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25 May 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 cameras, Bonnaroo, platform discontinuation, the Sunny 16 rule, the Benro Tablepod Flex, print hanging options, Tinybeans and Steve Kerr.

  • In Baker's Dozen: Camera(s), Mike Johnston presents a selection of reader images and stories about their photos of cameras.
  • Brad Moore continues his Photographing Bonnaroo for Red Bull series with Day 2, the first day of performances on the main stage.
  • In The Coming Platform Discontinuations, Thom Hogan suggests it's fine to invest in a camera platform (like Canon M) even if the company itself no longer seems interested if you plan to use the camera no longer than five years. The real issue is repairability. Our oldest APS-C dSLR is 16 years old and the youngest 14. Our Micro Four Thirds is 12 years old. All running their original batteries after some 70,000+ images. Our mileage varies, you might say.
  • In Understanding the Sunny 16 Rule, Jason Little explains how to set your camera according to the time-honored formula and commenters attest to its continued usefulness.
  • The Phoblographer reviews the $170 Benro Tablepod Flex, a small tripod with a ball head that includes flexible legs within its stiff legs, all six of which can be combined in various ways (including a monopod).
  • A Reddit poster asks for some DIY Print Hanging Options for large prints and gets some good suggestions.
  • Maria Guido, head of editorial at Tinybeans (which we reviewed in 2014), emailed this morning, "I have two elementary-aged children and at drop-off this morning, there were probably three times as many parents present." Responding to the school shooting in Uvalde, Tex., yesterday, she added, "One by one, I saw parents getting out of their cars and hugging and kissing their children, watching as they walked toward the school as if it could be the last time they saw them. No parent should feel like this when they drop their kids off at school." The company has published Tips for Talking to Kids About Tragedy in the News, she offered.
  • And in a remarkable pre-game press conference in which he said plainly "basketball questions don't matter," Golden State Warriors coach Steve Kerr, a victim himself of gun violence when his father was assassinated in Beirut, took on the 50 senators who refuse to pass gun legislation that the House passed two years ago. Which is how you talk to adults about tragedy in the news:

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