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22 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 sports, motel signs, soccer, smartphone limits, Generative Fill tips, a letter to Adobe and photographic transforamtions.

  • The Associated Press showcases Sports Week in Pictures curated by AP photographer David J. Phillip.
  • Steve Fitch's American Motel Signs, showing a range of styles during different decades, are on exhibit at the Joseph Bellows Gallery in La Jolla, Calif.
  • In Fans, Fathers and Football, Steve Pyke reflects on some photos he took at English soccer matches in 1985. "I found my father in football and only there," he writes. "It was in the way we walked, how he held my hand, how he watched the match and was released for a time from his emotional constraints, how we talked later and on through our lives about the beautiful game."
  • In A New Graduate in the Family, Mike Johnston rues taking only a smartphone to a graduation ceremony. "It's amazing that a smartphone is as good a camera as it is," he writes. "My overall experience this weekend, though, was that there's always that undercurrent of trying to get the phone to do something it's a bit slow to do."
  • Adobe lists seven helpful tips for Creating With Generative Fill. A blank prompt, for example, will remove content.
  • In An Open Letter to Adobe, Gabriella Marks, chair of the American Society of Media Photographers, writes, "Adobe, you might imagine that asking your users to ‘skip the photoshoot’ as you did in a recent set of ads would be a clever way to promote your new tools in Photoshop, but instead, this campaign indicated a shocking dismissal of photography and the photographers who have dedicated their lives to creating it."
  • In What It Looks Like, Andrew Molitor observe, "Anyone who's taken any meaningful number of photos and looked at them has likely experienced the sensation that, while a photo looks like the thing, it doesn't look like the thing."

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