Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro March/April 2018

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

1 min.
editor’s note

Technological convergence is here to stay. There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t get a press release that talks about the convergence of still imaging and video. The imaging market is abuzz with the rush to release products that improve the workflow of those working in photography and videography. For the photographer who’s open to new opportunities and willing to learn new skills, it’s a tremendous time. At Digital Photo Pro, we’re embracing this new converging world. Years ago we launched HDVideoPro magazine to address the (then) burgeoning market of digital video products. Over the last year, we’ve embarked on a process of integrating video content into Digital Photo Pro magazine, and to expand our coverage of video technol- ogies on the HDVideoPro.com and DigitalPhotoPro.com websites. We're excited about…

5 min.
new tools of the trade

Panasonic LUMIX G9 The 20.3-megapixel Panasonic Lumix G9 features 20 fps high-speed burst shooting and a huge 3,680K-dot OLED Live View Finder. One of the many highlights of the new G9 is the camera’s 80-megapixel High-Resolution mode. Image stabilization has been improved with the G9, as photographers will see 6.5 stops of shake -reduction shooting with or without compatible image-stabilized LUMIX lenses. And Panasonic’s DFD (Depth From Defocus) technology, in combination with Contrast AF, helps to deliver fast, precise autofocus. As for video, with the G9, creatives can shoot UHD 4K at up to 60 fps, and slow-motion at up to 60 fps in 4K and 180 fps in Full HD. Both 6K and 4K stills can be captured through the camera’s video functionality, as well. Splash-proof, dust-proof and freeze-proof down…

8 min.
mission: monochrome

In the bright and vibrant digital world we all find ourselves in today, it can sometimes be an exciting change of pace to choose to explore the world of black-and-white photography. To many people, this process is a choice simply made during the processing of the image, but to truly take advantage of the black-and-white medium, one should really go into the shooting process with the intention of creating black-and-white imagery. To that end, I’ll review some techniques I recommend for shooting and producing better black-and-white images. In the monochrome world, you won’t have the benefit of flashy colors to engage your viewers, so your primary tools for holding their attention will be contrast and emotion. Shoot In Black-And-White Most modern digital cameras these days have the ability to shoot images in some…

6 min.
cleared for takeoff

After about 20 minutes spent hovering around the old trestle and panning across the tracks, we finally hear the whistle of an approaching train. Taking the DJI Inspire 2 and its attached DJI Zenmuse X7 camera up to its maximum altitude, I put the drone a hundred feet or so above the tracks and off the train’s port side. With no desire to get a drone in the way of a train shuttling passengers home from work, my camera operator and I had attached the 50mm lens to the X7 (effectively a 75mm on a full-frame camera) before takeoff. The camera operator turns the gimbal to a break in the woods where the train will emerge. The relatively long focal length (for a drone, at least) gives us a nice tight…

6 min.
imac pro

By the start of 2017, professional photographers and videographers were starting to get desperate, waiting for Apple to update their flagship computer, the Mac Pro. The company had last updated their high-end system in 2013, and some of the company’s (and the competitor’s) other products were starting to arrive with features not found on the now-aging desktop. USB-C, Thunderbolt 3, and faster processors could be had elsewhere. Tech bloggers everywhere began to proclaim that pro support at Apple was dead. Apple combatted this notion with a one-two punch of product announcements, the first being the ground-up redesign of the Mac Pro, to be available “in 2018” and featuring the best technology available. The second announcement was the iMac Pro, a souped-up iMac that shares the same form factor of the existing…

7 min.
the art of   movement

Illustrating advertising projects and hundreds of annual reports for major corporations and cutting-edge biotech, software and financial firms have shown off the technical prowess of award-winning photographer George Simian. But after almost three decades as a top commercial shooter in Boston, Simian decided it was time for a change. In 2004, he headed out west, in part, as he says, “to learn how to slack.” Settling in Los Angeles, Simian retooled his eye and refocused his efforts to concentrate on perhaps the most fascinating machine of all, the human body. Using the techniques he refined on commercial assignments, Simian is able to freeze action at the decisive moment yet show movement in a single frame. DPP: How did your series on dancers and acrobats come about? George Simian: I first shot dance…