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2 August 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 old snapshots, Jason Wright, whales, Lizzy Gadd, a Pentax K1, perspective, writing a press release and a Leica Q2 firmware update.

  • Aram Balakjian tells Paula Cocozza How Old Photos Brought My Parents' Empty House Back to Life after his parents died. "I thought, 'I'll never really see this again,'" he told her. "I wanted to capture how the house was. I wanted to get those things in my head." Over two months, he shot 3,000 photos of old snapshots imposed over empty rooms.
  • Laura Staugaitis highlights Jason Wright's Moody Views of Hawaii's Rugged Beaches. "Once you step foot on land's edge, with no lifeguards or crowds, you know your place and who is in control," he tells her. He gets the last word, though, in post processing.
  • In Flukes and Fins: A Photo Appreciation of Whales, Alan Taylor presents 25 photos to celebrate the 200th birthday of Herman Melville.
  • Vancouver-based photographer Lizzy Gadd visited enchanting locations around the world to capture fairy-tale self-portraits that are ethereal and dreamlike. She's collaborated with SmugMug on the new film The Nature of a Self-Portrait Artist to be released next Monday, Aug. 5. Here's the trailer:
  • Kirk Tuck reports on his first shoots with a used Pentax K1 he picked up for a song.
  • Derrick Story suggests you Use That Flip Screen for Ground Level Perspective. Getting Rollieflex low is always good advice but be forewarned that his "normal standing height" perspective is significantly higher than most people.
  • In How to Write a Press Release, Jasenka Grujin succumbs to the temptation to advise photographers on handling your own publicity. We give more subtle daily lessons in our news stories where you can compare our rewrites with the original news releases. But we'd suggest you write an adjective/adverb free version to start. Salt may be indispensable in cooking but too much ruins the dish.
  • Leica has issued Firmware Update 1.1 for the Q2 with fixes for DNG recording, burst mode with flash, downloading images and interval shooting in Drive mode.

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