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29 October 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 ghostly clouds, Austin Mann on the M1s, Joe McNally's book, the Sony A6600, Seim's free AI mask presets, RawPreviewExtractor, mirrors and calibrating an XDR display.

  • In Phantom Clouds Descend From the Sky, Grace Ebert presents Vorja S├ínchez's ghostly landscapes.
  • Austin Mann reviews the MacBook Pro M1 Max for Photographers. He wishes for a card slot like his Sony A1's and for a matte screen option but really loves the 64-GB RAM and 8-TB SSD model he tested. "In summary, the most impressive performance from the new MacBook Pro M1 Max wasn't just speed (it was about twice as fast), but it was insanely efficient in how it managed both its power and heat, which matters as much or more than pure speed," he writes.
  • In The Real Deal, Joe McNally shares stories and lessons from his career. The print book is $50 and the ebook $39.99 or both for $59.99 from Rocky Nook.
  • In Why the Sony A6600? Mike Johnston reveals the new camera he bought from B&H. Much of the piece, though, praises his Fujifilm X-T1 whose images he likes processing with Nik Silver Efex Pro 3.
  • Gavin Seim gives Lightroom's new AI masking a workout in How to Use Lightroom 11 Masking (and you get his free AI Mask presets too):
  • FastRawViewer has released RawPreviewExtractor to extract the JPEG preview from any Raw file. You can't see a Raw file as an image (on your camera's monitor, say) without the preview, so there's always one. Thom Hogan suggested the need for this, the company said, but ExifTool makes it pretty simple (exiftool -b -JpgFromRaw IMG0001.dng>IMG0001.jpg), although we use a Keyboard Maestro macro that's a bit more elaborate to do it.
  • Light Stalking takes a look at Mirror Photography, providing "simple tips that you can execute at home. Even if it's just you, your reflection, and uhm ... some more reflection."
  • In Fine-Tune the Calibration of the Liquid Retina XDR Display on Your MacBook Pro, Apple describes how to calibrate the new screens. But the support document also reports the displays are factory calibrated:

Every MacBook Pro with Liquid Retina XDR display undergoes a state-of-the-art factory display calibration process on the assembly line to ensure the accuracy of the P3 wide color panel and the individual backlight LEDs. In addition, the factory calibration process enables sophisticated built-in algorithms to accurately reproduce a variety of color spaces used by media workflows today, including sRGB, BT.601, BT.709 and even P3-ST.2084.

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