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25 June 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 Kenji Kawano's images of the Navajo, manual focusing aids, sharpness in an inexpensive zoom and an upcoming update to Photos.

  • Photographer Kenji Kawano was hitchhiking in 1975 when Carl N. Gorman, a Navajo code talker, picked him up and changed his life. He's spent 40 Years with the Navajo, creating images which are on exhibit through Jan. 30, 2016, at the Navajo Nation Museum in Window Rock, Ariz. Kawano's father was in the Japanese Navy during World War II and on a visit to the U.S. posed with Gorman for his son.
  • In Understanding AF and MF: Focusing Aids Tested, Ming Thein suggests giving manual focus a try (with a few aids like the Zacuto Z-Finder Pro or Kinotehnik LCDVF) because "you'll probably find manual focus a lot easier than you imagine."
  • Kirk Tuck asks Can cheap lenses be sharp? (particularly at the long end) and lets his $125 zoom answer the question. Now imagine if he ran those images through Piccure+?
  • Among Jason Snells Six Reasons to Get Excited About OS X El Capitan are the upgrades to Photos. Those include location information and third-party extensions.

More to come...

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