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30 March 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 Yale's acquisition of Lincoln photographs, Arkansas SB79, Amazon's slow-moving Cloud Drive and Marina Sersale.

  • Yale's Beinecke Library has acquired a Vast Collection of Lincoln Photos. The eight-photo slide show includes an image of a glass negative portrait of Lincoln with his son Tod. Curves with the Negative preset will do it in Photoshop. Meanwhile another Lincoln is making news.
  • The American Society of Media Photographers has issued an advocacy alert for Arkansas Senate Bill 79 "would require still and motion photographers to get explicit written consent to include any individual's likeness -- not just celebrities but anyone -- in a photograph that is used for virtually any purpose within the state of Arkansas except those uses specifically exempted as Fair Use within the bill."
  • In Even Amazon Doesn't Get It, Thom Hogan tries Amazon's new Cloud Drive plan and finds it very slow, taking "several minutes for each D800 image to transfer." And that's not all. "It's just a folder/file storage container," he points out, "so if you aren't organizing what you move up to the cloud, you're just going to get a huge list of files to sort through with minimal tools."
  • Kate Wesson interviews Marina Sersale about her iPhone street photography. She uses Hipstamatic and edits severely, "99.9 percent of what you shoot goes into the bin." She also likes Snapseed, VSCO Cam and Mextures.

More to come...

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