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 / Photography
Popular Photography

Popular Photography July 2015

Popular Photography brings you step-by-step secrets of the pros for taking their most amazing shots. You’ll discover the best equipment at the best prices, get comprehensive comparative reports on cameras, lenses, film, digital equipment, printers, scanners, software, accessories and so much more. Get Popular Photography digital magazine subscription today.

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imagemaker ross whitaker

Ross is best known for photographing people of all ages, shapes, sizes and personalities for over 30 years. His photographs have always had authenticity, long before it was trendy. Ross’ cinematic approach and ability to connect with people has served him well in event photography, advertising and editorial. Nature photography is the place he goes to f nd quiet ref ection after the daily excitement of the studio. The image: Shot with the PENTAX 645Z camera and the HD PENTAX DA 645 28-45mm Lens F4.5 ED AW SR, camera setting F11@ 1/320 sec, ISO 100. Location: Joshua Tree National Park 7:28am. The concept: “I am absolutely fascinated by the American Desert. The desert can be a living SciFi vision, all the while having great realism. I walk the desert alone and f nd…

2 min.
photo phobia

Perhaps it’s a hazard of this job, but I have developed a fear of photographing. I can give you any number of reasons for not shooting: Each day I see so many wonderful images made by so many superb photographers, I realized that my own work could never measure up. I also see so many uninspiring, haphazard, and botched photos that I can’t help but recognize my own mediocrity. And just when I start to learn my way around a new camera we’ve tested, it’s time to send it back to the manufacturer. Also, my photos will be held to too high a standard. I don’t want to disappoint you, my readers. Oh, and I work too much. I have nothing interesting to shoot. My muse died. Reasons? No, excuses. And lurking…

1 min.
fast shot

THE HOTTEST NEW STUFF AND THE TECHNOLOGY MOST OF US have yet to invest in an Ultra HD 4K television, but that hasn’t stopped videooriented camera companies from building 4K capture capabilities into their latest models. And with its new Lumix DMC-G7, Panasonic makes a case for why still photographers should care. PANASONIC LUMIX G7 16MP Four Thirds LiveMOS 2.36 million– dot OLED EVF Micro Four Thirds mount 4K video ISO 100– 25,600 $798, street, with 14–42mm f/3.5–5.6 Iens The G7 bases three of its stillshooting modes on 4K (3840x2160 pixel) video capture to let you take 8MP frames at a very fast (30 frames per second) burst speed. Silent shutter, fast continuous autofocus, and built-in Wi-Fi add to the appeal to still and video shooters alike. And Panasonic claims its AF will work…

2 min.
rare birds

Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 $1,299, street zeiss.com zeiss Batis 85mm f/18 $1,199, street zeiss.com GIVEN THEIR partnership on optics, it was no surprise when Zeiss released autofocus lenses for Sony’s E-mount interchangeable-lens compacts. The surprise is that the Batis line is the first Zeiss has released in the U.S for Sony’s full-frame Alpha 7 bodies (we saw the Loxia line at the Photokina show last fall, but it hasn’t arrived in stores yet). The line debuts with a wide-angle 25mm f/2 and a telephoto 85mm f/1.8, popular focal lengths for landscape and portrait shooters, respectively. While the Batis lenses share a sleek look (and avian naming) with the Touit and Otus lines, eiss added an innovative feature: an OLED screen on the barrel. This displays the distance between your plane of focus and camera as well…

3 min.
get in gear

Manfrotto XPRO Geared 3-Way Head $199, street manfrotto.us HARDCORE STILL-LIFE shooters understand the appeal of a geared tripod head: Its finely toothed gears and measured markings give you more precise control of your camera position and the ability to reproduce the same angle each time. This can be particularly true with larger-format cameras, at high magnifications (in macro shooting), and at very close focusing distances, in which the slightest slip can make a huge difference to your photography. If you don’t need to support a hulking view camera, Manfrotto’s new XPRO model could hook you on this style of tripod topper. Made of a tough, light polymer, this geared three-way head weighs just 1.65 pounds but can support a rig up to 8.8 pounds. STAR SHOOTER Something extra for outdoor photographers BESIDES THE usual attractions of…

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filling gaps

FUJIFILM HAS been very smart about expanding its X system line of ILC cameras and lenses. It adds practical features to each new camera model, and is careful to issue firmware updates that keep older bodies from falling behind. So just before Fujifilm released the X-T10 body, it released firmware to add its forthcoming autofocus capabilities to the flagship X-T1 body. The X-T10, now second in the lineup and aimed chiefly at enthusiasts, uses a 16-megapixel X Trans CMOS II chip, sports a 2,360,000-dot OLED EVF, and even includes a pop-up flash in the finder hump. The two new AF features, called Zone and Wide/Tracking, take advantage of the camera’s 77 AF points to help deal with moving subjects. In Zone mode you choose from 3x3, 3x5, or 5x5 AF-point zones…