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19 October 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 autumn colors, Debmalya Roy Choudhuri, night shooting with a Panasonic LZ8, Canon R teardown, Nikon Z infrared (and teardown), some small Photoshop fixes and UT photography books.

  • Alan Taylor collects 27 images for Fall Is in the Air, Part 2. Some beautiful color but test yourself: there's some awkward composition and unfortunate camera settings. Can you find them?
  • In Photography as a Way of Living, Marigold Warner interviews Debmalya Roy Choudhuri who moved to the foothills of the Himalayas to get away from it all after the death of a friend. Seh writes, "The project he shot there takes its name from a Sanskrit phrase 'Tat Tvan Asi,' meaning 'that you are.' It relates to the idea that the self is the ultimate reality and to the psychological exploration of Choudhuri's own identity and sense of home." Must have worked. He's at RIT now studying for an MA in Photography.
  • In Night Street Compact, Robin Wong continues his low-ISO night shooting with a 10-year-old Panasonic Lumix DMC-LZ8. "To get the best out of that tiny 1/2.5" image sensor, I set it to ISO100 for all the shots," he writes. "I also set the Noise Reduction setting to the lowest in camera and dealt with noise later in post-processing. A tripod was used at all times to mitigate any hand or camera shake. Self-timer of 2 second was activated to prevent vibration due to the press of the shutter button." And the shots will amaze you.
  • Roger Cicala and Aaron Closz conduct a Teardown of the Canon EOS R Mirrorless Camera (a Nikon Z teardown is coming). "One thing that struck me," Roger writes, "is that it's not very crowded inside there or as we like to say 'they left a lot of air inside'."
  • In The Nikon Z 7 Infrared Photography Review, Pad Nodolski follows his Nikon Z 7 Dissasembly and Teardown with some sample infrared shots.
  • Thank You, Adobe -- for the Little Things..., says Scott Kelby. The simple multiple Undo (which was there all along, but with a three-key chord) and shift-less Free Transform (which is almost always what you want) matter. We've already breathed at least one sigh of relief after using the more convenient Undo.
  • The University of Texas at Austin has a robust photography publishing program featuring several new titles on or by Dawoud Bey, Garry Winogrand, Jay B. Sauceda and Kenny Braun.

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