Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro January - February 2016

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

3 min.

Well, look at that. It’s a new year, again. Another chance to stop, take a look at where we are professionally and personally, and see how we’re doing. Each year, we can take stock of our lives, figure out where we want to go and set goals for the coming year. For photographers—at least for the good ones—these resolutions are part of our regular routine. Most photographers evaluate themselves frame by frame. Could I have composed that shot differently? Was the exposure correct? Should I have used studio lights instead of available light? Part of being an artist is constantly to self-evaluate. Still, it’s good to step back and look at the larger picture, and to make some resolutions for the coming year (intentional puns, both). How is the health of your…

6 min.
first takes

First Place | Ricardo Williams | “Sprinkler” The original idea behind this photo was finding a way to represent one word with an image that described it and at the same time was able to tell a story. The word was “sprinkler,” and it was part of a Photography Scavenger Hunt on the G+ Community. In this hunt, we’re usually competing with about 500 other photographers from around the world, each one with his or her own interpretation of a group of 10 words. For this word, I wanted to adhere to what I imagined was the general idea of water sprinkling, but give it a mysterious and dark turn. Besides the other aspects of photography I’m interested in, I’m also a self-portrait photographer. I wanted to pair my portraiture with…

2 min.
introducing blackmagic ursa mini, the lightweight super 35 4.6k digital film camera with 15 stops of dynamic range!

Introducing URSA Mini, a handheld Super 35 digital film camera with an incredible 4.6K image sensor, global shutter and a massive 15 stops of dynamic range! The super compact and lightweight design is perfectly balanced, making it comfortable enough for all day shooting. URSA Mini lets you shoot at up to 60fps, features a 5" foldout viewfinder, dual RAW and ProRes recorders, and more! Incredible 4.6K Sensor URSA Mini can capture images at a resolution and dynamic range that goes well beyond that of traditional motion picture film so you can shoot your own epic, cinematic masterpiece! You can capture images up to 4608 x 2592, which is larger than 4K DCI, with 15 stops of dynamic range so you get incredibly clean pictures with amazing detail in everything from the darkest…

2 min.
simply sophisticated

You’re uncompromising when it comes to your photography, but are you sacrificing portability for performance in your camera system? Some of the latest innovations in camera technology come from a surprisingly lightweight, compact system that will make you rethink your DSLR. FORWARD-THINKING TECHNOLOGY Take handheld photography, for example. The Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II features the world’s most advanced 5-Axis Image Stabilization, which corrects not only horizontal and vertical camera movements, but also pitch, roll and yaw, providing an industry-leading 5 steps of compensation for both still images and cinema-quality 1080 Full HD video capture. This Micro Four Thirds interchangeable-lens camera features a 16MP Live MOS sensor and TruePic VII processor that together provide impressive speed capabilities like 10 frames-per-second burst shooting and an ultrafast maximum shutter of 1/8000 sec. For studio work, where…

8 min.
dpp in focus

Lensbaby Composer Pro II With Edge 50 Optic The latest member of Lensbaby’s optic swap system, the Composer Pro II is bundled with the Edge 50 Optic to produce beautiful photos with a selectable “slice of focus” in the midst of a defocused image. Composer Pro II has been updated with a sturdier metal body, which locks in the tilt and swivel lens position more securely. The manual-focus Edge 50 Optic—which can be swapped out for other lenses—offers a 50mm focal length with an aperture range of ƒ/3.2 to ƒ/22. Available for a wide range of mounts, including Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A and E, Pentax K, Fujifilm X, Micro 4/3 and Samsung NX. Price: $425. Contact: Lensbaby, lensbaby.com. Interfit S1 Monolight With HSS Powered by a rechargeable battery for wire-free shooting…

6 min.

When you adjust color in digital images, several common—and often unintended—byproducts arise. Increase or decrease contrast, and saturation will rise or fall. Increase or decrease saturation, and lightness will change. Make a hue adjustment with Curves (or Levels) by targeting specific channels, and an image either will lighten or darken. Make a hue adjustment with Hue/Saturation, and both saturation and luminosity are likely to shift, sometimes lightening and other times darkening. Correct one problem, and you may create another. Sometimes these byproducts are desirable; usually, they’re not. While these changes may be minor, sometimes insignificant, when making subtle adjustments, they can become major when making more dramatic adjustments. Is there a cure? There are several! You can make additional adjustments to correct the byproducts of one adjustment. For instance, to compensate for value…