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14 November 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 See-thru, event photography, turning silver into gold, stock licensing and Lucas Zanotto.

  • In Sea-Thru Brings Clarity to Underwater Photos, Eric Olsen details a new algorithm called Sea-thru developed by engineer and oceanographer Derya Akkaynak to remove the visual distortion caused by water from an image. We compared her results to a Camera Raw edit with Temperature +44, Tint +70, Exposure -0.55, Contrast +38, Clarity +38, Dehaze +57. Her approach does, in fact, yield better color (original below):
  • Kirk Tuck likes The Pentax K-1 and the Godox V-1 for event photography. "I like using a white dome on top of the round flash head to get a combination of some direct light mixed mostly (if I point the head the right way) with ceiling bounce light," he writes.
  • In How Early Photographers Turned Silver Into Gold, David Horan and Roger Cicala discuss postmortem portraits, howthe carte de visite helped one American president win an election and some of the preconceived notions about the early days of photography.
  • In Listen to McLuan, Just DIY, Greenberg & Rezenicki quote the Canadian philosopher to introduce the subject of DIY stock licensing. "These days, stock photography is an untenable business model as an income stream for photographers and other creators who need to make a living from their creative work." Unless you do the licensing yourself.
  • Lucas Zanotto's Six Kinetic Characters are just fun, even if they have nothing to do with photography.

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