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8 January 2019

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 the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival, Bill O'Donnell, Lili Kobielski, Abdulazez Dukhan, a Nikon Z 7 review, Streiber shooting Gaga, back button autofocus, knowing your camera and the copyright.gov Web site.

  • Alan Taylor presents 30 photos of The 2019 Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in northeastern China‚Äôs Heilongjiang province. "At night, the sculptures are colorfully illuminated and visitors can climb and play on some of the structures," he writes.
  • In Bill O'Donnell Takes Us Inside the Mind's Eye, Rosie Flanagan profiles the Chicago photographer's series of abstract close-ups 'Mind's Eye.'
  • In Chicago's Jail Is One of the County's Biggest Mental Health Care Providers, Lili Kobielski captures portraits of detainees at Cook County Jail who struggle with mental illness. Over the weekend we watched Lost Angels, the 2010 documentary on Los Angeles' skid row that tells the story of eight locals who live there. Closures of mental health institutions and criminalization of the mentally ill are at the root of the growing problem.
  • In Through His Eyes, David Williams presents Abdulazez Dukhan from Homs, Syria, who now lives in Belgium. He learned Photoshop watching online videos and got a camera from an Italian volunteer in a refugee camp. And one thing led to another.
  • Matthew Saville reviews the Nikon Z 7, which he subjected to the first snowfall of the winter in Yosemite National Park. "The Nikon Z 7 was, overall, a very positive, promising experience." he writes.
  • Art Streiber tells Heidi Volpe what it was like to shoot Lady Gaga for Variety. "What made this shoot different and unique was how Gaga performed for the camera, how much she gave and how she continued to push and explore for 40 straight minutes," he says. "The bottom line is that Gaga cared about making great photos." Which, after all, is how stars get born.
  • In Debunking Back Button Autofocus, Jed Wee considers the advice to use back button focus over half pressing the shutter button.
  • Thom Hogan suggests the mantra for 2019 should be Know Thy Camera. "Since we just finished the big camera buying season, I'll let you in on a nasty little secret: your new camera isn't likely to solve your problems. Your next one won't, either," he writes.
  • Carolyn Wright invites you to Provide Feedback on Copyrightgov Website. The Office of Public Information and Education is seeking "feedback on both Web site navigability (can you find what you are looking for?) and content availability (what, if any, content would you like to see added or changed on copyright.gov?).

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