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30 March 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 Dr. King, Jarle Hagen, spectrometry, portraiture, the Nikon D7500 and a camera lost at sea.

  • Maurice Berger examines Dr. King's Complex Relationship With the Camera. "What is perhaps most extraordinary about Dr. King and photography is not how the medium defined him, but how skillfully he used it to define the story of civil rights," he writes.
  • In Nordic Light, Norwegian photographer Jarle Hagen presents a series of fashion images made in his darkened studio with natural light and "some usual bronze and gold makeup."
  • Roger Cicala, Brandon Dube, and Aaron Closz (let's spread the blame around) embark on some Adventures in Spectrometry. They claim it has nothing to do with photography, but keep reading (and don't be intimidated). "Detecting lenses with coating damage is the main reason we're doing this, but there are some fun things that we can do, too," they claim. Like comparing color casts and the spectral curves of lens coatings.
  • In A Portrait of My Father, Kirk Tuck show us the one he took last year but goes on to explain why he hired a pro he didn't know to take a formal shot of his parents a few years ago. "I learned that portrait photographers can provide a very long term value to families for any number of reasons. The cost of the portrait is forgotten almost immediately, the photographs grow in value daily," he writes.
  • Thom Hogan reviews the Nikon D7500, tracing its lineage all the way back to the D70 (a camera we fondly remember from testing long ago). It's a a D5-generation camera, he writes, meaning "we get things like an EXPEED5 processor and image sensor that can do 4K video and expand the buffer, a new shutter that provides 25 percent faster frame rates (8 fps max), a tilting touchscreen LCD (below), a better and faster metering sensor, a new internal frame design that's more robust (coupled with some better weather sealing), electronic first curtain shutter and more."
  • In The Incredible Journey of a Camera Lost at Sea, Serina Tsubakihara tells the BBC how the camera she lost scuba diving in Japan was discovered by schoolchildren in Taiwan. Protected in an underwater housing, the camera survived intact and the kids were able to post images online from the memory card. Which led a friend to contact Tsubakihara to tell her the camera had been recovered.

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