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Digital Photo March - April 2015

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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be more

It’s such a great feeling when you get that spark. Your heart and mind ignites and you spring into action. Just as you imagined, everything falls into place before your lens. Then click , you capture that moment forever. So how do you sustain that for the rest of the year? What about an entire career? How do you stay inspired and keep it all fresh while developing your business? As a professional photographer, these questions are important to your work, your happiness and your sanity! Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is a nonprofit association that serves more than 27,000 photographers. Ran by photographers, for photographers, it provides the education and inspiration photographers seek to thrive as professionals because it understands how challenging it can be to nurture your creativity over the…

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full frame freedom

Image stabilization has empowered more nature photographers to get sharp, inspiring photos by freeing us from the bulky tether of a tripod. In the full-frame 7 II, Sony has taken stabilization to the next level with the most advanced technology currently available, a revolutionary 5-Axis Stabilization system. In the field, photo opportunities like the one in this macro photo are fleeting. These ants didn’t pause and wait for their close-up. Being able to work handheld and adjust your position to follow the action is critical, especially with macro subjects like this. But it’s no good if the image is blurry. The 5-Axis Stabilization system built into the Sony 7 II gives you the freedom to move and shoot handheld at shutter speeds that would have been impossible without it. The system…

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This issue is dedicated to the fine art of portraiture. We humans are arguably the most difficult subject to photograph—the only subject that’s fully aware of what’s happening, and that awareness directly affects how we play to the camera, for better or worse. There’s so much more to it than simply lighting and exposing correctly. Photographer Helmut Newton is quoted, observing, “My job as a portrait photographer is to seduce, amuse and entertain.” This is especially true when photographing children, who are as cooperative or unruly as their shifting moods decide. Introducing and maintaining a spirit of play is one of the best ways to help children relax and enjoy a portrait session. This is one of the many tips that photographer Shannon Sewell—whose portfolio of child portraiture overflows with imagination…

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8th annual your best shot contest winners

FIRST PLACE “WALL PAINTER” BY KEN RICE This photo is one of my favorites of the year because it’s so colorful and includes a human element,” says Ken Rice. “It was taken in Houston, Texas, on a brilliant spring day on May 1, 2014—May Day, typically a color-filled day. The Lower Westheimer area of Houston is an eclectic neighborhood located on the edge of the Museum District. It’s a melting pot of the finest restaurants in Houston intermingled with tattoo shops, boutique clothing stores and multicultural residential units. I live in the area and always carry my camera to ensure I don’t miss one of the many interesting photo opportunities that arise regularly. This is a photo of a boutique store preparing for a new opening. The wall had previously been painted a…

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CANON EF 100-400MM ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Canon has redesigned their compact super-telephoto zoom lens. Fully compatible with all EOS cameras, the EF 100-400mm ƒ/4.5-5.6L IS II USM lens now utilizes a rotation zoom ring for exact adjustments and weight balance instead of the previous model’s push-pull zoom. With this is an improved zoom torque adjustment ring for personalizing zoom tension settings. With a redesigned set of optics, including one Fluorite and one Super UD lens element for increased sharpness and contrast, the lens now has three Image Stabilizing modes—standard, panning and during exposure only. The optical IS now provides four shutter speed steps of correction, increased from the previous 1.5 steps. The magnesium housing is dust and water resistant, allowing for use in even harsh rainforest environments. The lens includes…

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some photos wait for you

Some portraits sit there waiting to be photographed. I once shot only one frame of a man on a street corner in China that ran on the cover of National Geographic’s March 1980 issue. That was rare. Others take more effort, as you shall see. The Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad operating out of Chama, New Mexico, is a great place to photograph antique steam locomotives still in operation. The old station and switch area in town is rich with photo ops and has easy access for photography. (Some other railroads I’ve visited are cordoned off with fences, making photography difficult.) During the operating season, the T&C makes daily 64-mile runs to the city of Antonito in Colorado and offers numerous places along the highway to incorporate the train in a…