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 / Photography
Popular Photography

Popular Photography October 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.

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3 min.
instant attraction

For me, it all started with a dog on roller skates. William Wegman’s 1987 photo “Roller Rover” was the first photograph that I can remember learning was shot using a Polaroid 20x24. At that point, the cameras (Polaroid made five in the late 1970s) had been in use by artists for close to a decade. But I didn’t know about them until I found myself captivated by the original print’s lifelike detail and rich tonality— even more than by its humorous conceit. Once I knew to look, I saw the 20x24 everywhere: Chuck Close’s photographic self-portraits, David Levinthal’s tiny cowboys and bathing beauties. Later on, Mary Ellen Mark’s black-and-white portraits for The New Yorker. I finally saw the camera itself during a weekend workshop in 1997 taught by John Reuter, an artist who…

1 min.
erie morning

Photographer Dave Sandford has a fascination with water and the drama it can bring to an image. “Living near Lake Erie, I know how violent and large the waves can get when the conditions are right,” he says. “I enjoy the challenge of shooting them.” For this photograph, Sandford arrived at the edge of the lake at Port Stanley, Ontario, before sunrise to give his frame the dark and ominous mood he desired. Armed with an Aquatech Sport Cover to protect his Canon EOS-1D X and EF 400mm f/2.8L II USM lens (plus 1.4X teleconverter), Sandford braved 44-mph winds and freezing temperatures in order to get his shot of a looming breaker. His exposure: 1/500 sec at f/4, ISO 640. “Learning to anticipate where and when the waves will break…

4 min.
photo pals

THE HOTTEST NEW STUFF AND THE TECH TRENDS BEHIND IT Gone Dishin’ WESTCOTT RAPID BOX BEAUTY DISH Take studio-quality portraits anywhere with this portable beauty dish. This collapsible light modifier is supported by a skeleton of metal ribs that function like an umbrella to open the dish up to a diameter of 24 inches. It ships with a diffusion panel and carrying case and is available in mounts for AlienBees, Bowens, Elinchrom, Photogenic, and Profoto. $300, street; fjwestcott.com Bright Idea SLIK LITE CF-422 This carbon-fiber tripod incorporates an AAA battery-powered LED flashlight into its center column. Perfect for mirrorless ILC cameras or smaller DLSRs, its light 2.43-pound body is designed to hold over 6.5 pounds of equipment on the included ball head. Backpackers and on-the-go shooters should appreciate its fairly compact size—just over 1.5 feet tall…

2 min.
fantastic four

ONE OF THE MOST popular DSLRs available, Canon’s EOS 5D Mark III, won’t be immediately discontinued now that the new 5D Mark IV is here, but its new sibling’s advances will likely be enough to push it aside soon. The Mark IV is, essentially, everything that we expected it would be. The resolution jumps up to 30.4MP—not nearly the highest resolution out there, but then neither was the Mark III’s 22.3MP when it was announced more than four years ago. That’s because this series of camera bodies is about being able to tackle almost any shooting scenario possible, so cleaner images at higher ISOs are more important than pushing resolution to its theoretical maximum. Autofocus still has 61 points, all of which work as horizontal line sensors at a maximum aperture of…

2 min.
bag it up

NEW FABRICS, hardware, and design concepts are being used to make the latest camera bags tougher, easier to use, and better looking. Here are a few new options for casual shooters and pros alike. 1 Lowepro Streetline SL 140 $105 This practical but stylish sling is ideal for urban photographers travelling with a small DSLR or ILC kit. Besides customizable storage options for camera gear, it has a dedicated sleeve that fits an 11-inch laptop and a tablet. Weather-sealed zippers and a water-resistant exterior helps keep your equipment dry. HOT: Well priced for a handsome bag. NOT: Too small to hold lots of glass or a big DSLR. 2 Brevite Rolltop $148 This versatile backpack offers front and side access to equipment. You can retrieve everyday items quickly through the easy-open rolltop and configure…

2 min.
doggone happy

CONVERSATION, INSPIRATION, CONTESTS, AND YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED INSPIRED BY her son’s favorite bedtime book, Go, Dog. Go! by P.D. Eastman, photographer Jenny Risher began to think of ways she could make the whimsical narrative a reality. A Detroit native, she also looked for a way to incorporate her city’s deep-rooted history in the automotive industry into the series. From these two trains of thought, and with the mentorship of experienced car photographer Bob Williams, Risher conceptualized the idea of her Go Dog! series. The concept was to photograph real canines in the cars they might drive if they could, an objective that proved to be anything but easy. “I found that finding the cars was one of the hardest parts,” the photographer explains. “Talking someone into letting me borrow their car for the…