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25 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 Colby Deal, Critics' Choice Awards, KR Sunil, travel, nano-textured glass, pricing, AI portrait shadow manipulation, a DxO discount and another Shutterbug Sweepstakes.

  • In The Beauty of Life in Houston's Third Ward, Marigold Warner showcases the work of Colby Deal. "Whether they are tender portraits of elderly residents, street scenes of children playing or the 'not-so-pretty stuff in between,' Deal is committed to capturing a true representation of his community," she writes.
  • LensCulture has announced 48 Critics' Choice Award Winners. A group of 20 experts picked three favorites among the entries from 150 countries and they explain their choices.
  • Heidi Volpe interviews KR Sunil about his project monochrome Vanishing Home. It was inspired by the destruction of a coastal home by the sea. "For me, what struck was how hard-hitting this was for the people, as 'home' is a deep sentiment for them," he says. "It is much more than a shelter."
  • With several trips canceled by rising coronavirus transmission rates, Dave Williams is beginning to think about Travel Without Travel. "We don't have to travel to shoot travel photography," he writes. "It's more about the result." After all, don't people travel to where you already are with their cameras?
  • 9to5Mac's Jeff Benjamin demonstrates the benefit of the $500 Nano-Textured Glass of the 2020 iMac in this 6:00 video:
  • Thom Hogan has an idea about How Opinions Get Formed, at least about camera prices. Is the Nikon Z 5 to high? Is the Canon RP artificially low? Can Sony keep making Mark II's?
  • Researchers at UC Berkeley and Google have devised a method of AI Portrait Shadow Manipulation which removes foreign shadow, suppresses highlights and lightens the tonality of the darker parts of a face.
  • DxO is offering a 30 percent discount on DxO Photolab, DxO Viewpoint and DxO Filmpack (but not the Nik Collection) through Sept. 1.
  • Shutterbug has announced it is giving away a Sony A7 II camera with a 28-70mm lens in its next Summer Sweepstakes. Prizes include four $50 Amazon gift cards, too.

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