Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro July - August 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

3 min.
editor’s note

In The Shawshank Redemption, Red comments that May is “one damn fine month to be working outdoors.” That thought was brought home to me as I met with Scott Nathan at Soho House in Los Angeles when we selected images for the article on him. With a panoramic view of Los Angeles and Hollywood as the background, we went through Nathan’s image library, and it occurred to me what a great industry this is. As photographers, we’re constantly surrounded by creativity. We’re fully immersed in it at all times. All of the challenges about billing and invoices and hustling to land the next gig are just noise. At the heart of it all, we get to live and breathe in the rarified air of imagining something in our minds and…

2 min.
first takes

Jeffrey Lewis Bennett is known for his ability to create truly unique looks through camera technique and postprocessing skill. From his base in Detroit, Michigan, Bennett regularly travels throughout the U.S. for his wedding and engagement work. See his suggestions and advice in the article “Always & Forever” in this issue, and go to www.jlbwedding.com to see more of Bennett’s photography. Ben Chrisman launched his Santa Fe studio in 2005 after leaving the newspaper photography world. He became a wedding photographer “to show the world that wedding photos could be edgy, sexy, funny, honest and full of life, and could stand alone as works of art,” he says. His business now includes four photographers and a videographer, with offices in Oakland and Charleston, in addition to Santa Fe. Chrisman spoke with…

12 min.
dpp in focus

Pentax K-3 II Ricoh Imaging has introduced the Pentax K-3 II camera. The K-3 II shares the K-3’s dustproof and weather-resistant magnesium-alloy casing and metal chassis, as well as the 24.35-effective-megapixel resolution, 27-point AF system and 8.3 fps shooting speed. The K-3 II incorporates new GPS technology with a GPS receiver and electric compass logging image location, camera orientation, altitude, time and date. Images then can be transferred to a map like Google Earth. The K-3 II also incorporates Pixel Shift Resolution, utilizing the improved 4.5 EV-stop Shake Reduction system to move the CMOS sensor in single-pixel increments over four frames, then combines the frames into a single high-definition image. Adding the in-body Shake Reduction system to the GPS technology, and magnetic and acceleration sensors, the Astrotracer feature calculates the motion…

5 min.
visioneer’s gallery

If you’ve ever wondered whether chasing photos from the rigging of tall ships, hiking onto volcanic lava flows, tracking gorillas in tropical rain forests, chasing tornadoes across the Great Plains, swimming with pink dolphins in the Amazon or sailing an icebreaker to the North Pole could put your work at the forefront of a visually saturated world, the answer is an overwhelming yes. All you’d need, in addition to the courage for such daredevil acts, would be a heart full of wanderlust that places you in the midst of those situations and an eye for the magical. Peter Guttman, the 2014 winner of the George Eastman Power of the Image award, has been under the spell of extreme adventure since the 1990s, photographing in 222 countries across all continents, publishing…

7 min.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could selectively adjust colors based on how saturated they are in Photoshop? You can! How? With a free plug-in Adobe provides called Multiplugin; it hasn’t been updated since Photoshop CS5, but it still works with current versions. Why Would You Want To Do This? Do you have images where semi-neutrals aren’t saturated enough, but you don’t want other colors to get too saturated? Select the less saturated colors before adjusting them. Do you have images where you’d like to reduce the saturation of very saturated colors without affecting other levels of saturation? Select the more saturated colors before adjusting them. You even can select colors with medium saturation, separating them from both the high and low range of saturation. Using this technique, you can produce subtle…

10 min.
hi-tech studio strobes on the go

There are two basic types of studio flash: powerpack-and-heads systems and monolights. The former provides a lot of power and control, but is a bit unwieldy, and the cables connecting the lamp heads to the powerpack are just waiting to trip someone. Mono-lights are self-contained; the lamp head and the powerpack are built into a single unit. Like the pack-and-heads systems, they can run off AC power, but many monolights also can be operated on battery power, making them great location light sources. Most monolights are much more powerful than shoe-mount flash units. More power means you can shoot at smaller apertures to increase depth of field, especially important when using umbrella reflectors and the like, which greatly reduce intensity. While shoe-mount flash units are rated in guide numbers, monolights and…