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1 February 2021

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 Giulio Rimondi, Chris Fallows, Jason Lee, ring lights, printing, iOS Raw Power, diffraction, the image sensor industry, an offer and the Camera Bits one-day sale.

  • In 80° N, Italian photographer Giulio Rimondi attempts to raise awareness of the catastrophic consequences of global warming with his images of the Arctic. "As an artist I'm compelled to steer on an obstinate and dissenting course, using my artistic voice to inspire respect for the natural equilibrium on which our very survival depends," he says.
  • Sara Barnes interviews Chris Fallows about his photos of The Majestic Beauty of Elephants. " I get down very low, shoot typically very wide and I focus on particular elephants in a herd that are exceptional," he says.
  • Lanre Bakare explores The Photography of My Name Is Earl's Jason Lee. The actor has published five books of photography. "Some people go hiking, some people go on hunting expeditions or whatever, I jump in my car with my camera gear, drive around and shoot photos," he says. "That's what I like to do."
  • Dan Havlik lists The Top Three Ring Lights. "When deployed, ring lights provide flattering, balanced light on your subject while virtually eliminating shadows," he writes. That works for portraits but also video applications like conference calls or live streaming, he adds. A Good, Better, Best product series article, it starts with a $49 option, moves to a $69 model and concludes with a revolutionary $169 version.
  • Scott Kelby finds People Are Really Struggling With This in Photoshop. "This" is printing. He recommends printing from Lightroom Classic. Oddly enough, our experience is just the opposite. That may depend on the printer at the other end of the production line.
  • Derrick Story is Using LUTs With iPhone Raw Pictures in iOS Raw Power. He appreciates the selection of LUTs that built into the app.
  • In Diffraction and Sensors, Jim Kasson asserts "increasing the resolution of the sensor with the same ratio of pitch to pixel aperture won't make the effects of diffraction any worse in the capture at the same print size."
  • Thom Hogan describes The Image Sensor Industry as "smaller and more interwoven than people think." There are only three makers of the equipment that makes semiconductors, for one thing.
  • Chris Gampat writes, It's Black History Month; And We Want to Be Your Stage. People of color can email him (note the submission guidelines in the story) to be featured on The Phoblographer.
  • Just a reminder that Camera Bits is celebrating its 25th anniversary with discounts on Photo Mechanic today only as we reported earlier.

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