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28 November 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 National Geographic's best photos of the year, the Pentax K-1 Mark II, Sarah Meister's new book, books and calendars in Photos, food photography editing tips, a bid for a hotel chain and VARA.

  • National Geographic has published its Best Photos of 2018 curated from 107 photographers, 119 stories and over two million photographs.
  • Lloyd Chambers asks, How Good Is the Resolving Power of the Pentax K-1 Mark II? He calls the images from the improved pixel shift mode "absolutely stunning." And wishes Nikon had implemented something similar on the Z 7.
  • MOMA photography curator Sarah Meister's new book Dorothea Lange: Migrant Mother revisits the famous image in detail with new insight. James Estrin points out that Meister's research at the San Francisco Public Library helped her unravel the image's inaccurate caption.
  • Jason Snell evaluates Books and Calendars in Photos for Mac now that Apple itself is out of the business. "So while I prefer Motif for book building, I prefer Mimeo for calendars. But I think you can't go wrong with either option," he concludes.
  • Food Photography Pro Tips offers a quick peek at how food stylists, cookbook authors and lifestyle bloggers Susann Probst and Yannic Schon edit on mobile devices using Lightroom mobile.
  • The Wonderful Machine continues its studies of pricing and negotiating with Architectural Images for International Hotel Chain. Interesting way to handling post, basing it on time rather than per image.
  • Greenberg and Reznicki explain how the Visual Artists Rights Act intersects with U.S. copyright law (in several states, at least). The act addresses "moral rights," the concept that artists have "an ethical right to control their creations and protect the integrity of their work and their own reputation." Part one.

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