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27 March 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 Lisa Elmaleh, the Quarry of Lights, Natalia Poniatowska, Giulio Di Sturco, women photographers, 13 key lighting ideas, geotagging, 16 mirrorless lenses, the Sony a9 firmware update, Gigapixel AI, Pick a Portrait Style contest, Moose Peterson, image compression algorithms and the Apple Store. Hmm, today's Horn could make a magazine all by itself....

  • James Estrin presents Lisa Elmaleh's Tintype Portraits of Old-Time Musicians From Appalachia. "She has converted a 1996 Toyota Tacoma into a mobile darkroom that now has more than 300,000 miles on it (and often doubles as a bedroom while she is on the road)," he writes.
  • In A Quarry of Lights in Southern France, Alan Taylor presents 18 images in a former limestone quarry that closed down in the 1930s and has been transformed into an immersive multimedia exhibit space.
  • In Natalia Poniatowska's Photographs Reveal the Sentimentality of Strangers, Rosie Flanagan says the work of the Polish photographer is both conceptual and personal.
  • Crisis of Faith: Pilgrims and Pollution Along the Ganges presents a selection of images by Giulio Di Sturco, who has spent 10 years documenting industrialization and climate change along the river with the same legal rights as people.
  • In From Street to Surreal, Meet 14 Often Overlooked Women Who Shaped Photography, Hillary Grigonis introduces some pioneers who refined techniques like soft focus and published the first book with photographs. The Guardian presents a few images of Women on the Frontline: Female War Photographers, as well.
  • Strobist David Hobby celebrates the 13th anniversary of his site with A Baker's Dozen: 13 Key Ideas. "I don't think there is actual start date, which is why I have never really considered any date as the site's anniversary," he confesses.
  • In Geotagging Images With the Olympus OM-D E-M1X, Derrick Story covers one of the more neglected features of the new camera. "The joy of being able to geotag images with your 'real camera' and not being limited to a smartphone or compact is wonderful," he writes. There are solutions for other cameras, of course, from geotagger accessories to reverse geotagging software.
  • Greg Scoblete lists 16 Great Mirrorless Camera Lenses from a variety of manufacturers.
  • In Stacked Sensors and Autofocus, Jim Kasson installs the recent Sony a9 firmware update and wonders why we haven't seen a similar sensor in the two years this one has been out.
  • Topaz Labs has released Gigapixel AI 4.0 to enlarge images up to 600 percent while preserving image quality. It's $79.99 (regularly $99.99) through April 5.
  • In Challenge: Pick a Portrait Style, Adobe Create Magazine is launching its "Pick a Portrait Style" contest. Download and modify the stock photo with any Creative Cloud app. Three winners will each receive Wacom Cintiq displays and pens plus a year's subscription to the Creative Cloud. Deadline is April 9.
  • Aviation Photographer Moose Peterson takes a turn as guest blogger for Scott Kelby. "Photography for most is a hobby and with the real honest and needed desire to keep it fun (which is essential), often frustration settles in when we hit that wall and the fun fades," he writes. He found a solution.
  • In Interns 'Kick the Butt' of Image Compression Algorithm, Taylor Kubota-Stanford reports people are better than code communicating with images in data-restricted conditions. "Almost every image compressor we have today is evaluated using metrics that don't necessarily represent what humans value in an image," said grad student Irena Fischer-Hwang.
  • The Apple Store World Tour is a look at every Apple Store across the globe compiled by Business Insider.

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