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15 June 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 Instagram, Brad Elterman, Studio Holger Kilumets, a nearly perfect poppy, Lightroom's gesture shortcuts, on-sensor PDAF misconceptions and Jim Olive.

  • "People are a slave to winning other's approvals," Madonna says in Madonna: Instagram Designed to Make People Feel Bad by Mattha Busby. "I was lucky enough to have a life as an artist before the phone and Instagram and social media because I did have that time to develop as an artist and a human without feeling the pressure of judgment of other people or comparing myself to other people," she adds.
  • Benjamin Pineros catches up with Born to Be Bad: Brad Elterman, the rock 'n' roll photographer. "This is a man who seemed to have the very useful superpower of always being in the right place, at the right time," he writes.
  • "The work of Estonian practice Studio Holger Kilumets combines conceptual photography, art direction and set design, to create playful still lifes that delicately balance bold colors and essential forms," writes Stephanie Wade. And it's fun, too.
  • Harold Davis details how he photographed his Nearly Perfect Poppy in a 30 second exposure.
  • Hillary Grigonis lists Five Gesture Shortcuts in Lightroom CC on Mobile to save you time. Ah, for the days when people wrote documentation for stuff like this.
  • Jim Kasson takes on On-Sensor PDAF Misconceptions, which would be the on-sensor phase detection autofocus responsible for striping in Sony cameras and banding in Nikons.
  • In Texas Court Says Photographer Has No Recourse Against University Copyright Infringement, L.M. Sixel reports Houston photographer Jim Olive has been screwed. It's an edge case (the university apparently has sovereign immunity) but, as he says, "It just doesn't seem fair to me." And while fairness may be tough to coral even in Texas, you do know when something is unfair.

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