Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro December 2015

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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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
ben moon made the switch

FOR MORE ABOUT BEN MOON, VISIT SONY.COM/ALPHA ADVENTURE LIFESTYLE PHOTOGRAPHER BEN MOON CALLS THE SONY A7R II HIS “EVERYTHING CAMERA” For more than a decade, Ben Moon was a Canon DSLR shooter, but he was inspired to seek out a smaller and lighter system because he wanted something less cumbersome and obtrusive. The compact size and low weight are immensely helpful on mountain climbing assignments, and the low-key nature of a small camera works well in portrait situations when a daunting DSLR might “change the vibe.” A friend convinced Moon to try Sony’s a7 series on a shoot in Norway. Not long into the trip, Moon knew he was done with his DSLRs. “We were all camping in the van one night,” he says, “when we didn’t have room to pitch a tent.…

3 min.
in memory of cotton coulson. 1952-2015

I didn’t see Cotton Coulson very often, but every time I did, he brightened up my life. That’s something that everyone who knew the brilliant, eccentric and loving National Geographic photographer said, as well. Having Cotton around meant that his exuberant and passionate energy would shake off, nurturing everyone around him. When news arrived that Cotton had died after a diving accident on a National Geographic Expeditions trip, everything stopped and I cried from shock and loss, the same as I would have for any close family member. I first met Cotton when I was running a company that taught photographers how to use Apple’s (since retired) photo-management tool, Aperture. Cotton was forever an early adopter—at one point in his four-decade-long photo career, he even helped launch CNET, knowing the Internet would…

2 min.
add professional monitoring and recording to any sdi and hdmi camera with blackmagic video assist!

Blackmagic Video Assist is the ultimate on set production monitor and recorder for any SDI or HDMI camera! The large bright 5 inch monitor lets you see your framing and ensure you get absolutely perfect focus! The built in recorder uses common SD cards and records extremely high quality 10-bit 4:2:2 ProRes or DNxHD files that are much better quality than most cameras can record and are compatible with all video software. Now it’s easy to add professional monitoring and recording to any camera! On Set HD Monitor Blackmagic Video Assist has an extremely bright and sharp full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution display that’s much bigger than the tiny built in display found on most cameras. Mount it directly to your camera or use a longer cable so it can be…

6 min.
dpp in focus

RED RAVEN 4K Camera The RED RAVEN is a new modular cinema tool with impressive specs, and at 3.5 pounds, is designed to shoot handheld or suspended from a drone. The RAVEN can capture 4K Raw (4096x2160) video at frame rates up to 120p, in addition to ProRes full HD at 60p, REDCODE RAW (R3D) at 4K resolution and 2K video up to 240p. The RAVEN features an 8.8-megapixel sensor, and the teeny device is powerful enough to capture Apple ProRes and RED REDCODE RAW at the same time. Like other RED cameras, the RAVEN is modular and can connect to various RED accessories. Price: $5,950 (brain only). Contact: RED, red.com. Epson SureColor P400 Epson’s newest desktop printer, the SureColor P400 provides photographers with a more affordable option for 13x19” printing than the…

4 min.
visioneer’s gallery

As we advance into the era of 3D printing, where everything from airplane parts to household items to entire houses is being “printed” to specification, the art of digital photography, which renders the three-dimensional plane into two, may begin to seem antiquated to those growing up in this age of robotics. However, no matter the level of technological advancement, even the best robotics couldn’t create The Starry Night without the preset for the imagination that was van Gogh’s or an Ansel Adams landscape as only his eye could. Artists continue to challenge the limitations of photography’s two-dimensional plane through digital and analog innovations, including 360º apps, lenticular and holographic displays, and sculptures that extend photos out of the frames. It’s difficult for artists who work with photography to find collaborators who…

6 min.

Any color adjustment tool, in any software—past, current or future—works (or does not work) based on the control it offers over one or more of the three elements of color: luminosity, hue and saturation. Photoshop users have more than 20 color adjustment tools. There are six go-to tools, eight “exotic” color tools and 11 redundant tools. Go-To Color Adjustments There are six color adjustment tools that I shudder to think of living without: Curves, Hue/Saturation, Vibrance, Selective Color, Photo Filter and Black & White. Curves offers the ultimate control over luminosity; no other adjustment offers such precision over the relative darkness and lightness of shadows and highlights. Using the separate channels, Curves offers the same kind of precision when adjusting hue. Hue/Saturation and Vibrance are the two essential tools for adjusting saturation. What’s the…