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19 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 freeing space on Google's cloud, Otto Steinert, arbitration for photographers and Canon's 100 tips.

  • John Nack reports you can now free up your Google cloud storage for Google Photos by clicking the Recover Storage option in your settings. That converts stills and movies uploaded at original resolution to the High Quality (compressed) option.
  • In The Heaving Speech of Air, Francis Hodgson considers Otto Steinert's The Trees in Front of My Window II from 1956. You may not heard of Steinert. "It remains surprising to me that photography -- which seems so naturally able to cross cultural boundaries and even to erase them -- should in fact be so limited by the language of publication, the market of the publisher and the funding background of the institutions involved in the promotion of any one name or group," Hodgson writes.
  • In The Big Lie of Arbitration, the Copyright Zone Guys follow up the N.Y. Times expose on arbitration practices with some advice. "While you can't avoid these clauses in some dealings like getting a credit card, you do have options when dealing individually with clients with regard to terms of purchase orders, creative services and other commercial dealings with your client," they say. "We highly recommend simply crossing out (and initialing) arbitration clauses in almost every case or whenever possible."
  • Canon offers 100 tips to improve your images. You can simply scroll down to explore them or use the thumbnail listing on the left to jump around. The obligatory cat portrait, for example, notes, "A fast prime lens lets you work unobtrusively, without a flash."

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