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6 January 2016

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 George Lange, Ztylus Z-Prime iPhone lens kit, New York Public Library's public domain collections, Pete Souza and David Hobby.

  • T. Brittain Stone interviews photographer George Lange on his new job as Artist in Residence at Instagram. "I believe that you should use all your senses when you're taking a picture," he says. "I want to see how you are living your life differently and I will be inspired by that and that's what I think Instagram's about."
  • Rob DePaolo reviews the Ztylus Z-Prime iPhone lens kit, which includes both a super wide angle and a 2x telephoto converter lens, which require the included case to mount. The multi-coated, multi-element lenses feature built-in caps and a carrier. DePaolo includes a link for 25 percent off the $199.95 list price, too.
  • The New York Public Library is encouraging reuse of its Public Domain Collections, which include over 180,000 high-resolution images. "No permission required. No restrictions on use," the NYPL explains.
  • In Behind the Lens: 2015 Year in Photographs, Chief Official White House Photographer Pete Souza whittles down a year's worth of images to his favorite 100 (or so). They once again provide an intimate look at the human being in that office as well as those closest to him.
  • In Twitter QA: The Magic Lamp, Strobist David Hobby makes a simple suggestion to improve a dramatic photo.

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