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12 January 2018

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 Mont Saint Michel, a pencil factory, a set of lenses, the Kodak Scanza scanner, Lightroom shortcuts and backing up photos.

  • German photographer Ruediger Glatz visited Mont Saint Michel and took it home with him as a series of black-and-white stills. "Mont Saint Michel is a magical place, a place full of mystery and exciting vibes," he says. Especially at night.
  • Christopher Payne goes Inside One of America's Last Pencil Factories to document the manufacture of one of the world's most remarkable instruments. You can not imagine how many times, typing away on four-figure keyboards, we have wished someone would invent the pencil. And, in fact, one of the first word processors was called Electric Pencil.
  • Kirk Tuck assembles A Set of Prime Lenses for the Panasonic G series. A zoom sneaks in, too.
  • At CES, Kodak introduced its $169.99 Scanza Digital Film Scanner. The portable unit can scan directly to its SD card slot in 14 or 22-megapixel resolution.
  • Scott Kelby lists Seven More Really Handy Lightroom Shortcuts. Worth a peek.
  • Terry Sullivan provides A Beginner's Guide to Backing Up Photos. The last tip is one of the most important: test the backup now and then. Just open a few images on the backup to see if they remain readable. Nothing lasts forever.

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