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27 January 2022

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 the Global SinoPhoto Awards, Aldo Chacon, Harold Davis, a Smart Sharpen bug, Moment MagSafe accessories, Z 9 dark-field histograms, Leica, Shot on iPhone Challenge and Eddit's mentor list.

  • The Guardian showcases winners of the Global SinoPhoto Awards in four categories: water, home, work and play, and environment. The Museum of East Asian Art in Bath will exhibit the winning entries from Feb. 16 to May 14.
  • Suzanne Sease featurs Nike's World, the personal project of Aldo Chacon. "I wanted to use sneakers as my main subject as a way to tell a story and transport the viewer to a world without the prejudgment of having a person as the main subject and just let their imaginations decide who's the owner of that shoe," he says.
  • In Bunches of Bunches, Harold Davis takes nine captures with a Nikon D850 and Zeiss Otus 55mm on a tripod. "Each exposure as at f/6 and ISO 64, with exposure times ranging from 1/30 of a second to 4 seconds," he writes.
  • Lloyd Chambers documents Vertical Line Artifacts After Smart Sharpen on Apple MacBook Pro M1 Max in Photoshop. Adobe has tracked it down to "a Monterey specific GPU driver issue." Disabling OpenCL resolves the issue at present but at a performance penalty.
  • In Moment Offers Useful MagSafe Accessories for Photographers, Juli Clover reviews some interesting tools to become attached to. To take just a couple, the $40 Multi-Threaded Mount can mount an iPhone to tripods, rig mounts, ball heads, and other accessories while the $40 Tripod Mount adds an arm and can be outfitted with a cold shoe for $20 more.
  • In Nikon Z 9 Dark-Field Histograms, Jim Kasson analyzes captures of the back of a body cap. "This is good performance; the digital tricks don't start until the ISO gets really high," he writes.
  • In Don't Take the Bait, Kirk Tuck amusingly responds to the Various Influencers jabs at the Leica M11. "It always amazes me that everyone who even vaguely understands photography gear has a staunchly held opinion about rangefinder cameras (true optical rangefinders) and the Leica company in particular, but so few have ever actually used a Leica M series camera out in the field," he concludes.
  • Apple is soliciting entries for its Shot on iPhone Challenge. "Ten winning photos will be featured on Apple Newsroom,, Apple Twitter (@Apple), Apple Instagram (@apple), Apple WeChat, and Apple Weibo accounts, and may appear in Apple Store locations on billboards, Apple internal exhibitions, in digital advertising, and any exhibitions," the company notes. "Apple believes strongly that artists should be compensated for their work and will pay a licensing fee to the 10 winning photographers for use of such photos on Apple marketing channels. You retain your rights to your photograph; however, by submitting your photo, you grant Apple a royalty-free, worldwide, irrevocable, nonexclusive license for one year," it continues in part. Read the fine print.
  • Reddit has published its 2022 Mentor List of photographers willing to share their knowledge through mentoring.

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