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28 January 2020

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 architectural contest, Robert Rieger, Bella Kotak, five landscape photographers, Joe McNally, cropping, street photography, rethinking defaults, Photoshop actions and an open call.

  • Sarah Gilbert presents The 2019 winners of the Art of Building competition, run by the Chartered Institute of Building. And the images are just gorgeous.
  • In Sweden in Winter, a Pensive Place Where Time Stands Still, Stephanie Wade presents a photo essay by German photographer Robert Rieger. "One day after a long hiking tour through the cold forest on the coast, there was a little church with fire torches outside," he says. "As I wandered in, a violin concert started."
  • Bella Kotak: The Fabric of Fantasy is a SmugMug film featuring the photographer’s fine art-fashion portraiture:
  • Dave Williams highlights the work of Five Inspiring Landscape Photographers. They include Jaeyoun Ryu, Kai Hornung, Jan Erik Weider, AJ Rezac and Asa Steinarsdottir.
  • In Joe McNally's Pointe Shoe Diaries, he finds a ballerina in a dryer among the underwear, towels and the dryer sheets. "We took some liberties, lighting up the interiors of the dryers, which don't actually have sources of illumination," he admits.
  • Julieanne Kost collects 20 Tips for Cropping in Lightroom Classic.
  • In Street vs. Public Photography, Ibarionex Perello argues that street photography "is a means of personal discovery and expression that is unlike any other artistic practice."
  • Kirk Tuck tries on A New Mindset as he rethinks lenses, file formats and ISO settings.
  • In Quickly Brand Your Instagram Photos With Adobe Photoshop Actions, Chris Converse walks through creating an action to apply a branding style to images.
  • Ming Thein has issued an Open Call for Q&A. "I'll answer any reader submitted questions in a forthcoming future post; anything you wanted to know about photography, creativity or the business of it -- just leave a comment below or shoot me an email," he offers.

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