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6 April 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 Roff Smith, PF Bentley, the Pen tool, Dave Williams, Erwin Puts and a Retrospective bag discount.

  • In A Cyclist on the English Landscape, Roff Smith shows what developed when he "started bringing a camera and tripod with me on my morning bicycle rides, shooting them as though they were magazine assignments." He's in every shot, too (and generously explains how he arranged that). More of the series can be seen at @roffsmith.
  • In Storytelling Pictures, Joe McNally receives a 16x20 print from PF Bentley of a historic moment as, he admits, photojournalists "have taken it on the chin of late." To make ends meet, they are resorting to grants, licensing fees and other income sources. "It's tough to concentrate on the story at hand when you can't make the rent," he writes.
  • Julieanne Kost shares 15 Tips for Working With Paths and the Pen Tool in Photoshop. If you haven't indulged, you may be missing one of the most useful selection tools available.
  • Dave Williams praises The Camera in Your Pocket, with a few examples of how useful he's found his own smartphone. "Get to grips with all it can do, so you can take advantage of it to create some great photos," he writes. "You won't regret it."
  • We note the passing of Leica expert Erwin Puts, eulogized by Don Morley. "He had a lot of the excited little boy about him with a brilliant mind, always curious and wanting to know more, always with that twinkle in his eye that you can see in the accompanying photographs," he writes. Mike Johnston also marks his passing with a memory of the man.
  • Think Tank Photo is offering a 15 percent discount on its Retrospective bags, which we reviewed in 2019. "Their intelligent design and sturdy build earn them both four photo corners from us," we wrote.

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