Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro July - August 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

2 min.
landscape mastery

ALEX MCCLURE IS A MASTER OF OUTDOOR PHOTOGRAPHY, and his nightscapes are exceptionally beautiful. He creates his fantastically vivid and incredibly detailed images thanks to the Live Composite mode found in the Olympus OM-D-series cameras. Custom Settings For Powerful Long Exposures The custom settings found in Olympus cameras allow McClure to quickly capture the splendor of nature through in-camera composites—producing images that are automatically created by the camera without postprocessing. The same settings allow any Olympus shooter to create equally powerful long-exposure scenes. McClure starts by finding an element to draw the viewer’s attention—an arch, a mountain or even a cactus in the foreground. He uses manual focus and his Olympus camera’s Focus Peaking, a setting that displays the in-focus parts of an image with a color laid over the focused area. Using…

3 min.
editor’s note

When most people envision the role of the professional photographer, they usually picture the TV show version of the job—white room, a single strobe with a soft box or umbrella, and a business-casual photographer capturing images of a smiling woman with flowing hair. (That’s only fair, when I picture doctors, I imagine them all looking like the hotties on Gray’s Anatomy.) Of course, studio work is the mainstay of photography, followed closely by wedding photography, but what’s often overlooked is how many photographers make their living completely free from the white walls of a studio or, for that matter, any walls at all. The outdoor photographer is frequently the hardest working photographer. Walk into any studio and after you admire the pristine quality of the white walls, you’ll notice crates of cables,…

4 min.
first takes an interview with elsa dorfmann

IT WOULD BE APPROPRIATE TO CALL ELSA DORFMAN A POET WITH A CAMERA, not only because her portraits produced with a Polaroid 20x24 camera are lyrical but because this form of literary expression has been integral to her career. Dorfman moved from the Boston suburbs to New York in 1959 with dreams of being a writer. Economic realities came first and through an employment agency she landed a secretarial position at Grove Press. One of her jobs was to arrange readings for poets including Robert Creeley, Allen Ginsberg, Charles Olson, Robert Duncan, Michael McClure, Philip Whalen, Denise Levertov, Joel Oppenheimer and Edward Field. After returning to New England, a circuitous path would lead her back to the who’s-who of post-modern poetry, only this time it would be with camera in hand. In…

9 min.
dpp in focus

Hasselblad H6D Built from the ground up and utilizing a Sony-designed CMOS sensor, the 100 megapixel H6D-100c and the 50 megapixel H6D-50c bring expanded functionality and features to the Hasselblad line. Shutter speeds now range from 60 minutes to 1/2000th second and ISO options have been increased to 12800 (H6D-100c) and 6400 (H6D-50c). WiFi comes standard with the cameras and both incorporate USB 3.0 Type-C connector for speedier transfer rates. One of its dual card slots now accommodates CFast cards; the other is dedicated to SD cards. Both cameras are compatible with H lenses. And photographers who need, or want, to shoot video with their medium format cameras now have two other options besides the Pentax 645Z. The H6D-100c shoots video up to 4K, while the H6D-50c maxes out at full…

7 min.

Preparation, or lack of planning, can make or break a photo shoot. Fortunately, there are software applications to assist in production planning and to help ensure a successful shoot. One of these applications, set.a.light 3D Studio (that’s not a typo, it’s really spelled that way), is an excellent tool for planning and prepping studio lighting and has a host of options to simulate multiple setups right on your computer. You can print out a lighting diagram (much more efficient and easy to understand than a hand-drawn sketch) for your crew and/or clients. It’s also a great tool for lighting workshops and education, since you can quickly and easily demo setups without using a white board (and provide bonus files of the layouts for your students, if you’d like). When renting…

7 min.
sony g master lenses

IT’S ONLY NATURAL that a camera platform as new as the Sony’s a7 series would be perceived as being a little bit short on lenses. When the first a7 shipped just a few years ago, you could count the number of lenses designed for its full-frame sensor on one hand—previous to the a7, Sony’s lenses were designed for their smaller APS-C sensor-equipped NEX and a6000 cameras or their DSLR bodies. Many potential early-adopters were scared off due to the scarcity of lens choices and speculation about Sony’s lens roadmap, which makes sense when you think about the massive lens arsenals that companies like Canon and Nikon have. In the three years since Sony rolled out the first a7, they’ve worked very hard to combat both the impression that they have too few…