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15 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 the Astronomy Photographer of the Year, homeworkers of Tirupur, the Rugby World Cup, Texas beef, the Conservatory of Flowers, photo directors, Apple's iPhone, photo printers, the 15th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk and Julieanne Kost.

  • The Royal Observatory in Greenwich has announced its Astronomy Photographer of the Year winners. Marcel Drechsler, Xavier Strottner and Yann Sainty have been named the overall winners for their mysterious deep space photograph Andromeda, Unexpected.
  • The Homeworkers of Tirupur were given cameras to document their work in India's knitwear capital. They belong to the Anukatham union, which is fighting for recognition by the Tamil Nadu government, as well as better wages and conditions.
  • The Associated Press has a selection of images from the opening weekend of Rugby World Cup in France. Great shot of a clever mouthpiece.
  • Kirk Tuck shot some behind the scenes images for a Texas Beef promotional shoot. "I was the still photographer on a video set," he writes. "On this project I shot with a Fuji GFX 50Sii, a Leica SL2, A Leica SL and a Leica Q2." And he still probably had less to carry than the video guys.
  • Derrick Story visited The Conservatory of Flowers with just his Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 60mm f2.8 Macro lens on his OM-1 mirrorless camera. That was all because "basically, you're taking pictures inside of a giant softbox."
  • Rob Haggart asks, Photo Directors, How Much Do You Make? He's got one response already, in which the director advises, "Treat every shoot with the same stamina, whether it's a product shot in the studio or cover image with lifestyle."
  • In My Easter Basket of Reactions to Apple's iPhone Event, Jason Snell walks through the new phone features in What to do with 48 megapixels. "Today, not only is the iPhone Pro equipped with a LIDAR scanner and three cameras, but it's also got so much horsepower that it can run a sophisticated machine-learning model designed to detect subjects and backgrounds," he writes.
  • Dahlia Ambrose picks The Best Photo Printer that can handle 17-inch media and the best that can handle 13-inch media. We'd quibble about the choices (Canon over Epson in both cases) but the background information may be helpful if you need clarification about what a laser and inkjet can do.
  • Scott Kelby has announced his 15th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk will be held Oct. 7:

  • We'll take a moment to wish Julieanne Kost a quick recovery after breaking her right arm and wrist in a fall. "I promise I’ll be back creating educational content as soon as I can use my hand again!" she writes.

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