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21 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 Milky Way Photographer of the Year, Lisa McCord, Ben Ditto, John Custodio, Lightroom Classic v13.3, Zerene Stacker, historical prints and iOS 17.5.

  • Capture the Atlas has announced the winners of its seventh Milky Way Photographer of the Year. "Buckle up because this trip will take you from the remote deserts of Atacama, Socotra, Jordan and Oman to the lost landscapes of Patagonia, Australia and New Zealand. Along the way, you will pass by spectacular glaciers, volcanoes, mountains and beaches-- always with the Milky Way shining in the sky."
  • In 1978, 21-year-old Lisa McCord began photographing her Grandparents' Cotton Farm in Rotan, Ark. "I developed close relationships with the people who worked on the farm," she says. "They welcomed me into their homes; I’d hang out with them at the juke joints where they relaxed at the end of a hard week of work." Her monograph Rotan Switch was published earlier this month.
  • Heidi Volpe talks to Ben Ditto about The Mirror Wall, a 4,000-foot slab of granite in Greenland. Just getting there was arduous.
  • John Custodio explains How I Designed and Published My Photobook.
  • In a series of videos, Julieanne Kost covers the new features in the just-released Lightroom Classic v13.3, including Generative Remove (early access), Lens Blur, additional tether support and more. OGs* should note the Healing tool has become the Remove tool with three options: Clone, Heal and Remove.
  • Zerene Stacker [LMW] is focus stacking software that can handle deep stacks of images. "Many of our users routinely go over 100 images per stack; the biggest ones we know about are over 1000," the company said. Price varies but there's a 30-day free trial.
  • In Photos Passed Down From Photographer, a Reddit poster inherits historical prints from a grandfather who was a life member of the Royal Photographic Association of Great Britain and the Photographic Society of America. The images, however, are disturbing. "I'm not comfortable owning these and I need them gone," they write. Commenters suggest options other than the dust bin of history.
  • Richard Lawler reports Apple's New iPhone Update Fixes a Bug That Resurfaced Deleted Nudes. Clothed figures too. And food pictures. And sunsets. Look for iOS 17.5.

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