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Popular Photography September 2015

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Bonnier Corporation
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imagemaker kate turning

Assignments and fine art projects have taken Kate as far as Tahiti, Japan, Hong Kong, India, Europe and Saudi Arabia. She has created unique and lyrical imagery for clients from pop stars to major ad campaigns. She orchestrates her photographs like frothy Rossini bonbons, bursting with detailed embellishment and an ever-present sense of fun and imagination. Her deep love of painting in all its forms from the Old Masters to Pop Surrealism, can be seen in her bold use of color and innovative lighting. The image: PENTAX 645Z camera and the HD PENTAX D FA 645 MACRO 90mm Lens F2.8 ED AW SR. Camera Setting f16 at 1/125 Sec., ISO 100 The concept: “As soon as I saw our model in this frothy creation, the shot was going to be all about line and texture.” Contact…

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tool time

In the week between our most recent issue coming out and my writing this column, I received dozens of email missives from you. The vast majority not only cheered our newsstand cover experiment, but also encouraged us to emphasize photographic technique over equipment throughout the magazine. So you may be surprised to see six pages in our feature well, starting on page 54, devoted to identifying the year’s best gear deals. While this might appear to go against your wishes, we think of this annual roundup as a way to encourage you to extend your photography in new directions without having to invest heavily in the tools needed to get you there. That’s one reason we characterized these bargains by their end use—the genre of imagery you want to create. For…

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image for a cause

Photographing for humanitarian groups in strifetorn areas of Africa means daily exposure to heartache. In June 2015, Juozas Cernius, a Canadian documentarian working for the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, encountered this child among 800 displaced Muslims sheltered from sectarian violence in a Central African Republic mosque. “Despite the risks of everyday life there, I was touched by the friendly and resilient spirit I met,” he recalls. His environmental portrait conveys a sense of an individual life behind the grim statistics. JUOZAS CERNIUS FOR THE INTERNATIONAL FEDERATION OF RED CROSS AND RED CRESCENT SOCIETIES…

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top tools

Round-Body Cam OLYMPUS AIR A01 Not just a lens, the Air A01 from Olympus is actually a 16MP Micro Four Thirds camera that lets you use your smartphone as a viewfinder and control panel. Its mount accepts any MFT-system glass. $299, street, body only; $499 with 14–42mm f/3.5 –5.6 lens; getolympus.com Shrunken Hero GOPRO HERO4 SESSION If a regular GoPro takes up too much space, try this waterproof cube. GoPro halved the size of its action camera and cut its weight by 40 percent. Video tops out at 1080p at 60 fps, not 4K, and most controls must be done by phone. $399, street; gopro.com Grand Master Flash CANON SPEEDLITE 430EX III-RT A built-in radio trigger on this TTL flash makes it easy to command a fleet of remote units, even when out of sight of the master.…

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pushing pixels

FOLLOWING ON the heels of the GX7—Panasonic’s top rangefinder-style body, which it replaces—the new Lumix DMC-GX8 ($1,198, street, body only) ups the ante in terms of pixel count, while adding Dual Image Stabilizer and 4K video and stills capture. The jump to 20.3MP from 16MP brings the Micro Four Thirds format into new territory and should help the format remain relevant as the full-frame world pushes its pixel count as high as 50MP. Dual I.S. combines lens- and sensor-based stabilization (you had to choose between them on the GX7). Built on a rugged magnesiumalloy chassis, the weather-sealed body has an articulating OLED touchscreen and OLED electronic viewfinder with 0.77X (35mm equivalent) magnification. A quad-core CPU powers the Venus Engine processor. Burst shooting tops out at 8 frames per second with focus locked…

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extend your reach

LIGHTER THAN traditional monopods and usually equipped with adjustable brackets to hold smartphones, selfie sticks give mobile photographers not just a more flattering perspective for self-portraits but an easier way to shoot at odd angles. Some will let you mount an action camera or other compact —use your phone or tablet as a remote viewfinder and control via Wi-Fi. Here are five standouts. 1 Looq DG $17 This well-made bargain uses a wired trigger to snap a picture using an app for Android and iOS devices. It telescopes from 8.2 to 41.7 inches and holds phones up to 3.35 inches. HOT: Battery-free. NOT: No wireless control options. looqsystem.com 2 Revo Action Cam Self Shooting Pole $25 A padded grip makes it comfortable to hold. With a ¼-20 screw mount for cameras, it also accepts…