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Digital Photo Pro March/April 2020

Digital Photo Pro is the serious digital photography enthusiast and professional’s guide to advanced technology and creativity. Each issue showcases the very best in photography, and helps readers navigate the sea of equipment, storage methods, electronics and more, so they can make better decisions and take better photos.

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United States
Madavor Media, LLC
4 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
report for america

Helping Photographers & Videographers Get Work In recent years, finding job opportunities for content creators—photographers and videographers of all genres—continues to be a challenge. But there are organizations working to change that trend, like Report for America, a national service program that places talented, emerging journalists—including photojournalists and documentary videographers—into local news organizations to report for one to two years on under-covered issues and communities. We’ll be publishing more such news items in the coming weeks and months, so be sure to check our blogs and news sections regularly. Read this story here: http://digitalphotopro.com/newswire/job-opportunities-for-content-creators-report-for-america-wants-to-get-photographers-and-videographers-work/ Cameras & Digital Imaging from 2010-2019: By The Numbers The camera market faced more disruption between 2010 and 2019 than it had in any other previous decade. To get a sense of what that change looked like, Editor Terry…

2 min.
editor’s note

To kick off our Wedding Photography issue, I chose two powerful images of a seemingly simple gesture: couples holding hands. For me, each conveys a sense that each person in both photographs has truly found each other’s soulmate. But there’s more to see in each. The resplendent color image on the right is of a young couple who appear to be on their way to getting married. It was shot by gifted photography duo James x Schulze and conveys so much of how I remember my own wedding day as well as those of many of my good friends—a feeling of anticipation and excitement mixed with an almost irrepressible sense of serenity and joy. The remarkable black-and-white image on the left tells a more complex story. It was shot by veteran wedding…

3 min.
tell us your story contest winners

Congratulations to the winners and finalists in Digital Photo’s Tell Us Your Story photo contest. Featured here are the first, second and third Prize winners. See all of the finalists at dpmag.com/photo-contests/tell-us-your-story. FIRST PRIZE Tea Time “I cherish the daddy-daughter days with my 2-year-old. Every Friday, we have the whole day to ourselves. On one occasion, my daughter wanted to gather her bears in the kitchen for a tea party, but we lacked a fitting table and chair set for her friends. “We got creative with a wooden stool and some baskets. I carefully propped the bears, but they toppled over several times. Finally, she decided to grab her dearest bear and held it with her tea without saying a word for a few minutes. This was when I reached for my camera. “She enjoyed…

11 min.
new tools of the trade

Nikon Unveils D780 DSLR, Two Lenses And The Nikon COOLPIX P950 In the past year and a half, Nikon has aggressively promoted its Z Series full-frame mirrorless system. However, the company made its name producing SLRs and is still introducing new models. Case in point: This January, it announced the new D780 full-frame DSLR, an update to its D750, which the company says was its most popular full-frame DSLR ever. The two cameras look similar, but there are some major differences. For starters, Nikon has significantly changed the sensor. The D780 has a 24.5-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) FX-format full-frame CMOS sensor, which no longer has contrast-detect AF points on the sensor. In its place, you’ll find the more robust 273-point phase-detect AF system, which works in live view and for movies as well…

11 min.
weddings in blume

Professional photographers looking to grow their wedding businesses would do well to follow the lead of Phillip and Eileen Blume. This husband-and-wife team has met a variety of challenges throughout their 12 years running a wedding photography studio outside of Atlanta, and thus far they’ve conquered them all. They’ve grown quickly from a struggling do-it-all vendor to a profitable boutique business. “I was a high school teacher,” Phillip says, “and Eileen was working at Starbucks. We started up right after we got married, and quickly, within the span of about a year, we had to segue out of our jobs. It sounds like a success story, and I think at the time some of our friends were like ‘Wow!’ It looked like a big success, but behind the curtain, there was…

11 min.
in truth, beauty

When a bride and groom host a world-class destination wedding, they expect a lot from their photographers. The smartest among these happy couples, a dozen or so each year, hire world-class artists, such as the team of James x Schulze, a partnership between James Christianson and Otto Schulze, two longtime photographers, who joined forces four years ago after more than a decade in direct competition. Their work blossomed as they quickly discovered the whole can be infinitely greater than the sum of its parts. “We cannot make the work without the collaboration,” Christianson says. “Because of the freedom. If you were to watch us work, it really is a dance. Maybe I’m connecting with the client and shooting a portrait while Otto’s over there crafting something, shooting hands and shooting different angles…