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7 June 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 Charlie Phillips, the Hasselblad CFV 100C, the Hasselblad XCD 55/2.5, backup destinations, deepfakes, Shutterstock and Adobe.

  • Overlooked for decades, the archive of Charlie Phillips is being published by Bluecoat Press through this Kickstarter project. Phillips, who arrived in London from Jamaica in the late 1950s at the age of 11, picked up a Kodak Retina camera left behind by an American GI, taught himself to develop film in his bathroom at the age of 14 and became the chronicler of Notting Hill.
  • LensRentals details its First Impressions With the Hasselblad CFV 100C. That includes a video asking if the camera is a "legacy camera."

  • In Hasselblad XCD 55/2.5 v on X2D: High Speed Mechanical Shutter Bokeh, Jim Kasson begins testing the new lens "over the next three or four weeks."
  • Where Should You Back Up To? asks Howard Oakley. He provides eight recommendations.
  • In How to Spot a Deepfake, Rachel Leingang tests Siwei Lyu's DeepFake-o-meter at the University of Buffalo and gets a few tips from Lyu about detecting fake audio, photos and videos.
  • Kehl Bayren reports Shutterstock Making Bank Off of Generative AI Licensing. "Home to millions of images of practically anything and everything you can imagine, the Shutterstock archive likely provides an ideal learning environment for generative AI that focuses on photography and video. And it looks like it brought in Shutterstock no less than $104 million in licensing fees just last year alone," he writes.
  • In A Clarification on Adobe Terms of Use, Adobe explainss the recent update to its terms of use that have upset a few people worried their content would be stolen. "To be clear, Adobe requires a limited license to access content solely for the purpose of operating or improving the services and software and to enforce our terms and comply with law, such as to protect against abusive content," the company said.

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