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15 February 2022

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 Graciela Iturbide, Harold Davis, disabling Creative Cloud updates, more strange things, trademark registration, Lightroom Plug-ins, BenQ's Pantone SkinTone validation and AI cartoon character portraits.

  • Graciela Iturbide turns 80 this year and Mee-Lai Stone presents a slide show her honor. "This major figure of Latin American photography has always looked for 'surprise in the ordinary,'" she writes.
  • Flowers for Miss Havisham "completes the quartet of four images begun with Earthly Delights, and continued with Aging in Place and Remembrance," Harold Davis writes. One could, perhaps, look at them in reverse order.
  • In Disabling Auto Updates for Adobe Applications, Julieanne Kost explains where the per-application settings are hidden. Adobe is great about releasing updates promptly but it can be inopportune (to use a fancy word for a PITA).
  • In More Strange Things Said, Thom Hogan explores two more dubious claims.
  • Josh Broitman suggests Protecting Your Photo Business Name With a Federal Trademark Registration. He notes, "An incidental and important benefit of trademark registration is that it may also help deter copyright infringements and in the event of an infringement may give you additional rights to sue for additional money damages under Trademark Law not available to you under copyright law."
  • Jasenka Grujin lists The 25 Best Lightroom Plug-ins of 2021. They "make your photo editing experience a lot easier because these useful programs can help you save a lot of time during your editing routine," she writes.
  • BenQ is the first manufacturer to earn Pantone SkinTone Validation for its select BenQ photography and designer monitors. That includes the SW321D, SW240, PD3205U and PD2705U models. Pantone SkinTone Validated devices accurately reproduce like-like skin tones to empower diverse representation and inclusivity.
  • Hidreley Diao confesses, I Used AI to See What These 23 Popular Cartoon Characters Would Look Like in Real Life. "For this project I used Photoshop and three mobile applications, FaceApp, Gradiente and Remini," he writes. Olive Oil failed to convince but the Disney characters were pretty persuasive.

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