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29 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 National Camera Day, Matt Draper, small prints, Ming Thein, focus bracketing, an $8 polarizer, taking a short trip, Micro Four-Thirds and Scott Kelby.

  • It's National Camera Day. Thought you should know.
  • Matt Draper uses a manual focus rangefinder in natural light to shoot Underwater. He sells prints of the images in a limited edition, individually numbered and accompanied by a certificate of authenticity.
  • Peter Dunn suggests How to Get Big Impact From Smaller Prints. He gives a few examples of grouping small prints in gallery-like displays on a wall.
  • In Creative Envelope, Ming Thein reflects on "the hardware's ability to support the limits of my imagination." The series of images shows off the strengths of various gear combinations. "After all of this, the bottom line is pretty simple: ask yourself what you want to create and then figure out what's holding you back," he writes.
  • Jim Kasson gives a graduate seminar on How Focus-Bracketing Systems Work.
  • Jon Sienkiewicz bought a 67mm Amazon Basics Circular Polarizer for $8 and gives it the thumbs up. We suspect the first image is labeled incorrectly but the rest show the filter does get the job done.
  • In How to Travel Safely for a Mini Photo Vacation, Derrick Story takes a short trip "to recharge the creative juices while staying safe and protecting others." We'd advise getting into macrophotography instead. But if the spirit moves you....
  • Michael Kohnhorst suggests Micro Four-Thirds has a long way to go, despite the troubles of one camera company and analysts predicting the demise of the format. "What I think these Nostradamus types miss is the value/video image quality proposition M43 represents for users and the importance of M43 being a non-proprietary, open format," he writes.
  • Scott Kelby tells The Rest of My 'Adobe Subscription' Story. Which has a happy ending.

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