Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro May - June 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.
art line by sigma

For more than 50 years, Sigma has been dedicated to continually refining their approach to the design of superior photographic optics. As part of that practice, Sigma reorganized their lens offerings into three distinct lines: Sports, Contemporary and Art. This strategy emphasizes that each line is developed with consideration of the unique photographic challenges specific to the photographer and the subject. Sigma’s Art Line currently comprises nine lenses— 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | A, 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | A, 24mm F1.4 DG HSM | A, 24-105mm F4 DG (OS)* HSM | A, 50mm F1.4 DG HSM | A, 35mm F1.4 DG HSM | A, 19mm F2.8 DN | A, 30mm F2.8 DN | A, 60mm F2.8 DN | A—all of which are designed and built to the highest standards.…

3 min.
editor’s note

In this issue of Digital Photo Pro, we feature an article by Courtney Dailey. The Los Angeles-based photographer has become a role model for emerging pros for more than her ability to take photos. Dailey is an excellent example of a photographer who never loses her cool on set, and in the article “View From The Top,” she gives some great advice for everyone who works with challenging clients—and that’s really everyone. For a lot of young, talented photographers who have been encouraged to take a “my way or I won’t do the job” approach, Dailey’s advice is particularly important. She is the Shao-lin master to the emerging photographer’s Grasshopper, encouraging the headstrong youth to use the opponent’s energy to create an even more potent strike. Martial arts TV analogies aside,…

5 min.
first takes

In the article “View From The Top,” Los Angeles-based fashion and beauty photographer Courtney Dailey gives insight into how she works with her clients to build on their ideas. It’s been said that advertising art directors are frustrated photographers at heart, and most pros have experienced at least one creatively inclined client who wanted to dictate the shot to the nth degree. Dailey has a knack for taking that kind of domineering approach from a client and rechanneling it to a more collaborative end. Ultimately, the best art directors recognize when they have a partner instead of a glorified shutter-button-pusher. Featured in the April issue of Digital Photo Pro, Dixie Dixon’s professional photography career is on the fast track. For anyone who has attended one of her seminars, the dynamic young…

11 min.
dpp in focus

Canon EOS 5DS/5DS R Now providing an affordable alternative to a medium-format camera, Canon has developed the EOS 5DS and 5DS R models, which offer the highest resolution of any 35mm DSLR, to date. Both the 5DS and 5DS R use a 50.6-megapixel, full-frame CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 6 processor, allowing quick 5 fps continuous shooting for capturing the full sharp, detailed 50-megapixel resolution, and the 5DS R model further maximizes sharpness with a canceled low-pass filter. Both cameras use 61-Point High-Density Reticular AF with 41 cross-type sensors and have a sensitivity of ISO 100-6400 (12,800 extended). The cameras have a built-in intervalometer, shoot 1080p full HD video and offer a creative Time Lapse Movie function that automatically builds a time-lapse video from still images. While the cameras maintain the…

5 min.
visioneer’s gallery harmonies

This song by Julian Lennon, released in 2011, serves as a poignant prelude to his recent photography exhibit “Horizon,” at the Emmanuel Fremin Gallery in Chelsea, which travels worldwide thereafter. A musician, a photographer and a philanthropist, Lennon is deeply committed to the well-being of all species and the health of our planet, and promotes several endeavors through his organization White Feather Foundation. I had written about Julian Lennon back in 2010, when we helped launch his debut photography exhibit “Timeless” in New York. No doubt the undercurrents of Julian’s journey in life, as the first son of one of the most admired and tragically lost artists on the planet, John Lennon, led him to a fair share of soul-searching. Combine that with a heart full of artistic skill, poetic…

7 min.
(r)evolution synthetic profiles

How can you change the appearance of a digital image without changing the numbers that assign the color values? Change what those numbers mean by changing the image’s ICC profile. Using abstract or synthetic profiles, you can make massive changes to an image with little to no cost, changes that ordinarily would cause big problems using standard methods, such as posterization and noise. It’s a practice known to color geeks and few others. When you’ve got a big job to do, it can get you out of a pinch in a hurry. In most cases, we think of using color management to accurately match colors when moving between different color spaces; ICC profiles are used to describe different color spaces and to make precise transformations to values moved from one to…