Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro September - October 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

3 min.
editor’s note

Hi. I’m David, it’s nice to meet you. This issue marks the start of my role as Editor at Digital Photo Pro, and it marks the start of what I hope will be a much more personal, engaged and interactive relationship between Digital Photo Pro and our readers. It’s my goal to connect with you to find out what information you’re looking for, what you think works at Digital Photo Pro and what you’d like to see us do differently. If you’d like to reach out, I’m @davidjschloss on Twitter and Instagram, and you can reach me via email at editors@digitalphotopro.com. I think that it’s a really fascinating and exciting time to be a photographer—a time of bounty for some and a time of scarcity for others. New technologies have disrupted the old…

1 min.
first takes

In his “Fearless Genius” project ( fearlessgenius.org ), photographer Doug Menuez documents the digital revolution in Silicon Valley from 1985 to 2000. Menuez was given unprecedented access to the people who transformed our world, such as Steve Jobs and Adobe Systems Creative Director Russell Brown. This image is from the project; you can see more of his photography and read an interview in this issue. ABOVE: Russell Preston Brown in Costume. Mountain View, California, 1989. Many photographers and graphic designers resisted digital technology and heavily criticized Photoshop. Perhaps more than anyone else, Russell Brown deserves credit for the dominance of Photoshop by winning over the creative community with his Photoshop classes and lectures where influential photographers, graphic designers, and artists were invited to come learn the software. With clients including ESPN’s…

9 min.
dpp in focus

3 New NIKKORs Nikon has announced three new lenses, all featuring the company’s electromagnetic diaphragm for consistent exposures during high-speed shooting. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-80mm ƒ/2.8-4E ED VR is for Nikon DX (APS-C) DSLRs (equivalent in field of view to 24-120mm on a full-frame camera), providing a versatile range of “walk-around” focal lengths (including portraits). It can focus down to 1.2 feet at all focal lengths, for a maximum magnification of 0.22X at 80mm. It measures 3.1x3.3 inches and weighs 16.1 ounces. The new AF-S NIKKOR 500mm ƒ/4E ED VR and 600mm ƒ/4E ED VR supertelephotos are full-frame lenses (also usable on DX cameras) optimized for today’s high-resolution sensors and high-speed DSLRs. They reduce weight considerably over their predecessors (the new 500mm ƒ/4E weighs 6.8 pounds vs. 8.5 for the…

6 min.
visioneer’s gallery

The naked human form has been a staple of Western art since before the Greek and Roman eras. From the Renaissance, in which Michelangelo’s “David” expressed the biblical and da Vinci codified human anatomy into perfect proportions, to Titian’s and Ruben’s depiction of the female nude in more sensual imagery, artists have imbued in the nude everything from society’s ideal of perfection, the divine, the erotic, the naturalistic and even the rebellious. The nude, which began in early Western art as the idealized, slowly transitioned into even frivolous settings by the 18th and 19th centuries, when live models were used in less idealized and more naturalistic settings across art academies in Italy, France and England. It was the advent of photography that helped artists depicting the nude to disengage the live…

7 min.

Awareness of the distortions produced by angle of view and lens choice is the beginning of using them creatively. Curiously, permission is the beginning of using distortion in postprocessing creatively. Many people have been told that it’s inappropriate to do so. Why? Why accept an unintended mechanical by-product, but not a consciously intended effect? Why take such a powerful tool for expression off the table? Even the subtlest applications of distortion can produce powerful results. Once you understand what kinds of distortions are possible during postprocessing, you may even find yourself changing your angle of view during exposure. Many Reasons For Distorting Images There are many reasons why you might want to distort an image. Here are four: 1. Correct optical distortion that can be produced by many things, including lens choice, angle…

7 min.
hi-tech studio 4k vs. 5k

Spend any time in a camera store (or the camera department of a big-box store), and you’ll notice that more and more cameras are touting their ability to capture video in 4K. Where HD video capabilities were a selling point just a few years ago, full-blown 4K has swept the market. What’s The Big Idea? Video standards are named according to the number of pixels a device can record or display on the longest dimension. (This is an oversimplification, as video standards are convoluted and confusing, but it works for this discussion.) An HD display is 1080 pixels across, and even the smallest-resolution computer display these days has a higher resolution. The more pixels a display has available, the more detailed and sharper the images it displays can be. An HD display has…