Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro November 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

If you spend any time plumbing the depths of the data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (and who doesn’t?!), you’ll notice that there are more photographers working today than any time in history. Based on projected data, the ranks of the professional will swell from 139,000 in 2010 to around 157,000 by 2020. According to the National Endowment of the Arts data, there were about 81,000 photographers in 1971, 93,000 by 1976 and 114,000 by 1980. (This historical data includes professional photographers reporting as “unemployed.” Without context, this seems impressive. There are more photographers in the workforce now than ever, with that number growing. It must be a great time to be an emerging pro. Dig a bit deeper, though, and there are bumps in the professional photographer road. For starters,…

6 min.

Nikon D3400 The D3400 is Nikon’s latest enthusiast camera. It comes with a 24.2 megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor. Particularly interesting for aspiring photographers is the Guide Mode, which provides in-camera tutorials on settings and features. The Nikon D3400 also features Nikon’s SnapBridge technology, which we’ve lauded for its ability to maintain a persistent connection between the camera and a mobile device—something we think all cameras should have in this connected era. Nikon also announced four new lenses that are perfect for the D3400: the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G, AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR and the AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G. List price: $650 Contact: Nikon, Nikon.com Fujifilm X-T2 Fujifilm released the X-T2, the company’s latest interchangeable lens mirrorless, which features the latest version of the…

11 min.
nikon d5 and canon 1d x mark ii

For our extended review of the Canon 1D X Mark II, visit digitalphotopro.com/reviews/canon-eos-1d-x-mark-ii/ For our extended review of the Nikon D5, visit digitalphotopro.com/reviews/nikon-d5/ It is a rare event when the photographic stars align so that Nikon and Canon both offer up a new flagship SLR at the same time. The last time this occurred was when the Canon 1DX was announced in November of 2011 and the Nikon D4 in January of 2012. Nikon released an updated D4S in 2014, while Canon sat out that upgrade cycle and hasn’t refreshed its top-end camera until the EOS-1D X Mark II was announced this year, a month after Nikon debuted the D5. It is no coincidence that these updates came just in time for the Olympic Games in Rio. Comparisons between the two systems—especially…

9 min.
first takes emerging pros

FIRST TAKES: BRAXTON WILHELM By Scott Younker Photography By Braxton Wilhelm In 2014, Braxton Wilhelm was the winner of our annual “Emerging Pro” photo contest. Just two years out of college, Wilhelm already had a distinct, artful style that blew the judges away and earned him the top prize. Wilhelm says that winning the contest actually shifted his photography focus. At the time, he was a working full time as a product photographer for the stationery company American Crafts, a job he found after graduating from college. One of the prizes for that year’s iteration of the contest was a 6K Scarlet-X Red Dragon camera. Generally, Red cameras are more known for their motion video capabilities (though hi-res still images can be captured). The new camera inspired Wilhelm to try shooting and editing his own…

7 min.

Phase One’s Capture One software, now in version 9, is well known for its excellent raw processing, but this high-powered program is an outstanding asset manager and image editor as well. Whether you shoot raw, JPEG or both, Capture One is an ideal solution for photographers who want to get the best quality from their images. White the interface is a departure for Lightroom users, it’s not as intimidating as you might think. Once you get the basics down, it’s smooth sailing. Customizing The Workspace Capture One’s Workspace is highly customizable. When and how you tweak the workspace is up to you, but if you’re just starting out with Capture One, you may want to wait until you have a better feel for working with the program before you change the default…

5 min.
new glass

Sony Planar T* FE 50mm F1.4ZA It’s been a good year for Sony shooters, as Sony works to flesh out its lens inventory to attract professional photographers. Several months ago the company announced a new class of lens, their G-Master series (see http://digitalphotopro.com/gear/lenses/sonyg-master-lenses/digitalphotopro.com/gear/lenses/sonyg-master-lenses/ for our review and image samples.) The G-Master lenses have an incredibly high resolution, designed to maximize the quality of images from high-megapixel sensors. Just a month after announcing the G-Master lenses, Sony have released another high-end lens, the Planar T* 50mm FE F1/4ZA, in partnership with Zeiss. The new 50mm doesn’t have the same super-high resolution as the G-Master series, but the images are none the less impressive. I had time to shoot with the Planar lens at a press function in San Diego, where the assembled media were…