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Digital PhotoDigital Photo

Digital Photo February 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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Madavor Media, LLC
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The enormous popularity of black-and-white photography is perhaps counterintuitive in the full-spectrum, 3D HD digital age. It’s kind of low-tech and old-fashioned, but maybe that’s the appeal for some.For me, it’s partly nostalgia. Like many photographers, my first real training was in black-and-white photography, as I learned how to process film and make prints in the chemical darkroom. I was fortunate to be one of the few trusted with keys to my college darkroom, and spent uncountable hours under the amber safelights, often late into the night, sometimes with friends or sometimes all alone, practicing the art of printmaking.While the magic and anticipation of watching your image slowly materialize in the developing tray is gone in the digital darkroom, the timeless quality of black-and-white imagery is as popular today as…

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spirit of the american west

DAVID STOECKLEIN’ photography of the American West is iconic, capturing the people, lifestyles and expansive vistas that have long symbolized the region. His early work—which led to career-launching commercial assignments from major clients—was focused mostly on outdoor sports popular in the West, such as skiing, fishing and hiking. It was his interest in the ranching heritage around him, however, that would be the foundation of the body of work for which he’s perhaps best known.This image of a hunter overlooking the Middle Fork of the Salmon River in Idaho was taken with one of Stoecklein’s favorite cameras, the Canon PowerShot G9. Though he has several pro DSLRs and lenses, he often chooses his G9. The key to making great images with a compact camera, says Stoecklein, is to treat the…

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SUPERZOOM CAMERAThe 20.2-megapixel Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 with 24-200mm ƒ/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario Sonnar T* high-zoom lens provides incredible versatility in an all-in-one design, perfect for lightweight travel. Combining the large Exmor R CMOS sensor from the RX100 II and the new BIONZ X processor found in the high-end Alpha a7 and a7R, the RX10 offers some of Sony’s latest advances in image quality and sensitivity. Also like the a7 and a7R, it’s possible to increase or decrease the size of the AF spot to better match the size to your subject for more accurate focusing. Fast action can be captured at up to 10 fps with continuous AF. The RX10 offers exceptional video capabilities, with 60p and 24p frame rates, HDMI out, an adjustable audio level meter and headphone out…

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self-published books

The digital revolution has empowered photographers of all levels to publish books more easily than ever before—I’m seeing incredible examples of showcased work. Some are produced, written and laid out in collaboration with outside professionals, while others do the editing and layout themselves.Printing costs vary widely. The samesized book can vary from less than $5 to more than $400 per copy, depending on the quantity produced, type of paper, cover and binding. To give you an example of extremes, one friend printed a 192-page, 8x10-inch book that cost him $36 each with a stitched binding and hard cover. Printed in the U.S., he ordered 1,000 copies at an initial outlay of $36,000. Printed abroad, it might cost less than $10 a copy, but with an order of 2,000 books and…

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the landscape of black-and-white

Living in a Southern California beach community comes with a lot of things, or perhaps better said, a lot of trade-offs. We get the splendor of the Pacific Ocean, and we get the huge population that wants to enjoy it. We get moderate—okay, beautiful—weather all year long, and we get the droves of tourists that come with it. We have easy access to everything California offers, and we have to sit in ridiculous traffic to get from here to there.Although I wouldn’t trade the vast view of the ocean for anything, I would trade the fact that there are almost always people to have to shoot around to capture an unadulterated landscape shot. That said, I capture most of my landscape shots away from home. Family vacations, work trips, flights,…

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knockout black & white

What exactly draws photographers to the black-and-white image? We have the ability to re-create a scene almost exactly as it existed, yet we still continue to create images in black-and-white. Color television was invented and became affordable for everyone to own, and the black-and-white television set was rendered obsolete. At the same time, color print and slide films were at their zenith, yet black-and-white film still soldiered on. Today, cameras can produce stunning high-resolution images containing literally millions of colors; nonetheless, the black-and-white image is just as prevalent in the photography world as it has ever been.Black-and-white photography is the perfect balance between realism and abstraction, and that’s possibly why it has endured for as long as it has. Subjects photographed in monochrome can be viewed as both real and…

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