Photojournalist Leticia Valverdes answers 5 & 3/4 Questions about her work. "I use photography to understand and make meaning of the phases I am going through, while inviting my subjects to do the same," she says.
  • In This Haitian Photographer Captures Marginalized Communities With Hyper-Realist Portraiture, Yannis Guibinga profiles the work of Zarita Zevallos, who "takes a particular interest in identities, communities and their place in the world we live in today."
  • David Hobby has posted One Speedlight Outdoors -- Find Shade, the first installment in the Strobist Lighting Cookbook, One Light, his new project.
  • Thom Hogan takes Nikon to task for playing the camera game instead of the lens game in Even Leica Beats DX Lens Availability. He says the company is debating whether to introduce DX or FX mirrorless first, even though "neither would be really coming with much in the way of initial lenses." But all is not snark. Hogan praises Fujifilm for getting it right.
  • The Greatest Maasai Mara Photographer of the Year competition profiles offers a grand prize of $10,000 and a five-night safari for two at Angama Mara, including return flights from Nairobi and a private safari vehicle. The guide of the winning photographer will win a soft-top Suzuki Maruti Gypsy. Entries may be submitted from Jan. 1 to Oct. 31, 2018.
  • With the three Republican commissioners voting to end net neutrality despite overwhelming public sentiment to continue it, the FCC yesterday repealed the fair access protections that prevent Internet service providers like AT&T and Comcast from selling tiered service like cable companies.In Here's What Happens Next, Aja Romano answers seven pressing questions about the vote just as a number of lawsuits to prevent the repeal are being filed. Sonic's Dane Jasper affirms in Net Neutrality Lives on With Sonic, "We will never charge you more to access certain sites and we will never slow down others for any reason. Sonic will continue to stand up for everything net neutrality stands for, whether the regulations require it or not." Your best move should the repeal stand is to find an ISP that still plays fair.

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