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20 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 Time magazine's photojournalism, 2017ish photos, Tina Barney, Derek Parfit, a portrait lighting trend, Lightroom, smart objects, the smartphone's significance and eCO improvements.

  • Time magazine has published its Best Photojournalism of 2017. "Elections and protests. Wars and refugees. Water and fire," the story begins. Indeed.
  • Alan Taylor presents The Most 2017 Photos Ever, "a collection of photographs that are just so 2017." And won't we be glad when that's over.
  • In Tina Barney: A Life in Photography, Jordan Teicher talks to the photographer about her work, which has recently been published by Rizzoli in Tina Barney.
  • Derek Parfit: The Photographs showcases the late philosopher's photos of St. Petersburg and Venice, where he went each year to capture images of architecture, water, fog and light. "With a painterly sensibility and an uncommon feeling for color, Parfit's photographs provide compelling new insights into his philosophical work and reveal a sensitive and finely developed aesthetic which was neither published nor exhibited during his lifetime."
  • What Is It That Gives a Portrait a Feeling of Depth? Kirk Tuck asks as he ruminates on the trend in portrait photography "to light everything with very flat, omni-directional light sources." He blames the death of print magazines where "a direct, 'smile for the camera' image was largely a non-starter as readers and art buyers (and art directors) demanded something either insightful or at least of interest."
  • In The End of an Era - Lightroom's Last Stand(alone), Derrick Story reminisces about his 2006 trip to Iceland as a Lightroom beta tester. The occasion? The last release of the stand-alone version. "Everything changes," he writes, "and especially our software."
  • Continuing her 3, 2, 1, Photoshop! series, Julieanne Kost lists Five Reasons to Use Smart Objects in Photoshop CC in this video:
  • Karissa Bell explains Why Smartphone Cameras Were the Most Important Tech of 2017. Not for the photos, she says. "It's because cameras are at the heart of paradigm shift that's transforming the way we interact with the world around us," she writes. Or fail to, we would observe, bumping into yet another phonester on the sidewalk.
  • In eCO Improvements, attorney Carolyn Wright lists five improvements to the U.S. Copyright Office's online registration system. "These improvements are designed to enhance the user experience and increase the efficiency of the examination of these claims," she writes.

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