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Digital Photo May - June 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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Madavor Media, LLC
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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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When I took my first photography class in college, I had no intention of becoming a serious photographer, let alone the editor of a photography magazine. My academic focus at the time was communications, and photography promised to be a fun elective and a natural complement to my writing. That first class altered the course of my study—and, eventually, my profession—and by my junior year, I had changed my major to art, with an emphasis in photography. It had captured my imagination, and I decided to take it up full time, to the quiet, restrained concern of my parents, who were expecting I’d follow a more “sensible” vocation. No one would have predicted I’d be here today, 17 years later, writing this to you. If you’ve ever considered earning an income…

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the o’bedlam

Along time ago,” explains Lou Noble, “I stumbled upon the kind of photo I wanted to take. The kind of photo I had been unconsciously trying to take for years. Once I figured it out, that I wanted to take close-up portraits of folks, with them looking straight at me, I started doing it all the time. I’ve got thousands of Polaroids on my walls of folks, all in the same general pose, all framed the same way.” Noble calls his signature move, “The O’Bedlam.” “No matter how much time goes by, no matter where I go creatively, I always return to this shot. Serves as a baseline for me. If I can nail this shot, I can move forward during a photo shoot, I know I’ve got it. “I’ll take this…

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CANON EOS 5DS/5DS R Now providing an affordable alternative to a medium-format camera, Canon has developed the EOS 5DS and 5DS R models, which offer the highest resolution of any 35mm DSLR, to date. Both the 5DS and 5DS R use a 50.6-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 processor, allowing quick 5 fps continuous shooting to capture the full sharp, detailed 50-megapixel resolution, and the 5DS R further maximizes sharpness with a canceled low-pass filter. Both cameras use 61-Point High-Density Reticular AF with 41 cross-type sensors and have a sensitivity of ISO 100-6400 (12,800 extended). The cameras have a built-in intervalometer, shoot 1080p full HD video and offer a creative Time Lapse Movie function that automatically builds a time-lapse video from still images. While the cameras maintain the familiar…

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sports line by sigma

For more than 50 years, Sigma has been dedicated to continually refining their approach to the design of superior photographic optics. As part of that practice, Sigma reorganized their lens offerings into three distinct lines: Sports, Contemporary and Art. More than simply a rebranding for marketing, this strategy emphasizes that each line is developed with consideration of the unique photographic challenges specific to the subject. Sigma’s Sports line delivers the durability and performance critical to capturing the decisive moments so necessary for successful sports and wildlife photography. Sports line lenses have focus limiter switches and are compatible with Sigma’s innovative USB Dock, which allows you to fine-tune lens performance parameters such as AF speed, focus limiter and Optical Stabilizer function.…

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fun with an iphone

Early in 2015, my wife and I spent a couple of weeks exploring the island of Maui, Hawaii. Of course, I took a lot of still photographs, and I experimented with 4K and slow-motion video of waterfalls, waves and surfers. But the most fun I had was playing with some of the new apps on my iPhone 6. I had hesitated joining the smartphone craze, but my sons shamed me into getting one. I quickly learned what everyone has been saying—these little camera phones are quite potent. There are literally thousands of apps available, and I quickly downloaded a small selection. One of my favorites produced a nice “faux” watercolor image. It’s appropriately called “Waterlogue” and costs less than a cup of coffee at Starbucks. You can shoot directly from the…