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26 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 luminosity masks, special effects apps, Tuck's perspective on the Sony A7R II and image titles.

  • Jimmy McIntyre explains the benefits of Luminosity Masks (and even provides some Photoshop actions in his accompanying tutorial). "When I began exploring luminosity masks," he writes, "everything changed. I began to read a scene, not as an HDR subject, but in terms of its unique beauty and mood."
  • In Ten Amazing Special Effects Apps For Your iPhone Photos, Rob DePaolo looks at little-known specialty apps that can "enhance your image with a subtle lens flare, add weather effects such as rain and fog, create an antique look, apply a splash of color to a black and white image or even create other-worldly photos."
  • Kirk Tuck weighs in on the Sony A7R II discussion, which elicits a well-considered "Meh" from him. "I care a lot less about the ultimate performance of a camera than I do about how good or bad it feels when I'm using it and how much confidence I have in the camera being able to really hit focus." Don't miss the comments.
  • Harold Davis considers the role words play in titling an image in I can only give my heart. "Which kind of image titling do you prefer?" he asks, after showing some options.

More to come...

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