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17 March 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 St. Patrick's Day, tulle, inclusion, Eric Smith, the square format, the GFX 100S and white backdrops.

  • The Guardian presents famous buildings and monuments in shades of green celebrating St. Patrick's Day around the world.
  • Grace Ebert showcases Thomas Jackson's 4x5s of Colorful Tufts of Tulle as they gloat down the California coastline. "I chose tulle for its mutability -- depending on how it's arranged and how the wind catches it, it can morph from a solid to a liquid, to fire to billowing smoke," Jackson tells her.
  • Oriana Koren advocates ways of Building Safe, Equitable and Inclusive Photography Sets. Diversity isn't the real issue but "the exclusion of folks who are marginalized in our society and, as such, in our industry as our workplaces often reflect the biases of the large society in which we work and are a part of."
  • Dan Havlik tells The Story Behind Eric Smith's Surprising Whale Photo. "The calf made an appearance near the bow of the boat causing everyone to look forward," Smith recalls. "A second later, the mother emerged a foot behind the stern in behavior called a spy hop."
  • In Square, Mike Johnston talks about shooting in a 1:1 aspect ratio and appreciates Kodak's Instamatic program that intelligently addressed the problems of the day.
  • Jim Kasson continues his report on the GFX 100S with two articles, one on Read Noise and EDR vs. ISO Setting and the other on EDR vs. Shutter Speed.
  • Zach Sutton reveals Five Ways to Shoot Portraits on a White Backdrop that vary the tonality of the backdrop. No math required. "When using a single light source, the closer you have your subject to the background, the lighter the background will be, the further away, the darker it will be," he writes.

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