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Digital Photo August 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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Even as an adult, it’s impossible not to associate this time of year with the carefree days of childhood summer vacations, time outdoors with friends, trips to camp and maybe even a family adventure someplace new. These are the times when photography is most personal—capturing memories of the people and places we’ll look back on warmly for years to come. Tracey Clark captures the spirit of family documentary in “The Great American Camping Trip.” Telling the story of your travels will often call for photographs of buildings and landmarks you visit. Architectural photography is a specialized art form, but there are some basic considerations that will help any photographer take better photos of buildings, inside and out. Architecture pro John Linden gives us some tools and techniques to help us tackle…

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This project started as a humorous way to expose the ridiculous pothole problem in our hometown,” photographer Davide Luciano explains. “Along the way, we realized that sometimes we can’t change things that frustrate us, like potholes, but we have the power to change our perspective toward those things. This is what this project is really about.” Luciano collaborated with photographer and food stylist Claudia Ficca on the project, which was shot in 2009 and 2010. The work has been exhibited in solo and group shows in Canada and the United States. “We really enjoy working together, and the more we do, the better it gets,” says Luciano. “We’re both involved in the process, from the spark of the idea BAYWATCH ON AMALFI DRIVE LOS ANGELES “We loved this location because the deep pothole located in…

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STRAP AND HOLSTER SYSTEM For active photographers, Cotton Carrier has created the Carry-Lite strap and holster system. Using a patented locking system, the camera hub slides in and securely mounts in the holster, then quickly releases when turned 90°. The removable side holster is made of durable 1680 Denier Polypropylene, fitted with a Lexan (polycarbonate resin) camera receptacle. Included with the Carry-Lite is the Cotton Carrier Hand Strap and Universal Adapter Plate for quick and safe transitions from handheld to tripod use. List Price: $139. Contact: Cotton Carrier, ONSLOT OnSlot is a clever cleaning tool for your LCD that conveniently mounts to your camera’s hot-shoe. The OnSlot also cleans other digital device screens, such as your laptop, tablet and smartphone. It’s available in four colors: a Polished Rosewood with a black or…

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processing digital images

When I make what I consider a very final print, a 16x20 to hang on the wall, for example, I save that image as a full-size TIFF and tag it as a “gallery print” in my Lightroom catalog. This way, I should be able to make another print later on with a minimum of fuss. The Florida Museum of Photographic Arts asked me to submit a digital file for consideration as a display print. The request was for a photograph I took in Holbrook, Ariz., along old Route 66, showing a vintage Chevrolet parked in front of the funky Wigwam Motel. No problem, I thought, because I had just printed this a few weeks earlier, and it looked fine. There was a problem, however. They wanted to print it much bigger than…

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underwater world

As an everyday photographer, I’m drawn to capture the watery reflective mood and shared experience of swimming. I’m able to do this by taking my camera underwater with me to shoot my family’s water play in creative ways. It’s not just the vibrant colors I’m able to find in clear water, but it’s the memory of happiness that I seek to preserve with photography. I’ve shot successfully underwater with a variety of cameras, from drugstore disposable film cameras to a waterproof compact camera to an iPhone 5 with a LifeProof case. Photography is simply the art of creatively capturing light. When bringing your camera underwater, you should always remain mindful of the light. Composition is key, and this is often the most difficult aspect of underwater photography. Wearing swim goggles is…

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best of assignments

Electric Chicken DAVID BOWDEN Assignment #61: Contrast “This image was originally taken as part of a ‘24 Hours in Austin, Texas’ project,” remarks David Bowden. “In Austin, down on Congress Avenue, there are several food trucks and trailers that cater to the local businesses, as well as the night life. The Electric Chicken is a refurbished 1950s trailer done in stainless steel. With its glowing sign and reflections, I knew this would be a great black-and-white image.” Nikon D700, Nikkor 28-70mm ƒ/2.8, tripod with cable release Blind Spot BOB LARSON Assignment #68: Rule of Thirds Taken on the rooftop reading area of the library in Prescott Valley, Arizona, Bob Larson recalls this occasion as “one of the only times I’ve been up there and nobody else was around. I grabbed the camera as the sun was hitting the…