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6 September 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 AP's photos of the week, Lebanon, Carlo Piro, Covid in the Palouse, Julieanne Kost, format wars, traveling light, neural filters and National Geographic.

  • The Associated Press presents a selection of Photos of the Week that range from economic protests in Sri Lanka to the aftermath of flooding in Pakistan to an excessive-heat in Los Angeles.
  • In Genesis of a Chaos, French photographer Rafael Yaghobzadeh covers the ongoing crisis in Lebanon, where his family has roots. "I wanted to highlight the people who lost everything with those who were already in a precarious and vulnerable situation before the crisis," he writes. "The purpose is to show how a country can collapse and take its population with it."
  • Devid Gualandris features the work of Italian photographer Carlo Piro, who "creates images that embody great emotional depth—offering serenity but also a spirit of adventure." Piro still remembers the first photo he shot. "It was a single shot in black and white, captured with my father's 35mm. That was also the first photo I processed in the darkroom -- what an overwhelming joy it was!"
  • Kevin Raber explains why his Palouse Workshop this year was Not a Totally Good Trip. He tested positive for Covid on the second day and shortly after so did one of his workshop participants. So he canceled the workshop and decided he "could self-isolate in my car and at least go out and take images by myself." So he came back with some nice images anyway.
  • In The Creative Composite, Julieanne Kost demonstrates how she created and combined photographs and handwritten text to create her image Indelible Stain.

  • Thom Hogan suggests Format Wars Are Faux Battles. He challenged a photographer friend to "show me a medium format image that looks better than my full frame image." They looked at medium format images on a 4K monitor that Hogan said he could match with his 35mm camera. "If all we do is look at Web-hosted images on a smartphone display, the large format photographer loses their potential visual advantage," he writes.
  • In How to Travel Light and Shoot Creatively, Derrick Story does a little inventory: camera, filters, bag, printer and accessories. "With just these very few tools, you can travel light and create fantastic, unique images," he writes.
  • Dave Williams discusses The AI Situation with a waterfall shot he ran "through the Neural Filters in Adobe Photoshop to change the look," he writes. Then he "used the Landscape Mixer option to turn last week's summer scene into winter." He found the rendering "pretty accurate."
  • Paul Farhi reports National Geographic Magazine Lays Off Six of Its Top Editors in what one employee called a "desperate cost-cutting measure." Print publication is down from 4 million to 1.8 million a month and the Web site (which we find unusable) is "far behind other mainstream" sites. The National Geographic Society is only a minority partner of the publication owned by Disney after it acquired it from 21st Century Fox in 2019.

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