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10 November 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 ISS at 20, Siena photo awards, Rashod Taylor, Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen, Mann's iPhone 12 Pro Max review, the Nikon F, buying used, Photoshop actions, a flash conference and upgrading to Big Sur.

  • The Guardian takes you Inside the International Space Station with a new set of images by Italian astronaut Paolo Nespoli and photographer Roland Miller as the ISS celebrates 20 years of continuous human habitation in space this month.
  • Malaka Gharib presents a selection of images by the winners of the 2020 Siena International Photo Awards. More can be seen at the Siena site.
  • In A Black Father's Homage to His Young Son, Ellyn Kail presents the photographs by Rashod Taylor of his son LJ. "Over the last five years, the artist had made countless pictures of his son's many homemade forts, backyard adventures, naps and more, creating an ever-evolving record of one boy's childhood, his father's love and his place in history," she writes.
  • In The Reinvention of Forms, Stephanie Wade looks at Danish photographer Jonas Bjerre-Poulsen's minimal monochromatic images which show, he says, "the imperfections, hapticity and sensual elements that are all around me."
  • Austin Mann has published his iPhone 12 Pro Max Camera Review with images shot in Zion National Park. While he acknowledges "both the iPhone 12 Pro and 12 Pro Max are a massive jump in imaging capability compared to previous years," he's not sure he's OK with a big phone.
  • Mike Johnston eulogizes the The Nikon F, 1959-2020 after Nikon lists it as "old product." We still remember our angst deciding on an FM2 and FE2 over the F3 when Jimmy Carter was president.
  • Jason Row lists Five Reasons Buying a Second Hand Camera Is a Great Idea. Price is only one of them.
  • In Using Actions to Increase Your Productivity in Photoshop, Julieanne Kost gives an overview with links to resources on automating repetitive processes in the image editing software.
  • Joe McNally and Scott Kelby will host A Flash Intensive (Virtual) Conference on Nov. 17 and 18. "Scott does basics -- gear, buttons and dials, flash technique and, as only Scott can, he also teaches some retouching. I'll be doing advanced flash techniques, such as shadows and gels, building multi-flash scenarios, sorting out shapers to create beauty and character," McNally writes. There's a $150 discount if you register for the $299 event by Nov. 16.
  • In Big Sur: Read This Before Upgrading, Howard Oakley, who has been updating his free macOS utilities to run on ARM processors, links to his articles covering various issues raised by the new macOS. Those include its peculiar version numbering which can affect scripts, signed system volume and boot disk layout.

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