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7 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 an AI winner, Kathleen Clark, Anthony Blasko, Adeolu Osibodu, third-party RF mount lenses, Kolari Vision, pet photography, an Apple Studio Display issue and Ventura.

  • Kevin Roose reports An AI-Generated Picture Won an Art Prize (gift link) and artists aren't happy about it. But, he writes, "Some artists defended Allen, saying that using A.I. to create a piece was no different from using Photoshop or other digital image-manipulation tools and that human creativity is still required to come up with the right prompts to generate an award-winning piece."
  • Kathleen Clark presents her fanciful images of The White House China that mark "injustices, contradictions and hypocrisies by U.S. presidents over the years." She notes, "The dinnerware is not ceramic; they are actually photo-based constructions compiled of historical White House patterns, antique illustrations original drawings and staging, re-photographed."
  • Anthony Blasko's new book captures the Strawberry Festival in Plant City, Florida, an 11-day event celebrating the state's annual harvest. "The food at the festival was an endless source of images. I shot a lot of different strawberry desserts and corn dogs," he says.
  • In A Skateboarding Accident Led This Photographer to Find His Passion Vanessa Leroy tells the story of Adeolu Osibodu. "Before the accident, I didn't have a camera," he says. "But, spending more time with myself, getting to think of ideas and getting to see my life very objectively -- once I recovered, I knew what I wanted to do with my life at that point. Within two months of recovering, I got my camera and it has just been nonstop from there."
  • In Now We Know, Thom Hogan follows up on Canon's efforts to stop third-party development of RF mount lenses for infringing on "Canon's intellectual property rights," as the company put it. Sony and Nikon, he reports, have taken a different approach, encouraging third-party options. "When a large, mature company locks its kimono shut, I read that as a sign of weakness. They're not sure that they can win by simply making better products," he writes.
  • Chris Gampat shows How Kolari Vision Gave New Life to My Sony a7. "I asked Kolari Vision to do a conversion of my Sony a7 that makes images look like Aerochrome or Ektachrome IR," he writes.
  • Get Playful With Pets is illuminates Elke Vogelsang's pet portraits, following her editing process in Lightroom.
  • Tim Hardwick reports Apple Studio Display Owners Complain of High-Pitched Buzzing Sound likely caused by electrical interference. "It's not clear how widespread the issue is, but Apple appears to be aware of the problem affecting some Studio Display owners, although a solution has not yet been found," he writes.
  • Howard Oakley suggest five reasons Why You Should Consider Upgrading to Ventura Early. He plans to do deep dives into Ventura over the next week or two.

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