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11 August 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 Harry Gruyaert, non-TTL flash photography, compositing on an iPhone and in praise of the Nikon 50mm f1.8G.

  • In Born to Make Photos, Jonathan Blaustein highlights the work of Belgian photographer and Magnum member Harry Gruyaert with a 13-image slide show. His father worked in a Gevaert factory making photographic film, paper and other supplies. But his father " knew some photographers. He thought these people were not faithful to their wives. He was pretty tight about all this," Blaustein recalls. So born into it or not, it was a fight.
  • In QA: How to Shoot Events Without TTL Flash, Strobist David Hobby explains how to use an older flash to reliably light events. Which, as he points out, is how we happily did it in 1970. Because it just works.
  • Jill Emmer describes How To Create A Fantasy-Edit Silhouette iPhone Photo, otherwise known as a composite, using Superimpose and Snapseed.
  • Kirk Tuck compares his "good, cheap" Nikon 50mm f1.8G to his Sigma 50mm f1.4 Art lens. "When I start shooting stuff in the f4.0 to f8.0 range, handheld, any difference between the two 50s is so effectively masked by my human frailty that there is no reason to choose one over the other except for parameters of handling and weight -- one area where the Nikon 50mm just walks all over the front heavy Sigma." Bonus: tips on fixing a clothes dryer.

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