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6 October 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 Max Whittaker, the state of the market, Japan colorized, Dave Williams and Conan O'Brien.

  • Heidi Volpe interviews Max Whittaker about covering this year's wildfires after 19 years. "When I first started covering wildfires in the early 2000s, they were primarily in forests, away from population centers," he says. Not any more. "Gradually, the fires began to move more quickly and explosively, driven by high winds, high temperatures and dry fuel and threaten more and larger communities more frequently,"
  • Thom Hogan asks, Where Are We, Really? To answer that question, he lists current medium format, full frame and APS-C cameras. He skipped Micro Four Thirds.
  • Vox Lab describes How Colorized Photos Helped Introduce Japan to the World. "Foreign photographers like Felice Beato and Baron Raimund von Stillfried established photo studios and they employed fine artists from the Japanese ukiyo-e woodblock print industry to carefully apply watercolors to their prints."
  • In Purists vs. Photoshop, Dave Williams explains to the naive that the tools in any image editing app have been derived from darkroom tools in the film era. We'd go a bit further and say all images are edited, even the ones straight out of the camera. The algorithms that adjust exposure, correct lens curvature, bump up saturation (not to mention computational photography) all edit the raw data. You just don't get a vote in the matter.
  • In Conan O'Brien to Co-Host Adobe MAX 2020, Adobe announces O'Brien will appear with Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen and Chief Product Officer and EVP Scott Belsky for the Oct. 20 keynote at 9 a.m. PDT. It's not too late to register for the free event.

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