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9 March 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 the World Nature Photography awards, Giving Photography, free Photoshop brushes, posing strategies, scanner photography, small sensors, Hahnemuehle Torchon paper, Apple's Mac Studio, Johnston on Apple, Hogan on Apple and Oakley on configuring M1s.

  • The Guardian has published the winners of the World Nature Photography Awards. "The overall winning photographer, Amos Nachoum, waited for hours on the remote Antartic island of Plano for the moment at low tide when seals stealthily enter a lagoon." They're not shy, they're hungry.
  • Suzanne Sease talks to Heather Elder about helping the people of Ukraine with donations for beautiful photographic prints through Giving Photography. "Whether you are a photographer or someone interested in making a donation in exchange for print, we invite you to join us," Elder says.
  • The Creative Cloud blog has released free Lens Flare Effects and Light Brushes for Photoshop from Creator FX.
  • Chris Orwig deails Three Posing Strategies for authentic portraits. "These have helped me keep things simple and I hope they help you as well," he says. "Keep in mind, these are not rules or recipes, but strategies that I use when the feeling is right."
  • In Pat Rose Shot These Elegant Flower Photos in a Fascinating Way, the Phoblographer interviews Rose about her scanner photography. "For my purposes, I needed a scanner with the highest resolution and the greatest depth of field possible," she says. That would be an Epson V800.
  • Having used sensors of all sizes, Kirk Tuck muses on the value of Small Sensor Camera Systems. "You might be surprised to see that some of the best models of cameras from Panasonic and Olympus hold their value and return good results longer than more immediately popular cameras," he writes.
  • Mark Segal reviews Hahnemuehle Torchon Paper. "I'll jump to the end right here and tell you that I think this is really a fine product," he begins.
  • Apple's marketing event yesterday introduced a $1,600 27-inch 5K display and the Mac Studio high-end desktop starting at $1,999 that can be ordered with the new M1 Ultra processor that connects two M1 Max systems-on-a-chip for double the performance. A new iPad Air using the M1 with5G support and 10Gbps USB was also introduced.
  • In The Biggest News From Apple in Years (Photographers Get Seen), Mike Johnston describes the new Mac Studio as "designed and aimed exactly at us -- PHOTOGRAPHERS. Excuse the shouting."
  • Thom Hogan considers some alternatives to The New Mac Studio, looking forward to big discounts on 27-inch Intel iMacs and connecting M1 MacBook Pros to the new Mac Studio Display.
  • In How to Pick Memory and Storage for an M1 Mac, Howard Oakley explains how he configured his new Mac Studio.

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