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27 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 shooting a solar eclipse, Andy Summers, GFX 100 dynamic range, dynamic range, the Kodak Smile digicam and a free Topaz Studio webinar.

  • Justin Harney discusses Photographing the Solar Eclipse in Argentina. He used the PhotoPills app to find the right place to shoot the eclipse. And he had to build his own solar filter for his Canon. But he also shot with an iPhone, a rented Canon and a Panasonic GH5. Here's the video version he captured:
  • In A Rock Star Finds Himself on the Other Side of the Camera, Miss Rosen reviews A Certain Strangeness by British rock star Andy Summers of The Police. "The frames he composes and chooses for the book are epic scenes of life that are at once mundane and magnificent," she writes.
  • In GFX 100 EDR, Jim Kasson plots the dynamic range of the Fujifilm GFX 100. "I still don't have my GFX 100 yet. My dealer has received no cameras at all," he reports. But "through the kindness of Lloyd Chambers, I have ISO-series dark frames at 1/1000 second with both 14 and 16 bit precision and using EFCS and electronic shutter. That's enough for me to determine the engineering dynamic range of the camera."
  • The Aesthetics of Dynamic Range is an In Learning video by Ben Long. "Choosing which part of the dynamic range to capture is one of those powers" photographers exercise every time they press the shutter button, he points out.
  • Hilary Grigonis reviews the Kodak Smile Instant Digital Printer. The digicam with a built-in Zink printer can print a scannable code in the corner of an image that the camera can read to play a video on its tiny LCD. "I had no problem handing it over to my 6-year-old, who quickly figured out how to turn it on, take a photo, edit it and print it," she writes.
  • Hazel Meredith will host a free webinar on Topaz Studio on Tuesday, July 30, at 2 p.m. Pacific Daylight Time. Registration required.

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