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26 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 EyeEm photography awards, a lens made of ice, Google's Night Sight, Image Capture in Mojave, Skylum Software and how to be happy.

  • EyeEm Photographer of the Year Announced, as well as winners in other categories. This year was the fifth edition of the contest, which recorded 700,000 entries from 100,000 photographers from over 150 countries.
  • I Made a Camera Lens With an Iceberg, Matthieu Stern confesses. He worked on the project for six months "to get the right shape, the right focus distance and get the right tools." Then he stayed five hours on the beach until the fifth attempt at making the lens worked.
  • Vlad Savov promises Google's Night Sight for Pixel Phones Will Amaze You. "Night Sight is the next evolution of Google's computational photography, combining machine learning, clever algorithms and up to four seconds of exposure to generate shockingly good low-light images," he writes. You can try out the prerelease version with a Google Camera with Night Sight download.
  • Image Capture, handy for copying images from memory cards and scanning them as well, may have issues in Mojave, according to some complaints on Macintouch. Shift-click selections and drag-and-drop to Finder are broken for at least one user. Which view (list or icon) is enabled may have something to do with it, too.
  • Derrick Story was Making an Impression in New York with the Luminar team. "I test a lot of apps for my reviews, but at the end of the day when I'm editing just for me, I use Luminar," he told them. Scott Bourne, president of Skylum Software, observed that software doesn't have to be hard to be powerful. The company also makes Aurora HD, which we recently reviewed.
  • In How to Be a (Mostly) Happy Photographer, Kirk Tuck reveals all. "If you want to be a happy photographer then learn to celebrate your victories, no matter how small they may seem," he writes.

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