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20 October 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 Rohingya, Filter Photo Festival portfolios, Instagram filter usage, a Mississippi town, a camera inventory, autumn poplars, Robin Wong's truths about photography, HEIF/HEIC image files and writing captions.

  • Alan Taylor presents 35 photos of The Rohingya in Bangladesh. The third one by Paula Bronstein should get a Pulitzer. "Almost 600,000 Rohingya refugees have crossed into Bangladesh, fleeing the violence in Burma's Rakhine state, since Aug. 25," Taylor writes. Bronstein's shot will never let you forget one of them.
  • Jonathan Blaustein presents the third part of The Best Work I Saw at the Filter Photo Festival. With a theme. "I've said many times I'm a strong feminist, as my wife went to Vassar and Smith and educated me since I was 23 on the ways of the patriarchy," he explains. "As I'm now 43, you can imagine how many times I've been schooled on the depth of misogyny here in America."
  • Stefan Pettersson explains How Filters Are Used by Instagram's Most Successful Users. Clarendon is wildly popular but "the battle for second place is fierce, between Juno, Gingham and Lark. At the bottom are Willow and Perpetua," he writes. He answers a few more questions and comes up with at least one surprise: "Surprisingly, 10 percent of photos posted with hashtag #nofilter actually use an Instagram filter!"
  • In A Mississippi Town Finally Desegregated Its Schools, 60 Years Late, Edwin Rios with photos by Annie Flanaghan report what happened when a federal court ordered Cleveland, Miss., to consolidated its two high schools.
  • Four and Counting ... Down is Kirk Tuck doing inventory on his cameras. "There's more space. Fewer choices. Less to decide," he exudes.
  • In Autumn Poplars, Harold Davis takes a three-second exposure, moving the camera up and down on the tripod. You won't believe the result.
  • Robin Wong shares some Personal Truths About Photography. There are five of them. "The only question is, how much time can you spare for photography?" he asks in the last one.
  • Can macOS 10.13 High Sierra Write HEIF/HEIC Image Files? Like most headlines (well, all of them) that ask a question, the answer is, "No." "Third party apps like Affinity Photo, Pixelmator and GraphicConverter won't play either," Howard Oakley writes. Nor can Photoshop CC 2018.
  • Former Washingtonian editor Jack Limpert suggests Using Good Picture Captions to Draw the Reader Into the Story. With some advice from Bill Sikes, the AP photo editor in Boston, too.

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