Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro July/August 2020

Digital Photo Pro is the serious digital photography enthusiast and professional’s guide to advanced technology and creativity. Each issue showcases the very best in photography, and helps readers navigate the sea of equipment, storage methods, electronics and more, so they can make better decisions and take better photos.

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in this issue

3 min.
editor’s note

It has been tremendously difficult for most businesses since the outbreak of coronavirus began to affect the U.S., starting in March, resulting in massive shutdowns of many sectors of the economy by the end of that month, including a Global Level 4 “Do Not Travel” Health Advisory issued March 31 by the U.S. government telling citizens to avoid all international travel. The fallout has been severe for photographers: According to a recent survey compiled and posted on Lensrentals, around 96 percent of the photographers and videographers polled said their work and/or income had been impacted by COVID-19, and about 75 percent had all or almost all of their jobs canceled. Perhaps the most heartbreaking data point is that 81 percent of those polled are considering leaving the industry due to the…

7 min.

Tamron Launches 70-180mm F/2.8 Zoom For Sony Full Frames Last fall, at PhotoPlus Expo, Tamron announced that it had been developing four lenses designed to work specifically with Sony E-Mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. This past April, it officially launched the fourth lens, the 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056), a large aperture telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. According to the company, “it’s the lightest and most compact in its class…and delivers quiet, fast focus and superb performance.” The lens should be available now, but Tamron stated, “due to the spread of COVID-19, the release date or the product supply schedule could be delayed.” The 70-180mm F/2.8 has a number of impressive features, including: • Optical construction of 19 elements in 14 groups.• Several special lens elements, including a total…

1 min.

CARES Act Provides Emergency Funding For Professional Photographers It’s been a very difficult time for photographers, particularly event and wedding photographers, as nationwide shutdowns continue due to the effects of coronavirus. In early April, William Sawalich put together this helpful guide to financial aid and emergency funding for professional photographers, through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. For more, see his story here: digitalphotopro.com/newswire/cares-act-provides-emergency-funding-for-professional-photographers Virtual Fine-Art Photography & Film Friday: Dorothea Lange At The MoMA & More Although museums have been hit by the effects of the coronavirus, they're still presenting fine-art exhibitions online. We’ve compiled a few notable photography shows, including the Dorothea Lange retrospective at the MoMA. See it and more at: digitalphotopro.com/newswire/virtual-fine-art-photography-film-friday-dorothea-lange-at-the-moma-more HDVideoPro: Sound Devices Steps Up During Pandemic Contributing Editor Daniel Brockett reported on how Sound Devices, a…

8 min.
live from chicago!

Zoran Orlic’s photography journey began early. When he was just 12 years old, he got a Canon AE-1 film SLR and was instantly hooked; his obsession grew, and he was quickly shooting nonstop. He’s never stopped. Photography became one of the great passions of his life. The other is music. Orlic is a world-class music photographer, known in particular for his unique perspective on live music—instantly recognizable to fans of bands such as Wilco, The Frames and Trampled by Turtles. The Croatian-born photographer relocated to Chicago at an early age and began photographing bands in college. As a young musician might, he took his mantra seriously: practice, practice, practice. It wasn’t until he chanced upon the work of one of the greatest rock photographers of all time that lightning struck, and he…

9 min.
amish on vacation

There’s a tendency in photojournalism, documentary and even editorial photography to seek out the sensational, particularly to document the strife that’s part of current events and history. However, even in these turbulent times, most people spend their time performing commonplace tasks and engaging in routine activities. For example, their lives—our lives—are focused on things like their children’s grades, paying bills or what to make for dinner. The renowned Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt once told me years ago, “I’d like to see photographers shoot duller things and make them interesting. I don’t mean like wilting lilies or flower arrangements, but human stuff. Stuff that doesn’t jump out at you. Life is not only misery and hysteria, it’s also everything in between.” The projects of Ukraine-born, New York-based editorial photographer Dina Litovsky epitomize the “everything…

9 min.
leaning into vision

Fresh to the game, photojournalist and documentary photographer Desiree Rios has been out in the field covering news stories for only a couple of years, and she’s already a regular contributor to The New York Times. While she’s still learning the ebbs and flows of freelance life, her solid landing in the news industry has as much to do with her ability to professionally document a story as her ability to fuse it with her own vision. It’s an epiphany that’s easy to dismiss because it seems contradictory, but for Rios, the awakening has proven key to her career. “The first thing one of my mentors, Darcy Padilla, told me was that I’d never be a good documentary photographer until I dropped the naïve notion that what I’m producing is objective,”…