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Popular PhotographyPopular Photography

Popular Photography July - August 2016

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.

Country:
United States
Language:
English
Publisher:
Bonnier Corporation
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IN THIS ISSUE

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editor’s letter

League of Their Own I’m not one for sports. I’m far from athletic, and my eyes glaze over when the topic turns to, say, tennis. But I love sports photography. Drama, action, beauty—a great sports photo has it all. These pictures tell human stories; they document real events and portray compelling characters. And they do it with exuberance and grit and grace, sometimes even with humor. No event demonstrates this better than the Olympics. So with the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro coming up, we decided to show how one pro covers this two-week extravaganza. We focused on Ezra Shaw, a staff photographer for Getty Images, in our 10-page profile starting on page 56. Closer to home, try shooting the Spartan Races taking place throughout the U.S. (page 68).…

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on time

Rolling with the gentle swells of the Mediterranean near Italy’s famous Cinque Terre towns, Australian travel photographer Lisa Michele Burns followed her submerged boyfriend as he swam toward the rocky Ligurian shoreline. “Timing was critical for this,” says Burns. She waited for clear water and good light on a cloudless day. Standing by until the bobbing tourists left her backgrounds also required her patience. “Once I finally dove in, though, all the pressure was off,” she says. “I could snap away and enjoy the moment.” Her rig was the Nikon D800 and AF-S 14–24mm f/2.8G ED Nikkor in an NB-800 Aquatech housing. The exposure: 1/160 sec at f/16, ISO 400. LISA MICHELE BURNS, THEWANDERINGLENS.COM…

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go gear

Portable Power BRONCOLOR SIROS 400 L This 400 watt-second monolight has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that allows up to 440 full-power flashes. The recycle time is just 0.03-sec, and it has a low-power-consumption 25 watt LED modeling light. Its Android and iOS app lets you use a smartphone for remote control of up to six units. $2,095, street; bron.ch Apt Adaptor SIGMA MC-11 MOUNT CONVERTER Fans of Sigma’s glass for DSLRs can now use their favorite SA lenses on Sony’s E-mount ILCs. This new converter maintains autofocus and autoexposure functionality, and transmits lens-related EXIF data to images’ metadata. It won’t hamper in-camera corrections or image stabilization. An integrated LED indicates camera body compatibility. $250, street; sigmaphoto.com Powerful ’Pod MANFROTTO MVMFAQ On-the-go still and video shooters should be quick to snap up this monopod. At just 2.33 pounds, its…

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rugged shot

OLYMPUS HAS led the rugged pointand-shoot market for some time, but with its new Tough TG-Tracker, it hopes to appeal to action camera fans used to a much smaller body and mobile app-driven interface. Waterproof down to 100 feet, withstanding falls from up to 7 feet, dustproof, and able to operate in temperatures down to 14 degrees Fahrenheit, the TG-Tracker ($350, street) is also crushproof in up to 220 pounds of force—all without a housing. An LED lamp located just above the lens lights your subjects underwater or on land. It has a 13.9mm-equivalent f/2 lens that boasts a 204-degree angle of view, though that drops to 161 degrees when you turn on image stabilization. In underwater mode, the angle narrows further to 156 degrees (126 degrees with IS); and again with…

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mobile magic

1 iBlazr2 $60 When the flash on your phone isn’t enough, reach for this tiny, bi-color LED light. A single charge lasts for 300 flashes or an hour of constant light at its brightest setting. You can toggle color temperature between 3200 and 5500 Kelvin via a touch interface on the back of the unit and an app for iOS and Android. HOT: Red-eye reduction so your subjects look their best. NOT: Lightweight plastic construction might not stand up to long-term wear and tear. 2 Lensbaby Creative Mobile Kit $90 This kit centers on a plastic mount that fits onto the iPhone 6/6S, allowing for magnetic attachment of a stand and lenses. Two all-glass optics are included with the kit—the Sweet Spot and Reflective Circle—respectively providing selective focus and refracted image distortion. An iOS app…

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photo booths

CONVERSATION, INSPIRATION, CONTESTS, AND YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED AFTER A long career as a model, Tom M. Johnson faced a decision: Should he stay in front of the camera or move behind it? Already having photographed for decades as a sideline, the choice was an easy one. Johnson began shooting professionally. Then his wife’s career moved the couple to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Johnson turned to his new home for artistic inspiration. “I wanted to find a way to photograph the city that I hadn’t already seen,” Johnson says. “I was looking for a project that would be different and unique.” One evening, around twilight, while exploring his newfound city, Johnson noticed a parking attendant sitting in his booth, seemingly isolated from the world around him. “It reminded me of an Edward Hopper painting,” he…

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