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8 November 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. This time we look at Pete Souza, an affordable normal lens, selecting metadata for Lightroom exports, the Internet warriors and the Ghent Altarpiece.

  • In Photographer Pete Souza Reflects on 8 Years (And 1.9 Million Photos) of Obama Terry Gross interviews the former White House photographer. He tried to be "a piece of the woodwork" as he took 2,000 photos a day using a quiet camera and no flash.
  • Kirk Tuck has Good Clean Fun With a Cheap Normal Lens, in this case a $150 25mm on his Micro Four Thirds camera. In black-and-white, too. But he spent a lot of time at the library.
  • In Controlling Metadata on Export, Rob Sylvan explains how to exclude specific Exif data (like Location info) in Lightroom exports.
  • In Putting a Face to a Comment: The New Online Crusaders, Remy Tumin shows 15 images from Oslo photographer Kyrre Lien's The Internet Warriors project. Lien explains the attraction, "They had steady jobs, they had family, they had friends and lived quite a normal life, but at the same time, you saw they had these hateful comments." Now you can see what 27 of them look like.
  • A few minutes with The Ghent Altarpiece in 100 Billion Pixels should balance out the previous item with a little humility if not piety. Surprisingly, "The conservation work led to the discovery that around 70 percent of Van Eyck's original paint layer on the panels of the closed altarpiece had been hidden beneath overpaint for centuries, requiring painstaking removal."

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