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7 December 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 the Northern Lights, China, the London lampshade story, composite images, Christmas lights, breaking up, an unwanted list, the Kurt Markus Photography Scholarship and Gimp 2.10.32.

  • Matt Fidler presents a selection of winning images from the Northern Lights Photographer of the Year contest. "The following photos illustrate life this year in Beijing, Shanghai and Shenzhen, some of the country's biggest cities, beginning with the row of plastic barriers that closed off an area of a park in Shenzhen in November," writes Vivek Shankar.
  • Photographers working for the New York Times show What China's 'Zero Covid' Policy Has Looked Like (gift article).
  • Joe McNally tells The London Lampshade Story in which he decorates a model with a lampshade he lit with more than her bright eyes. "For me, a shoot like this just offers up further proof of the luxuriant technology we have at our fingertips," he writes.
  • In Creating Compelling Composite Images in Photoshop, Julieanne Kost provides a link to her Adobe MAX presentation. In the one hour seminar she creates "two images, demonstrating efficient ways to organize, construct and combine multiple images in Photoshop as well as reveal my creative process and how I fabricate surreal images that enable a viewer to temporarily suspend their disbelief and enter a world inspired by thoughts and dreams."
  • In How to Photograph Christmas Lights, Dahlia Ambrose offers eight tips. "Since the light display from the holiday lights is not as bright as other lights that you would normally use for photography, you will need to use techniques that you would use for low light photography," she writes. Her tips do not include our two from 2015 with perhaps the best shot of tree lights ever recorded.
  • In Breaking Up Is Hard to Do, Kirk Tuck tells the story of how he parted ways with a client. "The nice thing for everyone in a situation like this is we all get a clean break," he writes.
  • Thom Hogan made a list of What I Don't Want for Christmas. He probably wasn't trying to be funny but we got a few chuckles out of it. So true, we kept chuckling.
  • Rob Haggert announced The Kurt Markus Photography Scholarship Fund to provide the financial support for a young photographer to attend the workshop of their choice, paying travel expenses to Santa Fe and return, workshop tuition and fees, car rental, meals, accommodations and $500 for photographic supplies and miscellaneous expenses. Markus, who died earlier this year, "was dedicated to passing on his knowledge and passion for photography to the new generation of photographers," Haggert writes.
  • Gimp 2.10.32 has been released with support for Apple's M1 and M2 chips. "Note that we provide 2 DMG packages now, one for each architecture, not a single universal package," the blog notes. Dependencies like babl and GEGL have been updated in both packages.

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