Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro March - April 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.
editor’s note

I grew up in a town outside of Manhattan, where many of the city’s artists relocated in the 1970s when crime and rent increases made living in New York City untenable. As a child, I was surrounded by painters, sculptors, poets and photographers. While a good number of these creatives were men, most of them were women. My mother, now a painter, worked as a commercial and editorial photographer before I was born. The oldest of three sisters, she was part of a family that’s all creative. It just never occurred to me that an industry of any type of artists would be considered a “man’s world,” yet up until very recently, the photographic world has been primarily a male-centric one. Sure, there always have been the breakout stars, the outlier…

2 min.
the face 2015 winners

The FACE 2015 photo contest was the best yet, with some amazing work from the entrants. Guest judge photographer Doug Menuez and DPP Editor David Schloss spent hours debating over the finalists and the winners. Menuez has been an editorial and commercial photographer for decades, and was particularly drawn to the submissions that told a story. While a number of very strong images took the idea of “faces” literally (several of which are honorable mentions), both Menuez and Schloss picked the same images in their first round of selections, most of which took an interpretive and storytelling approach. In the end, there was a razor-thin margin between the winners and honorable mentions, with the edge ultimately going to the photographers who pushed the envelope and explored the boundaries of the…

7 min.
dpp in focus

New Flagships From Nikon The Nikon D5 is the world’s most powerful DSLR, featuring a 20.8-megapixel sensor with a base sensitivity of up to ISO 102,400 and an expanded range of up to ISO 3,280,000. A newly designed AF sensor and EXPEED 5 processor allow the camera to capture up to 12 frames per second with full autofocus and auto exposure from the 153 AF point sensor, which Nikon says allows the camera to track subjects in exceedingly low light. The D5 captures full 4K video and features, for the first time, a touch-screen LCD panel for both focusing and control of settings. The Nikon D5 will be available in two versions, one with dual XQD storage slots and one with dual CD storage slots. Nikon also released several new accessories…

12 min.
hands-on sony cyber-shot dsc-rx1r ii

The Sony a7R II was a head-turning camera, one that Sony admittedly used as a demonstration to show Canon and Nikon just what Sony could do with mirrorless, full-frame technology thanks to their domineering position in the sensor manufacturing market. The smaller, yet nearly as powerful Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R II is no less of a technological showhorse, packing most of the features of the a7R II into a body that’s smaller and lighter, and (on paper) can produce a better image than anything else in its class. The defining feature of the a7R II is the 42-megapixel Backside Illuminated (BSI) sensor, a Sony-designed imaging device that redefines low-light image quality. While BSI technology isn’t new, putting it on a full-frame sensor is, and the result is a 35mm-sized sensor with several…

8 min.
the long & short of it

NIKON’S TWO NEW LENSES, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm ƒ/2.8E ED VR and the AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm ƒ/5.6E ED VR, may seem like minor improvements to the Nikon lens lineup, but actually offer significant benefits not conveyed by the names alone. While the most outstanding aspect of their names is the Vibration Reduction the “VR” stands for, the optics deliver a lot more than implied by the image stabilization in their names. AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm ƒ/2.8E ED VR The new 24-70mm ƒ/2.8 VR lens replaces Nikon’s most reliable and most trusted zoom, the stalwart FXformat AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm ƒ/2.8G ED, which was released in 2007. While prime lenses are known to be sharper and more accurate than zoom lenses, the 2007 edition of the lens and the Zoom-NIKKOR 28-70mm ƒ/2.8 that preceded it…

7 min.
she who tells a story

BOUSHRA ALMUTAWAKEL BORN IN YEMEN IN 1969 LIVES IN SANA’A, YEMEN AND PARIS “I wanted to explore the many faces and facets of the veil based on my own personal experiences and observations: the convenience, freedom, strength, the power, liberation, limitations, danger, humor, irony, the variety, cultural, social, and religious aspects, the beauty, mystery….” The first photograph in “The Hijab” series shows a young woman veiling herself with the American flag. Created in 2001 in response to 9/11, the image questions the charged symbolism of the headscarf—particularly in Western media—as well as the implications of wearing one’s national identity on one’s head. NEWSHA TAVAKOLIAN BORN IN IRAN IN 1981 LIVES IN TEHRAN, IRAN “Imaging a dream. Eyes closed, mouths open, as if in a dream. Standing facing us with their backs to the darkness, they sing, soundless; they have…