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15 April 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 Tommy Clarke, Iridient Digital X Transformer, pet photography,, Sigma and Mendel Mendlowits.

  • In Below & Beyond, Tommy Clarke reflects on photographing from an airplane, his passion for Martinique and the connection between aerial photography and environmental awareness.
  • Mike Johnston continues his quest for a Fujifilm Raw converter with Iridient Digital X Transformer. He prefers the Fujifilm X Raw Studio rendering of his black-and-white image before trying Adobe Camera Raw again. It isn't clear to us how much tweaking he does to the default conversion and tweaking is what Raw development is all about.
  • Nathan Berry has some tips on Sharpening Your Skills in Pet Photography. "If you are like many people I know during this time of social distancing and working from home, the only friend you may be hanging out with regularly is your best friend ... your doggo!" he writes.
  • Canon has launched, its Cloud-based platform for storing and sharing images. Curiously, though, whatever you upload is automatically deleted after 30 days, although thumbnails will remain. You can "forward" images to other services like Google Photos or opt for long term storage (up to 10-GB) with Canon.
  • Sigma has announced a new Dealer Program in which five percent of all Sigma lens sales made through participating dealers through June 30 will be donated to a charitable organization of the dealers' choice.
  • We note the passing of Mendel Mendlowits, a Holocaust survivor who founded Adorama in the 1970s. "His insatiable curiosity could turn a quick "hello" into an hour-long discussion," the family writes in a tribute.

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