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5 March 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 The Smithsonian contest, Navid Baraty, ON1 Mobile camera app, the Sigma 45mm f2.8, Capture One Pro 20, launching a product and fake images.

  • The Smithsonian has posted the finalists for its 2019 Photo Contest (even if it's 2020). And you can vote for the Readers' Choice winner until March 30. Winners in all the categories will e announced the next day.
  • Grace Ebert presents the Towering Skyscrapers of Seattle-based photographer Navid Baraty. "With my series, I wanted to offer an altered and at times almost surreal perspective on the familiar streets that us city-dwellers drive and walk on each day," he says.
  • ON1 has provided a one-minute Mobile Sneak Peak to preview its new Mobile camera app "which will allow you to completely control your mobile photography experience."
  • Kirk Tuck praises the Sigma 45mm f2.8 prime. "Why do I like it? Because the object itself looks gorgeous, it works perfectly, the images coming out of it look different and (to me) better than the more "perfect" lenses around that focal length and because it's demure," he writes.
  • Derrick Story runs some Fujifilm X100V Raw files through Capture One Pro 20 and likes what he sees. "All of the Fujifilm simulations were available under Base Characteristics>Curve," he writes. "The app recognized the lens and allowed all of the lens corrections including CA, Distortion, diffraction correction, light falloff and sharpness. And the Raw files were very editable, including excellent highlight and shadow recovery."
  • How Do You Launch a Product? wonders Thom Hogan. "The key to a good product launch is how effectively you can get the news out to the folk that might be interested in it that you have a new product and that those people can get a truly viable notion of whether it might be for them or not," he writes.
  • In Fake Images: How an Oxford Firm's Technology Is Helping to Verify Images Online, Karen David takes a look at the Serelay platform, whose controlled capture strategy is "part of a movement led by Adobe to build a system of trust in image verification."

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