Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro January - February 2017

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.
editor’s note

Once upon a time... That’s the start of any good story, something we explicitly say in children’s books, but is the underlying theme behind any good tale. A story is established with a time frame, location and subject. “Once upon a time, in a distant castle, lived a princess…” instantly conjures up dragons and knights and rescues. In a more famous example, “Moby Dick” starts with “Call me Ishmael. Some years ago—never mind how long precisely—having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.” A good photograph is no different—all the rules of setting a time, location and subject apply. Think of a photo of fall leaves set against a…

5 min.
new products

Nikon D500 Sports & Wildlife Kit The Nikon D500 Sports & Wildlife kit features a Nikon D500 and an AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm ƒ/5.6E ED VR lens. The APS-C-based Nikon D500 uses the same autofocus system as the flagship D5, and we consider the 200-500mm one of the best all-around wildlife lenses on the market. The kit also includes two 32 GB G-series XQD memory cards, an MB-D17 multi-battery power pack, an extra EN-EL15 battery and Nikon’s 2-Year Extended Service Coverage. List Price: $3,600. Contact: Nikon USA, nikonusa.com Sony RX100 V And Sony a6500 Sony has two new mirrorless cameras in the RX100 V and the a6500. The compact RX100 V has professional-quality autofocus, a 1-inch stacked CMOS with on-sensor AF and 315 focus points. The lock speed is 0.05 seconds. It shoots 24…

7 min.
telling a story with environmental portraiture

The environmental portrait is one of photography’s simpler ideas: An image of a subject that includes his or her external life—some place or object, or both—revealing more than merely what a person looks like. I’ve personally found this imaging style to be a rewarding cerebral exercise, and I relish such assignments. Here’s a detailed look at one of my own recent environmental portrait scenarios, from its origin and back-story to lighting and post-production. I hope it will be informative, maybe even inspirational. The Subject Retired aviation executive Kenneth Curry is a decorated Vietnam veteran, one of many wartime returnees with combat-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I photographed him as a spokesperson for a California-based PTSD outreach campaign. For me, the only approach to this assignment was an environmental portrait, to symbolically connect…

1 min.

Beyond my initial take on the drama of Aqua 2, there were two other interpretations that I thought might get closer to the idea of Capt. Curry’s PTSD, things that must affect other pilots who have had similar experiences. One was the image of Capt. Curry beneath the B-52’s wing, surrounded by symbolic icons of air warfare—the menacing teardrop shapes of fuselage and drop tanks and the racks of deadly bombs. My other notion of the darker side of this subject invoked a thought that plagues many high-altitude bomber pilots. Their trusted aircraft might get them to and from their jobs, but it’s also an instrument of extreme violence. There must inevitably be some guilt that lurks over the destructive power, the white, searing light the crews and their planes rain…

9 min.
the power of portable light

I have traveled 4,625 miles to get this image. I’m stumbling through the volcanic landscape in the murky predawn darkness trying to find the Moai statues. The salty breeze and crashing surf remind me of early-morning shoots in Hawaii. But this isn’t Hawaii. I’m on Easter Island, one of the most remote inhabited islands in the world. And if I don’t get this iconic shot of the Moai statues at sunrise, I’ll never forgive myself. I need this shot for my photo essay of the island. But I have a problem. The clouds are turning pink and orange, and the statues are silhouetted nicely against the fiery sky. And this image is just that—a dark shape against a vibrant night sky. I want a three-dimensional image with foreground, one that reveals…

9 min.
hands-on with the sony a99 ii

When Sony purchased the renowned Konica-Minolta brand in 2006, they not only acquired all the technology and reputation of a company with photographic roots stretching back to the 1920s, but they instantly established themselves in a digital photography market that had gotten away from the consumer electronics giant. Like their Minolta ancestors, the Sony cameras, at first, were well regarded, but not held with the same esteem as a flagship camera from Nikon or Canon. Minolta had many passionate shooters, but they weren’t dominant in the pro camera space at all. For a few years, Sony made some pretty standard digital camera advances, with models available for both consumers and professionals, but in 2010 the company took one of its first turns into unexpected territory with their “SLT” line of cameras. Unlike…