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9 August 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 Greece, India, free webinars, camera buying, the Peak Design Field Pouch, memory card tips, bokeh in post, the Perseid Meteor Shower and a writing workshop for photographers.

  • Burning Villages, Orange Skies: Greece Fires shows the wildfires burning in Attica and Evia this week.
  • In A Thousand Dreams, Ulka Chauhan tells the story of children belonging to disadvantaged families in Mumbai and Delhi, which she hopes "will raise consciousness toward issues surrounding child education in India." The one bright spot, she says, "was the determination, ambition and willpower of these children."
  • Harold Davis has released seven New Webinar Video Recordings on YouTube.
  • In Buying a Camera by Feel, Jim Kasson takes issue with that advice. "If you're looking for a toy or amusement or if you know nothing about photography and don't want to learn, it's probably as good a way as any," he writes. "Flipping a coin would do, too."
  • Derrick Story find the Peak Design Field Pouch "nice and nimble." He packs it with either a small camera and phone or an iPad and phone. With room for some accessories, it's his grab-and-go kit.
  • Scott Kelby offers Three Quick Memory Card Tips. We manage on a single card per camera so only the third is relevant to us and we do practice it faithfully.
  • William Sawalich suggests A Better Way to Make Beautiful Bokeh using a dedicated blur layer that keeps the edges of the main subject sharp.
  • In How to Photograph the Perseid Meteor Shower astrophotographer Bettymaya Foott shares her best tips and tricks for capturing the meteor shower. The annual event will reach its peak in the morning hours this Thursday, Aug. 12.
  • Andrew Molitor recommends Buku Sarkar's $100 workshop on The Art of Writing About Art: Writing Workshop for Visual Artists, which starts Sept. 6 for just 12 students. Buku earned her M.A. in Creative Writing from University of East Anglia and her B.A. in Honors Writing from The New School.

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