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13 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 the 2021 European flood, Tod Papageorge, cats, choosing lenses, telling a story and making greeting cards.

  • In Desolation, Silence a Year After Belgium Flood, Virginia Mayo presents Associated Press images of the July 14, 2021 "water bomb" that hit Belgium and Germany. The Guardian has a few more of Germany's Ahr Valley.
  • The Beaches, 1975-1981 is an exhibit of Tod Papageorge's images of Los Angeles beaches captured on several trips to California between 1975 and 1981. The images are decidedly high key, as if emulating the glare of the beach. We downloaded an image and used Curves to bring its tonality back into a more readable range (give that a try). The work is on view at the Danziger Gallery in Los Angeles through Aug. 31.
  • Grace Ebert features Elke Vogelsang's images of Cats' Cranky and Silly Emotions. "Let's face it, cats can be so much harder to photograph than dogs. If they can't be bothered, they won't do it for our sake," she says.
  • Brad Moore offers some advice on Choosing Camera Lenses, covering focal length, maximum aperture, weight, price, prime vs. zoom and more, including the "standard" pro setup of three zooms.
  • In Making Your Images Tell a Story, Jason Row explains what that means with a few examples. "If we take away our preconceived ideas of what a story is, then it's perfectly possible to tell a story in a single image," he writes.
  • Derrick Story details How to Go From Garden to Greeting Card in Three Easy Steps. "What I love about this project is that it combines the beauty of gardening with the joy of sharing handmade greeting cards with those you care about," he writes.

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