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18 July 2014

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 Google+ Stories, the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90, a full-sun group shot and a free photographer course.

  • In How to Teach Google What a Story Is, Alexis C. Madrigal tells the story behind Google+'s Stories, code-named Boswell, which "takes photos users upload and automatically packages them up into narratives."
  • At The Verge, Sam Byford reviews the Fujifilm Instax Mini 90. It delivers instant prints but that's not all. "It's a lovable camera that's been designed with care and will almost never frustrate you."
  • In On-Assignment: Full-Sun Group Shot, David Hobby suggests underexposing for ambient light to give some latitude to the flash exposure. He also explains the virtues of his Fujifilm X100's leaf shutter.
  • It's summer, school's out, so how about signing up for MIT's free Documentary Photography and Photojournalism: Still Images of a World in Motion taught by B. D. Colen. "The course requires reading and writing about photography, as well as doing it on a regular basis" he notes. "The class emphasis is on thinking about why people photograph, what photographs do and do not mean to us, and on doing documentary work, on telling stories with photographs."

Meanwhile, we hope we've shot down a CSS ambiguity in our drop cap so Firefox only uses two lines to run around it. Let us know if you see a problem. More to come...

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