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24 June 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 Paul Johnson, Paris, the GFX 100, a small zoom, the 2019 iMac 5K, Bye Bye Camera, USB plug design, GIMP, Pratik Naik, reading image ratings and ageism.

  • Laura Stagaitis presents several images by Minnesota-based photographer Paul Johnson that document A Once-Thriving Farm Community Subsumed by Rising Waters.
  • Midnight in Paris is Scott Kelby's Spark presentation of a recent workshop, featuring all his favorite behind-the-scenes photos from the trip.
  • Jim Kasson asks, Is the GFX 100 Unfocused? "I don't like the Swiss Army knife approach to tool building," he explains. "Give me a tool that performs a narrow function superbly and I'm a happy camper." He suspects the new Fujifilm medium format camera is trying to be all things to all people.
  • Derrick Story sings the praises of The Incredible, Compact Panasonic 35-100mm MFT Zoom. He took the two-inch, 70-300mm equivalent, $400 Micro Four Thirds zoom to the graduation ceremony at Santa Clara University where pro equipment is verboten. "After four years of private school tuition, I was not going to be denied those precious moments of celebration," he explains.
  • Lloyd Chambers reports his 8-week old 2019 iMac 5K Rocks for photo work. The eight-core CPU matters a lot more in Photoshop than the GPU (used for Enhance Details), he adds.
  • Damjanski's Bye Bye Camera "simply removes people from photos and fills in the background," Jason Bailey writes. The app relies on Yolo image recognition with a neural network that analyzes the background and tries to repaint it.
  • Ajay Bhatt realizes the pain his IBM team's USB Plug has inflicted on the world: the USB paradox, the inevitability of always getting it wrong on the first try. But a reversible design would have doubled the cost (and electronics), he says.
  • GIMP 2.10.12 has been released. "GIMP 2.10.12 is mostly a bug fix release as some annoying bugs were discovered, which is to be expected after a 2.10.10 with so many changes!" But there are a few improvements, too. The Curves tool has been improved, there is Layers support for TIFF exports, Windows now supports user-installed fonts and more.
  • Hillary Grigonis describes Pratik Naik's setup for Dodging and Burning Your Images Non-Destructively using layers.
  • TheManry has posted a free Keyboard Maestro macro to Find Images Rated No Stars and move them to a new folder. It relies on Phil Harvey's ExifTool to read the Lightroom rating.
  • In Age and Photography, Kirk Tuck explains age has nothing to do with it. It's so long, you'll be in your sixties by the time you finish it. Which will only make its wisdom easier to appreciate.

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