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1 August 2023

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 Anton Corbijn, Heidi Volpe, Takako Kido, autofocus modes, a great lens, social media, Canon Wi-Fi security risks and August opportunities.

  • Mee-Lai Stone features Dutch photographer Anton Corbijn's Portraits of Artists from Nirvana to Jeff Koons, Patti Smith to Ai Weiwei.
  • In Audience With a Tree, Heidi Volpe talks to Jana Cruder about her connection to trees. She learned "our lungs are the forests of our bodies and the forests are the lungs of the planet" and from that insight, the project unfolded.
  • Takako Kido is the Daylight Photo Awards Winner for her series Skinship. "Motherhood liberated me from constraints; the sense of shame for my body and the hypersexualization of the female body," she writes. "Photographing my son as he grows up and enjoys skinship has helped me heal the wounds from my past."
  • Derrick Story covers Basic Autofocus Modes. "With a little pre-practice, you can master all of the AF settings on your camera and never get caught with your guard down again," he writes.
  • In What Makes for a Great Lens? Thom Hogan suggests you "make sure it delivers predictable results, has an outstanding trait and maybe is unique."
  • In Which Social Media Should You Use to Promote Your Photo Work in 2023? Zach Sutton performs "a test on my own social media accounts to determine where my interaction is." That includes Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Threads and Behance. The results? "These numbers are pretty bad compared to what most people were getting a few years ago," he writes.
  • In Canon Warns of Wi-Fi Security Risks When Discarding Inkjet Printers, Bill Toulas reports the "WiFi connection settings stored in the devices' memories are not wiped, as they should, during initialization, allowing others to gain access to the data."
  • Colossal lists a couple of August Opportunities for photographers.

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