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10 May 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 15 Asian photographers, Alfredo Cunha, Katerina Vo, ants, the best all-around cameras, the WeMacro focus stacking rail, ON1 Effects 21, Joe McNally and Ifeoma Ozoma.

  • Ellyn Kail highlights 15 Photographers of Asian Descent Exploring Identity.
  • Hope features Alfredo Cunha's photos of everyday life in Portugal from the spring of 2020. "I called it Hope precisely because the images are sombre," he says. "We need to leave these dark times. The parts dedicated to the youth and to the landscape are images of hope."
  • Justin Herfst interviews Katerina Vo, whose project Fatherland is a finalist for the 2021 Lens Culture Art Photography Award. She directed family members to act out scenes, "exploring (white, suburban) U.S. masculinity and its relationship to the nation."
  • Eduard Florin Niga has produced a series of Ant Headshots that “open a door to a completely new world.”
  • Thom Hogan lists The Best All-Around Cameras, narrowing down nine candidates to three winners.
  • Peter Aitken reviews the $300 WeMacro Focus Stacking Rail (plus $50 shipping from the company in China). Despite the bargain price for a stacking rail (which can run around $2,500), he was impressed by the build quality and software chops.
  • Derrick Story demonstrates using ON1 Effects 21 to enhance his iPhone photos.
  • In New Website Launch, Joe McNally launches a new home page with a new domain name on his Photoshelter site.
  • In She Broke Her NDA to Speak Out Against Pinterest, Kari Paul interviews Ifeoma Ozoma about her experience at the company which ultimately led her to resign. "People should not have to rely on whisper networks for justice," Ozoma said. "You shouldn't have to know people in order to have information on how to take these steps." Ozoma co-sponsored the Silenced No More Act in California.

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