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21 September 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 Sophia Ahamed, shooting through glass, the Photography Show, Apple Photos update and Jonas Bendiksen.

  • Grace Ebert presents Sophia Ahamed's Saturated Flowers. Ahamed shoots all of the elements separately and then layers them into new compositions, positioning genuine images into fabricated contexts," Ebert writes. "Sometimes we forget that the magic we are seeking in our day-to-day lives isn't waiting for us on a lavish trip," Ahamed says. "That magic is all around us, all the time."
  • Dahlia Ambrose explains How to Photograph Through Glass, listing every trick and technique known to man. "Removing glares and reflections is not so difficult as it seems," she writes. And the first tip is the best: get close to the glass surface.
  • Dave Williams attended The Photography Show and was impressed with the Canon R3's 30 fps continuous and eye control for focus point selection. "The return of live events is great to see, and here’s to many more!" he writes.
  • Jason Snell details What's New in Photos in iOS 15 and macOS Monterey in an excerpt from his forthcoming update to Take Control of Photos, Second Edition.
  • Andrew Molitor considers the uproar over Magnum photographer Jonas Bendiksen's The Book of Veles, which was a faked documentary project about a town "where a lot of fake news Web sites originated for a while." Bendiksen neglected to mention the images were all composites (no real people appeared in them) and many people were taken in. "The reason it worked is simply that people weren't looking at it very hard," Molitor writes. Because, you know, there was no reason to look at them very long at all.

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