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Digital PhotoDigital Photo

Digital Photo April 2014

Digital Photo explores the exciting world of digital photography and technology. Every issue features the latest news, step-by-step instructions, evaluations of the latest equipment, photography tips from the pros and more.

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One of my favorite parts of the job as the editor of this magazine is my involvement with our photo contests. I love reviewing the submissions—being exposed to thousands of unique images, many of them quite stunning. It’s difficult, though, to select only a handful of finalists and even more challenging to choose a winner among those. There are often images that resonate for me personally that, for a variety of reasons, don’t make the cut.In this issue, we feature the winners of our 7th Annual Your Best Shot Photo Contest. Congratulations to those winners, who were selected from more than 3,000 entries. I encourage you to check out the Finalists gallery at www.dpmag.com/photo-contests/7th-annual-your-best-shot/finalists to see some really beautiful images.We’re often asked why international contestants aren’t eligible to win. Unfortunately,…

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A finalist in our 7th Annual Your Best Shot Photo Contest, “Megan” by photographer Vladimir Morozov was taken in Morozov’s studio in Wexford, Ireland. The model, Megan O’Malley, “is a model like no other,” says Morozov. “She has a very unique combination of fiery red hair and porcelain white skin, lovely blue-steel eyes—and loads of hair.”To create the lighting, O’Malley was in a horizontal position atop a white studio background, her hair carefully arranged, with two octaboxes used for the main light and fill.Of the composition, Morozov recalls, “I thought it would be nice to change the composition to off-center because she has such unique and strong facial features contrasting with her red hair. Quintessential Irish! She’s my inspiration, and I’ve had some lovely projects with her.”You can find Vladimir…

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your best shot

WINNERSMICHAEL SHAEFERFIRST PLACECongratulations to MICHAEL SHAEFER of Atlanta, Georgia, for taking the winning photograph in our 7th Annual Your Best Shot Photo Contest. Captured on the great plains of the southern Serengeti in Tanzania, two bull elephants battle for supremacy. “The light for this remarkable and dramatic scene was superb,” recalls Shaefer. “The dark blue storm clouds made for a perfect background. I wanted to capture these huge animals in their environment just as they made contact. The arena in which this drama was taking place was just as important as the subjects.”Nikon D600, Nikkor 70-200mm ƒ/4 NICHOLAI GOSECOND PLACE“Dreams are a curious thing,” explains Providence, Rhode Island, photographer NICHOLAI GO. “They’re ephemeral and seem to be without rules, where laws of physics don’t exist. However, I’ve noticed one constant:…

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COMPACT CONTINUOUS LIGHTIf you’re taking advantage of HD video capabilities on Nikon 1 and COOLPIX cameras, the compact, even, continuous-light performance of the LD-1000 LED Movie Light accessory may peak your interest. With a built-in diffusion panel, the light provides consistent soft lighting, designed for supplementary video lighting while also being suitable for still photos. A removable bracket attaches the light to the camera for easy operation while allowing for removal for handheld control of lighting direction and height. List Price: $99. Contact: Nikon, www.nikonusa.com. NEW SIGMA GLOBAL VISION LENSESSigma has introduced two new lenses in their Global Vision lineup: the 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM Contemporary and the 50mm ƒ/1.4 DG HSM Art. The 18-200mm is smaller and lighter than its predecessor and improves macro capabilities (focusing down…

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mobile apps

Lapse It is a full-featured app for making time-lapse and stop-motion videos with your mobile device. There are no restrictions as to capture length or number of frames. You can insert soundtracks, adjust the frame rate, apply effects filters, and adjust focus, white balance and exposure. Projects can be rendered to MP4 and MOV, and uploaded directly to your social networks. The Pro version lets you make videos in resolutions from 240p to 1080p, the free version, only a lower resolution. Lapse It is available native for iOS and Android. List Price: $1.99 (Pro version); Free (basic version). Contact: Lapse It, www.lapseit.com. PicPlayPost is an all-in-one app that lets you create multimedia collages from your smartphone combining still photos, video and audio tracks into a single frame. With video, you…

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displaying your photographs

I was recently asked to put together a collection of images to decorate the halls of a new medical center. To help me better visualize how the pictures worked together, and at the same time, give my client an understanding of how they’d look, I decided to produce a virtual gallery of the images hanging on the walls. I did a walk-through of the area and made a collection of on-site images with my pocket camera, a Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7.Next, in Photoshop, I took a framed miniature image and layered it on top of one of the architectural scenes. For a quick and dirty method, I use the Distort command to scale the image to match the perspective of my photograph. If I want to be precise, I use Photoshop’s…

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