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Digital Photo December 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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education is the key to great photography

Every time you press the shutter release, you’re learning something about photography. Or, more accurately, every time you press the release, you should be learning something about photography. I think one of the things that separates great photographers from average photographers is that the great ones are constantly evaluating their work and looking for ways to improve.For most photographers, this is a solitary process. The vast majority of shooters lack a feedback system, aside from the various social media outlets where, to be honest, viewers aren’t usually providing useful criticism, nor are they giving tips to help photographers improve their skills.That’s why formal photographic education—in other words, classes or art school—are such a great way to grow as a photographer. Unfortunately, not everyone has access to photography workshops or degree…

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“Fiery Farmland” by Christopher Fridley An unbelievable morning in the country. As I heard the farm workers congregate in the dark, I began to see a faint red streak begin to appear in the sky. It was then that I knew where I had to be, so I raced toward the far side of the fields. The day's first light was indeed its finest! Skagit Valley, Washington.See more of Fridley’s work at “Quazzar Night” by Vincent LopezA night full of wonder and dreams.See more of Lopez’s work at “Sunrise Under Bay Light” by Louis RaphaelThis image was a rare, clear sunset in San Francisco shortly after the Bay Lights had been turned on. The light was magical and blended perfectly with the Bay Bridge lit with the…

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keep it real

Some of the first images ever captured with a camera were portraits. Subjects had to stay motionless for long periods just to capture a single image, which was enormously difficult. Fortunately, technology has made capturing portraits easier, and the demand for good images is greater than ever.Portraits can be a simple selfie or an elaborately produced image with Hollywood-style budgets. When we see a good one, we know it. It gives us the sense of knowing the person. It gives us insight into that person. We want to know more. The photo draws us in. It makes us feel something. It’s visually and aesthetically resonant. Above all, it’s authentic.To be successful at portrait photography, there are techniques one must master to achieve their creative vision. Sometimes, perfection comes easily. Other…

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IVCAMERASMost pros prefer full-frame cameras for portrait work, but whether you use a full-frame camera or crop-framed one like APS-C or Micro Four Thirds, you have the same needs.You want good image quality, a camera that feels comfortable and that makes sense to you. I use a Canon 1D X Mark II, but honestly, if I weren’t a professional, it probably wouldn't make much sense to spend $6,000 on a camera body to take portraits.Choose the brand you feel comfortable using—some people have very distinct opinions about the design and interface of a camera—a camera you’re comfortable with will allow you to take pictures more easily. Let your budget determine the model. With $1,500 to spend, I’d recommend a Canon 6D or Nikon D610. With $3,500,…

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travel photography pro tips

In Kenya, my safari guide and I worked hard to make this picture. He spent about 15 minutes getting our vehicle into the best position for this photograph.Being a travel photographer is a dream come true for many amateur and professional photographers alike. Sure, there’s a downside—most notably the travel to and from a destination—but those long airport TSA wait lines and cramped airline seats are worth the torture (for me) when experiencing and capturing a special moment on the other side of the state, country or even the planet.In my career, I’ve traveled to around 100 countries, amassing a collection of tips and recommendations for the aspiring travel photographer. Many of these were learned the hard way, after something went haywire in travel or in the execution of a…

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Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark IICAMERAS There are pros who take high-quality travel pictures with an iPhone. If you want professional-quality images, with fine detail and low levels of noise in all settings, though, you’ll need a DSLR or mirrorless camera.The larger the sensor, the better the image quality, generally speaking.For all-around photography, take a look at the (full-frame) Canon 5D Mark IV, the Nikon D750, the Sony a7R II and a99 II, Pentax K-1, (APS-C) Fujifilm X-T2 and Sony a6500. If you’re looking to do some street photography, the Olympus O-MD E-M1 Mark II is a superstar.The Olympus PEN-F and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds are excellent, as well.The teeny Sony RX1R II is the best compact on the market. Canon 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II USM LENSES I travel with only…