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7 December 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 Andrew McCarthy, Northern Lights, Ash Adams, Iceland, greeting cards, clone/healing brush tips, menu systems, M1 chips, MacBook Pro SD reader and Andrew Molitor.

  • Grace Ebert feature the The Swirling, Feather-Like Details of the Sun captured in a huge composite by Arizona-based Andrew McCarthy at 2 p.m. Nov. 29. "Planet-sized streams of plasma snake up from the surface, dwarfed by looming prominences and filaments," he says.
  • In Northern Lights Photographer of the Year, the Guardian presents images from the annual northern lights photographer of the year collection published by Capture the Atlas.
  • In Fall 2021 Patagonia Journal, Heidi Volpe talks to Ash Adams about a shoot in Anchorage and mentorship in general.
  • Dave Williams is Flying High Over Iceland after Russell Brown finds some spare change in "a budget set aside to support and recognize creative talent." That would be the cookie jar around here.
  • Adobe shows how to Make Your Card Twinkle with some free clip art and stylized text to get that retro holiday card look. Which prompts up to point out our tutorial How to Make an HTML Email Holiday Card with a free template.
  • Julieanne Kost lists 10 Tips for the Clone Stamp and Healing Brush Tools in Photoshop.
  • Chris Gampat asks Which Is the Best Camera Menu System? Then he goes through the list. The one you know because none of them are models of efficiency. He admires Hasselblad's the most but we prefer a tabbed interface to the iOS-like Hasselblad interface. Because, you know, that's what we are used to. Still, it's a little appreciated but important aspect to living with a camera.
  • In Comparing Performance of M1 Chips: 4 Icestorm, Howard Oakley continues his exploration of Apple's new silicon, profiling behavior with his own utilities to show how each generation handles different tasks.
  • Amber Neely reports Some SD Cards Not Working With 2021 MacBook Pro. See our review of the EZQuest Card Reader for one solution.
  • Andrew Molitor's Christmas Gift Ideas is a Nikon 3100 with a manual focus 50mm Nikkor. "And no, I am not kidding. I literally take most of my pictures this way. It's fine," he insists. But we think he proves the point that any entry-level dSLR is a mistake. Better to get a no-frills model higher up the hierarchy than anything designed for someone who knows nothing at all.

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