Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro March - April 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.
full frame freedom

Image stabilization has empowered more nature photographers to get sharp, inspiring photos by freeing us from the bulky tether of a tripod. In the full-frame 7 II, Sony has taken stabilization to the next level with the most advanced technology currently available, a revolutionary 5-Axis Stabilization system. In the field, photo opportunities like the one in this macro photo are fleeting. These ants didn’t pause and wait for their close-up. Being able to work handheld and adjust your position to follow the action is critical, especially with macro subjects like this. But it’s no good if the image is blurry. The 5-Axis Stabilization system built into the Sony 7 II gives you the freedom to move and shoot handheld at shutter speeds that would have been impossible without it. The system…

2 min.
editor’s note

I have to admit that seeing The Devil Wears Prada changed the way I looked at fashion. I always had an appreciation for fashion photography—dynamic and imaginative images that delve the viewer into a fantasy—but the fashion itself, that is, the clothing, shoes and accessories, had never interested me. I had thought of the fashion industry as being a benefactor to a class of photographers, giving them the resources to explore fantasy and the human body and to stretch their creativity. It’s not that I thought the fashion industry was frivolous, by any means. I think it’s fair to say I just didn’t get it. In the film, there’s a scene where Meryl Streep schools Anne Hathaway on fashion as art that you wear by tracing the lineage of Hathaway’s innocuous…

2 min.
first takes

In a nod to the interconnectedness of the 21st century, Zhang Jingna keeps in touch with a loyal following and the world, in general, through a blog. In addition to being good promotion, Zhang wants to be an inspiration and to provide useful information for other photographers. She explains, “I like teaching. Anyone who has done it, no matter how frustrating it is, finds a certain satisfaction in it. But, honestly, a lot of it also comes from wanting to debunk the people who assume everything is easy or can’t be accomplished unless you had a lot of money. I didn’t grow up in a wealthy family, I was fed through school on the charity of others, so through all the hardships of growing up, I guess I always feel…

2 min.
future proof your facility with advanced 4k sd, hd and ultra hd mini converters!

Blackmagic Design’s new high performance mini converters switch instantly between all SD, HD and Ultra HD video formats so they’re ready for Ultra HD when you are! Mini Converters are available in regular or heavy duty models that are machined from solid aluminum so they look beautiful and are super tough! Choose from models with 6G-SDI, HDMI, analog, optical fiber connections and more. Auto Switching SD, HD and Ultra HD Mini Converters instantly switch between Ultra HD and all SD or HD formats, including NTSC, PAL, 1080PsF23.98, 1080PsF24, 1080PsF25, 1080i50, 1080i59.94, 1080i60, 720p50, 720p59.94 and 720p60. Updates can be loaded via USB. Redundant SDI Input Mini Converters feature a redundant input and loop through SDI output. Connect a redundant SDI cable to the second input, and if the main SDI input is lost, Mini…

8 min.
dpp in focus

Hasselblad V System Digital Back Hasselblad has reinvested in their classic V System cameras, dating back to 1957, by designing the cordless CFV-50c digital back with a 50-megapixel CMOS medium-format sensor. With a 100-6400 ISO, it shoots 1.5 images/second and long exposures up to 12 minutes to a CF card or tethered computer. The 3-inch, high-resolution LCD screen offers a new menu and button layout. The digital back supports a classic Hasselblad square crop setting. Compatible with the PM90 and PME90 viewfinders. List Price: $15,500. Contact: Hasselblad, www.hasselbladusa.com. Nikkor 300mm F/4E PF ED VR Nikon has developed a travel-friendly AF-S Nikkor 300mm ƒ/4E PF ED VR lens that’s 30% shorter and 1.5 pounds lighter than its predecessor. This size and weight reduction is due in large part to Phase Fresnel optical technology that…

2 min.
the latest in aerial robotic drones

With more than 100 companies showing drones at CES earlier this year, it’s fair to say the copters are more than just a flyby fad. In fact, the upcoming NAB show is preparing an entire Aerial Robotics and Drone Pavilion featuring a fully enclosed “flying cage” for active demos. As we move into the year, here are several drone options from CES that we’re keeping track of as they continue to develop and enter user hands. Known for their innovation in electric aviation with manned aircraft and hobby radio-controlled fliers, Yuneec has recently combined their aerial technology with the photo/video space. The Q500 Typhoon Quadcopter uses its own 12-megapixel, 1080p full HD photo and video camera attached to the ready-to-fly system via a 3-axis brushless precision gimbal. The ground station controller…