Digital Photo Pro

Digital Photo Pro January/February 2019

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.

United States
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4 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
editor’s note

The monochrome photograph you see here, “Blue Lagoon, Iceland,” was shot by Hiroshi Watanabe, one of the featured photographers in this Black-and-White Photography issue. (The story starts on page 30). That image, which was included in Watanabe’s 2007 book, Findings, succeeds at being an interesting black-and-white photograph in at least three ways. First, the image just wouldn’t be as interesting in color, a good sign that you’ve captured a successful monochrome shot. Second, it reminds me of a short passage from The Photographer’s Black and White Handbook by Harold Davis (which is included in my story on black-and-white photography books, starting on page 46). When talking about the photographer’s “Path to Black and White,” Davis writes, “If you want to make more interesting photos, you should put yourself and your camera in…

1 min.

Add Motion To Portraits This slow-shutter-speed-with-flash technique adds a hint of motion and a lot of interest to portraits and fashion photographs. A Master Street Shooter Looks Back Discover the works of master street photographer Joel Meyerowitz in his most recently released retrospective volume, “Where I Find Myself.” Reliable Data (In Three Parts) You need to seriously consider what would happen if you lost your media during post. Michael Guncheon provides valuable insights into ways to prevent disaster. DigitalPhotoPro digitalphotopro digitalphotopro NEWSLETTER: Subscribe today for updates on the latest features, how-to articles and photography news. SIGN UP: http://digitalphotopro.com/newsletter/…

8 min.
new tools of the trade

Leica Unveils A New Small But Powerful Compact Point-And-Shoot The new Leica D-Lux 7, which shares many features and capabilities with the Panasonic Lumix LX100 II, is a small, lightweight but powerful point-and-shoot. Being a Leica, it’s pretty pricey, but it features some nice updates and upgrades, like a 17-megapixel Four Thirds image sensor, USB-C charging and Post-Focus software effects (a powerful feature, introduced by Panasonic, that allows you to refocus a photo after the shot). The D-Lux 7 also has a high-resolution electronic viewfinder and a touchscreen display. It includes quick access to automatic exposure modes and a one-touch aspect ratio switch and comes with both WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, too, to quickly transfer your images. The new Leica is also very versatile and can fire a burst of photos at…

11 min.
nikon z6

Over the years, I’ve reviewed many digital cameras. Often, these models were simply successors to previous cameras. If they were new, they generally fit into the overall system of cameras the brand had been building for years. In other words, most were just links in a chain of products, with tweaks and improvements, but not all that different than previous versions. Every now and then, though, something new comes along, like a whole new camera system. What’s been interesting is that for more than 10 years there have been a number of new mirrorless camera systems, starting out with the first system from Panasonic in 2008 and then followed up by the first full-frame mirrorless system from Sony in 2013. These, along with several others, have been impressive, and some have…

7 min.
gopro hero 7 black

GoPro’s HERO 7 Black, which sells for $399, is the highest-end model in the line, with Silver and White editions offering fewer features. I’ve had a chance to test it out, but before we get into the weeds on the new camera, let’s look at how GoPro, as a company, got to this point in time. A Quick History On GoPro’s Rise, Fall…And Attempt To Rise Again? GoPro wasn’t the first action-sports cam or wearable device that could capture video. There were a number of models from more established digital-imaging brands that preceded it. And even when they first started getting a lot of attention, about eight or nine years ago, the established camcorder companies seemed unfazed at the emergence of these action cams (in the same way they seemed unfazed by…

9 min.
photographing with a blind mind

Read through the names Southern California-based photographer Hiroshi Watanabe gives his photographic series—Lotus Dreams, Dunes, Bull City Summer, Ideology in Paradise, I See Angels Every Day—and you’ll find that each one has an almost haiku-like, understated quality. Yet, none of them seem related to each other, as if each series is a one-off. Upon closer inspection, Watanabe’s extensive body of work, though, reveals a classic Japanese aesthetic and attention to detail as he attempts, he says, “to be a faithful visual recorder of the world around me.” And while this is, he says, “a world in flux,” he believes that “at the very least, in my mind, [it] deserves preservation." Born in Sapporo, Japan, on the northern island of Hokkaido, Watanabe graduated from the Department of Photography of Nihon University in 1975…