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Digital Photo August - September 2016

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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Madavor Media, LLC
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editor’s note

Almost inevitably, my favorite images from a portrait shoot are the accidental ones, the moments that happened between takes or that occur when the something is being adjusted. Little, fleeting moments in which the personality of the subjects really shines happen so often that I try to keep my camera in my hand and turned on no matter what’s going on around me, and especially after the shoot has ended. This shot happened at the end of a few hours testing camera equipment at sunset on the banks of the Hudson River. Gina, my model, is one of those highly prized models that not only is up for anything, but suggests trying things that other subjects might not go for. I had asked her to stand on the rocks with the…

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profile: ali sayago

Sometimes you find talent in unexpected places. ALI SAYAGO came into our offices looking for work on the editorial side of the magazine, but happened to bring her portfolio along. We opened it up and were floored. Here was a young, talented photographer looking to get away from the camera and instead spend more time with a keyboard. When we pressed her for details, we heard something that’s pretty common in the creative world—it’s difficult and frustrating to get a foot in the door in photography, especially as a young, unproven shooter. There is a flood of photographers coming out of art school that don’t have the talent necessary to become long-term commercial shooters, only able to pull off a single type of shot over and over. (You’ve seen them on…

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SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 Sigma’s Mount Converter MC-11 is designed specifically for Sony E-mount, full frame and APS-C sensor cameras. It gives E-mount users access to 15 Sigma Canon Mount (EF) and Sigma Mount (SA) Global Vision lenses. The converter comes with an LED display to let users know if the lens is compatible and it if it needs to be updated. List Price: $249 Contact: Sigma Corporation of America, PANASONIC GX85 If you’re looking for a sophisticated mirrorless camera that’s packed with features but keeps the price tag well under $1,000 (with a 12-32mm lens), check out the new Panasonic Lumix GX85. This compact, 16-megapixel model offers some of the latest technology on the market today, including 5-axis dual image stabilization, an electromagnetic shutter, Post Focus technology and 4K video. The…

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best tips for soulful photography

In my book Shooting with Soul: 44 Photography Exercises Exploring Life, Beauty and Self-Expression, I revealed my “secret formula” with the key steps to shoot images with soul: SEE + FEEL + THINK + CONNECT + SHOOT => SOULFUL IMAGES After I wrote my book, I began to further question myself on what exactly makes up a soulful image. Here are my top three findings: 1. LIGHT AND MOOD: Light creates mood, and I believe that mood is the No. 1 reason we are drawn to an image. Is the image light and ethereal or dark and mysterious? Is it saturated and vibrant or faded and romantic? Each atmosphere will induce a different feeling in the viewer. So when taking a photograph, think about what mood best fits your message and what type…

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making magic of the messes

“Owning our story and loving ourselves through that process is the bravest thing that we’ll ever do.”—Brene Brown Life is messy. Our days have stains, stumbles and ragged edges. But life is worth it; there’s so much beauty and meaning in each moment, even our most difficult ones. There isn’t a day that goes by that doesn’t offer us an opportunity to photograph something spectacular. We don’t ever have to look any further than the life unfolding right in front of us to find inspiration, creative challenge and meaningful moments to capture. When you turn your lens on your own world and allow things to tell you their story, you give yourself the gift of being witness to that which is whizzing by in your life. The minute we pick up our…

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harnessing the power of hdr

There’s a common misunderstanding about what HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography actually means, and what it was designed to do. HDR is often confused with tone mapping, a technique that simulates an extended dynamic range by reducing contrast in an image while brightening and saturating colors. Tone mapping is a way to tackle overly high-contrast images, but the effects are frequently exaggerated with a grungy, garish look. Look at just about any forum for photography and you’re practically guaranteed to see images that suffer from indelicate tone mapping. This is common in architectural and landscape photography, because this software technique helps overcome difficult lighting, bringing back the appearance of details in the shadow areas of an image, making them easier to read. Likely you’ve seen these photos, they look as if…