Digital Photo

Digital Photo Summer 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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Madavor Media, LLC
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2 min.
which lens is right for you?

“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder,” and in photography, there’s no way to behold something without a lens. In fact, there wouldn’t be photography at all if it weren’t for the magic light-modifying power of a lens. In an era where cameras all sport sensors capable of resolving the tiniest detail and the most vibrant color, there's no component more important to creating an image than a lens. Half of the art of photography comes down to being able to select the right lens to create the image in your mind’s eye. The other half of the art of photography is figuring out how to use the lens you have with you to create the image in your mind’s eye that requires another lens. In this issue, the Ultimate Guide…

1 min.
annual black & white photo contest winners

GRAND PRIZE “The Knockout Punch” BY CHRISTOPHER BERG “As a portrait photographer, my subjects are almost always still. But after having made a more traditional portrait of North Carolina-born pro boxer Dewayne Beamon earlier, I asked if I could capture him at maximum performance, intensity and action—throwing a knockout punch. I approached our session very similarly to a movie shoot—plan, prepare, setup, rehearse, capture.” SECOND PRIZE “Snow Princess” BY DARCY PINO “I made this image with my infrared-converted Nikon D300 at Gibbs Garden and used my granddaughter as a model. This image was shot around noon, which is the best time to shoot infrared. I wanted the viewer to feel a sense of peace and purity.” THIRD PRIZE “Swept Away In Bagan” BY MARTIN DUNN “This image was taken mid-morning in one of the minor monasteries in Bagan, Myanmar. The rays…

9 min.
hit the trails

While many cameras continue to downsize thanks to the mirrorless revolution, the quality of their images keeps ramping up. Many photographers are switching over to small full-frame, APS-C and Micro Four Thirds camera systems and enjoying the incredible results these systems provide while equally enjoying the weight savings they provide. As we gear up for summer travel, what can we do to reduce our payloads without sacrificing quality? While I’m still a full framer, I’ve created a methodology that helps me travel lighter, saving my back and reaction time to photo ops on the road. No matter what camera system you use, the following should make travel photography more compact and open up more opportunities with more efficient solutions. From North Korea to Namibia, I’ve made packing a vital part of my…

9 min.
follow the   action

"Wow, I just missed most of that jump,” I tell Chance as I review images on my camera LCD. This isn't one of my best moments. How could I miss that jump? In this case, Chance flew so high off the jump that I only see the lower half of his bike tires in my frame. “No problem, I can do it as many times as you need,” Chance replies, and pedals back up the hill for another run. Chance is a local BMX rider I’ve brought out to be a subject for an action shoot. I’m still cursing under my breath. I had no idea just how far Chance would fly through the air. This guy can do amazing aerials or, in BMX bike terms, tailwhips, supermans and backflips. I need…

6 min.
pretty as a picture

Just about the moment the camera was invented, it was used to create portraits. Historic records of people have always been a main photographic focus. In an era of selfies, a portrait stands out as a composed and intentional representation of a person. The first consideration when choosing a lens for portraiture is typically focal length because it has the biggest impact on the function and efficacy of a lens for portraiture. It determines whether a portrait is a tight head-and-shoulders shot or a wide waist-up or even full-length shot. Focal length impacts how close to a subject the photographer must be, how much of the subject can fill the frame and, most importantly, the focal length has a huge effect on a subject’s features—making them look big, exaggerated and distorted…

6 min.

PORTRAIT PRIMES AND ZOOMS OLYMPUS M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 45MM F1.8 Users of the Olympus PEN Micro Four Thirds camera system will appreciate the compact and light 45mm f1.8 prime lens from Olympus. Equivalent to 90mm, the lens is ideal for shooting portraits. The fast ƒ/1.8 maximum aperture helps isolate subjects against out-of-focus backgrounds, and it’s useful when working in low light, too. Fashion-conscious photographers will appreciate the interchangeable color rings that allow the lens to be matched to different PEN cameras. An affordable price makes this lens user friendly, too. Price: $399 Website: getolympus.com SONY FE 50MM F1.8 Used with one of Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras, the FE 50mm F1.8 is a normal prime lens. But paired with a camera using an APS-C sensor, the focal length becomes equivalent to a 75mm lens—great for portraits, particularly…