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23 July 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 Puerto Rico, Pete Bartlett, tough lighting assignment, retouching portraits, 70-200mm f4 zooms, Catalina, sky replacement, Harold Davis and photo pedagogy.

  • Alan Taylor presents 23 photos of Days of Protest in Puerto Rico where hundreds of thousands are calling for the resignation of Governor Ricardo Rosselló after his "offensive, misogynistic and homophobic comments" from a group chat were leaked.
  • British photographer Pete Bartlett photographs portraits of people Waiting for the Big Break in Los Angeles. "Bartlett reached out to acting studios and contacts in the city, but, in the end, he decided to use -- a casting site for actors -- and received 150 replies," writes Marigold Warner, who introduces the resulting series Waiting of 15 shoots in over 10 days in April.
  • In Compressing Tonal Range With Specular Highlights, Strobist David Hobby gets his arms around dark chocolate on white marble with one light source. And using nothing more than white paper for fill cards.
  • Adobe has published a one-minute video tutorial on Retouching Portraits with Jared Soares.
  • Roger Cicala continues his series of MTF charts with 70-200mm f4 Zoom Lenses, including the Canon 70-200mm f4L IS II, Nikon 70-200mm f4-GB AF-S VR and Sony FE 70-200mm f4-GB OSS.
  • Upcoming Changes to Photoshop & Lightroom OS Support With macOS 10.15 (Catalina) notes that running 32-bit versions of the two imaging applications won't be possible on Catalina's 64-bit platform. "We do not recommend that customers using old versions of Adobe Software update to macOS 10.15," Jeffrey Tranberry advises.
  • Derrick Story provides a sneak peak at Luminar 4's Automatic Sky Replacement feature. Luminar's scene relight technology matches the non-sky part of the image to the new sky, he notes.
  • In My Artist Statement, Harold Davis writes, "I believe that advances in the technology and craft of digital photography have created an entirely new medium."
  • Andrew Molitor has begun a course of Photo Pedagogy for Kids starting with his nine-year-old daughter. "I had a discussion with my sister-in-law who spent many years teaching photography and media literacy to kids, and she feels that hands-on is very important," he writes. The first lesson was on focus.

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