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19 December 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 objects left behind, 2018, a wounded Marine, Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watris, the Canon 400mm f2.8 L IS III, LinkedIn, Darkroom 4.0, working women, Sony firmware update and the holidays.

  • Evelyn Nieves presents The Objects Unidentified Migrants Left Behind photographed by Rocco Rorandelli. These migrants died crossing a river between Turkey and Greece, leaving behind their treasures. "A few objects especially moved him," she writes. "One was a carefully wrapped bag of spices. Another was a small plastic wrap inside a leather pouch sewn to the inside of the pants of a body. It contained two bits of soil."
  • In The Most 2018 Photos Ever, Alan Taylor presents 32 photos "that are just so 2018."
  • In A Warrior Comes Home from Smithsonian magazine's January/February issue, photojournalist Victor J. Blue documents the journey of a wounded Marine's return. "The war in Afghanistan took Cpl. Manuel Jimenez's left arm," Blue writes. "But in the eight years since we shared that terrible day, he's made it clear that an arm is all he let it take from him."
  • Jeffrey Brown finds out How These Photographers Used a Camera to Tell Stories of Rural America. That would be Fred Baldwin and Wendy Watris who captured "rural Texas in the early 1970s, images highlighting the lives and experiences of African-American families, white farmers and Mexican migrant workers."
  • Roger Cicala and Aaron Closz tear down The Canon 400mm f2.8 L IS III. And the Sony 400mm is not far behind.
  • In Marketing: Is LinkedIn the New Facebook?, Suzanne Sease asks if photographers should market themselves on the platform. Heather Lefort provides some tips.
  • John Voorhees reviews Darkroom 4.0, which he calls "a photo editing force to be reckoned with on iOS."
  • Andrew Keshner reports Working Women Are Underrepresented in the C-Suite -- and in Google Images. "Approximately 28 percent of CEOs were women, according to federal data, yet images of female CEOs showed up in just 10 percent of Google searches for CEO," he writes. "Medical record technicians and bartenders were the second- and third-largest underrepresented jobs for women," he adds after pointing out 71 percent of bill collectors are female.
  • Sony has released firmware update v2.10 to resolves "a problem caused by a specific third-party memory cards, where the cards cannot be recognized by Sony cameras."
  • Kirk Tuck reflects on What the Holidays Mean a year since his mother passed away and after taking charge of his father's affairs. Care-taking can certainly bankrupt you. But we can also confirm the advice he repeats at the end. "The greatest gift is the gift of time," he writes.

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