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23 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 SOOC monochromes, recommended Mac hardware, the Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 XF lens, Astro Panel, Quantum dots, Auschwitz reminder, Prints for Good, Nato-Lens and Judi Dench.

  • Ming Thein's Angled is a collection of almost abstract black-and-white architecture shots, part of his "SOOC [Straight Out Of the Camera] JPEG experiment" which captures JPEGs in the camera without post-processing them.
  • Thom Hogan provides a comprehensive list of his Recommended Mac Hardware that includes minimum configurations for photo work. The only caveat we'd toss in is that the MacBook Pro line is due for some revision this year, including a larger screen size.
  • Kirk Tuck makes friends with his Fujifilm 8-16mm f2.8 XF lens despite "wide-angle phobia."
  • Mel Martin reviews "Astro Panel 2.0 by Angelo Perrone, "a nifty Photoshop Plug-in that can automatically ease a lot of processing challenges and greatly improve your night sky photos."
  • In This Technology Can Make a Camera Resolve Terapixels, Not Megapixels, Chris Gampat gives procrastinators yet another reason to hold off. Quantum dots, it's called.
  • Kehl Bayern reports Auschwitz Memorial Reminds Visitors to Not Use Railroad Tracks for Instagram Poses. Apparently some people have to be told what's inappropriate on the site of "one of history's most brutal genocides."
  • Photographers Kyle Kotajarvi and Mio Monasch have created an online photography shop called Prints for Good with 100 percent of the profits going to Christchurch victim support services.
  • The $220 Nato-Lens is a wristwatch that looks like a lens with a rotating bezel, luminous hands, fish-eye lens and water-resistant case. No camera attached but trying explaining that to security.
  • You too can own this classic portrait of Judi Dench, August 1977 photographed at her home in north London by Frank Martin for just £50. We love it down to the askew lamp shade by the phone (not to mention the profile in the mirror).

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