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26 September 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 the original Free Speech Movement, fashion photography, the Minolta 40-80mm gearbox zoom, Photos for macOS High Sierra, Hogan on the big two, Harold Davis, inspiration, example-based image synthesis and a live-streamed lighting workshop.

  • Rian Dundon presents a few images of The Original Berkeley Free Speech Movement. Which more resembles the anthem protests against racial injustice than the Free Speech Week publicity stunt.
  • In The Evolution of Fashion Photography, Laurence Butet-Roch talks to Eugènie Shinkle, professor of Photographic Theory and Criticism at the University of Westminster, London, about the history of this genre mostly ignored by academics.
  • Roger Cicala takes apart The Minolta 40-80mm f2.8 Gearbox Zoom; The Clockwork Lens, a 40-year-old engineering marvel, after testing it. "I have no idea why this didn't catch on," he writes. "It was, perhaps, too different."
  • Jason Snell reveals What's New in Photos for macOS High Sierra, updating his earlier preview. "There's still no way for members of a family to opt in to automatically sharing some or all of their photo libraries with one another," he notes sadly.
  • In The Nikon Dilemma Versus the Canon Dilemma, Thom Hogan writes, "I find it incredibly ironic that both Canon and Nikon don't seem to know what their real strength was. Lenses."
  • In Behind the Lens With Harold Davis, Davis tells his own story "to fully understand my art and the man behind the lens." He never graduated from high school but got a law degree which led to opening a photo studio and a career in software development that took him to California. "Creating is the most satisfying thing I know," he confides.
  • In Finding Inspiration, Redux, Ming Thein hopes "if you've been on hiatus or feeling photographically jaded, this might help get the camera out again."
  • PixelNN: Example-Based Image Synthesis purports to create a high resolution image from a low resolution one in two stages: "The first stage uses a convolutional neural network to map the input to an (overly-smoothed) image and the second stage uses a pixel-wise nearest neighbor method to map the smoothed output to multiple high-quality, high-frequency outputs in a controllable manner." With (tiny) examples.
  • Adorama will host Lighting Essentials with Gavin Hoey, a two-part free lighting workshop in New York City on Oct. 24 covering beauty and portrait lighting. Beyond Beauty Lighting with be held at 4 p.m. at the Metropolitan Pavilion in Chelsea. Lighten Up! will follow at 6:30 p.m. and be live-streamed on the AdoramaTV YouTube channel.

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