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Utility Box Murals

One Fabulous Toucan

Jerry Pournelle

Labor Day

Leaves

Cutting Out Carbs

Reciting From Memory

The Power Of Words

New Skyline Artificially Aged

A Couple Of Private Postings

Life's A Small Glass Of Glass Cherries

Adapting A Background To Your Environment

Cradle To Grave

A Different Angle

Summer Fog

Infrared Dahlias

Poem of the Vine

Mission Dolores Trail

Knickknacks

On The Bay Trail

Tahoe

Along Grand View

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

'For The Love Of It'

'What Makes A Photographer'

'Shooting Inmates, The Photography of Deborah Luster'

'Without You' By Naveen Gowtham

Cubs Photographer Stephen Green

Solar Eclipse Imaging

The Blind Photographer and the New Arteon

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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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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August

Leaves

31 August 2017

We take a walk around the neighborhood every day, bringing one or another camera (sometimes just the one in the phone) along for the ride. There are several routes we follow but the other day we made a slight adjustment.

We walked on the opposite side of the street from the side we usually walk down.

And where we tended to walk on either side, we used a different street. We have a smorgasbord of streets here, one right next to the other, so no extra effort was involved.

The benefit of this approach was a whole new set of views. Similar but different enough that we were looking from the other side of the street or the other side of the fence.

The familiar was fresh.

We'd passed this vine-covered fence on the sidewalk it borders too many times to audit. But a view of a house perched precariously on top of a small hill led us to the other side of the fence.

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Olympus Announces OM-D E-M10 Mark III

31 August 2017

Olympus has announced the OM-D E-M10 Mark III, a compact, lightweight, easy-to-use interchangeable lens camera that includes best-in-class image stabilization compensation performance and the same TruePic VIII Image Processor used in Olympus' acclaimed flagship OM-D E-M1 Mark II camera.

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SanDisk Unveils 400-GB microSDXC Card

31 August 2017

SanDisk introduced a new microSDXC card that can store 40 hours of Full HD video and transfer files as fast as 100-MB/second. The 400-GB Ultra has been able to double the capacity of existing cards by using a new production process.

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Around The Horn

31 August 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 Tomatina, Andrew Lichtenstein, a self assignment, Rebekah Steen, sage advice and the PhotoFinish 5K.

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Canon Issues Service Notice for EF 50mm f1.4 USM

30 August 2017

Canon has issued a service notice for its 50mm f1.4 USM prime lens for "a focus operation-related malfunction."

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Around The Horn

30 August 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 Hosam Katan, Zeiss microcontrast, Ming Thein's drone diary, DJI Mavic Pro drone settings, Brooke Shaden and Behance portfolio reviews.

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Cutting Out Carbs

29 August 2017

This is one of those shots we went back to get. Fortunately it was an inanimate object because, you know, opportunity only knocks once. Humor, however, has a way of repeating itself.

The joke here is that this sign board was strategically located by the front door of Baiano Pizza on Ninth Ave. And that little drawing is of a pizza cutter. And....

It made us laugh.

We walked on, though, looking for something to shoot with the Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera we like to use on the street.

Then it occurred to us that we had just seen something to shoot. So on the way back up the hill, we spun around, framed the shot so it didn't include the guy on the bench next to it and got the picture.

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Around The Horn

29 August 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 Sam Horine, the Webb's diptychs, working with layers, the Nimble Classroom and a Harry Benson book.

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Canon Unveils 24-Mp M100 With Touchscreen

28 August 2017

Canon U.S.A., Inc. has introduced the compact EOS M100, the successor to the M10 interchangeable lens camera, as "an excellent choice for those looking to step up from smartphone photography." The M100 offers interchangeable lenses, optical zoom and the latest imaging technology, without sacrificing size, style or the ability to share instantly.

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Canon Adds 85mm L, Three Macro Tilt-Shift Lenses, Macro Flash

28 August 2017

Canon has announced its Canon EF 85mm f1.4L IS USM lens and three new tilt-shift macro lenses: the TS-E 50mm f2.8L Macro lens, TS-E 90mm f2.8L Macro lens and TS-E 135mm f4L Macro lens. The company also announced a new Macro Twin-Lite MT-26EX-RT flash.

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Reciting From Memory

28 August 2017

We read with no little difficulty (as we were constantly nodding our head in agreement) Molly Worthen's piece in the New York Times Memorize That Poem!. It brought us back to freshman English in high school, a far cry from the stuff we did in English in grammar school.

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Pelican Announces New, Deeper Air Cases in Three Sizes

28 August 2017

Pelican has unveiled three new cases in its Air line featuring over 13-inches in depth while remaining 40 percent lighter. The new 1607 and 1637 cases have wheels while all three feature a watertight O-ring gasket, a crushproof and dustproof exterior, stainless steel hasp protectors, rubberized, over-molded handles and proven tough double-throw latches.

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Photonicz Kickstarts Compact, Weather-Sealed LED Strobe

28 August 2017

Photonicz has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Photonicz One, its compact, weather-sealed LED strobe. Developed by photographer Alex Munoz, the unit can fire as short as 1/50,000 second with an equivalent power output of over 2500Ws. It can also fire up to 30 frames per second at full power with zero recycle time on battery power.

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RC Concepcion: Free Lightroom Webinar

28 August 2017

Rocky Nook will host a free Lightroom Webinar with RC Concepcion to celebrate the release of The Enthusiast's Guide to Lightroom. Concepcion will share five things about Lightroom you need to know, provide a sneak peek inside the book and conduct a brief question and answer period.

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Around The Horn

28 August 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 Harvey, Gordon Parks, a fall foliage map, ode to the old shoebox, old cameras and your next camera.

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Matinee: 'Without You' By Naveen Gowtham

26 August 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: Knickknacks

25 August 2017

We'd been thinking about this shoot for a while, mostly as a last resort. Oh, if we really didn't have anything for our Friday Slide Show (we would think), we could always shoot the knickknacks.

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Around The Horn

25 August 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 drone over Georgia, Nick Rains, Tuck on the D850, a Humans of New York docuseries and a book on vintage clothing.

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Leica Announces V-Lux Explorer Kit

25 August 2017

Leica has announced an Explorer Kit for its Leica V-Lux (Typ 114) compact travel camera. The kit includes the V-Lux itself with its 25-400mm range plus The Bowery for Leica camera bag from the ONA for Leica collection and a red Leica Rope Strap designed by COOPH.

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The Power Of Words

24 August 2017

This image has been laying around in our imagination for a few weeks. It's an alternate framing of the subject that includes the full shadow. The original composition was just the hydrant in portrait orientation.

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Around The Horn

24 August 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 Tina Modotti, Aperture on High Sierra, David Hobby's lighting kit update, the Hasselblad X1D electronic shutter firmware update and an unforgettable dinner.

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Nikon Debuts D850 Flagship dSLR +

23 August 2017

Nikon has unveiled its D850 flagship dSLR featuring "an unprecedented combination of extreme resolution and high speed performance," according to the company. The 45.7-megapixel sensor is Nikon's first backside illuminated dSLR sensor.

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New Skyline Artificially Aged

23 August 2017

You just can't get bored around here. Every time you pass by the same view, there's something different to see. Maybe it's the bright white tower of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge. Maybe it's Salesforce's Tower of Babel. Maybe it's something a bit more subtle.

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Canon Updates PIXMA All-in-One Devices

23 August 2017

Canon has updated its compact PIXMA all-in-one device line-up with five new TS-series devices. Each new model features a high-quality ink system, Bluetooth connectivity for wireless printing and scanning and the new, interactive Message in Print app.

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Digital Product Studio Adds Kelly Brown's Newborn Posing Site

23 August 2017

Digital Product Studio has announced newborn baby photographer Kelly Brown is joining the online education platform to teach photographers the latest techniques for posing newborn babies.

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Think Tank Photo Spectral Bags Are Anti-Theft, Low Cost

23 August 2017

Think Tank Photo has introduced its Spectral line of shoulder bags featuring an inconspicuous exterior with a magnetic, automatically locking Fidlock clasp for one-handed access to gear. The new line also distinguishes itself by providing Think Tank Photo quality for under $100.

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Polaroid Announces LED Macro Flash Flexi Light

23 August 2017

Polaroid has announced a macro light with twin LED light sources attached to flexible antennae that allow the light sources to be positioned wherever you need them. The unit functions in either strobe or continuous light mode.

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Around The Horn

23 August 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 moon's shadow, medium telephoto street shooting, Roberts Camera and any camera you want.

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CrashPlan Exiting Home Backup Service

22 August 2017

Code42 has announced it will exit its home backup service by Oct. 23, 2018 to focus strictly on its business and education customers. President and CEO Joe Payne said the company will honor its current home subscriptions but will not renew them.

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Leica Gallery LA: Menuez's 'Fearless Genius: Next Generation'

22 August 2017

Leica Gallery Los Angeles will present the premiere of Doug Menuez's Fearless Genius: The Next Generation on Sept. 6. The gallery exhibition will showcase the newest class of up and coming technology trailblazers. In addition, Menuez will host a Leica Akademie workshop from Sept. 8 through 10, following a welcome reception on Sept. 6.

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WhiteWall Adds Direct Print On Wood Option

22 August 2017

WhiteWall has announced a new Print On Wood option in which the birch wood grain of the printed piece remains clearly visible. The wood printing surface is taken from the tree in a single piece to maintain consistent grain.

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Around The Horn

22 August 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 friendship forged in combat, the importance of clothes that fit, a Lightroom trick, a used gear sale and gear rental discounts. We are, however, sparing you any eclipse photos.

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Freerange Updates Stock Photo Site

22 August 2017

Freerange Stock has updated its Web site with new search features, a redesigned brand and thousands of new photos and illustrations, the company said. Among the new features is the ability to separately search for Photos or Illustrations. Previously, all image types were grouped together.

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Adobe, Hootsuite Announce Partnership

22 August 2017

A new partnership between Adobe and Hootsuite integrated with Adobe Stock promises to provide customers of both services easy access, creatione and distribution of "varied content critical to engaging and communicating with customers," the companies have announced.

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A Couple Of Private Postings

21 August 2017

We spent a few hours today (or was it a few days for an hour, as Dick Gregory used to say about being in Texas) catching up on some event photography we'd promised to post as Google Photos albums.

One was a set of 90-year-old-Mom with her (only slightly) younger brother and his daughter. Cousin Barb had escorted her father to visit housebound Mom. She had to drive a few hundred miles to do it and the thought of it exhausted us.

The other was a family reunion of several branches (some from Texas in fact) occasioned by the visit of the 91-year-old matriarch. We shared the camera with her youngest son, which made it an illuminating experience for us. One we ruminated on for a while, in fact, before doing anything.

Google Photos behaved for the most part, but not entirely. We were able to upload 11 images from the first set with no problem but we only got through 23 of the second set of 34 images before it stalled.

The solution was to quit the browser (we tried both Safari and Firefox) and try again. Eventually, everything got uploaded.

That's the trouble with free full-resolution storage solutions like Google Photos. It's impolite to complain. (And yet.)

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Around The Horn

21 August 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 Kevin Sturman in Morocco, shooting a 1:1 aspect ratio, Capture One import options, QAD card practices and multi-photo layouts in Lightroom.

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Site Tweak: Index Left Margin

19 August 2017

We don't call this series "tweaks" for nothing. They are sometimes ridiculously small changes that, nevertheless, we find exhilarating.

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Matinee: Cubs Photographer Stephen Green

19 August 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: On The Bay Trail

18 August 2017

We couldn't believe it had been almost a year since our last hike on the Bay Trail when we visited Sierra Point. So we drove back to South San Francisco last weekend to explore the segment just south of that.

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Around The Horn

18 August 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 Hagia Sophia, watermarks, another Lighting 103 piece from David Hobby and all the available 35mm films.

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Life's A Small Glass Of Glass Cherries +

17 August 2017

Glass cherries, with their slender black stems, are not long for this world. We have a few still, picked up for a buck each long ago at a little store on Clement St. We gave most away as Christmas presents one year.

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Around The Horn

17 August 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 Michael Johnson, housetrucks, the Olympus E-M1 Mark II, the Neewer Vision Four flash, layer groups, Josh Parker and B&H Photo's lawsuit settlement.

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Around The Horn

16 August 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 Carolyn Van Houten, Dalton Hamm's underwater photography, subtracting light, soft-tone photo manipulation and preview the solar eclipse.

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Adapting A Background To Your Environment

15 August 2017

Josef Albers is the guy you can blame for all those comparisons of colored rectangles within colored rectangles. "Is this the same color?" Invariably yes, but it never looks the same because the color surrounding it changes your perception.

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Around The Horn

15 August 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 response to Charlottesville, saturation, a drone photography backup strategy, vandalized Confederate monuments, backing up your Lightroom catalog, daylight LED panels for $68 and a white rose.

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Subscriber Benefit: Copyrighter Pro Updated

14 August 2017

Funny thing about software. It's never quite finished. Sure, you may turn those project specifications into code that commands worldwide adulation. But once that software puts a few miles on it, the problem it solves seems to have grown new thorns.

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Around The Horn

14 August 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 Ryan Kelly in Charlottesville, the Sony FE 16-35mm f2.8, self-imposed limitations, the Panasonic FZ2500, Beth Dubber, evaluating your own images, and attorney appraises Binded.com and World Elephant Day.

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Matinee: 'Solar Eclipse Imaging'

12 August 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: Tahoe

11 August 2017

August always brings back memories of childhood vacations spent at Lake Tahoe in the Sierras. It was a brutal three-hour car ride from the coast through the heat of the valley before rising 6,000 feet to that gorgeous lake. But it was always worth it.

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Remembering Arlene Gottfried

11 August 2017

The Singing Photographer has left the stage. She was carried off, after a remarkable performance as one of the leading street photographers of her generation, at the young age of 66 by breast cancer.

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Around The Horn

11 August 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 Voyager's 40th anniversary, a Brownie at the races, five free Instagram presets, a new Helen Levitt book and online image editing.

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Peak Design Updates Cuff, Leash +

10 August 2017

About a year ago we made the move. We looped one of Peak Design's Achor Links on the right eyelet of all of our cameras (well, four of them anyway). Why? So we could snap Peak Design's Cuff to it.

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Terje Abusdal Wins Oskar Barnack Award

10 August 2017

Leica has announced Norwegian photographer Terje Abusdal has been awarded the Leica Oskar Barnack Award for his project Slash & Burn. In addition, Ukrainian photographer Sergey Melnitchenko has been awarded the Newcomer Award, given to professional photographers age 25 or younger.

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Around The Horn

10 August 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 roadside buildings that look like what they're selling, the film resurgence, Chris Killip, Pershing Park and Sigma solar eclipse lens deals.

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Explorers Of Light Go On Portrait Photography Tour

9 August 2017

Canon's Explorers of Light professional photographers are going on a Portrait Photographer Tour to six cities. The day-long events will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a $99 ($79 for CPS members) fee.

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Rocky Nook, ShootDotEdit Host Free Online Wedding Photo Event

9 August 2017

Rocky Nook and ShootDotEdit will hold a free, online wedding photography summit on Aug. 15 from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT. The summit will feature five pros discussing posing, storytelling, lighting, branding and marketing.

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Cradle To Grave

9 August 2017

There we were minding our own business, trying to mark a special occasion with a bit of solemnity when, for no reason at all, we turned around. And what did we see? We saw the old maternity ward of Seton Hospital overlooking Holy Cross Cemetery in Colma. A perfect picture.

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Around The Horn

9 August 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 Stephen Crowley, Pete Souza's new book, Joann Pai, the Canon 22mm f2 M lens, more useful Lightroom smart collections and mail order film development.

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A Different Angle +

8 August 2017

There we were at Torpedo Wharf in the Presidio, which is right by the Warming Hut bookstore and cafe. There are great views of the Golden Gate Bridge to the west and the city to the east.

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Hasselblad Opens Shanghai Retail Store

8 August 2017

After opening its first retail outlet in Stockholm this June, Hasselblad has opened another in Shaghai, its first in China where it plans to expand in that country's major cities.

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Around The Horn

8 August 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 insect macro techniques, abstractions, Nikon's strobes, Adobe looks for rising stars in broad daylight and last night on The Photo Show.

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The Forest, The Trees +

7 August 2017

Just a short note to invite anyone within earshot of www.kcmj.org" target="_new">KCMJ 93.9 FM in Colorado Springs to tune in tonight at 7:30 MT to Mike Pach's The Photo Show. Or, you know, pretend you're within earshot using your browser or an app.

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Adobe's FaceStyle Tool Takes No Prisoners

7 August 2017

Adobe has released -- well, more like foisted upon the world -- a FaceStyle Web app to illustrate what it calls "example-based synthesis of stylized facial animations."

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Around The Horn

7 August 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 fashion photography, the 1959 Miami Photojournalism Conference, a Gene Smith book, Emily Garthwaite, Sony's ultra wide lenses, film cameras, the 10th Annual Worldwide Photo Walk and Noe Valley's Wishing Tree.

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Matinee: 'The Blind Photographer and the New Arteon'

5 August 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: Along Grand View

4 August 2017

Grand View runs just east and slightly below the Market St. raceway that winds along the bottom of Twin Peaks in San Francisco. It's at the top of a very steep hill that is difficult to walk down and impossible to climb without steps.

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Remembering Gösta Peterson

4 August 2017

The fashion photographer Gösta Peterson, who died last Friday at the age of 94, began his career as an illustrator and that approach defined his photography. He didn't sell clothes. He imagined new worlds.

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Around The Horn

4 August 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 Italian marble, more from the LACP Portfolio Review, another Lighting 103 installment, The Curator and Phase One's 100-Mp achromatic digital back.

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Around The Horn

3 August 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 minor leaguers, the , Zeiss 85mm T2.1 CP.3, Kasson again on criticism, selective color editing in Apple Photos, Kost's new series on Photoshop tips, Canon discounts on solar eclipse bundles and ImageOptim.

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Summer Fog

2 August 2017

When you mix the heat of the California's Central Valley with the cool air being blown in off the ocean, you get fog. Wisps of white cloud at ground level, that is, floating in like a light drizzle.

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Around The Horn

2 August 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 Elliott Erwitt, handling criticism, copyright tip, Thiago Dezan, equipment failures, Apple's media library folders and a bid for stills and video.

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Adorama Launches Season Four of 'Through The Lens'

1 August 2017

Adorama has released Through The Lens: Europe the first episode of its fourth season of Through The Lens, its online docu-series which will be broadcast Tuesdays at 2 p.m. EDT.

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WhiteWall: Personal Photos Are Among Most Treasured Possessions

1 August 2017

A survey by the German-based online photo lab WhiteWall of its U.S. newsletter subscribers has revealed over three quarters of them consider their photo collections one of the most valuable assets they one. And 10 percent said it was the most valuable.

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Around The Horn

1 August 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 winners of the National Geographic Travel Photographer contest, 10 inexpensive film cameras, cinema lenses, Olivia Locher, Sony FE lenses and a BorrowLenses discount.

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July Archived

1 August 2017

We've just updated the Archive with the 73 stories we published last month as Volume 6 Number 7 of Photo Corners. We delivered 13 Features, 30 commented news items, 24 Editor's Notes (with over 110 total items of interest), three reviews and three site notes.

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It would almost always catch us by surprise. We'd advance the film on our Nikon FM2 only to find out we'd already taken the last shot.

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