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22 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 Kyiv, children, Grinnell, Smart Filters, the Nikon 50mm f1.2 S lens, the Promaster Chronicle tripod, Photomator and an AI copyright ruling.

  • Hanna Arhirova presents Jae C. Honf's images of Life in Kyiv. "In the mornings, people rush to their work holding cups of coffee. Streets are filled with cars and in the evenings restaurants are packed. But the details tell another story," she writes.
  • Markéta Luskačová chronicled the lives of children from the 1960s onwards. A new book, Children, and exhibition in Edinburgh are the source of the images presented in the Guardian's selection We All Fall Down!
  • On his way home from Maine, Harold Davis stopped in Grinnell, Iowa, the Jewel of the Prairie.
  • In this 5:41 video, Julieanne Kost demonstrates five reasons to use Smart Filters in Photoshop:

  • Thom Hogan reviews the $2,100 Nikon 50mm f1.2 S Lens. How's it compare to the f1.8 S? "One stop made the lens over twice as heavy, two-thirds longer and one-seventh wider," he writes. And you'll need 82mm filters.
  • Hillary Grigonis reviews the Promaster Chronicle tripod, a Kickstarter project. "It's a tripod and monopod, but it's also a tabletop tripod and grip completely separate from the full-length tripod legs"
  • In Photomator Coming of Age, Derrick Story reviews the macOS and iOS app that resembles Luminar with its AI-powered tools.
  • Blake Brittain reports AI-Generated Art Cannot Receive Copyrights, US Court Says. In her ruling, U.S. District Judge Beryl Howell said human authorship is a "bedrock requirement of copyright" based on "centuries of settled understanding."

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