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12 January 2019

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 an old archive, sensor cleaning, the Nikon Z 7, a Lightroom solution, a free Photoshop action, a laser-damaged sensor, TSL certificates, new gear and a Getty court win.

  • In Unearthing Photography's Time Capsule, Meredith Mendelsohn tells the story of a 30-year-old archive of a project undertaken by photographers Robert Frank, Robert Heinecken, Dave Heath and John Wood. The Susan E. Cohen and William S. Johnson Creativity Project archive, named for the historians who brought the photographers together, was acquired by the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin and will soon be made available to the public.
  • In Leica Camera Sensor Cleaning, Michel Razafimahefa from Leica's customer service team demonstrates the company's official cleaning process, which relies on some specialized equipment (see our home method in contrast):
  • Ming Thein has some Long Term Thoughts on the Nikon Z 7 and System after using it for a few months.
  • Sean Hollister reports Adobe Lightroom CC for iOS Just Added the Shortcut Apple Promised. That would be a Siri Shortcut that would automatically import photos from the camera roll into Lightroom, then delete them from the camera roll.
  • Harold Davis has released a new version of his free LAB Color Action. According to the documentation, "The action will generate a palette of all possible variations of LAB channel inversion and equalization adjustments."
  • Timothy Lee reports Man Says CES Lidar's Laser Was So Powerful It Wrecked His $1,998 Camera. The company "didn't deny" the laser can damage camera sensors, including those on other self-driving vehicles. Does not play well with others, one might say.
  • ZDNet reports TLS Certificates Not Renewed, Many Websites Are Down as a result of the partial federal government shutdown. Among the 80 government sites with no one around to renew the certificates are NASA, the US Department of Justice, and the Court of Appeals sites.
  • Kirk Tuck considers whether A New Camera or Lens can make you happy. "I get a lot of pleasure out of owning certain cameras and also trying out new stuff that's well made," he writes before explaining why he dumped Sony, why the Nikon D810 didn't accompany him on urban hikes and how a stripped down Fujifilm X-H1 feels just right.
  • Steve Brachmann reports Getty Images Wins Summary Judgment in Copyright Case Over Press Photographs. "Judge Hellerstein's grant of summary judgment dismissed the case without prejudice after the undisputed evidence showed that Zuma caused Getty to confuse Zuma's images with images that Getty had been authorized to use," he writes.

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