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7 June 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 Apple's announcements, Lake Tahoe hikes, Lensbaby International Photowalk, the Panasonic 45-200mm, Instagram, history and recent macOSes.

  • Apple made both hardware and software announcements at yesterday's WWDC Keynote including the M2 hip in a new MacBook Air and 13-inch MacBook Pro, iOS 16, iPadOS 16, macOS Ventura and watchOS 9. Dan Moren peeks at the big Photos-related news, which includes finding duplicates and upgrades to the Memories feature.
  • Julie Brown suggests The Best Lake Tahoe Hikes This Summer with photos from various sources to inspire a photowalk, if you're in the neighborhood of the Jewel of the Sierra. And she shares some great advice about dealing with the crowds: "Go to the second most beautiful place. Skip the postcard destinations and find quieter sanctuaries."
  • Speaking of photowalks, Lensbaby photographers and educators will conduct a free day of in-person photography and exploration at its International Photowalk on Saturday, June 25.
  • Kirk Tuck tries a poorly-reviewed Panasonic 45-200mm of which he had bad memories on his Panasonic G9. "What I found was that the lens performed much better than ever before," he writes. And he can explain why.
  • Dave Williams argues Instagram Hates Photographers. "The majority of us want to share our photos and Instagram was the place to do it, but Instagram is now a place to share video," he writes.
  • In History and Photography, Andrew Molitor asks what effect images have on action. "Media, by shaping our ideas of the world, does not directly inspire change. Rather, it shapes us, it shapes our ideas of the psychic cost of this action vs. that one," he writes.
  • Now that Apple has introduced macOS 13 Ventura, Howard Oakley reviews Where We're Coming From: Recent macOS. He charts the changes from El Capitan (10.11) to Monterey (12), warning Catalina dwellers it will soon be time to move on.

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