Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro September/October 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

1 min.
editor’s note

Fashion and portrait photographers spend their days juggling tasks many other photographers don’t even have to think about. To showcase a simple garment, a fashion photographer has to corral a team of stylists, makeup artists and art directors—all of whom add an enormous amount of complexity, and often, drama, to a set. In this issue we take a look at two artists who exemplify the successful commercial fashion and portrait photographer, Hernan Rodriguez and Gavin Bond. Celebrity photographer Hernan Rodriguez talks in depth about personalities, not just those of his famous subjects but of the personality needed to have a successful career as a high-level photographer. Open, warm and easy to talk to, Rodriguez has used his interpersonal skills to charm literal and figurative heavyweights like Mike Tyson and Evander Holyfield. Gavin…

8 min.
new products

Canon EOS 6D Mark II The CMOS-sensor EOS 6D Mark II improves upon the successful and popular EOS 6D in resolution, image quality and processing, with 26.2 megapixels (up from 20) and Canon’s DIGIC 7 image processor with ISO to 40,000 (up from the DIGIC 5+ and ISO 25,600). The optical viewfinder now features a 45-point autofocus system (up from 11), Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Phase-Detection and Full HD 60p video shooting (vs. 30p) is supported, and high-speed continuous shooting has increased to 6.5 fps from 4.5 fps. The EOS 6D Mark II is available, body only, for $1,999, or as a kit with the EF 24-105mm F/4L IS USM II ($3,099) or the EF 24-105mm F/3.5-5.6 STM ($2,599). Website: usa.canon.com Nikon NIKKOR Wide-Angle Lenses There’s a new wide-angle lens for every photographer, from…

7 min.

With so many talented photographers in the market, creating and maintaining relationships with editors is critical to the success of your business. Here are simple tips for expanding your profile in the editorial market and getting your foot in the door with publications and brands. Update Your Business Profile Professional editors desire to work with equally professional photographers. All too often, talented artists forget/forego the business side of the equation. Make sure your online presence is commensurate with your photographic skill. Register your domain name, create an email address tied to that domain, and set up at least a basic website. This advice may sound like Business 101, but you’d be surprised at the number of photographers reaching out from a personal Hotmail account and a public photo hosting-site URL. It’s immediately…

11 min.

When assigned to capture a portrait of an athlete, the most obvious photographic solution is to photograph them on the field (court, track, etc.), but various restrictions and challenges might not make that practical, and often these environmental portraits aren’t what the client is looking for. A “traditional” portrait session is naturally a possibility, but many times this fails to capture the raw strength and energy of an athlete. To make a studio portrait of an athlete more compelling, consider adding energy by way of running, jumping or swinging. In the studio you can control the light and pose, and use compositing to make the individual elements of the subject and the background exactly as you’d like. This is the technique I used to create the athlete portrait shown here. The Lighting…

3 min.
rotolight aeos

Until now, photographers had to choose between flash lighting and continuous lighting, each with their strengths and weaknesses. Flash systems have bright, high-power output and are usually lightweight, but it’s hard to previsualize the way that strobe lighting will look in the final image. Continuous lighting is always on, so it’s easier to see if the lighting is right, but the systems don’t have as high-powered output, and they tend to be heavier and hotter. For cinematographers, continuous lighting has been the only way to go, but traditional color-accurate technologies like HMI are expensive and cumbersome. LED lighting solutions have started to bring new technologies to the market, thanks to the light weight of LEDs, their low-temperature operation and the ability to adjust their color and output with incredible accuracy. Photographers and…

4 min.

The hardshell case is the double-edged sword of the photographer’s arsenal—while it’s protective enough to take the abuse of travel, it’s not as flexible as a standard camera bag. Most of the big names in protective hardshell solutions use one of a variety of foam solutions to protect delicate equipment, which requires permanently modifying the interior of the case. This solution is great for gear that travels, but doesn’t ever vary the way that a camera bag’s contents can vary. It’s great to be able to cut foam panels or pluck foam cubes to make a perfect insert for something like a 400mm lens, but if you’re a typical photographer you’re often bringing different gear with you on different types of shoots. There’s a lot of competition in the case market,…