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16 November 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 Helga Stentzel, Denis O'Regan, 12 portfolio images, a studio assignment, podcasting and Amazon Drive Cloud storage.

  • Grace Ebert features the Quirky Clothesline Creatures in Helga Stentzel's landscapes. "Positioned against expansive views of deserts and mountainous areas, the stylish illusions take a playful approach to laundry day," she writes. Stentzel humbly refers to her work as "household surrealism."
  • Denis O'Regan's best photograph is Freddie Mercury in His Definitive Pose. In the telling, O'Regan remembers how he left the insurance business to shoot the music scene without credentials. "One night, I smuggled a cheap Russian camera in to see Paul McCartney and Wings doing their soundcheck," he writes.
  • Bryan Sheffield estimates 12 Portfolio Images for Interior Design Firm over two days at $27,705. "We included $3,200 for cameras, grip and lighting rentals," he notes, for supplemental lighting equipment, a workstation at $650/day and three hard drives for $350. "The photographer was awarded the project and the shoot was a phenomenal success!"
  • Kirk Tuck finished his Still Life in Studio Assignment and the details are instructive. "We used blue masking tape to create little templates on the laptop screen in order to match angles and sizes when shooting very similar products," he writes. "Getting the sizes to match is a big help for graphic designers in post."
  • In Why Start a Photography Podcast? William Beem delivers a primer on podcasting. He covers everything from formats to gear to post processing the audio to dealing with the public.
  • Kehl Bayern reports Amazon Drive Cloud Storage is going away in 2023 -- but not for photos. "Apparently, Amazon's photo storage service and the soon-to-be-gone Amazon Drive use the same location in cyberspace thus deleting photos on one side effectively deletes them on the other as well," he writes. "In short, if you have photos on Amazon Drive, they'll be safe and accessible via the Photos service."

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