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22 September 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 using manual flash, the worldwide shortage of a metal tripod foot, Ruud van Empel and Nvidia's GPU simulation of an Apollo 11 image.

  • In Manual Flash in the Digital Age, Derrick Story describes an inexpensive and reliable manual strobe setup, concluding you don't need TTL strobes for good flash work. We love our radio triggers, too, and the math for manual flash isn't that hard to work out.
  • Thom Hogan asks, Really, How Hard Is It To Grind Some Metal?, noting not only the world-wide shortage of the excellent 1 Nikkor VR 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 but also its optional metal tripod foot.
  • Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta is exhibiting Ruud van Empel through Nov. 29. A native of the Netherlands, van Empel is best known for his Photoshop composites. Here, courtesy of the artist, is one of them:
Ruud van Empel
  • It's all about the light, right? Using its new GPU, Nvidia recreated an image from the Apollo 11 moon landing "to debunk one of the biggest conspiracies in the world." The company was able to simulate light reflected from the photographer's suit and a small aperture that couldn't capture star light.

More to come...

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