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25 September 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 Environmental Photographer of the Year, misconceptions, Iden Ford, diversions, Topaz AI again, the Wellcome Photography Prize, Adobe Digital Academy and a Chrome update issue.

  • The Guardian has published the Environmental Photographer of the Year 2019 Winners, announced during the U.N. climate summit in New York. SL Shanth Kumar was named Ciwem environmental photographer of the year for his image of homes battered by flooding in Mumbai.
  • In Photography's Misconceptions, Paul Melcher tackles a few misunderstood topics, including photo printing, dSLRs, photo apps. "Photography will soon become what our algorithms will allow us to do," he writes, arguing we're hitting the physical limitations in gear but there's not such ceiling in software.
  • In 'Have Blimp, Will Travel', film and TV photographer Iden Ford talks about a few recent shoots on set. "I always try to learn new ways to create great photos on film sets and love my job," he writes.
  • In Hobbies and Diversions, Ming Thein reflects on how his interest in photography as a break from work turned into an all-consuming interest that itself required a break.
  • In ToP: Topaz AI Sharpen Thing Whatever, Andrew Molitor has some thoughts about CTein's review. And not a little unease about the technology.
  • The Wellcome Photography Prize is now open for submissions relating to health, science and medicine, inviting projects that investigate these themes in unusual, personal and powerful ways.
  • In Reskilling With the Adobe Digital Academy, Adobe announced it is "open sourcing the process behind our program and encouraging other companies to join in." The "modern apprenticeship program that provides an alternate and accelerated pathway into tech for career-switcher candidates from nontraditional backgrounds" has placed 86 percent of its grads in full-time positions since 2016.
  • Yesterday, Google acknowledged that a Chrome Update Impacts Some macOS Systems. The silent update shipped with "a bug that damages the file system on macOS machines with System Integrity Protection disabled." The link explains how to recover from the issue that can disable a system.

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