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5 March 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 the Smithsonian photo contest, Pictures of the Year International contest, the Art Institute of Chicago's Photo Conservation Department, Ethan Pines, Spectre reviewed and some legal advice.

  • Alan Taylor presents 15 images from the Finalists From Smithsonian Magazine's 2018 Photo Contest. There were over 48,000 entries from 207 countries and territories. There's more on the contest page.
  • James Estrin presents The Best Photos From the 76th Pictures of the Year International.
  • Jeffrey Brown explores The 'Artistry' Behind Protecting and Repairing Photographs with Sylvie Penichon, head of the Art Institute of Chicago's Photo Conservation Department. "You could say I am maybe the primary care physician of the photograph collection," she tells him. Color photos are stored at no warmer than 40 degrees, we learn, while black-and-whites can handle up to 60 degrees.
  • Ethan Pines talks about shooting Theranos founder and CEO Elizabeth Holmes for Forbes in 2014. "You couldn't help liking her, wanting to believe her, itching to embrace the dreamy future she promised," he writes.
  • John Voorhees reviews Spectre, the computational shutter for the iPhone from the team that created Halide. "The bottom line is that it takes some practice to get good shots from Spectre: both practice holding your iPhone steady and knowing what kind of conditions are best for taking long exposures," he writes.
  • Greenberg & Reznicki point out the rules are changing for everybody in PG to X to XXX Rated Photography. "Bottom line: get crystal clear signed written releases, proof of age, keep records in both digital and paper form forever," they advise.

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