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1 September 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 photographic therapy, Obscura 4, Photoshop World, the Mitakon 135mm f2.5, CFexpress 4.0, testimony, digital photo frames, September opportunities and the U.S. Copyright Office.

  • Ben McCarthy has redesigned and rebuilt Obscura 4 for iOS "to create a faster, more intuitive, and even more delightful user interface." John Voorhees has a review.
  • Joe McNally is off Photoshop World 2023 where he'll teach a class called Finding Success: Skills and Strategies for a Working Photographer. "Photographers are the most adaptable of storytellers, often thrown (occasionally unceremoniously, depending on the editor of the story) into an unfamiliar mix of elements, involving people and place and it's up to us to quickly find a beginning, a middle and an end," he writes.
  • Kirk Tuck revels in Multiple Slices of Happiness and Satisfaction after putting the Mitakon 135mm f2.5 lens on the medium format Fujifilm camera. "I bought this lens specifically to do portraits in the studio," he writes. And it fits the bill.
  • The CompactFlash Association has announced CFexpress 4.0 Logical and Physical Specifications with "double the theoretical throughout" of CFexpress 2.0. "CFexpress 4.0 allows seamless migration from CFexpress 2.0 by utilizing the same underlying bus and logical interfaces of PCIe and NVMe while maintaining the exact same form factors," the association said.
  • Andrew Molitor argues A Photo Testifies and an AI-generated photo testifies falsely. "A perjurer and a priest testify in exactly the same way," he writes. "The former, however, lies and we like to imagine that the latter does not."
  • A Reddit poster asks about the Best Digital Photo Frame and gets a few recommendations, including a few that aren't just frames.
  • Colossal lists a few September Opportunities for photographers.
  • The U.S. Copyright Office is conducting a study on Copyright and Artificial Intelligence and has issued a Notice of Inquiry on the issue. Written comments are due by 11:59 p.m. eastern time on Wednesday, Oct. 18x.

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