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25 September 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 black female photographers, Luke Nugent, David Hobby, Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique, a Miops discount, a Harold Davis webinar and the Newspaper Navigator.

  • The Guardian presents We Are Here, a showcase of black female photographers in the U.K. from an exhibit sponsored by Nikon. Some lovely images indeed.
  • In Elaborate Fashions and Hairstyles Explore Beauty and Power, Grace Ebert presents the fanciful work of London-based photographer Luke Nugent.
  • Strobist David Hobby continues his Stobist Lighting Cookbook with Fill in the Blanks. This episode explores lighting that translates "the way your eye sees light into a way that your camera can better understand it" with a challenging sunset portrait.
  • Mark Segal reviews Canson Infinity Baryta Photographique II. He believes baryta papers have been disappearing because "a chemical needed to work with the barium sulfate in this basic recipe became unavailable." With Canson's baryta "color rendition is very good, tonal gradations are fine, B&W neutrality is well preserved and highlight and shadow detail are also well preserved," he writes. "My overall recommendation is that if you like the finish, it's a very good paper."
  • Miops is offering a 15 percent discount on all products with the code STAYSAFE through the end of the month. We reviewed its smart high-speed trigger in 2016.
  • Harold Davis will conduct a free seminar on Bringing Garden Photography Indoors on Wednesday, Sept. 30, at 11 a.m. PDT. His new book Creative Garden Photography is available with a 40 percent discount when you use the code CGardenW40.
  • The Library of Congress has launched Newspaper Navigator, an AI-powered search engine for 16,358,041 historic newspaper pages in its Chronicling America collection. The content recognition model can detect photographs, illustrations, maps, comics, editorial cartoons, headlines and ads.

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