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16 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 Magnum Square Print Sale, Raúl Cañibano Ercilla, Karen Hutton, DIY colorized presets, "pro" gear, microcolor charts, Michael Johnston, Visual Look Up and Pierre Zakrzewski.

  • The Magnum Square Print Sale this year is in three parts: Then, Now and Next. The first part, titled Precedents runs through March 20. Magnum photographers are donating 50 percent of their proceeds to the International Committee of the Red Cross.
  • Of Dogs and People in Cuba features the monochrome images of Cuban photographer Raúl Cañibano Ercilla. "I am constantly inspired by the possibility of capturing in one image habits and customs that may disappear with time or that reveal the reality in which we live," he says. Indeed, the black-and-white photos give the impression those customs have already vanished.
  • In Photography & Soft Fascination, Karen Hutton wonders why "you can just never go wrong photographing what you love, the way you love, in light that you love, telling a story you love."
  • The Creative Cloud blog shows How to Make Colorized Presets in Lightroom in eight steps.
  • Kirk Tuck shares some thoughts on 'Professional' Gear. "I think of cameras like the Canon Rebels as the Toyota Corollas of the camera world," he writes. "They may lack certain feature sets but they seem to work reliably and for an affordable initial purchase price. If the goal is simply to take photographs they fill the bill."
  • Jim Kasson presents a series of color charts to show Microcolor and CFA Spectra, Visually. It's a little hard to compare them but you can download each one for analysis.
  • In A Few Working Notes, Michael Johnston talks about a piece he submitted to The New Yorker in which the photograph he writes about will be replaced by an illustration. "'Illustrations create a little imaginative space for the reader -- that's why we use them in Talk of the Town, for instance, instead of photos,' I was told. 'It's like the idea of the photo, rather than the photo itself.'"
  • In How Good Is Monterey's Visual Look Up? Howard Oakley reveals all. "Visual Look Up is successful in identifying a very wide range of Western paintings and seldom reports that it can't identify a painting," he writes.
  • We note the loss of videographer Pierre Zakrzewski, who was killed along with a 24-year-old Ukrainian journalist working for Fox News when their vehicle came under fire from Russian troops outside of Kyiv.

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