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13 May 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 Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky, the Stasi's hidden cameras, Mrs. RedHat, a 28mm lens, Adobe MAX, the NAB show, a free workshop and Backblaze.

  • In Pre-Soviet Uzbekistan Captured in Perfect Color, Amos Chapple presents Sergei Prokudin-Gorsky's photos of life in Central Asia from over a century ago. "Gorsky perfected an early method of color photography that required three separate images of each scene to be shot with color filters," he writes.
  • In Policing the Berlin Wall: The Ghostly Photos Taken by the Stasi's Hidden Cameras, Donna West Brett presents a selection of the two million photographs held in the Stasi archive. "We look on these photographs now as aesthetic objects and as archival evidence of a mass surveillance regime, yet they still hold a painful resonance for the victims," she writes.
  • Sports photographer Claire Jones (aka Mrs. RedHat) writes about covering rugby, which she's done at 400 games, wearing a silly red hat her husband gave her during her first season. She donates her fees to charity: the Northampton Saints Wheelchair Rugby team.
  • Jason D. Little gives Three Reasons a 28mm Lens Is My Favorite Focal Length. "The goal isn't to argue for the superiority of one focal length over another, but to bring attention to options that some may have never considered," he writes.
  • In Adobe Events Go Virtual for 2020, the company announced this year Adobe MAX will be open to everyone. "We have made the critical decision to pivot Adobe's in-person events to a virtual format for the remainder of 2020," Adobe writes.
  • The National Association of Broadcasters show is online only this year. B&H has curated a selection of NAB New Items & Specials.
  • Paul Burnett and Julieanne Kost will teach Beyond the Single Shot, a free workshop schedule for later today at 7 p.m. PDT. The pair will demonstrate "how to extend the dynamic range in images using HDR, stitch together multiple images for stunning panoramas and combine your photos in a natural and authentic way in order to make a stronger image."
  • Backblaze has published its Hard Drive Stats Q1 2020 on 132,339 spinning hard drives in its cloud storage ecosystem spread across four data centers. It experienced its lowest failure rate since 2013.

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