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7 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 extraordinary women, Drone Photo Awards, Ed Ruscha's snow, Photo London 2020, a Nikon Z 5 review, social media influencers, Joseph Ross, a contract and a Davis panel.

  • Extraordinary Women: Courage and Defiance Through War and Hardship collects the monochromatic photographs of photojournalist Tom Stoddart from his book and exhibition.
  • The winners of the 2020 Drone Photo Awards have been announced.
  • Does It Snow in LA? Nathaniel Deines wonders after working with artificial intelligence to analyze over 60,000 images of Sunset Boulevard taken by Ed Ruscha from 1965 to 2007. "Does the computer do a good job of seeing? In our experience, the answer is, sort of!" he concludes.
  • The British Journal of Photography has published Your Virtual Guide to Photo London 2020. "Despite the downside of not experiencing art in person, the vast fair, which usually occupies Somerset House, London, translates surprisingly well to the Web," it notes.
  • Thom Hogan has published his Nikon Z 5 Camera Review. "Other than the two performance liabilities I mention (low light focus and frame rate), Nikon hasn't gone about crippling the performance or feature set of the Z 5," he writes. "It's pretty much the feature set of the Z 6 and D780, two very capable cameras."
  • Kirk Tuck considers The Role of Social Media Influencers in the Camera Market. "Wouldn't it be super cool if every 'influencer' in the camera space was judged by his or her actual work first?" he asks. Well, their actual work is influencing not photographing.
  • Portrait photographer Joseph Ross hopes to Encourage Emerging Photographers with this reflection on his own first few years in the business. "My journey as a photographer started three years ago when I was a senior in college, studying for a degree which would lead to a career that I realized I would never be passionate about," he begins.
  • In Real Families for a Technology Client, Craig Oppenheimer prices a contract for the use of 60 images over two years in the Covid-19 era. "I think the photographer was a great choice for this campaign, but I've seen other projects where seemingly perfect photographers drop out of the running because they don't have that perfect talent/location at their fingertips," he writes.
  • Harold Davis is hosting a Master Photographer Panel With Jennifer King and Alan Shapiro on Saturdday, Oct. 10, via zoom. All proceeds from the $19.95 tuition will to the NAACP Empowerment Funds.

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