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22 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 the Magnum print sale, Lisa Sorgini, Johanna-Maria Fritz, Catherine Leroy, post production, Apple ProRaw in Lightroom, tripods, pixel shift, ACR, wildlife photography and Joe McNally.

  • In Surprise! Magnum Celebrates the Unexpected, the Guardian showcases a few of the images chosen for Magnum's latest print sale, The Unexpected.
  • In Behind Glass, Cat Lachowskyj presents Lisa Sorgini's series of portraits of motherhood taken during the pandemic. "Making images of this time became therapeutic -- a way to process my unrecognizable new life, as I so often felt like I was outside of my own body and the things happening around me felt like they were happening to someone else," Sorgini says.
  • Johanna-Maria Fritz captures Tightrope Walkers in Dagestan where they once used tightropes to cross the dividing gorges. "There are only a few who still master and also teach tightrope walking," she says. She found them.
  • In I Don't Want My Role Models Erased, Elizabeth Becker celebrates three female war correspondents she learned from, including the photographer Catherine Leroy.
  • Kirk Tuck shares Some Notes on Post Production after shooting 3,000 Raw portraits. Lightroom let him cull 1,000 or them and convert the remaining ones to JPEGs he uploaded to Smugmug for client review.
  • Russell "Wait! There's More!" Brown demonstrates using Apple ProRaw in Lightroom.
  • In Tripods Today, Tom Hogan picked eight representative models ranging from compact to hefty, reporting the specs and giving a synopsis of each one's pluses and minuses.
  • In Fujifilm GFX 100S Pixel Shift, Jim Kasson elaborates on his argument that rather than increasing resolution, pixel shift actually reduces aliasing. "Pixel shifting can be a great thing, if your subject is static — I mean really, really static — and your camera is clamped to a sturdy tripod on solid ground," he writes.
  • In Adobe Is Destabilizing Adobe Camera Raw, Lloyd Chambers details several bugs he's experienced on an 2019 Mac Pro with the latest releases. We can confirm the problem but we're working on an unsupported 2010 system running Mojave. It seems as if either Lightroom or Photoshop is broken at any particular moment these days. Our solution is to keep two versions of Photoshop active on our systems so we can revert to what works when we don't need the new features.
  • Ellyn Kail collected Eight Common Ethical Mistakes in Wildlife Photography (like using flash) and what to do about them.
  • Joe McNally remembers ascending The World's Tallest Building with his camera, of course.

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