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4 November 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 the business side of photography, being prepared, Raw Therapee and a log cabin mine.

  • Kirk Tuck finds three reasons why the business side of photography has improved. Sheer endurance in a cyclical market, the value established professionals provide and the smartphone camera phenomenon which trades "convenience for technical quality, flexibility and, by extension, a unwillingness to carry and use lighting equipment too."
  • "The driver took a shortcut through a parking garage," Derrick Story writes in Always Have Your Camera Ready, "and when we emerged, we were in the middle of the protest." He got the shot but not with his smartphone.
  • Raw Therapee [MW], a free Raw converter, has been updated to v4.2. In addition to "many speed, precision, stability and memory usage optimizations," the updated adds a color toning tool, curve control of luminance noise reduction and a film simulation tool, among other enhancements.
  • Lloyd Chambers discovers a Log Cabin Mine with a sign that claims the historic site belongs to the U.S. government. But, Chambers points out, "a helpful visitor has scrawled a note that duly points out 'citizens of the United States'." That government we grouse about? That would be us. Especially today when the polls are open. Just don't take your camera with you. Photographing your completed ballot is illegal in many states.

More to come...

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