Digital Photo

Digital Photo Summer 2017

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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2 min.
editor's note

I particularly like that the word “lens” can be used both in a literal way to describe an object through which light passes to be observed or recorded—“I shot that with a wide-angle lens”—and in a figurative way to refer to the way that we view the world and our memories—“I thought about my childhood through the lens of old age.” Everything we see as humans passes through multiple lenses; all of our experiences are shaped by a multitude of literal and figurative lenses that absorb, diffract, focus and shape our sense of the world. Photography is in many ways the act of placing another lens in the stream, to redirect some of that experience and save it in a way that then can retransmit that experience to others. The choices in…

6 min.
picking the perfect lens for portraits

WHAT MAKES A LENS GOOD FOR PORTRAITURE? Several factors come together to make a portrait lens. First and foremost is the focal length. Most photographers will tell you they want a longer-than-normal lens for portrait photography—a short to medium telephoto. On a full-frame DSLR, that translates to lenses with focal lengths typically between 70mm and 200mm. Popular portrait lens focal lengths are 85mm, 100mm, 105mm and 135mm. Of course, as long as there have been photographs, photographers have made great portraits with shorter and longer lenses as well. But it’s this focal range into which most portrait lenses fall. The good news is, this type of lens—a short to medium telephoto—is a great place to get a lot of bang for your buck. Many manufacturers’ portrait lenses are some of the sharpest in…

7 min.

PRIME LENSES FUJIFILM FUJINON XF90MMF2 R LM WR Equivalent to 137mm in the 35mm film format, the XF90mm lens for Fujifilm’s X-mount series of APS-C mirrorless cameras is a great portrait lens.The WR abbreviation indicates the lens is weather-resistant, perfect for serious shooters who work in all sorts of challenging conditions without fear of sand, dirt or moisture infiltrating the lens and camera body. Comprising 11 elements in eight groups (including three ED elements), the XF90mm provides even illumination from edge to edge and minimizes vignetting. It also delivers beautiful bokeh because of its circular seven-blade aperture.The quad linear motor provides fast autofocus as well. Compact and light, this sharp ƒ/2 lens is perfect for portraits. Price: $949. Website: fujifilmusa.com LENSBABY VELVET 56 Available in practically every lens mount imaginable, the Lensbaby Velvet 56 is…

6 min.
lenses for landscapes

What mental images come to mind when you think about “landscape photography”? In my mind, those words evoke imagery of rocky expanses, verdant forests and giant waterfalls. But the more I spend time thinking about it, the imagery becomes more granular. I continue picturing the trunk of a cactus and its spines being backlit by the setting sun. I think about the mesmerizing patterns formed along the undulating walls of sandstone slot canyons. And how can I forget that one moss-covered rock sitting perfectly still as a never-ending rush of water rages all around it. I mention all of this to underscore a point that partaking in landscape photography can mean many different things to many different people. However, what unifies us all is that we strive to share a piece…

4 min.

Whether you prefer prime or zoom lenses, use an SLR or mirrorless camera, or have a full-frame or cropped sensor, there has never been a better time to be a photographer.There are so many lens options for you to choose from, at a wide array of prices, and for virtually every camera manufacturer. I’m a Sony mirrorless camera shooter as well as a Zeiss Global Lens Ambassador, so it’s safe to say that I prefer Zeiss prime lenses, but I also have some choice zoom lenses that I’d like to recommend below.As always, remember that you can first rent just about every lens out there before deciding to buy. I find this to be a very cost-effective way to determine how to smartly invest in your lens arsenal. MID-FOCAL-LENGTH LENSES If I…

5 min.
lenses for travel

In any travel photo essay, images from a number of photographic genres will be called for to tell the full story from a given destination. Travel categories range from portrait, wildlife and landscape, to food, architecture and interior photography. In fact, I don’t think there’s another type of photography that does, for a lack of a better expression, require the wearing of so many “hats.” This isn’t a bad thing; it opens us up to opportunities that photographers working in other genres might never get to experience. A lot of travel photographers seek the holy grail of lenses—something that’s light enough to take anywhere but versatile enough to capture whatever magical moment comes along. There’s a lot of debate over the “perfect” focal lengths for travel, but if I could have…