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27 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 D-Day photography, Hambach Forest's eco-activists, shooting on the water, Content-Aware Fill, using Instagram on the Desktop, Laura Aguilar and cheap wedding photographers. Plus a note about our expected outage.

  • In D-Day, Andrew Molitor compares Robert Capa's well-known image of the assault on Omaha Beach to a relatively unknown image by Coast Guard photographer Robert Sargent. "An object becomes iconic through the slow and intricate workings of vast cultural machinery," he suggests, "not just because it's a really good picture."
  • In The Secret Life of Hambach Forest's Eco-Activists, Hannah Abel-Hirsch explores Néha Hirve‚Äôs series: light that is leaving which focuses on a group of eco-activists living in Germany's Hambach Forest. "They are fighting to save the last 10 percent of what the forest once was," says Hirve.
  • In A Cruise to Dyer Island, Gansbaai, Lisa Michele Burns shares some tips for shooting on the water.
  • Photoshop product manager Meredith Payne Stotzner demonstrates the new Auto and Custom options of Content-Aware Fill "coming soon" to Photoshop:
  • Matt Haughey explains How to Use Instagram on Your Mac Desktop in six steps. You can upload images directly from your desktop by setting Safari's User Agent to Safari -- iOS.
  • The Getty has acquired 35 Prints by Laura Aguilar. Aguilar, who died in 2018 after a 40-year career, "documented parts of the local community that were overlooked and often outright marginalized by mainstream society," said photographs curator Arpad Kovacs.
  • Investing in a Cheap Wedding Photographer Is the Worst Idea Ever and probably the first step toward a divorce. Candid advice for both the couple and nascent photographers here. Like any bid under $1,500 should be a red flag.

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