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Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro

September/October 2020

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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1 min.

Documenting The George Floyd Protests In mid-June, Terry Sullivan, editor of Digital Photo Pro, interviewed several photographers, including Steven John Irby (who captured this striking image during the demonstrations in New York City), Tara Pixley and KK Ottesen, on the photojournalists and content creators covering the George Floyd protests around the country and who had caught their eyes. For more on this story, go to Making It Work…During A Pandemic “No matter how talented a photographer may be, when the economy shuts down, the assignments disappear,” writes Contributing Editor William Sawalich. To find out how one photographer has been figuring out how to make a living during this pandemic, he interviewed Mike Colón, a wedding photographer. Find out more at A New Lighting Paradigm Discover why Contributing Editor Daniel Brockett says that lighting…

2 min.
editor’s note

I’ve always enjoyed studying behind-the-scenes photos, which can be quite enlightening in the world of photography. I particularly like this one, shot by travel and portrait photographer Tom Bol for his story on modern lighting solutions in this, our Fashion & Portrait issue. For me, this shot functions not only as a guide for how Tom set up the image but also serves as a symbol of how much successful photographers plan every aspect of their lives, from particular shoots to the trajectory of their careers! Here’s why: Since I’ve worked with Tom for a few years now, I know he considers everything about a particular shoot: What’s the budget? How many people should be on the set? What lighting will produce the best result? Even, what’s the best time of day…

3 min.
the face photo contest winners

FIRST PRIZE Laughter Is Good For The Soul By Luke Burke “I captured this image for a personal project for Black History Month. As an African American, I have always been proud of my heritage and am always finding ways to educate myself and others on the history of African Americans. And this year, the project was extremely personal for me. During the process of creating this project, I was in search of a cover model for the entire project and found Precious Enyida. She was a friend of a friend whose parents came from Rivers State, Nigeria (near Lagos). “For the shoot, she wore hand-made clothes from Lagos. With her background, I thought she was the perfect choice for this project. For the actual shoot, I tried to make the environment comfortable and…

8 min.
newproducts new tools of the trade

New Vlogging Cameras: Sony ZV-1 & Panasonic G100 This past spring, Sony and Panasonic each announced a new type of camera targeted at vloggers and video content creators. Sony announced first with the ZV-1, which resembles an RX100 Series advanced point-and-shoot. However, Sony says the ZV-1 is the first of a totally new product line, with a fixed 24-70mm F1.8-2.8 ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T large-aperture lens, a 20-megapixel 1.0-inch type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor and a side-opening swiveling touchscreen LCD screen. It can shoot still photos, but the focus is on video features, which include the ability to shoot 4K UHD video. It also has in-body image stabilization, fast hybrid AF system and Real-Time AF tracking and Real-Time Eye AF in movie mode. The new model also has a directional three-capsule…

9 min.
lydia panas speaks her mind in portraits

My work is so much about home,” says Lydia Panas, when describing her unique brand of conceptual portraiture. “At some level, it’s about where we come from and how that influences who we become.” Working primarily in the tranquil conditions of her 70-acre farm in rural Pennsylvania, Panas poses her subjects amid bucolic landscape settings and draped studio backdrops, alternating between environments and camera models for each successive series. She employs both large- and medium-format cameras—a Horseman Woodman 4x5 and a Hasselblad 500C/M SLR—to record fleeting details of the faces, positioning and gestures of an assortment of family members, friends, students and acquaintances. Observing her subjects through the inverted view of the ground glass heightens the intensity of her concentration. “I’m all there when I’m photographing,” she notes, “because the faces have…

10 min.
lara jade: exploring the essentials

Fashion and portrait photographer Lara Jade got her start in photography as a young teenager growing up in Staffordshire, England, with interests in self-portraiture and conceptual art. These interests came to life thanks to a confluence of events: her final exams, for which she wanted to do a paper on illustration; the discovery of the DeviantArt online community, where artists showed and shared their work; and the ability to stealthily “borrow” her father’s camera. Jade began making self-portraits and enhancing them with an early version of Adobe Photoshop. “I would add fairy wings and other embellishments and use brushes and layers to create images.” Through these self-portraits and meeting and sharing ideas (as well as brushes and textures) on DeviantArt, Jade’s confidence in herself and her craft grew. “Meeting these people…