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1 December 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 a Tony Bennett book with McNally's photos, the Uniqball, Davis shooting ISO 51,200 and Kost's photo compositing course.

  • Joe McNally spills the beans (there's mud slinging but not the usual kind) about his images of Tony Bennett, some of which have been published for the first time in LIFE Unseen Tony Bennett.
  • Nick Devlin reviews the Uniqball, a ball head with two ball joints, one to set level and a smaller one on top to position the camera. B&H has both the large model and the smaller model.
  • In ISO 51,200, Harold Davis shows what happens at that extreme setting, which allowed him to stop his lens down to f16 to get enough depth of field to keep a tall spiral staircase in focus. Part of the magic is doing it in monochrome, avoiding chrominance noise.
  • Julieanne Kost has announced her Introduction to Photo Compositing course on A quick peek at the syllabus shows it's about a lot more than which keys to press.

More to come...

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