Behind The Technology Pt. 2

USB-C is about to change the way you connect all of your devices, but are you ready?
Behind The Technology Pt. 2
Last month we looked at how changes to storage cards are going to speed up digital camera performance dramatically—if anyone will actually buy the cards. This month, we look at USB-C, the new standard debuted by Apple on its MacBook portable computer. USB-C is sort of a panacea for connectivity, combining standards such as USB 3, Thunderbolt and monitor... Read more

Monochrome Gear Guide

The tools and tricks you need to capture perfect black-and-white photos

Monochrome images have a power that color images lack. It’s the abstraction in black-and-white that I think makes it so special—removing color from a scene allows the brain to perceive it differently. While color images stand out thanks to what they have, monochrome images stand out because of what they’re missing. It’s possible to take any... Read more

The Best Gear Of The Year

Some of the outstanding products that resonated with both photographers and the Digital Photo Pro editors alike

In the course of a year, we look at a lot of gear. Cameras, lenses, strobes, bags, tripods—you name it, at some point we have our hands on it. It’s incredible how great photographic equipment is these days—there are very few subpar products on the market. Partially, this is due to the maturity of the camera market—a lot of the dominant players... Read more

Hi-Tech Studio: The Era Of The Tablet Is About To Change How You Work

Apple says their iPad Pro is the future of computing. We say it will change your photography workflow.

In 2010, Steve Jobs unveiled the iPad, Apple’s legendary tablet, saying that the world needed something "better than a laptop, better than a smartphone," yet living in a space between the two. While the iPad has become increasingly powerful, it still has fallen short of being a professional device. Jobs said that the first iPad had... Read more

Road Warrior: Packing Light & Packing Right

A well-stocked computer bag can be the difference between a successful shoot and a lost client

For many people who make their living capturing images and telling stories, the phrase "travel photographer" has a double meaning. First, there’s the (often misguided) romance of visiting foreign lands and basking in culture. Then there’s the (more accurate) reality of slogging between cities laden with heavy bags of gear. As... Read more

Replacing The Desktop

Can photographers streamline their workflow by ditching their desktop computers?

Forget frames per second. Forget phase-detection points. Throw buffer size out the window. The speed and power of a camera doesn’t mean a thing if a photographer gets hamstrung when he or she is processing images. I know countless photographers who spend top dollar on a pro DSLR and then purchase an entry level desktop or laptop to save money.... Read more

Hi-Tech Studio: 4K Vs. 5K

What’s the best way to take advantage of today’s new display standards?

Spend any time in a camera store (or the camera department of a big-box store), and you’ll notice that more and more cameras are touting their ability to capture video in 4K. Where HD video capabilities were a selling point just a few years ago, full-blown 4K has swept the market. What’s The Big Idea? Video standards are named according... Read more

Hi-Tech Studio: Film Scanners

Discover the hidden value in your film archive when you digitize your slides and negatives

Film scanners let you convert slides, negatives and even prints into digital images for yourself or your clients. They’re a great way to convert your old film archive into digital form. Mastering scanning takes a while, and if you just have a few film images or prints you want digitized, it’s probably best to have a pro lab like Duggal (www.duggal.com)... Read more

DPP Solutions: The Lingo

Decoding the jargon of motion capture

Many photographers who are entering the realm of motion capture have encountered an unexpected problem: the terminology. It’s like Vincent describing Europe to Jules in Pulp Fiction—everything is just a little bit different. In this brief article, we outline a few of the differences you may find confusing if you have limited or no motion-capture... Read more

DPP Solutions: Jibbing

Get a cool move in motion shots and a new perspective in still shots with these versatile camera supports

We’ve written a fair amount about sliders in DPP. A slider is a simple rail with a camera mount that allows you to get a smooth dolly effect in your motion shots. This small device creates a sophisticated effect and immediately gives your project an added level of visual interest. Even a relatively short rail of three or four feet can create... Read more

Hi-Tech Studio: Wide-Format Printers

The 24-inch printer is a specialty item for most studios, but these larger printers give you some clear advantages for making gallery prints for display and for sale directly.

The 24-inch printer is a specialty item for most studios, but these larger printers give you some clear advantages for making gallery prints for display and for sale directly. The 24-inch printer doesn’t replace a high-end custom printing company where you consult with a master printer to fine-tune the nuances of every image, but it offers an... Read more

Hacking Your DSLR

You can get increased performance and impressive capabilities if you’re willing to negate your warranty and risk turning your camera into a paperweight

Hacks for DSLRs started to become a popular topic among motion shooters when stories began to come out regarding how regular off-the-shelf cameras were being modified by major TV and movie productions to create small super cameras. In those early days of HD video-capable DSLRs, the motion features of the cameras were just beginning to be understood.... Read more
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