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8 June 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 zillenials, near misses, Mars images, Ethan Russell, gear reviews, suggested software, tethered product photography, a low-height tripod and photography persuasion.

  • Zillenials is Colombian photographer Charlie Corder's project exploring the identity of young adults born between 1993 and 1998. "I would describe them as digitally native youngsters who are socially and ecologically aware," he says. "They are intelligent, audacious and free."
  • In Near Misses, Ming Thein reveals what he doesn't like about a few of his images.
  • In Rolling Shutter on a Planetary Scale, John Sadowsky presents a few images of the red planet in the public domain that he has edited. "The primary goal of this article is to provide a guide to download HiRise Raw images for processing in your favorite photo processing software," he writes. The possibilities, after all, are out of this world.
  • Ethan Russell was Watching the End of the Beatles Through the Lens of a Camera without actually realizing it at the time. "There's something about the Beatles breaking up, which was fundamentally unthinkable," he says. On the 50th anniversary of the release of the last Beatles album Let It Be, he tells Christopher Booker about it.
  • Scott Kelby explains Why Most Photography Gear Reviews Stink and offers seven suggestions for removing the smell. We can only quibble with the idea that all reviewers are wedded to a single brand. Ambassadors like Joe McNally provide important insights to new products but working pros like Kirk Tuck who play the field appreciate what each product brings to the table.
  • In Suggested Software 2020, Thom Hogan lists what he uses and recommends. It tracks very closely with our own processes here if not precisely for the same reasons. "Let me get one thing out of the way first: if you think you buy software once and never again, you're simply asking for a rough future," he writes. "Maybe an impossible future."
  • In Tethered Product Photography With Capture One Pro for Better Efficiency, Derrick Story explains why he loves this new setup. We reviewed several tethering options in 2018, coming to the same conclusion about Capture One.
  • Lloyd Chambers discusses a Low-Height Tripod for Macro Photography with a reader who ultimately opts for a Really Right Stuff model over an inexpensive Slik.
  • Andrew Molitor suspects photographs are not quite as good at Changing Hearts and Minds as you might suspect. "The only place I can see a photograph working, on its own, to change anything in our minds is in a place where we're already uncertain," he writes.

We did implement everything we were thinking about for our glossary over the weekend and there's more to come! Meanwhile, here's a look back. And please support our efforts...

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