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2 August 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 photograms, edits, Negative Lab Pro, social photography, Lightstands vs. C-Stands and verbal cues.

  • In Forever, Paul Rider explains what's behind his artful, abstract and mysterious photograms made with plastic. "The huge amount of plastic that exists in our world is explored in these images, drawing on early photography such as the photogenic drawings by William Henry Fox Talbot in The Pencil of Nature," he writes.
  • Julieanne Kost adds Before & After View and the History Panel in Lightroom Classic to "provide a powerful way to compare and apply preferred edits and adjustments."
  • Mark Segal takes you From Color Negs to BW Positives With Negative Lab Pro. Both the exposure latitude of color film and the orange printing mask make a color conversion itself harder than you might imagine but a black-and-white conversion is no piece of cake either.
  • In Social Photography, Dave Williams examines "a few tricks" Instagram has been up to lately. "However social you want to be with your photography, there's a solution for you out there," he writes.
  • LensRentals compares Lightstands vs. C-Stands without coming to a definitive conclusion. But the piece does spell out the pluses and minuses of both options, both of which will get the job done.
  • Brittany Smith suggests a few Verbal Cues for Better Portraits. "Portraits can be impactful when you develop a rapport and capture the person's essence," she writes. "Successful posing cues help bring it together quicker."

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