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23 May 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 Azovstal Metalworks, Mark Neville, Mezcal, processing Raws, rejects, the Leica Q2 Monochrom, calibration in Monterey and blurring your home.

  • Dmytro Kozatsky, Azov Regiment fighter and photographer, documented the Siege of the Azovstal Metalworks. Before his capture he posted his pictures on social media, asking they be shared as widely as possible.
  • Mark Neville's new photobook Stop Tanks With Books threads his portraits made in Ukraine since 2015 with research and short stories, writes Joanna Cresswell. "Neville has been in the process of sending out 750 copies of the book to ambassadors, politicians and those directly involved in peace talks,," she writes.
  • In Making Mezcal, Jonah Smith show how Mexico's most popular spirit is produced. "In today's modern world, this felt like a very old-fashioned way of making something," he says. "There were no computers or printed paper with recipes or guidelines; it was just one guy giving direction from memory."
  • Thom Hogan suggests you Process Specifically, Not Generally using Adobe's new masking tools in its Raw converter. "Don't apply global changes, apply specific changes to specific problems using masking," he writes.
  • Derrick Story shares some ideas on What to Do With Rejects From Big Photo Shoots. "For me, the answer depends on how I captured them in the first place," he writes. Bursts are more easily discarded than single frames.
  • Jim Kasson lists the Leica Q2 Monochrom Pros and Cons in his 12th post on the camera.
  • In Calibrating Your Display in Monterey, Howard Oakley steps through the Display Calibrator app. "Color professionals can use special display calibrators, which measure the colours generated on the display," he notes. "If extremely accurate color reproduction is important to your work, you may well need to buy one. In my experience using them, they’re only excellent so long as their software remains supported." Although, as we've pointed out, there are third-party software solutions like DisplayCAL.
  • David Nield explains How to Hide Your House on Every Map App. "There is something to bear in mind before you do this, though: you may not be able to reverse the process," he writes. "The blur could be there for good."

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