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A Lightroom-Google Photos Plug-In

Adobe Elements 2018

Adobe Spark Premium's Smart Branding

Peak Design Updates Cuff, Leash

The WhiteWall Experience

Capture One Styles Packs

An Apple Photos Project

Capture One Pro Keyboard

Think Tank Photo Signature 13 Bag

SilverFast SRDx Plug-In

Epson FastFoto
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The Skyline At Noon

Smoke, Fire, Friends

New Kid On The Block

The Art Of Cropping

The End Of A Sad Day

SFMOMA: Walker Evans Retrospective

Moving The Earth

Utility Box Murals

One Fabulous Toucan

Jerry Pournelle

Labor Day

The Campanile

The Marina In Monochrome

West Portal Mural

Favorite Windows

Infrared Dahlias

Poem of the Vine

Mission Dolores Trail

The Arctic Melt

Black & White Photography

Focus & Filter

In Camera

TreeGirl

A Beautiful Anarchy

The River In My Backyard

Polaroid, The Magic Material

Focus In Photography

Fifty Paths to Creative Photography

Birth Photography Day 2017

David Hume Kennerly

Helen M. Stummer

Gian Paolo Barbieri

'For The Love Of It'

'What Makes A Photographer'

'Shooting Inmates, The Photography of Deborah Luster'

Pete Turner

Arlene Gottfried

Gösta Peterson

Richard Benson

Hope Ryden

Gary Friedman

Marie Cosindas

Stanley Greene

Don Hunstein

Ren Hang

David Rubinger

Chuck Stewart

Lennart Nilsson

Antony Armstrong-Jones

Martha Swope

Howard Bingham

Rodney Smith

William Christenberry

Joe Marquette

Tim Mantoani

Nathan Lyons

Marc Riboud

Bill Cunningham

Fan Ho

Charles Kelly

David Gilkey

Malick Sidibe

Bob Adelman

Gary Braasch

Leila Alaoui

Hilla Becher

Tony Gleaton

Charles Harbutt

Harold Feinstein

Mary Ellen Mark

Dan Farrell

Jane Brown

Phil Stern

Michel du Cille

Arthur Leipzig

Lewis Baltz

David Armstrong

René Burri

Alfred Wertheimer

Ray Metzker

Lida Moser

Uwe Steinmueller

Bunny Yeager

Camille Lepage

Leee Black Childers

Dave Martin

John Dominis

Saul Leiter

Jack Mitchell

Editta Sherman

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Around The Horn

17 October 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Motorclassica, 40 years ago (twice), the history of fashion photography, a custom white balance factor, a SRDx Photoshop plug-in deal, William Eggleston as you've never heard him before, Astro HQ's camera button and Connor Nickerson.

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Canon Announces PowerShot G1 X Mark III +

16 October 2017

Canon has announced the PowerShot G1 X Mark III, an update to its flagship G-series line, featuring a 24.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Auto-Focus) technology, both firsts for a Canon digicam.

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16 October 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Manchester at night, a Story podcast, Hardy-Bernd Wagner, the Eiffel Tower, Davis in Paris and USB-C.

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Matinee: 'Birth Photography Day 2017'

14 October 2017

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not; we thought; escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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14 October 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at life in Sonoma County, four lighting techniques, Dawoud Bey, a Bill Cunningham story, Dehazing autumn leaves and a Copyright Office rule proposal.

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The Skyline At Noon

13 October 2017

The air quality in the Bay area as the North Bay fires rage on has been consistently unhealthy. The Air Quality Index at the time this photo was taken today was 162.

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Friday Slide Show: The Campanile

13 October 2017

It is fondly known as the Campanile although it is named Sather Tower. But there being a Sather Gate already, calling it the Campanile only helps to distinguish it in its own right as a much loved symbol of the University of California at Berkeley.

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Around The Horn

13 October 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Helen Levitt, curating an exhibit, more from the Filter Festival, a London photo project, iOS 11's long exposures and Aundre Larrow.

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12 October 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at the season of harvests, the persecuted, a traveling cat, an artist's statement, Kuching and Peruvian lilies.

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A Lightroom-Google Photos Plug-In

11 October 2017

There had to be a better way. To move images from Lightroom to Google Photos, which offers free unlimited photo storage and easy photo sharing, we had a simple routine. Export the JPEGs and drag them into the browser window opened to Google Photos.

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Stieglitz Letters To Mumford To Be Auctioned

11 October 2017

An archive of over 50 letters from Alfred Stieglitz to noted writer and critic Lewis Mumford will be auctioned by Boston-based RR Auction. The archive consisting almost entirely of handwritten letters, most signed "Stieglitz," dating from 1925 to 1946, comprising over 100 pages.

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Around The Horn

11 October 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at California wildfires, affordable circular polarizers, Moose Peterson, matching a background, the Sony A9 and tips for hiring a crew.

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Alien Skin Releases Exposure X3

10 October 2017

Continuing its recent tradition of autumn updates to Exposure, Alien Skin has released Exposure X3, its image editing software famed for its film emulations and efficient workflow.

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Zeiss Photography Award Opens For Entries

10 October 2017

The third edition of the Zeiss Photography Award has opened for entries today. Photographers from around the world are invited to submit their best series of work before the competition closes on Feb. 6, 2018.

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10 October 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at the Santa Rosa fires, Zach Gross, how to zoom in Photoshop and the Sony a7RII's finder lag.

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Smoke, Fire, Friends

9 October 2017

This is the view out our window this evening as we sat down to dinner. A little while earlier we sat on the patio in the back of the house marveling to see white ash on the outdoor table. California was in flames.

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Around The Horn

9 October 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Walker Evans in France, Leslie Gleim, Control Room and Debi Cornwall.

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Matinee: David Hume Kennerly +

7 October 2017

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Around The Horn

7 October 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at strong directional light, the Canon EF-S 35mm f2.8 Macro, an old lens that shines and great work from the Filter Photo Festival.

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Friday Slide Show: The Marina In Monochrome +

6 October 2017

Oddly enough (which is our way of starting a confession), we've never published these 2012 images before. They're among our favorites. So we felt like we had, but we never did. Until today.

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New Kid On The Block

6 October 2017

One thing about a city that never changes is that it is constantly changing. We were walking down a side street the other day when we looked up and saw a new kid on the block. It's the Salesforce Tower, which has been called many other things, including the Tower of Babel.

Still, it looked pretty good standing out there in the sun by itself. So we stopped, took our camera out of the bag and lined up the shot.

Later, we realized there was a lot more going on in that composition.

There is, for example, the irony of the scrawny tree, which seems to have no hope of ever achieving maturity, let alone health.

There is a city program to plant trees on the street. It's good for the air, which, in turn, is good for us. But this lone specimen seems like a poor argument for it.

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Around The Horn

6 October 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at the Nikon Small World winners, Drew Doggett, Google's new Pixel Clip camera, Adobe Portfolio's new trick, the effect of distance on filters and Gitzo at 100.

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The Art Of Cropping

5 October 2017

One of our earliest introductions to the art of cropping was a book recommended by the staff photographer of a weekly publication which we art directed many years ago. Bill was a mentor, passing down camera gear to us, and discussing the finer points of press photography.

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Adobe Integrates Portfolio With Lightroom

5 October 2017

Adobe has integrated Lightroom into its Portfolio Web site gallery, making it possible to import your Lightroom Collections into Portfolio to publish them on your customized Web site.

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Phase One Announces More Free Webinars

5 October 2017

Phase One has announced several free webinars covering the features of Capture One Pro 10, its image editing software.

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Around The Horn

5 October 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at a Puerto Rico update, Louvre copyists, working with Photoshop brushes, the Google Pixel 2, Google's new Pixel storage policy, UV filter flare and finding models on Craigslist.

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Test Drive: Adobe Elements 2018

4 October 2017

We've always kept a small can of three-in-oil around the house. Its three uses are that it lubricates, cleans and polishes. As a bonus, it also prevents rust and tarnish. And features a unique, easy-use spout you pull up to open and push down to close. It's the model for Adobe Elements, just released in its 16th edition.

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Nikon Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Eddie Adams Workshop

4 October 2017

Nikon is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Eddie Adams Workshop it has sponsored since its inception. The workshop, which offers a unique learning experience for young photojournalists, honors the legacy of American photojournalist Eddie Adams himself.

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Around The Horn

4 October 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Las Vegas, the Panasonic GH5, Cade Martin, getting help with Lightroom, a Gordon Lewis print, mountain gear and finding a Web site's DMCA agent.

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ON1 Announces Photo Raw 2018

3 October 2017

On a blog post today by Patrick Smith, ON1 announced "a new version of ON1 Photo Raw coming at the end of the month." According to the post, ON1 Photo Raw 2018 will feature HDR merging, panorama stitching, global mask editing tools, luminosity mask updates, color range masks, blue and chisel mask tools, virtual copies, an updated user interface, paint with color brush, local noise correction, a free mobile app and additional camera and lens support.

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DNP Appoints Yamashita President of DNP IA

3 October 2017

CONCORD, N.C. -- DNP has announced the appointment of Shinichi Yamashita as president of DNP Imagingcomm America Corp. Yamashita was chosen to replace Katsuyuki Oshima, who is returning to Japan to take a new position with DNP. Yamashita will be based at DNP IAM's U.S. headquarters in Concord, North Carolina.

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Around The Horn

3 October 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Puerto Rico, Catalonia, an underwater photo contest, Gyda Henningsdottir and Robert Delpire.

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The End Of A Sad Day

2 October 2017

As if last week wasn't bad enough, this one starts with a Monday that begins with the unfathomable news of one of the worst mass killings in U.S. history and ends with the unexpected news of rocker Tom Petty's sudden death at 66.

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Around The Horn

2 October 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at trees, Scotland, two Batis lenses, filters, Photo Walk Week, the 2017 Canon EOS M6, the new Compendium of U.S. Copyright Office Practices and two images by Harold Davis.

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September Archived

2 October 2017

When the first of the month falls on a Sunday, our official day of rest, we're able to take our time archiving the previous month's stories. It's usually a rush to squeeze that hour in between the end of one month's action and the beginning of the next month's stories.

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September

SFMOMA: Walker Evans Retrospective +

30 September 2017

The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art opened its long awaited retrospective of Walker Evans, the only American venue for the exhibit that debuted at the Centre Pompidou in Paris. Running through Feb. 4, 2018, it includes 300 vintage prints by the photographer as well as 100 or so artifacts from his collections.

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Matinee: 'Helen M. Stummer, Social Documentary Photographer'

30 September 2017

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Around The Horn

30 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at photos from an incredible week, Laura Zaleng, Prague in monochrome and cataract surgery.

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Friday Slide Show: West Portal Mural

29 September 2017

You're probably as tired of our views of San Francisco from Twin Peaks as we are of biking up there to shoot them. But did you realize there is a tunnel running under those 900-foot hills? When it was built 100 years ago, the Twin Peaks Tunnel changed San Francisco forever.

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FAA Restricts Done Over U.S. Landmarks

29 September 2017

The Federal Aviation Administration has announced new restrictions on drone flights over selected U.S. landmarks "at the request of U.S. national security and law enforcement agencies."

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29 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Puerto Rico, Eolo Perfido, the Mobile Photo Connect conference, the Broccoli Tree, sharing images in real time, an interesting ExifTool update, Lighting 103 and new Copyright Office circulars.

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Pier 24: Van Der Molen Lecture Oct. 5

28 September 2017

Pier 24 has announced it will host a lecture by photographer Awoiska van der Molen, the recipient of the Larry Sultan Photography Award, as part of the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program.

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Adobe Sneak Peek: Variable Fonts

28 September 2017

Adobe has released another sneak peek of a feature that will be available in an upcoming release of Photoshop CC. Photoshop Product Manager Catherine Gee takes 1:22 to walk you through Variable Fonts.

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Around The Horn

28 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Weegee, an Ansel Adams print, image stabilization and pictures of people.

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Around The Horn

27 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at entries in the National Geographic Nature Photographer contest, Catherine Leroy, Lightroom's local adjustment presets, Mark Heaps, a study on lossy compression and the importance of punctuation.

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Adobe Stock: Lyon Appointed Director of Editorial Content

26 September 2017

Adobe has announced the appointment of photojournalist Santiago Lyon as the director of editorial content for Adobe Stock. In the new role, Lyon will "lead Adobe Stock's editorial content strategy and collection, working with world-class photojournalists, documentary photographers, editorial providers and media," the company said.

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Apple: Raw Support On iOS 11, macOS High Sierra

26 September 2017

With the release of macOS High Sierra yesterday and last week's release of iOS 11, Apple has detailed its Raw support for the new environments in Digital Camera Raw Formats Supported by iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra. "Support for additional Raw formats is included with iOS and macOS software updates," the company notes, without pointing them out.

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Moving The Earth

26 September 2017

Sooner or later you'll run across a story that advises you to look in a direction you do not normally look in. This will reveal a compelling view for you to compose and capture. One you would not, by definition, have noticed.

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Around The Horn

26 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at the original Free Speech Movement, fashion photography, the Minolta 40-80mm gearbox zoom, Photos for macOS High Sierra, Hogan on the big two, Harold Davis, inspiration, example-based image synthesis and a live-streamed lighting workshop.

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Wacom Tablets Incompatible With High Sierra

25 September 2017

Wacom has announced its current table drivers are not compatible with macOS High Sierra 10.13, released today. In a popup window on its Web site, Wacom explained...

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WhiteWall Extension Creates Wall Art In Apple Photos

25 September 2017

WhiteWall has released an extension to order framed prints from within for Apple Photos in macOS High Sierra. The extension previews an arrangement of multiple photos on a virtual wall, allowing you to pick your favorites and select a variety of substrates, finishes and sizes, as well as choosing the frame and matting before completing the order.

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Vitec Acquires Joby, Lowepro, RTMotion

25 September 2017

Vitec Group has announced the acquisition of photographic accessory companies Joby, Lowepro and RTMotion.

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Around The Horn

25 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Hans Gutknecht, Gianni Berengo Gardin, Stephen Scharf's GFX review, clear and UV filter spectrograms, Apple's iPhone camera design goals, USB-C memory card readers, plastic wrap filters, show black and today's macOS High Sierra release.

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Matinee: Gian Paolo Barbieri

23 September 2017

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Friday Slide Show: Favorite Windows

22 September 2017

We happened to be going through our catalog of over 60,000 images looking for just the right one for a particularly vexing project when it struck us that we are drawn to certain subjects.

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Around The Horn

22 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Mankichi Shinsh, crop-sensor travel lenses, sharpening with HDR software and smartphone circular polarizers.

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PPA Establishes Disaster Relief Fund For Members

22 September 2017

The board of directors of the Professional Photographers of America has announced it has secured up to $100,000 in matching funds for the Disaster Relief Fund to help affected members rebuild their lives.

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2018 PhotoFairs Opening Night To Benefit SFMOMA

21 September 2017

PhotoFairs has announced that the opening night of its 2018 San Francisco edition will benefit the photography program at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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OWC Introduces USB-C Travel Dock

21 September 2017

OWC has introduced its USB-C Travel Dock, a pocket-sized solution to expanding modern laptop connectivity on the road. The built-in USB-C cable provides access to five additional ports.

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Around The Horn

21 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Mexico City, Photoville, branded stories in Spark, the Think Tank Spectral 10, scanning in Notes and Adobe's Founders' Award Recipients.

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Utility Box Murals

20 September 2017

We were driving around minding our own business in Redwood City a few weeks ago when, stuck at the longest red light in the history of urban transportation, we noticed a delightfully decorated utility box on the sidewalk near us.

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Around The Horn

20 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at the Battle of the Sexes, Jeremy Cowart, Mann's iPhone 8 Plus camera review, Gear Acquisition Syndrome, bidding on a lifestyle shoot, Italian Vogue and the Bay Bridge.

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Snapseed 2.18 Released With Presets, New Tools, More

20 September 2017

Google started rolling out Snapseed 2.18 for both Android and iOS yesterday. The new version features "a fresh new UI, designed for faster editing with more efficient access to your favorite features."

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Leica, Nikki Sixx Collaborate On Special Edition Q

20 September 2017

Leica has announced its collaboration with Nikki Sixx, bassist and founding member of Mötley Crüe, on a special edition Leica Q and the musician's first photo exhibit Conversations with Angels at the Leica Gallery Los Angeles.

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Remembering Pete Turner

19 September 2017

Pete Turner was 11 years old in 1945 when he began making black-and-white prints. And when he was 14, he was making prints from color transparencies. When he passed away yesterday at 83, he was widely acknowledged as an early master of color photography who never relinquished the crown.

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Peak Design: SUMM1T 2017 on Thursday

19 September 2017

Peak Design has announced it will hold SUMM1T 2017, a party with an art exhibit that's also a 1% For The Planet fundraiser on Thursday, Sept. 21, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at SOMArts Cultural Center.

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Google Earth Maps The World's Photos

19 September 2017

In a blog post today Google's Stafford Marquardt announced the company has released a global map of crowd-sourced photos in Google Earth.

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Around The Horn

19 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Abkhazia, ethics in artificial intelligence, camera company foibles, a free HEIC-to-JPEG conversion site, getting Enchroma sunglasses for a birthday present and Joe McNally remembers Fred Demarest.

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PhotoShelter: Climate Change Is Real

19 September 2017

In an email today to the PhotoShelter community, PhotoShelter CEO Andrew Fingerman introduced a short video in which "four photographers -- Julie Dermansky, Jashim Salam, Caroline Bennett and Kike Calvo -- share what they've documented firsthand: destructive storms in the South, tidal flooding in Bangladesh, the effects of oil drilling in the Amazon and the melting Arctic."

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Oprema Jena Launches Campaign to Revive Biotar 58/f2

19 September 2017

German lens maker Oprema Jena has launched an Indiego campaign to resurrect the Biotar 58mm f2, promising to recreate the original optics down to its unique 17 aperture blade design. No other modern lens uses that many blades.

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Test Drive: Adobe Spark Premium's Smart Branding

19 September 2017

Adobe has released an update to its Spark Web authoring tool that adds branding to a premium version it will offer as part of any Creative Cloud subscription, including the $9.99/month Photography Plan, or as a $9.99/month subscription.

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Keyboard Maestro 8.0 Released

19 September 2017

Peter N Lewis has released Keyboard Maestro 8.0, his OS X productivity manager, with over a hundred improvements including more help, text size control, machine learning, more drag-and-drop, Touch Bar support, context sensitive assistance.

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Phase One Introduces Spectrum Style Pack

18 September 2017

Phase One has announced Spectrum, its first Capture One color grading style pack.

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Around The Horn

18 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Dimitri Mellos, what an old camera can teach you, Chambers' ultimate accessory, Tokyo vignettes and a new stadium in Atlanta.

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Matinee: 'For The Love Of It'

16 September 2017

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Around The Horn

16 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at photos from Cassini, circular polarizers, Pentax film cameras and a webinar with Roberto Valenzuela.

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Friday Slide Show: Infrared Dahlias

15 September 2017

Every year it's the same thing. We go over to Sharon Meadow (soon to be renamed for Robin Williams) in Golden Gate Park to hear Opera in the Park and then walk over toward the Conservatory where the Dahlia Garden is showing off its annual September bloom.

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Tamron Announces Development of 100-400mm Ultra-Telephoto +

15 September 2017

Tamron has announced development of a new ultra-telephoto 100-400mm f4.5-6.3 zoom lens for full-frame dSLRs. The new design features three low disperson lens elements to reduce aberration plus the company's eBAND lens coating.

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Around The Horn

15 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at the Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2017 contest, the iPhone X, a weekly photo theme and Hollywood props.

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One Fabulous Toucan +

14 September 2017

It always pays to look up. We were at lunch the other day and just happened to stretch our neck a bit in preparation for a pitcher of margaritas. When we opened our eyes, there above us a fabulous toucan swung on its little perch.

We dug into our camera bag and aimed the Nikon D300 at it, tweaking the Lensbaby Twist 60 this way and that until we were pretty sure we had it in focus.

As charming (dimly-lit) restaurant, it wasn't a photo-friendly venue. Wide open at f2.5, we only managed a 1/15 second shutter speed at ISO 400. But somehow, we got a sharp shot.

But not a straight one. After all, we were bent backward looking up at an angle to get the toucan in our field of view.

So we worked on the image a bit in Photoshop.

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Phase One Releases Capture One Pro 10.2

14 September 2017

After yesterday's announcement of its Trichromatic back, Phase One has updated Capture One Pro, its image editing software, to support the new back and several new cameras. The new release also features improved speed and stability, plus bug fixes for both macOS and Windows.

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Around The Horn

14 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at La Raza, submissions to the Bob and Diane Fund, the Kingston Bolt, Frederic Filloux and Shootster.com.

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Adobe Announces 2017 Video Products Enhancements

13 September 2017

Adobe has announced new features for its suite of video and audio production products, which will be released later this year. The enhancements include innovations in virtual reality/360, animation, motion graphics, editing, collaboration and Adobe Stock, many powered by Adobe Sensei, the company's artificial intelligence and machine learning framework.

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Around The Horn

13 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at diversity in photojournalism, the Sony RX10 IV, sensor battles and a free SD card formatter.

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Phase One Introduce Innovative Trichromatic Back

13 September 2017

Phase One has announced its Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, featuring an innovative CMOS sensor designed to capture color "as perceived by the human eye," according to the company. In addition to a new level of color fidelity, the sensor has a base ISO of 35.

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Phase One Releases XF Camera System Feature Update #4

13 September 2017

Phase One has released a free update for its XF Camera System featuring several focusing refinements, support for the Profoto remote trigger and two enhancements based on its vibration sensors. The update is available for any compatible Phase One digital back, including the IQ3 series.

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The iPhone and Studio Lighting

12 September 2017

Fresh from its success with Portrait mode, the iPhone team was challenged to come up with another fancy photographic technique that could be added to the growing suite of tools within reach of iPhonographers.

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Sony Announces RX10 IV With 24 fps, Fast AF, Big Lens +

12 September 2017

Sony has introduced its RX10 IV, the new flagship of its RX10 line, featuring 0.03 second autofocus speed, 24 fps continuous shooting with tracking, 315 phase detection points, a fast 24-600mm Zeiss zoom and 4K movie recording without pixel binning.

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Alien Skin Reveals Exposure X3 Details

12 September 2017

Alien Skin has announced the upcoming third quarter release of Exposure X3, its image organizing and editing application, with "numerous creative enhancements," the company said.

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Around The Horn

12 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Hurricane Irma in Florida, Photoville, the Sigma Cine 85mm T1.5 FF lens, selecting colors in Photoshop, Julia Nimke, camera repair experiences and what you call those painted boards with holes in them.

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Digital Film Tools Announces DFT Plug-ins

11 September 2017

Digital Film Tools has announced the initial release of DFT, the successor to its Composite Suite Pro, Tiffen Dfx and zMatte sets of plug-ins. Available as plug-ins for all popular photographic, video/film post-production programs as well as a standalone application, DFT "provides the necessary tools to enhance images using a staggering amount of filter presets," the company said.

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Kodak Printomatic Makes Its Own 2x3 Prints

11 September 2017

Kodak has introduced its Printomatic camera, a pocketable camera that can make small prints immediately after capture. The company describes it as an "instant print camera" but it doesn't use instant film, incorporating instead a battery-powered printer that does not use ink or toner.

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Around The Horn

11 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Hurricane Irma, Alan Schaller, lighting gear, freeing up iPhone space, lighting design and Google Street View.

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Matinee: 'What Makes A Photographer'

9 September 2017

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Jerry Pournelle

9 September 2017

When we woke up this morning, we reached for the iPhone to read the news. Its charge had dipped so low we had to plug it in before launching Safari, a minor inconvenience. And then we learned Jerry Pournelle had died. A much more serious note.

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Friday Slide Show: Poem of the Vine

8 September 2017

In wine, truth. In dreams, diversion. After years of watching Antiques Roadshow and wondering just what we'd bring for appraisal, we realized in a dream it would have to be Gustave Dorè's monumental Poéme de la vigne.

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Around The Horn

8 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Getty Images grant winners, Hurricane Irma, the Olympus M.Zuiko 12-100mm f4 lens, , the perfect travel lens, X Raw Studio, Capture One Pro's hidden Cloning tool, Time's iPhone portfolio and Kristi McCluer.

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Fujifilm: Ultra-Compact X-E3, Fujinon XF80mm Macro Lens, More

7 September 2017

Fujifilm has announced its X-E3 rangefinder style mirrorless digital camera featuring a 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III image sensor and X-Processor Pro image processing engine, along with a new image recognition algorithm in an ultra-compact body. The company also announced its XF80mm f2.8 R LM OIS WR macro lens, the first 1.0x magnification mid-telephoto macro lens in the X Series lineup of interchangeable lenses, as well as a new lens roadmap and upcoming firmware updates for X series cameras.

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Fujifilm Announces Fujinon GF45mm f2.8 Prime GFX Lens

7 September 2017

With the new GF45mm f2.8 prime, Fujifilm has added the sixth lens to its GFX medium format mirrorless camera system. With the announcement, the company also updated its GFX lens roadmap and detailed a GFX firmware update coming soon.

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Adobe Sneak Peek: Photoshop Curvature Pen Tool

7 September 2017

Adobe sneaked a peek at its new Curvature Pen Tool that will be available in an upcoming release of Photoshop CC. Photoshop Product Manager Meredith Stotzner demos the new feature in this 1:23 video...

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Around The Horn

7 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at wildfires, testing lenses, Tasmania, People albums in Apple Photos and growing your skills.

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Adobe Releases Camera Raw 9.12.1

6 September 2017

Adobe has released Camera Raw 9.12.1 "to provide additional camera Raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Camera Raw," according to a Lightroom Journal post by Sharad Mangalick.

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Around The Horn

6 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at an interview with Ken Burns and Lynn Novick, views of the Rialto Bridge, a single-layer conversion from a photo to a sketch, the Instagram square, Greg Berg and looking up at things.

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Pixelmator Team Announces Pixelmator Pro

5 September 2017

In a blog entry today, the Pixelmator team introduced Pixelmater Pro 1.0 for macOS, featuring "a modern single-window interface, nondestructive, GPU-powered image editing tools, machine learning-enhanced editing features and more."

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Joby Redesigns GorillaPod Line

5 September 2017

Joby has announced its redesign of the GorillaPod product line to meet the needs of modern photographers, vloggers and videographers. The modern GorillaPod features new compact designs throughout the line, new colors, stronger joints and new models.

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Around The Horn

5 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Burning Man, Afghan refugees, tomato portraits, Lightroom custom default, Moose Peterson's new book, Hogan's M5 repair and a DxO deal with Blurb.

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Labor Day

4 September 2017

Faithful readers will remember we don't work on national holidays. But we do put our feet up and spin a yarn, only a bit off topic, to celebrate. Today is no exception.

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Matinee: 'Shooting Inmates, The Photography of Deborah Luster'

2 September 2017

Saturday matinees long ago let us escape from the ordinary world to the island of the Swiss Family Robinson or the mutinous decks of the Bounty. Why not, we thought, escape the usual fare here with Saturday matinees of our favorite photography films?

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Friday Slide Show: Mission Dolores Trail

1 September 2017

We dug deep into the archives for today's slide show. We had thought to update it with more contemporary photos, but something about the subject itself sent us back 15 years to when we first stumbled upon Lovers' Lane.

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Around The Horn

1 September 2017

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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Harvey photos, Hans Eijkelboom, rental gear destroyed by the eclipse, Wong on the new Olympus OM-D and a LaserSoft discount.

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Lexar Acquired By Longsys

1 September 2017

Longsys has announced its acquisition of the Lexar trademark and branding rights from Micron. The company said the acquisition "provides assurance to existing Lexar customers that the solutions and support they have come to expect from Lexar branded products will continue to be available."

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August Archived

1 September 2017

We published 75 stories in Photo Corners, Volume 6, Number 8. That includes 21 Features, 27 commented News stories, 23 Editor's Notes, one review and three Site Notes. And now that those Editor's Notes are not limited to four items, they've provided well over 120 links to articles on other sites we found worth your while because they were worth ours.

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