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17 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 (with more than 140 characters). This time we look at Paul Struijk, the world's largest digital camera, the Profoto A1, Clips, Drip, teens at the Getty and Samantha Clark.

  • Real Humans of Amsterdam is a part of a project exploring face type recognition technology for integral algorithmic psychology studies. Photographer Paul Struijk used Photoshop "to take away the modern, dated feel and to refine the architecture of the face. A third reason why I like this feel is that it makes the people in the picture look stronger, more confident, perhaps even more beautiful."
  • In The Largest Digital Camera in the World Takes Shape, Joe Palca talks to Aaron Roodman, a physicist at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, about the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope designed to take panoramas of the sky. Dust on the sensor is a problem for him, too.
  • In Review of the Profoto A1 -- the Future in Mobile Flash?, Tina Eisen takes the new unit not yet available in the U.S. on location for a fashion shoot. Profoto's first strobe has a round head to which you attach magnetic light modifiers.
  • In Clips as a Photo Booth Replacement, Karan Varindani argues, "Between Selfie Scenes, stickers, Live Titles and fast sharing to social media, it seems the perfect fit."
  • Drip is a new tool for creators from Kickstarter that, like Patreon can "fund your creative practice through the ongoing support of people who love your work." It's by invitation now but you can sign up to be notified when it is open to all.
  • In Engaging Teens at the Museum, the Getty used lab coats and Polaroid cameras. "To foster personal reflection and expression, the teens participated in weekly self-portrait activities that included a written prompt and an artistic response." They also learned about the wave properties of light and the history of photographic experiments with light drawing by people such as Georges Demeny and Gjon Mili before trying some themselves.
  • Samantha Clark has been awarded the Jim Marshall Fellowship for Photojournalism at UC Berkeley's School of Journalism. The fellowship was established in 2015 to raise money for students doing exceptional work in photography and has been funded for the past two year by former reporter and legendary adman and wordsmith Jeff Goodby.

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