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18 May 2024

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 way we see women, AP's week in pictures, Derreen Garden, Carla Vermeend, Photoshop beta's Generate Image, campus protests and Datacolor's Spyder Print.

  • In Protesters, Pop Stars and Pioneers, Marigold Warner and Gabrielle Schwarz present 38 images "that changed the way we see women". Author Anne Enright reflects on How Women Are Captured on Camera to introduce the special.
  • The Associated Press showcases its Week in Pictures: Global curated by AP photo editor Subramoney Iyer in New Delhi.
  • Harold Davis visits Derreen Garden in Lauragh, Killarney, County Kerry. "As a whole, the garden conveys an intoxicating mix of the wild and the cultivated and melds in a wonderful way with the larger landscape of County Kerry," he writes.
  • Grace Holliday features Row, Row, Row the Boat, Dutch photographer Carla Vermeend's best phone picture. The photo, captured with an iPhone 4S depicts her husband rowing a boat across a vast expanse of sand. "This photo makes me very happy, because it was a rare combination of circumstances," Vermeend says.
  • Kirk Tuck tries the Generate Image function in Photoshop beta to supply a fake image for a simulated zoom call. "It took all of a minute to write the description and less than a minute to be presented with three A.I. generated variations based on it," he writes. "All created by PhotoShop's image generator. No additional post processing required. None." He shows you what he got. (We've tried it ourselves with similar results.)
  • In Racism, Symbolism, Story, Michael Shaw focuses on the institutional divide, portraits and emotions, police actions, and more scenes that challenge the media narrative of recent campus protests.
  • A Reddit poster asks about Datacolor's Spyder Print for profiling ink/paper combinations. We called it An Adventure in Profiling when we reviewed it in 2009 for another publication. Ten years later our review of Datacolor's color management kits didn't add anything to that original experience.

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