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10 November 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 Brian Storm, Zeiss Milvus lenses, the Platypod Pro and image adjustments as Photoshop smart filters.

  • On the 10th anniversary of MediaStorm, founder Brian Storm talks to James Estrin about "the future of photography and multimedia" in The Killer App: Storytellling. "The most important thing photographers have to understand is that they are individual brands," he suggests. "People who have something to say and can say it well are set up beautifully for the future. Because people want great stories." From your mouth to subscribers' checkbooks, brother.
  • Roger Cicala has published his Zeiss Milvus Optical Bench Tests, admiring the housing more than Zeiss's marketing. "Optically, there's no question the new 50mm f1.4 and 85mm f1.4 lenses are improved over their predecessors," he reports.
  • Terry White found a Pocket-Sized Tripod called the Platypod Pro that is his new $49.95 carry-around tripod for situations that prohibit tripods:
  • Julieanne Kost wants to know if you use Image Adjustments as Smart Filters in Photoshop. "This can be helpful when the same mask is needed for all adjustments (although you could also achieve this by placing all adjustments within a Layer Group and adding the mask to the group)," she notes.

More to come...

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