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13 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 World Elephant Day, Vivian Keulards, Leon Foggitt, a vintage look, Reveni Labs light meter, editing workflows, Shutterbug's sweepstakes and Russell Kirsch.

  • Yesterday was World Elephant Day 2020 and Alan Taylor presents 21 photos to celebrate it. They need a day, too. "Elephants continue to face numerous challenges, including poaching, habitat loss, exploitation, abuse and proximity to human conflict and poverty," he writes. (We just read Philosophy Made Simple by Robert Hellenga in which an elephant named Norma Jean, who paints canvases, figures "prominently," shall we say.)
  • Joanna L. Cresswell reviews Vivian Keulards' photo book to Hans, "a quiet ode to a brother loved and lost" that "finds a form to dwell on the human stories behind addiction and the complex web it spins around those it touches."
  • Marigold Warner highlights Leon Foggitt's Portraits of Self-Taught Artists Who Survived Brain Injury. "I was intrigued by the combination of circumstances and how having had a brain injury would affect the type of art being produced as well as how people would experience having their portrait made," Foggitt says.
  • In How to Create a Vintage Look in Lightroom Mobile, Julieanne demonstrates how to give a vintage look to your photograph on your smartphone.
  • In No Light Meter, No Problem: Reveni Labs to the Rescue, Derrick Story reviews a tiny $95 light meter that slips into a camera's hot shoe to provide exposure information.
  • Rad Drew presents his Editing Workflows for Topaz Studio 2 and Luminar 4, refined over a six year period.
  • Shutterbug continues its Summer Sweepstakes with a chance to win a Sigma 30mm f1.4 lens and $50 Amazon gift cards.
  • We note the passing of computer scientist Russell Kirsch, the inventor of the pixel upon which digital imaging is based, at home in Portland, Ore., on Aug. 11. He was 91. He not only invented the pixel while developing a scanner in 1957 but he continued to refine the concept, as shown in this 2011 video in which he put the case for variable-sized pixels (which argues that resolution isn't the whole game; but you could rebut that he's just binning higher resolution pixels):

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