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10 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 Helen Gee, the Sigma 16mm f1.4, lighting a morgue, dealing with a CEO who thinks he's an art director, Percy Loomis Sperr, free Mother's Day templates, PhotoLab discount and a net neutrality update.

  • Denise Bethel reminisces about Helen Gee and her Limelight Gallery, which opened in New York in 1954. Gee's memoir Helen Gee: Limelight is now available as a $7.25 ebook.
  • Robin Wong reviews the Sigma 16mm f1.4 DC DN C. "The bokeh rendered by the Sigma 16mm f1.4 lens is fantastic," he writes, even if "the 32mm equivalent focal length is an odd one to work with."
  • Joe McNally was On Ellis Island ... Lighting in the Morgue!. It took an egg crate to get it right.
  • In More Stuff Happens, Kirk Tuck takes on a client who doesn't appreciate what an ad agency does. "For example, when I supplied the first gallery of images from one of our shoots he [the CEO] asked if I had already cropped all the images. When I told him that the art directors usually crop the images so they fit into specific layouts he seemed a bit lost," he writes. Uh huh.
  • Percy Loomis Sperr is A Forgotten Photographer who took photos of New York City in the first half of the 20th century to illustrate his stories. But he sold more photographs than stories. Today, the New York Public Library has 17,822 of his images in its collection.
  • Adobe Spark has a few Free Templates for Mother's Day. They're editable (not, uh, edible), too.
  • DxO is discounting upgrades from OpticsPro to PhotoLab through May 14. The Essential Edition is $47.99 (regularly $69) and the Elite Edition is $69.99 ($89).
  • As the FCC confirms net neutrality rules will end June 11, Senate Democratics have forced a vote to restore net neutrality. And they're just a vote away from passage.

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