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23 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 the 2019 Pano Award, big waves, photojournalists' suit against DHS, hand-made photo books, the future, the Panasonic Lumix S1, how color affects mood and a PayPal loophole.

  • Epson has announced the 2019 Pano Awards winners. The contest attracted 4,913 entries from 1,258 photographers in 72 countries. Mieke Boynton won Open Photographer of the Year.
  • Catching Big Waves at Nazaré showcases the site of one the two World Surfing League's Big Wave surfing contests, with waves reaching up to 98 feet in the winter.
  • In Five Photojournalists Sue Homeland Security for First Amendment Violations David Walker reports five freelance photojournalists are alleging that Customs and Border Patrol agents "tracked, detained and interrogated them because of their coverage of immigration issues along the U.S.-Mexico border in 2018 and 2019." Walker notes, "The DHS program to target journalists covering the U.S.-Mexico border came to light last March, after a DHS whistleblower alerted the San Diego NBC affiliate station."
  • Colin Buttimer describes The Joy of Making Your Own Photo Books. He means hand-made albums rather than the printed and bound books available from services like Blurb.
  • Three Guys Talking About Photography is a 47:38 video of Kevin Raber, Lau Norgaard and Drew Altdoerffer discussing the lay of the land.
  • Kirk Tuck reflects on his experience using the Panasonic Lumix S1 system for a few months. "On the job weight training" is just one of the benefits, he points out.
  • Jason Row discusses How Color Affects Mood in Photography. "Blue tones suggest coldness and isolation, red can be speed or danger," he writes. "So let's delve a little deeper into how color affects mood in photography and a little on how you can control that color."
  • Aneta Lusina reports A PayPal Loophole involving shipping to an address not listed on the transaction details page. The seller shipped her camera to a different address the buyer claimed was that of their daughter for whom it was intended as a gift. Upon receipt of the camera, however, the buyer claimed it had never arrived and PayPal ruled in favor of the buyer because the destination address didn't match its details page.

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