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7 July 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 astronomy photos, showing photos of the victims of massing shootings, Lost Rolls America, the Profoto Connect Pro, testing gear at home and organizing your camera roll.

  • Grace Ebert presents images from the Astronomy Photographer of the Year Shortlist, which "garnered more than 3,000 submissions from 67 countries." Winners will be announced Sept. 15.
  • In Should News Outlets Show Graphic Images of Mass Shooting Victims? twelve experts address many of the questions newsrooms need to ask when considering whether to publish graphic images from mass shootings. Uvalde was the immediate occasion of the May discussion but it has only become more relevant since. In addition to the discussion, the piece in The Journalist's Resouce ends with findings of recent research into the subject.
  • In Ron Haviv and Lost Rolls America, Suzanne Sease presents a personal project which "opens the magical reencounter with the past to anyone who possesses unprocessed film rolls."
  • In The Keys to the Kingdom, Joe McNally uses a $399 Profoto Connect Pro, hot-shoed to the camera, to make him "feel somewhat Leonard Bernstein-esque, baton in hand, conducting a symphony of lights" in a dark room. Here's a four-minute walk-through of the device:
  • The LensRentals crews discusses How to Test Your Gear at Home using the LensAlign to calibrate focus, the Sigma USB Dock and the Tamron TAP-in Console. There's more, though, including doing a physical inspection of your lens and the necessity of a sensor loupe for checking your sensor cleaning job.
  • Jason Little lists four steps to help Organize Your Camera Roll. Mark favorites, delete liberally, make albums and back up. "If a photo is worth taking, it's also worth taking care of," he writes. Which is why we don't delete liberally. Conservatively, perhaps, if at all.

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