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28 October 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 pano awards, Imogen Cunningham, Corey Arnold, Joe McNally, Matt Harbison, the Jacksons, Harvey Stern, Retroactive, Kirk Tuck, Night Mode and insurance.

  • Alan Taylor presents 23 images of the Winners of the 2020 Epson International Pano Awards from 5,859 entries by 1,452 photographers in 96 countries.
  • In Picturing Equality: How Imogen Cunningham Lived and Worked, Zoe Goldman and Estefania Valencia take a peek at a new book that explores the photographer's dedication to feminism and civil rights. "What stands out most, beyond the strength of her work, is her lifelong dedication to equality, not only for women but for all marginalized people," they write.
  • Craille Maguire Gillies interviews Corey Arnold about his best shot, A Horse and a Cat Go Fishing for Crab. "For me, it says something about commercial fishing: the work is so gruelling and dangerous that there is a lot of joking around, to blow off steam," he says.
  • In Halloween Comes Around Again, Joe McNally celebrates this strange year with a memory of a past one that was strange in a more traditional way. "I conjured a little girl, reading a scary story by flashlight, long after she should have gone to sleep," he begins the tale.
  • Grace Ebert presents the 2.5-gigapixel image of the Orion constellation by Chattanooga-based astrophotographer Matt Harbison. He spent over 500 hours capturing the details of the constellation in 2,508 individual shots over five years.
  • Brad Moore interviews Portrait Photographers Karen and Steve Jackson about their "deep intimate moments with strangers." These aren't portraits in the usual sense.
  • Harvey Stern continues his exploration of Black & White Image-Making with part two, analyzing 18 images according to his six principles.
  • The free Retroactive 1.9 from Tyshawn Cormier runs Aperture and iPhoto on macOS Catalina and macOS Big Sur. All Aperture features should be available except for playing videos, exporting slideshows, Photo Stream and iCloud Photo Sharing. All iPhoto features should be available except for playing videos, exporting slideshows, Photo Stream, and iCloud Photo Sharing.
  • In A Photo Job That Goes Perfectly, Kirk Tuck celebrates a milestone with "why a lot of us got into this discipline. Not just to make money but to make beautiful and evocative work."
  • Michael Potuck explains How to Shoot Night Mode Selfies using the front-facing TrueDepth camera on the iPhone 12. In seven intuitive (if you've ever set any option in the Camera app) steps. Interesting comparisons between Night Mode, no flash and flash captures.
  • Aimee Baldridge covers Insurance for Photographers. Quite thoroughly. Why you need it, what kind you need, where to get it, how to save buying it.

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