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8 October 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 Supreme Court portraits, Ukraine exhumations, Hong Kong's Monster Building, iPhone 14 Pro Raw images, the Hasselblad X2D 100C, photo editing software and monitor calibration tools.

  • In The Portrait of Justice (gift link), Larry Buchanan and Matt Stevens examine the 58 portraits of the Supreme Court justices taken since 1867. "It didn't take long for the justices and their photographers to settle on an enduring, highly choreographed arrangement for the portraits," they writes. The system is based on the principle of seniority.
  • In the latest edition of Chatting the Pictures, Michael Shaw and writer, professor, and Cara Finnegan discuss an image of the Ukraine's Army of Exhumation:

  • Canadian photographer Scott A Woodward's best phone picture was captured at Hong Kong's Monster Building with an iPhone 8. "It's a heavy, teeming, living organism; a crazy cacophony of life and colour," he said. "There are 10,000 people living there and people travel from all over to see it." He caught four women playing cards in the courtyard.
  • Ben Lovejoy conducted an iPhone 14 Pro 48-Mp Photo Test to see what the difference is between the 12-Mp HEIC/JPEG captures and the ProRaw captures on the new iPhone. "While the 48-megapixel image has more detail, it's still clearly a capture from a small sensor with a cheap lens," he writes. "The difference between the two, to me, doesn't justify the massive increase in file size, nor the extra work in post-processing."
  • In Interim Thoughts on the Hasselblad X2D 100C, Jim Kasson reveals his pro and con lists so far. "At this point, if I weren't a curious reviewer who buys cameras just because I think they're interesting and I want to find out more about them, I'd wait until the next firmware release to pull the trigger," he writes.
  • Dan Havlik lists The Six Best Photo Editing Software Programs, rounding up the usual suspects.
  • A Reddit poster asks, Do Monitor Calibration Tools (Spyder, X-Rite, etc.) Wear Out Over Time? Among the replies, a distinction is made between devices using organic filters and those using longer-lasting dichroic filters. Jeremy Daalder's Monitor Calibration Longevity is also cited as well as the free DisplayCAL utility (which we recommend as well).

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