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6 February 2020

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 #Photojournalism, the Fujifilm X100V, Jason Flynn, the Godox TT600, an LED bulb, camera death, Adobe Capture, the Women's Weekend Film Challenge, Wacom and truth in advertising.

  • Kevin Raber likes the Fujifilm X100V. A lot. "It all just feels right," he points out. "And, more than anything else, it is a lot of fun to shoot with."
  • Portrait photographer Jason Flynn asks, What Are Your Images Saying? "If I'm a part of every image I make, what do I want them to say about me and the way I see the world?" he writes.
  • Strobist David Hobby praises the $70 Godox TT600 strobe as "a screaming bargain." It's not just the price, either. These babies have radios that can work as a transmitter or receiver, too.
  • In More LED Lighting Madness, Andrew Molitor finds a 3900 lumens LED that screws into a standard light bulb socket and produces a unique catch light.
  • Kirk Tuck's backup Panasonic Lumix S1R died in the middle of a portrait shoot. He called his salesperson who sent a message to a Panasonic tech representative. "Camera Death. So sad. I'll let you guys know how it all turns out," he promises.
  • Andrew Smyk reports Adobe Capture Is Now Available on Desktop for Photoshop and Creative Cloud Libraries. "Designers can trigger the in-app Adobe Capture extension from the Libraries panel in Photoshop (desktop version only) to create patterns, vector shapes, color themes and gradients extracted from images," he writes.
  • Katrina Medoff and Tracy Sayre talk about the Women's Weekend Film Challenge on the latest LensRentals podcast. The Challenge is a women-in-film initiative that places professional filmmakers on crews that write, shoot and edit a short film in just one weekend.
  • Robert Heaton discovered Wacom Drawing Tablets Track the Name of Every Application That You Open. If, that is, you opt-in on their cloud services, which is why it isn't just a mouse keeping an eye on you. It's also pretty standard industry practice to give developers feedback on how products are used and what issues crop up. But nice detective work all the same.
  • In Truth in Advertising Now Your Concern, Greenberg & Reznicki advise Federal and local agencies have expanded their protections and the more you know about them, the more valuable you are to your clients.

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