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28 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 Steve Benjamin, unemployment, contest winners, pickles, Reborns, perspective correction, programming, Canon's webcam utility and more predators.

  • Grace Ebert presents the Radiant Sunbirds aquatic photographer Steve Benjamin found in his South African backyard. Using the same techniques as underwater photography, Benjamin built a miniature studio by putting a feeder in a sunny area with nearby shade, plenty of blooming flowers and twig perches. (We do hope our avian visitors are not reading this because it isn't going to happen in our backyard.) Benjamin explains:
  • In U.S. Unemployment Hits 40M, the Guardian presents 15 images marking the milestone. Or millstone.
  • The Winners of the Feature Shoot Street Photography Awards are Melissa Breyer, Dimpy Bhalotia, Alexandre Silberman, JoaquĆ­n Luna, Jutharat Pinyodoonyachet, Shevaun Williams, Claude R. Beller, Sebastian Steveniers, Eric Davidove, and Lia Forslund and Franek Wardynski. Not to be missed.
  • Suzanne Sease explores Quick Pickles, a collaborative project by photographer Judy Doherty and publisher Cheryl Koehle "to create an eBook that would inspire folks to make beautiful quick pickles in their kitchen." Actual mouth-watering images.
  • Reborn is a photo essay by Didier Bizet about the "highly collectable dolls that look astonishingly like newborn babies." The dolls have actually "been used to effect in the Alzheimer units of some senior medical centres and in hospital geriatric centers," according to the piece.
  • Julieanne Kost shows How to Correct Perspective in a smartphone in Lightroom. Perspective correction is one of those tasks that used to be done only in special circumstances (either with a perspective control lens, a view camera or by manipulating the enlarging easel) but with easy-to-use software controls has become routine around here.
  • Apple engineer Jordyn Castor, who has been blind since birth, is Making Tech Inclusive and Accessible for Everyone. In this short but inspiring click from Mission Unstoppable, she explains in one sentence what programming is and shows kids putting their new-found knowledge to work controlling drones:
  • Canon has released a free beta EOS Webcam Utility for macOS and Windows compatible with its more recent EOS and PowerShot models. It installs a launch daemon, a framework and a CoreMedia EOSWebcam plug-in and can't be used with a number of native webcam apps. Canon recommends using the Web-based version of those apps in Google Chrome.
  • In Pandemic Predators Part 2, Greenberg & Reznicki report a scam perpetrated by even some well-known, legitimate companies and ad agencies who claim, "My lawyer says you can't collect on failure to comply with an illegal contract." What's illegal? Assembling a crew during lockdown.

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