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13 April 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 love in a time of hate, mammal photos, dreamscapes, customizing a workflow, portrait lenses, value systems, photography jobs and shutter shock.

  • Keeping Love Close presents the images of 28 Asian and Asian-American photographers who consider "what loves looks like in a time of hate." John Yoon and Inyoung Kang provide some background on the project.
  • The Guardian presents a few images from the Mammal Photographer of the Year awards, the theme of which was "mammals (other than humans) during lockdown."
  • Daniel Ambrosi's series Dreamscapes uses computational photography with artificial intelligence to convey how he feels about the environment "viscerally, cognitively and emotionally." His work has just been recognized by Nvidia as an AI innovator pushing the boundaries of art.
  • Julieanne Kost offers a few tips for Moving Photos Between Lightroom Classic and Photoshop with custom settings.
  • In The Perfect Portrait Lens, Mike Johnston complains modern lens technology produces "forensic" results from "wire-sharp" optics rather than the balanced look of older lenses the smoothed the wrinkles, shall we say. The modern cure would be negative Clarity in post production.
  • Johnston also has a few thoughts on his Photographic Value System, inspired by an image by Leanne Boulton whose tonality he finds confounding and one by Stefan Elf he admires. "That sense of naturalness, coherence and integrity is what I like in photographic technique," he writes. "It should be like ballet dancing -- all the effort put into it is only meaningful if the result looks effortless."
  • Feature Shoot and PhotoShelter list 45 Places to Find Photography Jobs in 2021, a free resource that requires your email address.
  • Jim Kasson measures Shutter Shock in the Fujifilm GFX 100S. The electronic shutter took the cake, of course.

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