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16 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 Carolyn Van Houten, Dalton Hamm's underwater photography, subtracting light, soft-tone photo manipulation and preview the solar eclipse.

  • In A Changed Landscape for Abortion Rights in Texas, Carolyn Van Houten presents 24 images from her long-term project for the San Antonio Express-News. "This project's aim was to explore women's motivations and the larger cultural considerations that affect their decisions and beliefs about abortion," she writes. "By documenting their journeys, both physical and emotional, my hope was to illuminate the easily-overlooked humanity behind both sides of a topic that continues to provoke intense and impassioned debate on the American political landscape."
  • Dalton Hamm details his approach to underwater photography, which includes baby shampoo and other pro tips. "Take nothing but photos and leave nothing but bubbles," he adds.
  • In Subtracting Light, Joe McNally finds a time-honored solution for "achieving soft light quality in the midst of the roaring desert sun."
  • Fabrizio Panattoni shows you How to Create an Emotional Soft-Tone Photo Manipulation. He goes well beyond typical post processing techniques into multi-layered painterly effects that produce results that remind us of Pictorialist images.
  • Get a graphical representation of what the solar eclipse will look like where you are. Just enter your ZIP code in the yellow highlighted ZIP code if the page doesn't automatically detect where you are.

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