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1 April 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 Peter Kayafas, Marcus Westberg, Joe Baraban, the Sigma 20mm Art Lens, Akasha Rabut, the Berlebach wood tripod, new portrait lenses and skin tones.

  • Myths and Magic: The New American West presents the monochrome images Peter Kayafas captured on his travels from Idaho to Oklahoma "seeking out the real rituals and way of life of a new generation."
  • In Search of Zambia's Stunning Wildlife: A Virtual Safari by Marcus Westberg is the first in a new series by the New York Times. "With travel restrictions in place worldwide, we're turning to photojournalists who can help transport you, virtually, to some of our planet's most beautiful and intriguing places," the editors write.
  • In One Exposure, One Frame, One Click, Joe Baraban tells the story of shooting an odd assignment. "The Art director asked me if I thought I could make a giant claw attack a boat.... 'Hell yes!'"
  • Kirk Tuck takes a walk in the rain at Lady Bird Lake with the "enormous and heavy" Sigma 20mm Art lens.
  • Death Magick Abundance is a collection of images by Akasha Rabut that capture New Orleans, including the ‘Southern Riderz,’ the modern-day cowboys who parade the city every weekend and the ‘Caramel Curves,’ an all female biker club. It's also her first photo book.
  • Jeff Burns shows off The Berlebach Wood Tripod, specifically a Berlebach Report. The ash tripods are a little heavy but dampen vibration and were much admired when we got a chance to handle them at shows. Nice to see one in the wild.
  • Jason Schneider lists The 12 Best New Portrait Lenses for Capturing Gorgeous Photos of Faces. He also lists six attributes that make a great portrait lens.
  • In Editing Skin Tones, fashion and travel photographer Brian Siambi and fashion and beauty photographer Zoë Noble share their tips on how lighting and the photo editing software make their subjects shine.

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