Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro November 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

“Hey, Siri, turn on my office light.” “Okay, your office light is on.” I have always loved the future. As a child raised on a steady diet of Star Trek episodes, I’ve been longing for automatic doors, transporters, communicators and a computer that listens to you at all times in order to answer your questions and control your starship. I might not have a warp-capable vessel and I can’t have the local pizza place beam me a pie, but I do have much of the rest of what I was waiting for. I’ve embraced home and office automation, so many of my lights and electronics devices can be controlled by voice or app. So far today, I’ve asked Siri to unlock my door a few times, which automatically turned on the entryway lights. My…

8 min.
new tools of the trade

Fujifilm X-E3 The ultra-compact Fujifilm X-E3 rangefinder-style mirrorless camera features a 24.3-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III image sensor and X-Processor Pro high-speed image-processing engine. Highlights of the new camera include large phasedetection AF and a new image-recognition algorithm that allows the X-E3 to track moving subjects that are half the size and that are moving twice as fast as previous cameras, says Fujifilm. The X-E3 can shoot Full HD and 4K video. It’s also the first X Series camera to support wireless Bluetooth communication. Price: $1,300 (body only); $1,150 (as a kit with the XF23mmF2 R WR lens); $1,300 (as a kit with the XF18-55mmF2.8-4 R LM OIS lens) Website: fujifilmusa.com Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III The Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III is aimed at photographers looking to move beyond snapshot photography and experiment with lenses.…

10 min.
ransom & mitchell

Ransom & Mitchell is a still and motion creative team based in San Francisco featuring the combined talents of director/photographer Jason Mitchell and set designer/ digital artist Stacey Ransom. The results of this collaboration are highly detailed and visually lush photographic-based digital art scenarios and portraits for the editorial, advertising and fine-art worlds. Their edge-of-reality and dream-world imagery are a combination of cinematic lighting, theatrically designed sets, handcrafted custom props and computer graphics, which are digitally composited and painted with an illustrative approach inspired by Italian and Dutch master painters. Their aim is to blur the lines between traditional photography and classical painting to create worlds that cannot exist otherwise. Photography, digital artistry, CG and motion skills make the surreal attainable. Yet within these fantasies is an instilment of cinéma vérité…

3 min.
lighter and better

When you’re setting out on a 10-day backcountry trip to capture an iconic landscape photo, you need to have the right gear with you—but you also need to pay attention to every ounce in your pack. “You have no control over the conditions,” explains professional photographer Ross Kyker. “Clearing a bit of room from my bag allows me to take more essentials. I can go on hikes and not worry about running out of food.” That’s why Kyker switched from traditional DSLRs to the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II after he tried one on a trip to Yosemite. “I absolutely fell in love,” Kyker says, “and the image stabilization sold me on the system.” The in-body 5-axis image stabilization in the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II provides up to 5.5 stops…

9 min.
shooting in (and out of) balance

Kitfox Valentín wants you to feel uncomfortable, at least for the time you’re contemplating his visual creations. For his exhibition “TOOTHSOME/ LOATHSOME,” the Brooklynbased photographer explores visual juxtapositions such as beauty and grotesqueness, serenity and fear, to provoke viewers to question their initial perceptions. People at times fly through Valentín’s scenarios, but seldom without an underlying sense of unease rather than the freedom normally associated with taking to the sky. Concept development, whether for a personal fine-art series or interpreting a client’s brief, is at the core of what’s to follow. The combination of an artist’s mind, a scientist’s methodology and stateof- the-art visual tools gives us multilevel access into his surreal world that feels like a combination of the surrealist painter Salvador Dalí and his friend the surrealist photographer Philippe…

8 min.
enforcing your copyright tomorrow and beyond

Recently, while thinking about the future of copyright enforcement, I was reminded of one of Robin Williams’ comedic visions of the future. “In the future,” he quipped, “we’ll travel at the speed of light; they’ll have to lose our luggage beforehand.” The same sort of vision of the future seems to apply to copyright enforcement. While there are some aspects of enforcement that may change, some of the pitfalls will undoubtedly remain. That said, if we look to the not-toodistant horizon, we can see that there are changes in store. Copyright Small Claims Although it may not happen next month or even next year, an alternative to traditional copyright enforcement is closer to becoming reality. We may soon see the creation of what’s essentially a copyright “small claims” court, where copyright owners will…