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21 June 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 LeRoy W. Henderson Jr., more John Moore, Panasonic's new Night mode, smartphonography, the importance of composition, Supreme Court sales tax ruling and building the Golden Gate Bridge.

  • In Photographing Ordinary Life in Passing, Antwaun Sargent interviews LeRoy W. Henderson Jr. who, for four decades, turned the street into his open-air studio. "I just wanted to be out there where things were going on, so I just went out in the street and started shooting," Henderson told him. "It's almost like fishing, you've got a fishing line in the water and you really dig in and see what you can catch." Nice catch, too.
  • You may know John Moore for that singular image of the child crying at the border one night but Alan Taylor present 44 of his border images in On the Border With the Photographer John Moore. These were taken over the past two years along the southern U.S. border, Mexico, Guatemala and Honduras.
  • Kirk Tuck really likes Night Mode on the Panasonic GH5. He finds it particularly helpful for theater shoots where the big bright LCD is distracting and throws off his own vision. "The new Night Mode feature should be a boon for everyone who works in low light and for many who suffer more acutely from eyestrain caused by spectrum sensitivity and excessive screen brightness," he writes.
  • In The Ever-Present Scrapbook, Ming Thein analyzes the kind of photography a smartphone can capture. "The camera's limits do nudge you unsubtly toward shooting in a certain way; all devices do this to some extent, I suppose," he writes. And in iPhone X in New York City, Derrick Story adds to the discussion, although he doesn't shy away from some pretty heavy post processing.
  • Khara Plicanic offers some tips on Getting Into Photo Composition. "When you trim away the razzle-dazzle of fancy equipment or extreme levels of technical prowess, what is it that truly makes one photo better than another? In one word: composition," she writes.
  • In Online Shoppers Can Be Forced to Pay Sales Tax, Jessica Gresko reports on today's Supreme Court decision. The 5-4 ruling overruled two, decades-old Supreme Court decisions requiring a seller's physical presence in the state for a state to collect tax on a sale. Justices Clarence Thomas and Ruth Bader Ginsburg aren't usually in the same camp, but this time they were.
  • Getty Images presents both stills and video in How They Built the Golden Gate Bridge. Towers first, cable second, roadway last. That's how.

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