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21 January 2015

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 beauty light for your mobile device, how nine camera companies address the needs of three groups of photographers, Sidney Cotton and portrait photography.

  • The Vany is a ring light for mobile devices. The beauty light's eight dimmable power LEDs clip onto your mobile device without scratching and run fro up to three hours with a rechargeable battery. The Indiegogo campaign has just started:
  • Thom Hogan surveys The State of Cameras, 2015, dividing the world into 1) pros who want to make money, 2) enthusiasts who want to prove they're as good as pros and 3) consumers who want to share and preserve their images. He evaluates how nine camera companies have addressed their needs.
  • Roger Cicala's mini-biography of Sidney Cotton, the father of aerial reconnaissance, who developed a color film to rival Kodachrome in the 1930s. Cicala writes, "In 1937 Sydney met with George Eastman of Kodak and apparently reached an agreement to sell the U.S. rights to Kodak, but Eastman died two days after the meeting, before he could present the proposal to Kodak's board." Eastman actually committed suicide, explaining his work was done. Cotton must have slipped his mind.
  • Kirk Tuck revisits three Portraits of An Art Historian: The First, Second and Third are also brief meditations on the art of portrait photography.

More to come...

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