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29 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 Brazilian dam collapse, Sheila Pree Bright, Nikos Economopoulos, Canon's sales forecast, scouting locations, JPEG to Raw AI, indigo, Errol Morris's Weegee and a Capture One Styles bundles deal.

  • Alan Taylor presents 25 photos of The Dam Collapse Near Brumadinho, Brazil. "Authorities have reported at least 60 deaths, with another 290 people still listed as missing -- and warnings have been issued about another dam nearby that is also at risk of failure," he writes.
  • In From the Civil Rights Movement to Black Lives Matter: Honoring Black Mothers Who Lost Their Sons, Fayemi Shakur examines the making of Sheila Pree Bright's photo-mural that allowed black women to tell the stories of their lost sons. "We all know what the problems are, but how can we move forward is the question," Bright says. "I want to talk about how these women are using their traumatic experience to influence policy."
  • Nikos Economopoulos discusses "the magical landscape of street photography." He describes his approach, "I don't like going somewhere with a pre-constructed assumption but rather going with just a few basic tools and bare pieces of information that I patch together in order to be able to experience things as freely and openly as I can."
  • Thom Hogan considers The Canon Doomsday Proclamation. It applies to Coolpix, Powershot and Cyber-shot lines, not dSLR sales (which are only slightly declining) or mirrorless (steady), he writes. "What we're seeing is a slow transition from dSLR to mirrorless in ILC, with a gradual decline overall ILC volume."
  • Kirk Tuck describes what he found on his Scouting trip (for which he charges clients). You don't need a client, though. "Even if you are just doing a personal project scouting is a good thing and can open your eyes to both trouble spots and great opportunities," he suggests.
  • Topaz Studio has released JPEG to Raw AI, which uses artificial intelligence to to convert JPEG to high-quality Raw for better editing. The software can "prevent banding, remove compression artifacts, recover detail, and enhance dynamic range," the company adds. A free trial is available and the $99.99 list price is discounted to $79.99 until Feb. 8.
  • In Approaching Indigo, Harold Davis uses food dyes in a vase of water to capture the illusive hue between blue and violet.
  • Mia Galuppo reports Errol Morris to Direct Photo Journalist Biopic 'Weegee'. "Weegee may not have singlehandedly invented the noir sensibility, but without him, noir would be unimaginable," Morris said.
  • Phase One is now offer Capture One Styles Packs & Bundles, most at a discount.

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