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3 August 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 a wildfire, lenses, a fast lens, photo layouts, white balance charts, mics, vision, a manuscript and the Content Authenticity Initiative.

  • In White Balance Chart Super-Test, cinematographer Paul Leeming measures the white balance accuracy of the 16 white balance cards. The X-Rite Colorcheckers beat out the WhiBal G7 and DataColor SpyderCheckr.
  • In Going Beyond Your Camera's Built-In Mics for Better Audio Capture, Derrick Story explains why he uses three different kinds of mics for his videos. All of them are better than the mic in your camera.
  • In Nature Versus Vision, Harold Davis quotes Man Ray. "I do not photograph nature. I photograph my visions," Ray wrote. "There is no such thing as an artistic depiction of nature, such as a photograph, without a vision of what the image is to be, to convey and to portray," Davis adds.
  • Paul Molitor is Looking for Readers of his 14,000 word manuscript on how we construct meaning when we look at pictures. "If you'd like to volunteer to give it a read-over, I can send you a PDF," he writes.
  • Andy Parsons, director of the Content Authenticity Initiative, marks "a signifcant milestone" with the publication of the organization's white paper Setting the Standard for Content Attribution. Bryan Elser wrote a short recap for Photofocus.

More to come! Meanwhile, here's a look back. And please support our efforts...

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