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18 July 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 hijacked educations, photographing the solar eclipse safely, swan upping, how to shoot like an astronaut and Ed French.

  • In When Education Is Hijacked by War, Andrew Boryga interviews photojournalist Diego Ibarra Sánchez and presents a set of image from his documentary project Hijacked Education. "Violence, extremism, intolerance and fear are wiping out the future of an entire generation for thousands of children," he says.
  • In Guide to Photographing the Solar Eclipse, Brian Spencer details how to safely capture the Aug. 21 event. You need protection for your eyes and your camera sensor needs the protection of a solar filter too.
  • Alan Taylor presents 21 photos of Swan Upping on the River Thames. "The five-day census -- which dates back to the twelfth century -- counts swans and young cygnets belonging to the Queen, while watching for signs of injury or disease," he explains.
  • NASA's Astronaut's Photography Manual was prepared by Hasselblad to explain how to use the 500 EL/M cameras used on the Space Shuttle. But there's some practical advice, too. Like shoot straight down. "Best quality with most details in earth shots is usually obtained by photographing straight down, not at an oblique angle." Yep.
  • Evan Semoffsky reports SF Man, 71, Shot and Killed at Twin Peaks Overlook. Ed French was a location scout, shot Sunday morning about 8 a.m. when his camera was stolen. A jogger administered CPR before paramedics took French to San Francisco General Hospital where he was pronounced dead from the gunshot wound. We're frequently at that spot with a camera, as you may know, so this hits very close to home. Our condolences to the family.

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