Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro March/April 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

I saw a cartoon recently that cracked me up. In the first panel, a green chameleon sits facing a dog, and the chameleon says, “Want to see something cool?” The dog says okay, and in the next panel, the chameleon turns red and says, “Ta-dah!” In the final panel, the dog responds, “What?” The joke, of course, is that dogs are color-blind and are unable to appreciate the difference between a green and a red lizard—to the dog, it’s all gray. That’s a bit of the problem with color—it’s entirely subjective. There’s no way to know if you and I both see the same thing when we look at a fire hydrant or a sky. In fact, if you got swept up in the social-media phenomenon of people arguing if a photo…

6 min.
new products

The original Fujifilm X100 was one of the first compact cameras to really go after the professional market, with a small form factor, excellent optics and an APS-C sensor. Now, three generations later, the Fujifilm X100F is still a great camera for the pros, with some new added features. The X100F has a 24.3-megapixel Fujifilm X-Trans sensor and 23mm ƒ/2.0 lens (35mm equivalent in full-frame cameras) and has a better electronic viewfinder, a 1.04M-dot, 3-inch LCD screen and a new front-mounted control dial. Electronic contacts on the front of the lens detect when adapters have been connected and change settings to match the different focal lengths. The camera borrows some elements from the X-Pro2, including a joystick for selecting AF points. The 325-point AF system can detect images down to…

10 min.
the color crisis

Why color management is so important, and why you probably aren’t doing it right I was standing in the kitchen the other day with my mother and my 6-year-old son, and found myself—as I do so often—providing computer tech support for my mother. Stop me if you’ve heard this before, but my septuagenarian mother was having trouble with a computer concept, and I was getting frustrated trying to explain it to her. My mother is a painter, and she recently purchased a discontinued-but-excellent large-format Canon printer so she can make prints of her work. Naturally, she wants accurate color reproduction, but unfortunately she’s trying to get this accurate color with a 7-year-old Mac mini and a CRT monitor with an image burned into the screen. Why, she lamented, did her inexpensive photo printer…

7 min.
usb-c hard drives

New standards promise increased hard drive speed and productivity, if you’re willing to buy new gear As Apple takes aggressive steps in the computer market to foster the adoption of the new USB-C standard—abandoning all connectors on the new MacBook Pro aside from USB-C—photographers find themselves on the threshold of a new range of hard drive performance, but not without some confusion. The USB-C connector combines a number of different technologies into a single, reversible plug. (See our explanation of the benefits and pitfalls of USB-C at digitalphotopro.com/gear/more-gear/ behind-the-technology-pt-2). USB-C handles a number of simultaneous connection standards, including Thunderbolt 3, USB 3.x, video, audio and power. Thunderbolt 3 provides an astounding 40 Gbit/second (5 GB/second) transfer speed versus the 20 Gbit/second speed of Thunderbolt 2 and the 10 Gbit/ second speed of USB…

9 min.
black & white transformation

Try these conversions and adjustments for striking black-and-white images Photography began with black-and-white images and the darkroom process, where images came to life. Today, photographers have many more choices. Some photographers still shoot black-and-white film and develop in the wet darkroom. But for most photographers, we capture in digital color and decide later if we want to convert to black-and-white. We have the best of both worlds, and our darkroom is a computer with Lightroom or Photoshop. But here’s the thing: Anyone can just click the Grayscale button in Light-room and convert their color image to black-and-white. But is that really doing justice to your beautiful, hard-earned image? And what about Photoshop? What’s the best way to convert an image to black-and-white inside Photoshop? There are many paths to effective black-and-white conversions and…

5 min.
always be closing

Don’t chase every social media audience; pick the ones that work to generate jobs Get them to sign on the line that’s dotted. In an infamous scene in the movie adaptation of Glengarry Glen Ross, Alec Baldwin—while verbally “motivating” a group of real estate salesmen—drills into their head the phrase “always be closing.” For photographers in the social media era, this is a worthwhile mantra as well. With so many hours in the day and a seemingly infinite number of social media channels popping up, it’s important to figure out which ones will most benefit your business, focus on them, and let the others go. After spending a good decade in blogging and now social media, I can tell you there’s no real economy to likes or faves or blog comments. As…