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11 July 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 Johny Pitt, how Gordon Lewis sets up a camera, iPhone camera settings and arts education talks.

  • Johny Pitts was Adrift in Sheffield's Hinterlands, Brexit's Psychic Landscape. He sent 10 years "documenting my home, and it is only now that I realize what the photographs represent: white, working-class landscapes that have remained politically invisible for too long." In 14 images, he addresses that problem.
  • In Does It Really Have to Be This Hard?, Gordon Lewis lists the "settings I would want regardless of the brand or model of camera." It can be an adventure to navigate a menu system to complete the setup but it gives you control over the camera (rather than vice versa).
  • iPhonographers have it easier, of course. But still it's worth it to Get To Know Your iPhone Camera Settings with Lisa Jo Rudy. We prefer to occupy a sort of middle ground with Ben Rice McCarthy's free Obscura, a camera app that give us control over ISO and shutter speed (forget about aperture in a smartphone).
  • In Five Inspiring Perspectives on Arts Integration, Sofia Klatzker presents videos of the 10-minute Spark Talks given at the Getty Museum last month on the art in education. Presenters include Dennis Doyle, Denise Grande, Jeannene M. Przyblyski, Diana Rivera and Shannon Wilkins. "I hope that we can now develop larger, long-term strategies to ensure that we are reaching every school, every classroom and every student with the best ways of learning that include creativity and the arts," Klatzker concludes. Art, after all, is the story of our lives, as the last presenter said.

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