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Digital Photo October 2013

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 ANNUAL HOW-TO ISSUE is my favorite issue to edit each year because it’s loaded with awesome artistry, insight and imagination from our top contributors. No matter what subjects or techniques you’re most passionate about in photography, you’ll find inspiration here to try something new and push your creative boundaries. One of the techniques I found fascinating when I was first learning photography is the use of reflections. I’ll never forget “discovering” a new way to frame subjects reflected on the surface of a rain puddle. Using reflections allows you to explore and capture the world from more than one perspective at the same time, adding new layers of interest to the final image. Tracey Clark offers a variety of tips for finding and using reflections to add texture and dimension…

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4th annual perfect portraits contest winners

FIRST PLACE | THE DARK KNIGHT Congratulations to photographer Gary Ehinger, whose gritty, dramatic image took First Place in our annual portrait competition. "This picture was taken in my small garage studio when my son Aaron, a photographer from Chicago, was home for the holidays," says Ehinger of his winning image. "After shooting a few pictures, we decided to make things a bit moody and dark, so we decided to pull up the hoodie and take a few drama shots. The results were good, but when processed lightly through Nik HDR software, and after deciding to go black-and-white with the shot, it gave it even more drama." Nikon D200, Nikkor 50mm ƒ/1.4 SECOND PLACE | GARTH | BY BRIAN LACKEY Photographer Brian Lackey’s image is part of a project to expose the differences between…

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CANON EOS 70D The newest addition to the Canon EOS line, the EOS 70D introduces a unique 20.2-megapixel Dual Pixel APS-C CMOS AF sensor. Each pixel contains two photodiodes, which serve to both record the image and perform AF duty for faster focus acquisition, improved tracking and smooth focus transitions for video shooting (check out Canon’s fun short film showing off the focusing capabilities at Still image capture speed is also improved, with a 7 fps burst rate. Built-in WiFi allows quick image sharing and wireless image transfers from the camera to your smartphone or tablet, along with full remote control and triggering of the 70D using the free Canon EOS Remote App. Estimated Street Price: $1,199. Contact: Canon, ADOBE LIGHTROOM 5 Available as part of Adobe’s new Creative Cloud or…

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the essence of place

When I was 18, I traveled to Japan to tour with a dance company. I had also just been formally introduced to photography in a studio art class and had fallen head over heels in love with it. As excited as I was to perform in a foreign country, I was perhaps even more excited at the prospect of taking pictures. Giddy, even. I had never been out of the country, never even been on an airplane before, and as I packed my cheap little camera (and more rolls of film than I had ever seen), my mind was wild with possibility. The minute we set foot on Japanese soil, I couldn’t seem to put my camera down, and when we finally made our way back to the States, I couldn’t…

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lens effects

SPECIALIZED LENSES YOU PROBABLY DIDN’T KNOW YOU OWNED I was teaching a workshop along the Pecos River in New Mexico, where all participants shot on 35mm transparency film. Some photographers had forgotten to bring along a magnifying glass to view their images, so I suggested to everyone that an ordinary 50mm camera lens made a very good substitute. “Well,” said one of the students, “if a 50mm lens can be used for a magnifying glass, can you use a magnifying glass for a 50mm lens?” “Hmm,” I thought, and said, “Let’s try it.” I removed the lens from my Nikon and pressed the magnifying glass in place. The results were surprising. Images were fairly sharp in the center, but soft and ethereal on the edges. I used this combination on occasions, when appropriate.…

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Over the many years I’ve been a photographer, I’ve experimented with a number of creative techniques. I began shooting film, way back when, and learned how to use the darkroom in college. I experimented with the basics, and then less mainstream techniques like double exposure to add an element of mystery to the final image. I also enjoyed incorporating photography into my print making work. Although it doubled the processing time, I found photography in combination with printmaking gave my work depth and added visual interest that could only be achieved by two unique processes being layered with one another. There was a magic that occurred with this technique. The image became more than a photograph, more than just a single moment captured in time. Bringing these elements together with the unpredictability…