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11 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 a special summer camp, monochrome conversions, Lightroom noise removal, prooject ideas, the rules and a photo competition where AI is the judge.

  • Jacquelyn Martin goes to Petaluma, Calif., to photograph and report on a Summer Camp for Jewish Children of Color. "When the camp opens, each child gets a booklet called Passport to Peoplehood, with questions about their nationality, ethnicity and favorite foods," she writes. "Asked if another language besides English is spoken at home, hands shot up -- answers included Spanish, Zulu, Swahili and Bulgarian."
  • Kirk Tuck is trying a new approach to Black and White Casual Photography. "I just try to capture the best image I can in a color DNG file and then use the ever-improving Lightroom presets and controls to make what I consider to be good black and white conversion," he writes. The slide show shows both color and monochrome versions.
  • In Remove Noise in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom, Adobe demonstrates how to use its AI denoising technology. It also provides a link to the current list of supported Raw file formats.
  • Dahlia Ambrose lists quite a few Photography Project Ideas to Get You Shooting Today. "One of the many ways to improve one's photography skills and to keep the passion going and growing is to have frequent projects, even if you are a professional photographer," she writes.
  • Mike Johnston muses on What's Valid and What's Not, and Why? "has has to do with psychology, status and assumptions and expectations," he writes. "Anyway, if staged pictures are somehow tainted, then pretty much all fashion photographs and all still lives are tainted. If posing is bad, then most portraits in history can't be good."
  • Excire has announced its Portrait Photography Competition,* open now through Aug. 24. The company is using its AI technology to evaluate submissions. "The Excire AI has learned from a large number of photos how to distinguish between good and bad photos and has already acted as a secondary jury in several well known photo competitions," the company said. If you score well, you're immediately listed in the top 20. "This competition is open to all enthusiastic amateur photographers who seek an objective assessment of their photo," the company said. Three cash prizes will be awarded.

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