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Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro

November/December 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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United States
Madavor Media, LLC
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.

AP Visual Journalists Switch To Sony Cameras In July, Sony and The Associated Press announced that Sony would be the exclusive provider of imaging products and support for AP news photographers and video journalists for the next two years. It’s the first time AP is equipping both its photojournalists and video photographers with gear from the same brand. Find out more at: digitalphotopro.com/newswire/ap-visual-journalists-switch-to-sony-cameras Image Of Naked Athena During Protest Marches Photojournalist Dave Killen, who captured a provocative image of a naked woman protesting in the street during the unrest in Portland, Oregon, this past summer, discussed the challenges of shooting such an image with Editor Terry Sullivan. For more, go to: digitalphotopro.com/blog/viral-image-dave-killens-photo-of-naked-athena HDVideoPro.com Staying Organized: A 3-Part Series Michael Guncheon provides great tips for filmmakers and content creators on how to keep on track in your…

2 min.
editor’s note

Years ago, when I was learning to play guitar, I’d spend months trying to figure out songs by Yes guitarist Steve Howe, one of progressive rock’s most gifted virtuosos. I’d bother my guitar teacher, who would groan but relent and help me learn one song in particular, “Roundabout.” After many attempts, I felt I’d finally nailed each note. At which point, in my foolish young head, I’d imagine I’d matched the great guitarist’s lead on the song and somehow thought I was beginning to play on his level. A couple of decades later, I saw Howe perform live. And when he played “Roundabout,” it was obvious I’d hardly even scratched the surface of his mastery of the guitar. I was laughing to myself the whole show at just how brilliantly he…

6 min.

Sony’s a7S III Introduced After five years of waiting, Sony finally introduced the new Sony a7S III camera body, a camera that includes impressive features that content creators have been asking Sony about for some time. The type of content creators Sony targets for this camera want the highest-quality 4K video in a versatile, full-frame ILC camera. New features include: • A 12.1-megapixel back-illuminated full-frame Exmor R CMOS image sensor, which Sony says is newly designed to help significantly reduce rolling shutter effects.• A newly developed BIONZ XR image processing engine, which Sony says has eight times more processing power.• A 9.44 million-dot (approx.) OLED electronic viewfinder, which has the highest pixel count to date for an EVF.• A fully swiveling touchscreen LCD, the first for a full-frame Sony Alpha camera.• An incredibly…

8 min.
the magic of the city in motion

Vincent Laforet first fell in love with shooting aerials as a teenager while flying back and forth from New York City to visit his father who lived in France. During those overnight flights, Laforet would stare out the window, mesmerized by the complex grid of flashing lights in the city below. “I would get completely lost in the microcosms of life going on down there,” he recalls. “Nothing fascinated me more than flying at night because you could see all the cars’ headlights, and you could see a different level of activity than during the day. There’s so much movement in New York, and I would get completely lost in it.” While gazing out of the plane’s porthole, Laforet would reach for his camera (a Nikon F3 film SLR given to him…

10 min.
master of shadows

Great photography can be magical when the artist creates a sense of wonder through a unique pairing of vision and technique. Harold Ross is just such a photographer. Ross is a light painter. It’s a simple technique that requires no specialized equipment beyond the ability to open a camera’s shutter in total darkness and wield a light source to paint the subject with illumination. The resulting images are incredible, with an ethereal, painterly quality quite unlike anything accomplished by traditional lighting methods. And with a photographer as skilled as Ross, the subtlety and nuance in the light are captivating. A onetime commercial photographer, Ross began experimenting with light painting in order to find more creative freedom. It was so freeing that he eventually left commercial work in favor of fine art. “Thirty years…

8 min.
no place like home

For the Dutch genre painters who inspire photographer Julie Blackmon, 17th-century domestic life offered a familiar subject that was warm and fuzzy on its varnished surface. Yet, these artists often invested their seemingly mundane interiors with hidden meanings: They used expressions, gestures and props to suggest that the activities and relationships they depicted weren’t always what they appeared to be. One well-known painting of a music teacher and his young female pupil, who sits with her back to the viewer at a keyboard instrument, hints that there’s more to the relationship than instruction. A pitcher of wine sits in the foreground, and a large string viol lies face-up on the floor, one f-hole visible; the student, reflected in a mirror on the wall above her instrument, casts a furtive, affectionate…