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15 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 Woodstock, Levan Kiknavelidze, fill flash, side-mount failures, scouting, rules of vision, Spectacles 3, Lightroom tips and a Molitor critique.

  • In Photos of Woodstock 1969, on Its 50th Anniversary, Alan Taylor presents 32 images of three-day event attended by over 400,000 people.
  • Stephanie Wade showcases The Framed Sea, a project by Levan Kiknavelidze that merges images of the Black Sea in his native Georgia with interiors shot in real sites photographed in Berlin. Which he somehow manages to construe as a metaphor of social media as "a medium that illustrates an illusory nature of us."
  • Fill Flash -- Say What You Want, but It Works, Derrick Story writes. He carries a $129 Metz mecablitz flash smaller than his iPhone, which he uses to bounce the fill off a business card. Bounce is key. And it isn't illegal to nudge the power output below 100 percent either. You just want to bring up the shadows, not flood the highlights.
  • Roger Cicala explains Why Side-Mount Buttons and Ports Break on Cameras. Vectors of force, as our high school physics teacher would have put it in two words.
  • Kirk Tuck explains why Scouting is part of the job. He figures two hours touring his latest location will save him four hours during the shoot.
  • Ming Thein continues his Rules of Vision post with the second part.
  • Snapchat has introduced Spectacles 3 with two HD cameras built into the sunglasses to provide depth perception. "Snap has built a suite of new 3D effects that take advantage of the device's new depth perception ability," writes Casey Newton. "They will be exclusive to Spectacles and the company plans to let third-party developers design depth effects starting later this year." Here's the 0:50 video:
  • Rob Sylvan offers a few Lightroom tips from the KelbyOne Help Desk.
  • Scott Schuman has just published The Sartorialist: India with Taschen. "Of the 300 pages in the only, maybe 10 images, have been seen before," he notes in the announcement. Pre-order now for the September release.
  • In Something to Look At, Andrew Molitor takes a balanced approach to that famous shot of the Trumps with the El Paso orphan. "The meaning we read diverges when we try to imagine why this particular facade, why this performance?" he writes. If, perhaps, we are able to view the image out of context. Otherwise the "why" is pretty clear from the past behavior of these celebrities, which is devoid of "celebrating a ray of light, a triumph of death over life."

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