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Digital Photo December 2012

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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OUR LAST ISSUE was our annual Buyer’s Guide, and in it I noted what a busy year it was for new camera introductions, with big announcements from all the major players. Our Buyer’s Guide covered 24 new SLR and mirrorless models introduced this year—and shortly after we went to press, eight more models were revealed, including new full-frame models from Canon and Nikon priced well below these makers’ other full-frame cameras. We’ve covered all eight of these cameras in this issue.The several new full-frame models introduced—and Sony’s new RX1 fixed-lens camera with a full-frame sensor—have fueled speculation that the future may belong to full-frame. There’s a lot that’s desirable about larger sensors, but smaller-sensor formats have their own advantages. For many photographers, the sleek, compact camera bodies made possible with…

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For many sports fans, fall is synonymous with three letters: NFL. The Harris Poll recently found that a record 59% of Americans follow pro football, up from 55% the previous year. With so much action happening so fast, covering an NFL game has to be one of the most exhilarating, yet sometimes frustrating, environments for a photographer to work in. As one of the team shooters for the San Francisco 49ers, Terrell Lloyd covers the game from the sidelines every Sunday. To see more of Lloyd’s work, go to avid football fan all his life, Lloyd made the most of a chance to shoot a 49ers game from the sidelines in 1994. His work was a hit, and he has spent the last 12 years photographing every explosive run,…

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finding your focus

Of all the questions I get about the basic how-tos of photography, the one that’s asked the most is how to get that creamy, dreamy background. It’s by far the most sought-after effect in my circles. The answer, of course, always begins with the often boring, sometimes confusing explanation of aperture and shooting “wide open.” This sometimes leads to the lecture about how some lenses let you open the aperture wider than others. I do hate that part of the conversation. There’s nothing more disheartening than telling someone to ditch the kit lens that came with their new camera body.But regardless of how wide you can set your aperture, when you’re working with a shallow depth of field, the point of focus is equally—if not more—important than the background or…

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best friends

A while back, someone asked me for a picture illustrating “friendship,” and at first I couldn’t come up with a single thing. Then I realized that, in fact, I had lots of photographs of special relationships—friendships of the highest order. This set of pictures is a good example.They say a dog is a man’s best friend. But is a man a dog’s best friend? I think my dog Dusty’s best friend may have been Daisy, a black mixed breed he met in Ohio. But I was certainly a close second.Dusty came to live at our house in Arlington, Va., over Christmas 2007. He was a stray that had wandered onto my son Chris’ farm near Circleville, Ohio. After an unsuccessful search for Dusty’s owner, Chris decided to bring him to…

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the bi-glass effect

I remember my first big telephoto lens. I was living in a small cabin in Alaska, working as a mountaineering guide and living on a shoestring budget. I awoke many mornings to see moose wandering through my yard or sandhill cranes feeding nearby. My Nikon 80-200mm ƒ/2.8 lens was always attached to my camera, ready to go. I captured some nice moose images, but I had one problem: 200mm just wasn’t long enough to get a close shot. I wanted a full-frame headshot, not a brown speck in a green field.The next summer, I spent so much time guiding clients on glaciers that I missed summer; instead, I just saw snow and ice. But I had saved enough money to buy my first big lens, a manual-focus 500mm ƒ/4. I…

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If you devour Flickr and YouTube videos on photography, you probably know about the “paint with light” photography technique—it’s really more of a lighting technique. For anybody who hasn’t stumbled upon this unusual and inspiring form of photography previously, you’re in for a wild ride of discovery. During my own journey and experiences of a self-imposed project that lasted five years, I tried to push the boundaries.To do this technique, you take a handheld flashlight and “paint” light onto your subject at night during a long six-second exposure. Using your light to illuminate the whole scene is doable, but inevitably you get fog and noise from overly long exposures—anything over 40 seconds or so. You also wind up splashing light onto areas of the scene that you didn’t intend to…