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5 November 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 an outdoor studio, light painting, primes or zooms, Dell UltraSharp 27 4K monitor, Zach the Hard Drive, Laura Crawford Williams, Darktable, the CASE Act and a BorrowLenses discount.

  • Joe McNally turns the Four Seasons Hualalai into An Outdoor Studio to manage the midday sun.
  • In Seeing Light Differently, John Hartman describes the magic of light painting to "add light to individual and often very specific areas of a scene to create a look not possible by any other method of photographic image creation."
  • In Stopping Down Some Bargain Primes and Zooms, Roger Cicala looks at the Canon 24-70mm f2.8L II, Canon 35mm f2 IS USM, Sigma 24-70mm f2.8 DG OS HSM Art and Tamron 35mm f1.8 SP Di VC USD. He find that "a good f1.8 or f2 prime is nearly, but not absolutely, as good as the more expensive f1.4 primes" if you stop down and a good zoom even stopped down can't beat an inexpensive prime but is "close enough for most people most of the time." PT Barnum said something similar.
  • Dell introduced is UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor at Adobe MAX. It's the world's first 27-inch 4K monitor with a built-in colorimeter and Thunderbolt 3 connectivity for color-critical performance.
  • In The Life and Times of a Backblaze Hard Drive, Andy Klein pens Zach's biography. Zach is a 12-TB Seagate hard drive who lives at Blacbklaze's data center. The monitor, which displays 100 percent of Adobe RGB, 98 percent of DCI-P3 and 80 percent of BT2020 gamuts, will be available Jan. 15, 2020 for $1,999.99, Dell said.
  • Meet wildlife photographer Laura Crawford Williams and author of Wildlife in Wild Lands and greet live animals from wildlife rehabilitation centers at Palm Beach Museum of Natural History Nov. 9 from noon to 3 p.m. Sponsored by 4Ocean, the event will include a Kids Corner with coloring books, stickers and giveaway bags for those who participate in a conservation contest.
  • Darktable 3.0.0rc0 has been released with a "full rework of the GUI," which is now all CSS code to make it "themable."
  • In CASE Act Needs Your Help, Carolyn Wright forwards a plea from the North American Photography Association to email Senators Wyden and Paul within the next 48-72 hours to support the copyright tribunal for claims under $30,000.
  • Save for 10 to 20 percent on BorrowLenses rentals when you use the code FALLFUN19 at checkout before Nov. 10.

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