Digital Photo

Digital Photo Fall 2018

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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this issue is lit!

Good lighting is the key to good photography. Even if you shoot with "available light" and never touch a strobe, you still need to know how to observe, design and modify light. But for many photographic subjects, and especially portraiture, you’re going to want to know how to choose and use flash, continuous lights and modifiers to achieve professional results. This issue, our annual Ultimate Guide To Lighting, is packed full of the skills, techniques and gear you need to become proficient in the core concepts of photographic lighting. Here, you'll learn about everything from portable lights for on-location shoots to studio lights, light modifiers and more. We also offer instruction and inspiration from pro portrait photographers to help you balance light sources, take greater technical control over your flash and…

2 min.
your greatest street scene photo contest winners

GRAND PRIZE “Load Of Barrels” BY DALE JOHNSON “One of the most rewarding parts of travel is the chance to experience new places, people and cultures. I love to see how people live in other parts of the world. Madagascar was no exception. I was in Antananarivo for work and so didn’t have a lot of time for photography, but always travel with at least one camera. I hired a local driver to show me around and, along the way, came across this guy carrying his load of barrels through traffic. I shot this handheld out the window as we drove by. Not a scene that you see every day.” SECOND PRIZE “Post Industrial Confusion” BY KRIS DESAUTELS “Post Industrial Confusion is one image within a larger series I'm currently working on. Using an urban setting, this…

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creative portrait lighting

Anyone can “take” a portrait. “Making” a portrait—which involves working closely with the subject, seeing the light and controlling the light—is a different story. In this article, I’ll share with you some of my favorite portraits along with 12 time-proven portrait techniques. Let’s go! 1. Balance The Light I took the photograph that opens this article in a palace in Venice, Italy, during Carnival 2018. As you can see, the models are backlit by the strong light coming through large windows—yet we can see the detail of the masks and even the eyes of the models. What’s more, the room is evenly illuminated. This exposure is what’s called a fill-in flash shot; that is, I balanced the light from the flash to the room light so the image doesn't look like a…

8 min.
manual versus ttl

One aspect of photography I really enjoy is watching how technology changes. During my photography career, I’ve seen cameras go from mechanical shutters using ISO 25 slide film in manual mode to mirrorless cameras with articulated LCD screens shooting at ISO 6400 and beyond. Cameras just keep getting better. Along with camera development has come huge advances in flash technology. Some photographers may still remember calculating strobe exposure using guide numbers and distance scales. In the early ’80s, TTL—or through-the-lens—flash became available and shook up the photography world. Instead of calculating the flash output manually, TTL metering measured the flash output through the camera and stopped the flash burst when the subject was correctly illuminated. The next benchmark in flash evolution was wireless flash control right at the camera. Using an optical…

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portable lighting solutions

The days of lugging bags filled with heavy lighting equipment and paying hundreds of dollars in excess and overweight baggage fees for location shoots are over. Or at least they should be. Virtually all still photography and most small video productions can take advantage of the newest generation of compact but powerful monolights and LED systems, saving not only greenbacks but countless aching backs as well. I still love separate power packs and strobe head units for a day in the studio, but if I’m out the door on a shoot that requires lighting, it will be with mono heads or a speedlight. SPEEDLIGHT FLASHES Speedlights continue to be the first line of offense when shooting stills at a location that will benefit from artificial light, especially when traveling solo. The new Canon Speedlite…

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THE CANON SPEEDLITE 470EX-AI The Canon Speedlite 470EX-AI is billed as the world's first flash with an AI (Auto Intelligent) Bounce function. The unit automatically detects the distance to the subject as well as the ceiling in order to calculate the ideal angle for the flash to achieve the desired results. The flash head swivels in multiple directions to formulate the ideal bounce flash angle. The Speedlite can also maintain defined exposure and bounce angles when alternating between horizontal and vertical compositions. Its maximum guide number is 47 (154 feet) at ISO 100. Weighing in at just under 14 ounces, the unit is compatible with all Type-A EOS cameras (E-TTL II/E-TTL autoflash) and can work manually and second-curtain sync with Type-B EOS cameras. Price: $399 Website: usa.canon.com NIKON’S SB-5000 Nikon's new flagship speedlight, the…