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11 August 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 Voyager's 40th anniversary, a Brownie at the races, five free Instagram presets, a new Helen Levitt book and online image editing.

  • On Voyager's 40th Anniversary Alan Taylor presents 34 images honoring the mission that recently became the first spacecraft to leave the heliosphere and enter interstellar space. Forty years would be quite a career in itself but the two Voyager probes are still sailing, carrying identical golden records depicting life on earth. But, uh, no photo album.
  • In 1901 Camera Technology Works Fine for Modern Motorsports Photography, Murilee Martin took a 1926 Brownie No. 2 Model F to the races with a few rolls of eight-exposure 120 film and lived to show the photos.
  • In Freebie: Five Instagram Presets for Adobe Lightroom, you get the first five of 19 total presets free. SparkleStock members can download the whole set for free. "These presets by SparkleStock work great on both Raw and JPEG images because they don't depend on any camera calibration profiles," the company says. "They also leave your basic tone settings so that you don't need to readjust your exposure/contrast/etc."
  • In November, PowerHouse Books will publish One, Two, Three, More, a collection of Helen Levitt's earliest pictures of street life in New York City from the mid-1930s to the end of the 1940s. You can pre-order now, though.
  • We weren't kidding about exploring an online image editing function for our Feature stories so you can fiddle around with the images yourself. Here's one Image Editor you can drop this image's URL into to see what we have in mind. Those aren't the sliders we want but it's a proof of concept. Let us know if it works for you with the Feedback button below.

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