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25 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 abandoned places, preserving a photographic heritage, iCloud Photo Library vs. Google online photo storage, Pamela Gentile, removing GPS info and Jinbei studio flash units.

  • In A World Without People, Alan Taylor presents 35 images of places "people have evacuated or otherwise abandoned."
  • In Preserving the Photographic Heritage of the Middle East, One Student at a Time, Maha Ahmed Ali Ahmed "passes on her knowledge by establishing the first course in conservation and treatment of photographic materials at Cairo University" after improving her knowledge "in visual identification of different photographic processes, in digitization and in how to control environmental conditions surrounding photographic collection." The Middle East Photographic Preservation Initiative of which she writes is a joint project of the Getty Conservation Institute, Arab Image Foundation, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the University of Delaware.
  • Jason Snell measures How iCloud Photo Library Matches Up to Google Photos. The deal breaker: "Apple's cloud-storage offerings are less expensive than they used to be, but they're still too expensive."
  • In Real Life Film Noir in San Francisco, Jonathan Blaustein talks to San Francisco Film Festival photographer Pamela Gentile, presenting 11 of her black-and-white images.
  • Mike Schmitz explains How to Remove GPS Information From Photos on macOS or iOS. Why? To keep things like where you live, what you own, where you've been and even where you are right now (not at home) private.
  • In Jinbei Studio Flash Units Recalled for Electrocution Risk, Strobist David Hobby reports the China-based company has had 10 models of its studio flash units recalled by the Swiss government. He's reached out to the company for clarification.

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