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25 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 Tamara Merino, libraries, guns in America, Kyle Meyer, 10 photographer dilemmas, Adobe Portfolio's new features, Jim Kasson, Mike Johnston and networked-attached storage.

  • In Living Beneath the Ground in an Australian Desert, Matthew Sedacca interviews Tamara Merino about her underground photos. "Bars and restaurants are underground, churches, all these children growing up living underground," Merino says. They're trying to escape the heat. And you don't have to paint the house.
  • In Browsing the Stacks: A Photo Appreciation of Libraries, Alan Taylor presents 35 photos of "libraries big and small, new and old, from across the globe."
  • Time magazine has released Guns in America, a special report featuring "one of the most logistically challenging cover projects in Time's 95-year history," requiring French photographer JR to photograph 245 Americans in three cities over five months to capture the scope of the debate in one mural.
  • In How Kyle Meyer's Photo-Tapestries Give Voice to a Silenced Community, Amy Crawford shows how Meyer combined digital photography and African fabrics to create deeply textured portraits of persecuted Swazi men.
  • Ming Thein lists 10 Commonly Encountered Photographers' Dilemmas. You'll recognize all of them, no doubt. Shared angst. And yet, somehow, it made us smile.
  • In Introducing Our Five Newest Features on Adobe Portfolio, Adobe highlights some new tricks for the old dog.
  • In Come for the Camera, Stay for the Lenses?, Jim Kasson reflects on the Nikon Z 7 body and its "sparse" native lens lineup, comparing it to his experience with the Fujifilm GFX 50S. But his observation is probably true of any system. You are attracted by the body but live with the glass.
  • In High Meadow, Mike Johnston captures a rare view of the Finger Lakes and crops the 20-Mp image, retaining enough detail for a nine-inch print. "It's certainly more detail than I would have gotten in Ye Olden Days with 35mm film, especially a film matching the ISO 800 I shot this with," he writes.
  • The Backblaze staff provides An Introduction to NAS for Photo & Video Production. Network-attached storage "lets you centralize photo storage, protects your files with backups and data storage virtualization (e.g., RAID), allows you to access files from anywhere, integrates with many media editing apps and securely shares media with coworkers and clients."

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