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23 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 Jupiter, Lake Powell, Holly Lynton, Annie Leibovitz, compositing, Sigma FP Mono images, 30 years of cameras, syncing edits, editing ethics, the Capsule Pro and medical photos.

  • Jupiter Showcases Auroras, Hazes in a composite image from the James Webb Space Telescope's NIRCam instrument. "In this wide-field view, Webb sees Jupiter with its faint rings, which are a million times fainter than the planet and two tiny moons called Amalthea and Adrastea." Click or zoom the image to appreciate the details.
  • Heidi Volpe talks to Forest Woodward about his series of black-and-white images of Lake Powell, which has recorded its lowest water levels since reaching full pool in 1980. "This project reaffirmed my beliefs that the best pictures are not the ones that we set out to make -- but rather the ones that find us along the way," he says.
  • 'Lost in a Meditation': Rural American Life features images from Holly Lynton's Bare Handed that "reveal a complex social landscape suffused with tradition but unburdened by nostalgia."
  • In Annie Leibovitz Proves Yet Again: She Can't Photograph Black Women, Tayo Bero looks at the recent criticism of the photographer's "'dark' aesthetic" Vogue session with Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson for the September issue. "The real issue is that when white people are her subject, Leibovitz manages to capture them beautifully in that style. But the dreary, low-light aesthetic simply does not work the same way on Black people."
  • In Pictures From Long Ago, in a Galaxy Far, Far Away, Joe McNally remembers how compositing images used to happen and how far it's come. From front projection to in-camera image overlay.
  • Mike Johnston has posted a Sample Album on Flickr of black-and-white images (and edits) from the Sigma FP Mono he's borrowed.
  • Thom Hogan has some thoughts after Looking Back at Three Decades of Digital. "Size, control and quality. That's what defines a great camera," he writes.
  • Julieanne Kost covers how to Copy, Paste and Sync Develop Edits in Lightroom Classic. There's more than one way to do it, including a powerful Auto Sync method.
  • In Photoshop Ethics, Dave Williams suggests, "In a world where AI and ML* artwork is very much a reality and getting better by the day, a whole new case needs to be opened about what the limits are for photography."
  • Miops has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its Capsule Pro, a versatile motorized pan and tilt head designed for timelapse photography.
  • In A Dad Took Photos of His Naked Toddler for the Doctor (gift link), Kashmir Hill explains why the photo flagged the father as a criminal. John Gruber provides some perspective on the issue while a criminal defense attorney whose wife is a pediatrician provides more. The lie between private and public is often blurred when it comes to sharing photos and being aware of where it is can be critical. When we share medical images (and we do frequently), we do so over a secure and private connection with the doctor that complies with the HIPAA privacy rule.

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