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9 May 2017

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 Hiroshi Sugimoto, automatic Mother's Day movies, Lindsay Adler on Make It, Pixomatic 3, the Sigma 50-100mm f1.8 and vacation gear.

  • In Hiroshi Sugimoto: Illuminating Opera Houses and Abandoned Movie Palaces, James Estrin highlights Sugimoto's Theater series, one image of which we presented in our review of Japanese postwar photography recently.
  • In A Mother's Day Movie, Made for You, Google Photos product manager Tim Novikoff announces Mother's Day movies, a new feature in Google Photos that makes it easy to make "a movie that celebrates a mom." Google Photos automatically chooses the best photos of the mother and children, and sets it all to music. Flower (and brunch) may become a thing of the past.
  • Make It is Adobe's new YouTube talk show series featuring photographers, designers and videographers talking shop and sharing helpful takeaways from their careers on a weekly basis. Hosted by Josh Haftel, a senior product manager from Adobe's Lightroom team, the first photography episode profiles professional fashion and beauty photographer Lindsay Adler:
  • J.R. Bookwalter reviews Pixomatic 3, the $5 image editing app that "has no equal on smartphones or tablets" when it comes to extracting objects from images.
  • Thom Hogan reviews the Sigma 50-100mm f1.8. The lack of image stabilization doesn't bother him (it's fast enough to use handheld at 1/250 second in most light) and he really likes the silent, fact and accurate parfocus.
  • Zach Sutton made a list of Camera Gear to Take on Your Next Vacation. Vacation? So last century.

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