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11 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 BPPA Press Photographer of the Year photos, the Polish secret police, Austin's Tent City, Total Relighting, customizing Photoshop, landscape patterns, depth of field and Pixlr.

  • The Guardian presents some of the winners from the BPPA Press Photographer of the Year awards. "The brand new competition was created by press photographers for press photographers, to showcase the outstanding and unprecedented photography taken for and used by, the UK media."
  • In How to Look Natural in Photos, Joanna Cresswell reviews the new publication from curator Beata Bartecka and photographer and curator Ɓukasz Rusznica's new publication. "All of the photographs in the book are assembled from the Institute of National Remembrance: Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation, which examines Polish history between the early 20th century and the fall of the totalitarian system," she writes. The images are from the archive of the Polish secret police.
  • Kirk Tuck photographs Tent City in Austin as a new city ban on "camping, resting, sitting or sleeping in most public areas in the city" goes into effect. The encampments, like the problems they represent, are not unique to Austin.
  • Total Relighting is a new deep-learning method for analyzing portrait lighting to impose new light sources, blending the subject into environments with different lighting. Here's the 6:12 video:
  • Julieanne Kost lists 30 Tips to Customize the Photoshop Interface. She leaves no icon unturned, including tools, panels, menus, workspaces, view options, screen modes, font size and more.
  • In Patterns Can Explode Your Landscape Composition, Rob Wood looks at 17 examples. "While this element of landscape composition is toward the more difficult end of the spectrum, it is worth looking at it and other advanced techniques," he writes.
  • In FF and MF DOF Compared Visually, Jim Kasson compares the depth of field of the full frame sensor of a Sony a7R IV with the medium format sensor of a Fujifilm GFX 100S.
  • The Web-based photo editing software Pixlr has added new Premium plan templates in 15 categories including Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube, a total of 950. Pixlrs premium plan starts at $4.90 a month with a 30-day free trial.

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