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25 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 the week in photos, Neil Burnell, Robert Darch, output sharpening, more on printing at home, the wedding industry, WD Red NAS drives and Darktable.

  • Alan Taylor presents 35 Photos of the Week covering "Orthodox Easter in Ukraine, health-care workers on the job, a fundraiser in New Jersey, empty streets in Moscow, the U.S. Air Force Academy commencement in Colorado, surfers in Australia, idle aircraft in Denver, preparations to reopen Austria and much more."
  • Grace Ebert highlights Devon-based photographer Neil Burnell's new series Mystical, a mossy labyrinth of Tangled Roots and Mossy Branches in ancient Wistman's Wood.
  • In Robert Darch's Poetic Response to the Brexit Vote, Joe Lloyd highlights the monochromatic images of the Exeter-based photographer. "When I tried monochrome before, it felt like I was trying to force it," Darch tells him, "but here it made sense symbolically and aesthetically."
  • Derrick Story covers Output Sharpening in Capture One Pro to Offset Resampling with a couple of videos. We can't tell you how often we've read resizing tutorials that neglect to mention sharpening downsized originals. It's essential. Every one of the images you see on this site has been downsized and sharpened appropriately.
  • Mike Johnston continues a discussion of printing at home with Point-Counterpoint I and Point-Counterpoint II from his readers.
  • Justin McCallum begins his piece reflecting on the pandemic's affect on The Wedding Industry, "I'm used to crying at my job." Fortunately, weddings -- much delayed and scaled down -- are not going away.
  • In the blog post On WD Red NAS Drives, Western Digital details its use of Shingled Magnetic Recording technology in its larger drives with a chart covering 10 models.
  • Darktable 3.0.2 [LMW] has been released with an improved user interface for blend modes and renaming a module, a larger vignette scale, a custom white balance preset and a constrained crop module option.

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