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Digital PhotoDigital Photo

Digital Photo October 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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With a multi-megapixel camera in every phone, photography has become an integral part of daily life. Suddenly, everyone is a photographer. By one definition, that’s true. By another, it’s not—access to a basketball doesn’t a LeBron James make.This isn’t said out of snobbery. Unlike the extreme physical abilities required to excel in professional sports, anyone has the potential to become a better photographer, but it’s folly to equate a smart-phone photo enhanced by Instagram filters with actual skill in the art. As the quote from Dorothea Lange implies, “seeing” is at the core of successful photographs, and it’s a practice that must be learned and refined, supported by improving your technique.It seems so simple—point a lens, press a button. For many, that’s all there is to photography. As a reader…

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5th annual perfect portraits winners

FIRST PLACE“DADDY’S HERO”BY TOM SPERDUTOPart of a personal project, “I was inspired to see the expressions of children while wearing their parents’ military uniforms,” Tom Sperduto explains. “The portrait was shot on the Fort Meade Army Base in Maryland with a Nikon D4 and Nikkor 85mm ƒ/1.4 lens. I used a Profoto AcuteB 600R with a midsized Octabank for lighting.” SECOND PLACE“SELF-PORTRAIT”BY TYLER BURK“I was inspired by a painting I saw many years ago,” says Tyler Burk. “I’m not even sure who the artist was, but it made me want to re-create it in a photo. I’m actually quite pleased with the outcome.”Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 50mm ƒ/1.8 THIRD PLACE“IN GRANDPA’S ARMS”BY MELANIE MACLEAN“This photo was taken with my Nikon D5000 on Thanksgiving Day 2009 at our family…

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COMPACT 4K SHOOTER With a 1-inch, 20.1-megapixel MOS sensor, the Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ1000 is the first compact camera to also shoot 4K video. Offering a 4K MP4 format, as well as 1920x1080p in AVCHD or MP4, the FZ1000 can capture 8-megapixel still images from 4K video footage. The high-sensitivity sensor reduces noise at high ISO (the camera shoots ISO 125-12,800, expandable to 25,600). The Leica DC VARIO-ELMARIT 16x 25-400mm ƒ/2.8-4.0 optical zoom lens with a 5-step speed control provides smooth zooming for video shooting, plus 5-axis HYBRID Optical Image Stabilization compensates for camera shake. Still image burst mode shoots at 12 fps. The FZ1000 includes a high-speed OLED Live View Finder and 3-inch LCD with a 180° side-to-side rotation and 270° up-and-down tilt ability. It includes both WiFi and…

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photographer’s block?

Sometimes pictures just don’t seem to work out and I realize photography is often a state of mind. There have been times when I think a scene might have jumped out in front of me, screaming, “Take my picture!” and I wouldn’t have seen it. I wondered if that was happening to me recently when I tried to photograph some nearby landscapes.The banks of the Potomac River, about 10 miles upstream from Washington, D.C., were tinged with blue wildflowers—the Virginia bluebells were spectacular and in full bloom. In the past, I’ve photographed them along streams in the area and have learned they can be a bit unpredictable. I once made a very nice panorama along the edge of Goose Creek, but went back several times in following years to find…

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taking wing

Inspiration can come to visit at anytime. There’s no telling when something wonderful might fly in and land right in front of our lenses, setting our photographic souls soaring. As for this past spring, inspiration was, indeed, something that flapped, flew and quite literally landed, or perhaps a better word might be nested, in the birdhouse that hung from a low peach tree branch in our yard.The “decorative” birdhouse, a wedding gift, has been unoccupied since my husband and I were married nearly 20 years ago, until suddenly and unexpectedly, a Western bluebird couple decided to move in.Not ever noticing bluebirds in our yard before, I was delighted with the possibility of getting to watch and witness the raising of a bluebird family right from my kitchen window. Having a…

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exploring fall colors

We come inside with dewy shoes and arms full of firewood. The air shifts, the leaves fall, and the farm stands are full of crimson, browns and orange. The cooler wet weather creeps in; we light the first fire in the wood stove and walk slowly into autumn. Welcome to fall in New England.Through the early-morning fog, we drive past ponds where mist rises; I note the time of day and slant of light. My desire is to drive back this way alone with my camera, tripod and a few hours of solitude with which to explore. If the seasonal transition of summer to fall finds you feeling adventurous and nostalgic, like me, you might enjoy stepping outside the box with your camera to photograph this shift of season with…

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