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30 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 Puerto Rico, Michael Schauer, evaluating Nikon gear, the Kano Camera Kit, a super blue blood moon tomorrow, free images, an autofocus adjustment issue and Patrick Witty.

  • In 30 photos, Alan Taylor reports After Four Months, Much of Puerto Rico Still Dark and Damaged. "Approximately 450,000 of Puerto Rico's 1.5 million electricity customers are still without power and those who do have electricity suffer frequent blackouts," he writes. They probably won't be tuning in to the State of the Union address tonight anyway.
  • In A Language of Calm: The Photography of Michael Schauer, Jenny Carless interviews the photographer about his love of harsh northern climates. "Glaciers, icebergs and snowfields have a certain calmness to them and calmness is what I find when I'm in these regions," Schauer says.
  • Thom Hogan divides his Nikon gear into Sweet and Sour piles plus a Solid pile in the middle based on his 2017 shooting experience.
  • In Don't Buy Your Kids a Camera, Let Them Build One With the Kano Camera Kit, Hillary Grigonis takes a peek at the Kano Camera Kit that made an appearance at CES this year. The kit "is a DIY digital camera designed to teach kids well beyond the photo basics, including coding and creative photo manipulation, too."
  • The Most Spectacular Eclipse of 2018 Is Tomorrow -- if you're on the West coast. It's a super blue blood moon. We're counting on the fog to protect us.
  • Terri Stone provides Not Another Free Image Click-Bait Article, listing a few sources for free images. "High-quality, free images that you can legally modify for commercial projects do exist," she writes.
  • In D850 AF Adjust Memory, Jim Kasson finds an interesting twist on how the flagship dSLR remembers autofocus adjustments. Apparently it looks at the model name instead of the serial number, which can lead to confusion.
  • A.J. Chavar reports on the sexual misconduct case of Patrick Witty, former National Geographic photo editor who has been accused of "a wide variety of harassment."

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