Digital Photo

Digital Photo Spring 2019

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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editor's note

When we decided that in this issue we'd focus on portraits, I knew Tom Bol would be a great photographer to include. In his feature story “4 Tips For Portraits On The Run,” Bol provides valuable advice if you’re looking to capture informal portraits while traveling. You’ll also find helpful tips on how to get the best lighting, how to find the right location and, perhaps most importantly, how to break the ice and interact with subjects you might not know. What Bol makes clear is that interacting and connecting with your subject is essential in order to produce a successful portrait. But you’ll also learn so much by carefully studying Bol’s work (as well as the other photographers in this issue). For example, consider the backgrounds in the two photographs…

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black & white 2018 photo contest winners

Congratulations to the winners and finalists of our Black & White 2018 Photo Contest! Here, we showcase the first-, second- and third-place winners. Visit our website to see all of the finalist images. FIRST PLACE “Young Monks in Pagoda in Bagan, Myanmar” BY STEVE ZIMAN “Bagan is an ancient city on the Ayeyarwady River with about 2,000 temples and is a photographer’s delight. I worked with a local photographer to shoot these novice monks in an interesting setting. I was looking for something that provided natural lighting and a stage in which these monks could stand. The pagoda met both of these requirements as the narrow windows provided enough illumination to show the aged interior and light up the smoke from the incense and candles.” SECOND PLACE “Morning Ride” BY JUSTIN KRIEL “We had originally planned to do…

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4 tips for portraits on the run

“Okay, this is perfect,” I explain to my workshop group under the blazing Namibian sun. “Let’s ask the woman to stand in the doorway of this hut. The roof will provide covered shade, and the interior will be completely black.” We're visiting a Himba village in Namibia near the Angolan border. Our guide has arranged a visit to a tribe that doesn’t see many tourists, and giggling children dance around us while curious adults watch from the doorways of mud huts. Our subject, a striking young woman with colorful necklaces, is happy to pose for a few images in the doorway. Through the use of an interpreter, and showing her images on the camera LCD screen, she gets more comfortable and even starts laughing at our excitement. We only have a few…

6 min.
guide to focus stacking

The companies that manufacture digital cameras continue to upgrade the technology that goes into them, including the sophisticated autofocus features. It’s part of the reason why photographers have such a variety of cameras and lenses to choose from that are capable of producing exceptionally vivid and sharp photos. Whether you photograph baby portraits, vast mountain ranges or music festivals, you can find a camera, and a plethora of focusing features and modes, that has been built to accommodate your needs. SO CLOSE AND YET SO FAR In fact, you can bet that you’re going to see cameras get a lot smarter as advancements in computer vision and artificial intelligence (AI) continue to mature, which will also affect how these devices focus on subjects. For example, Sony recently announced a significant firmware update…

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step-by-step: stacking it all together

The ability to digitally “blend” a group of images through the process of focus stacking has come a long way, and while there are a number of ways to accomplish this task, I’ve settled on a straightforward, two-step process using Adobe Photoshop CC, which I’ll outline for you here. STEP 1: First, I export all of the bracketed photos into a folder on my desktop. While I can often get away with two or three bracketed landscape photos to focus stack, macro photos often require many more. In this example, there are 30 bracketed photos, with each one having a slightly different focal point within the frame. STEP 2: I launch Adobe Photoshop and navigate to File / Scripts / “Load Files into Stack…” STEP 3: Next, click Browse and select the folder containing the exported…

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portrait color management

Color is simple, right? For many shots, as long as the white balance is somewhat close to correct, your picture will be fine, right? Well, not necessarily, especially when it comes to portraits. What might pass as good enough in a landscape or still-life photo may appear very incorrect in a portrait. When you and your subjects care about the subtleties of beautiful hair and ideal skin tones, taking control of color is particularly important. It can be difficult to make auburn hair look just right, and fair skin tones can wash out as dark skin tones can block up. People come in all varieties, but the one constant is that everyone wants to look their best. With a bit of forethought, you can ensure your portraits have ideal color by using…