Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro May - June 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

3 min.
editor’s note

There was a time, not too long ago, when “color photography” was a strange, new thing. While various means of creating color images had been experimented with early on, scientists didn’t hit on the modern method of creating color images by capturing light in red, green and blue ranges until Scottish scientist James Clerk Maxwell had photographer Thomas Sutton create color separations to produce full-color images as part of Maxwell’s research into the human eye. In a lecture in 1861, Maxwell combined Sutton’s images captured with a red, green and blue filter together and the resulting image was seen in full color. (There’s some historical debate as to whether the images actually captured all the wavelengths, but the images were color nonetheless.) That process was—as often happens with inventions—forgotten for a…

3 min.
first takes an interview with jerry uelsmann

Jerry Uelsmann is a creative genius, but it takes technical prowess to translate what his mind’s eye sees to a tangible medium. His composite images are all the more impressive with the realization that the surreal visions were created in an analog world. The Detroit-born, Gainesville-based photographer has influenced countless other visual artists through his teaching, exhibitions and books. His second look back, Uelsmann Untitled: A Retrospective, published by the University Press of Florida, reconfirms his extraordinary previsualization abilities combined with his mastery of traditional darkroom techniques. Additionally, Uelsmann has been honored with a lifetime achievement award in fine-art photography by the prestigious Lucie Awards. To read our full interview with Jerry Uelsmann and view a larger selection of images, go to digitalphotopro.com/profiles/jerry-uelsmann-the-alchemist. To see more of his work, visit…

10 min.
dpp in focus

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II Canon’s latest flagship camera, the EOS-1D X Mark II, may not look much different than its predecessor, but the updates to this full-frame camera are more than enough to entice photographers—particularly, sports shooters—who need high-end performance, an impressive feature set, the flexibility to shoot in low light and advanced video capabilities. Built around a new 20.2-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, the 1D X Mark II sports dual DIGIC VI processors and is the fastest EOS camera, to date, capable of reaching speeds of up to 14 fps with AE and predictive AF (16 fps in Live View). The AF system has been updated, and low-light capabilities have been enhanced, as well. List Price: $5,999 ($6,299 kit with 64 GB CFast card and reader). Contact: Canon, usa.canon.com. Tamron…

7 min.

Photography has always been a social media, but now it has moved into the era of social media. With our new Connected column, each issue we bring you the best techniques, tips and steps to make your photography more visible, more interactive and more, well, connected. Instagram has become the go-to app for photography, and rightly so. The platform has more than 400 million active users, with an estimated 780 million in the United States alone. It’s estimated that about 90% of Instagram users are under 35, which is extremely enticing to advertisers (source: expanded ramblings.com/index.php/importantinstagram-stats/). It’s also a vast, untapped market of talent—there are plenty of stories of upstart photographers suddenly getting noticed and resulting in lucrative commercial gigs. Instagram user Ryan Parrilla (@novess), for instance, was only 16 when Instagram…

10 min.
low-key b&w portrait lighting

In a lot of commercial portraiture these days, there’s an emphasis on high-production values. Whether from exotic locations or from using a lot of lights, it seems the conventional wisdom is generally “more is better.” But, in fact, when trying to create a moody, dramatic or intimate black-and-white portrait, sometimes less actually is more. With a simple setup, using strobe lights or constant sources, in a studio or even on location, photographers can create beautiful, low-key black-and-white portraits that prove minimal lighting can deliver a maximum effect. Let’s be clear on some definitions, first. What is low-key lighting? Unlike high-key lighting—which creates a scene that’s very bright and low contrast—low-key lighting is darker and higher contrast. Low-key lighting features prominent shadows and many near-black tones, with minimal midtones and highlights serving…

10 min.
the new way

LISTEN UP, OLD GUYS. Jason Peterson has a message for you. The photography world has changed. The days of big budgets for big productions are gone. The future is all about social influence, nimble shoots and doing more work for less money. The good news is that this brave new world is a meritocracy. The talented will thrive. The cream will rise to the top. Peterson himself is thriving. An advertising creative director, he brings marketing savvy to his photography brand—which is new, by old standards. He’s only been photographing for five years, and much of that time has been solely with an iPhone. When Instagram was new, Peterson began posting snapshots. He’d grown up loving photography, even majored in it in college. But after a years-long hiatus, it was the iPhone and…