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1 May 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 disappearing jobs, Native American photographers, future camera tech, histograms, the Olympus fisheye lens, The DAM Book 3.0, a Wolf sanctuary, the Woofie and the Linksys Velop.

  • Alan Taylor presents 36 Images of Disappearing Jobs, "such as lamp lighter, street clerk, rickshaw puller, plowman, or elevator attendant." You probably guessed a watch repairer would make the list but there's also a sundial restorer. Some jobs just take longer to disappear, apparently.
  • In Native American Photographers Unite to Challenge Inaccurate Narratives, James Estrin talks to photographer Tailyr Irvine about going beyond our cliched images. "We still don't tell accurate histories of our country and we still don't frame the United States as a country built on stolen land," she said. No, in fact, this administration would steal Native American healthcare rights when no one's looking.
  • Zach Sutton highlights Six Future Tech[nologie]s he hopes become standard fare. The list is unique but he's not asking for much. Wonder if anyone is listening?
  • Julieanne Kost explores The Histogram Panel in Photoshop CC. You should know this, you know.
  • We know Derrick Story is tall but we didn't think he was tall enough to simulate a drone. In The $98 Olympus Fisheye Lens he stands up in a Chinese restaurant to take a group photo of the table.
  • Peter Krogh has finished The DAM Book 3.0. Use the code aff-mp-10-nx at checkout.
  • Chuck Rineer has published Wolf Sanctuary: The Wolves of Speedwell Forge about the refuge for displaced wolves located in the rolling hills of Pennsylvania with 128 color photos in 128 pages.
  • The Woofie focuses your pet's attention on your smartphone so you can take a selfie together. How? By clamping a treat to your phone.
  • The Apple Airport isn't dead as a device until it stops working but as a product, Apple announced it has been discontinued. Terry White takes a look at the Linksys Velop WiFi mesh system currently being sold in Apple Stores and liked it but found a disturbing problem. Both his wired and wireless speeds were half what they normally were when he took it out of bridge mode. Linksys is working on it, he reports.

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