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20 April 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 Iceland, Everest, black-and-white conversion, octaboxing, NFTs, capturing natural colors, Nikon's Z firmware updates and the American Photography Open.

  • Kirk Tuck presents some neglected treasures from A Trip to Iceland a few years ago. "My biggest realization is just how good the lenses for the m4:3 system are," he writes.
  • In Mystery of a Missing Camera, Mike Johnston presents Mark Synnott's theory of why Sandy Irvine's body and the Vest Pocket Kodak he was carrying on Mount Everest in 1924 with have never been found.
  • Jeff Schewe joins Kevin Raber to discuss Black & White Conversion in Lightroom in this 7:39 video:
  • In addition to presenting the 5:03 video, Dan Havlik lists Miguel Quiles's Five Favorite Ways to Use an Octabox (or Big Flat Light) for portraits.
  • Rob Haggert discusses Supporting Photographers With NFTs. "I decided to dive headfirst into the NFT world a few months back," he writes. "I wanted to understand how it all worked and I gotta say, it's not really something you can dip your toe in ... so I decided the only way to do it was to become a collector." He'll continue the saga in a subsequent installment.
  • In Natural Colors: Reflectance Spectra Metamers, Jim Kasson shows some graphs from a program he wrote to show "metameric errors in digital cameras."
  • Nikon has released the Z system firmware updates announced last week for the Z 9, Z 7II and Z 6II. At the same time, it announced a high performance MC-CF660G CFExpress card for the Z 9 featuring a maximum read speed of 1700 MB/s and maximum write speed of 1500 MB/s will be available in June for $729.95.
  • PhotoShelter is now accepting entries to its American Photography Open 2022 competition for" photo enthusiasts at all levels." Deadline is Aug. 31.

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