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12 January 2021

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 Ruth Orkin, Mel D. Cole, humpback whales, Lightroom lens correction controls, the consumer camera and gear to invest in.

  • On the occasion of an auction on the 100th anniversary of her birth, the Guardian presents a few images of The Pioneering Work of Ruth Orkin.
  • Heidi Volpe interviews Mel D. Cole about his coverage of at the Capitol last Wednesday. "That there's a human behind every photo that I captured that day and they all have stories to tell," he says. "Right or wrong, there's a story and it's important for history's sake to continue to tell those stories."
  • In The Intimacy and Humility of Documenting Humpback Whales, Anna Marks speaks with Sydney-based photographer Jem Cresswell about working underwater, capturing the personalities of individual animals and building relationships between species.
  • Julieanne Kost goes over the Lens Correction Controls in Lightroom Classic. She covers Raw vs. non-Raw profiles, vignetting, built-in corrections, custom profiling and dealing with chromatic aberration.
  • Thom Hogan outlines The Camera Maker Dilemma with a spreadsheet, no less. He suspects "we may be seeing the end of the consumer camera and the consumer customer. What would remain is the enthusiast and professional customers and products for those groups."
  • Dave Williams suggests Two Things to Invest In beyond a camera and a lens. That would be a tripod and a strap. "The survival of our most expensive and main tool -- our camera -- depends on our wise choices with these two things," he writes.

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