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31 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 the 2019 Pan American Games, drive-in theaters, Soo Burnell, Ming Thein, Bryan O'Neil Hughes, Motion Blur, shutter sounds, a $19,750 contract and theater photography.

  • In Faces of the 2019 Pan American Games, Alan Taylor highlights the human drama inherent in athletic competition. That's the "the joy, effort, concentration, frustration and exhaustion" you see in the athletes' faces.
  • In Here's What Drive-In Theaters Looked Like in Their Glory Days, Gabriel Sanchez collects images from various sources of a venerable dating ritual of the last century. Ah, yes, we remember it well, Maurice.
  • Stephanie Wade presents images from Scottish photographer Soo Burnell's series Poolside. "I wanted to photograph Edinburgh's swimming baths to show the beauty of the architecture, while minimizing all of the modern elements," the photographer says. Cool.
  • In On-Assignment Photoessay: Monolithic, Ming Thein indulges in his low key aesthetic but this time they're a little more intelligible. "I can't help myself from seeing such subjects during the course of a cleaner, higher key commercial assignment," he writes, revealing the ones he shot for himself.
  • In Drawing Upon Past Experience, Bryan O'Neil Hughes celebrates 20 years with Adobe by taking a look at Adobe Fresco. "As for me, I still feel like that 'kid' that joined Adobe, 20 years ago," he writes. "In-fact, I'm more excited than ever."
  • Adobe art director Kathleen Martin demonstrates How to Create a Motion Blur Effect in Adobe Photoshop. The tutorial, which covers both global and local adjustments, includes the files you need to follow the bouncing ball in Photoshop.
  • Ryan Hill presents The Shutter Sounds of Our Most Popular Cameras. None of them sound as good as our favorite, the Nikon D200. Or quite as bad as our Olympus E-PL1. Somehow this rarely-reviewed feature matters, too.
  • Craig Oppenheimer negotiates a $19,750 contract for Patient Portraits for Regional Hospital Campaign. "Putting upward pressure on the fee was the unlimited use requested and their intent on using the images in print ads and on billboards," he writes.
  • Kirk Tuck explains his two approaches to Theater Photography. One takes advantage of early technical rehearsals and the other navigates the invited dress rehearsal with an audience.

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