New Tools Of The Trade
DPP Solutions: Infrared Camera Conversion
Infrared photography has been transformed from a finicky medium full of frustration and technical difficulty into a field where anyone can try to expand their portfolio and creativity
Infrared camera conversions are for the professional trying to obtain a unique look. The results give you an array of imaginative pictures from a portion of the spectrum of light that the human eye can't see. Through a conversion process, a standard D-SLR can be converted to a dedicated infrared camera that records images in that part of the spectrum. These conversions have become more popular as photographers have been attracted to the evocative results. Cameras can be converted to black-and-white or color infrared.
The Digital Lens Revisited
In a world of marketing buzzwords like 'optimized' and 'designed for digital,' what's really going on behind all the hype?
Before plunking down a credit card to purchase a new lens, I think all of us want to know we're making a good decision. Is this really the best lens for my camera and the type of work I want to do? Or can I use one I already have, even if the lens isn't specifically designed for digital capture?
Alison Wright - Master Of Disaster
Sure, you've heard of Murphy's Law, but what about Wright's Law?
Murphy's Law states that “Whatever can go wrong, will go wrong.” Documentary photographer Alison Wright may actually find that statement comforting, especially in light of the fact that, for her, anything that can go wrong, will—at the worst possible moment in the worst possible place.
Art Brewer - Master Of The Stoke
Capturing the surfing culture takes more than hanging out in the tube at Pipeline. Art Brewer's photography gets at the core of the lifestyle.
Renowned surf photographer and Laguna Beach native Art Brewer has captured the essence of surfing since the early 1970s. Cutting his teeth for Surfer Magazine while still in high school, Brewer went on to embrace surf culture's elite and photographed an era of definitive moments. His images capture the zeitgeist of a bona-fide religion, each symbolic of a lifestyle that has captivated the imagination of would-be surfers around the world.
Axel Heimken - The Art Of Selective Focus
Using a lens modifier, sports photographer Axel Heimken gets a look that allows him to isolate his subjects for creative effect
Whether at the Olympics, the World Cup or international championships of the world's most beloved sports, the excitement of competition often hinges on a single moment when the crowd roars, muscles flex and the world fades away for an athlete for just a second.
Colin Finlay - Master Of The Immersive
Colin Finlay gets close to the human condition and the suffering of others. Real close.
Robert Capa's famous dictum stated that “If your pictures aren't good enough, you're not close enough.” Photojournalist Colin Finlay's pictures are so good, they're almost too good—blunt, honest, yet beautiful to behold.
David Mendelsohn - Master Of Simplicity
David Mendelsohn's work is a master's composition of vivid color, finely proportioned space, surrealist sculpture and outlandish humor—plus everything in between
Known for unconventional photography in a field that prefers convention, master photographer David Mendelsohn has fine-tempered a commercial and fine-art career without ever betraying a dedication to his own sensibilities. Mendelsohn's style is a kind of surrealist minimalism and, as you can readily see from his work, the real problem with trying to define him is that it's hard to find only one way to sum him up. After all, there's Mendelsohn's mantra: “There is nothing quite so complicated as simplicity.”
David Stuart - Master Of Keeping Fluid
David Stuart's source of inspiration for his high-concept imagery is constantly changing, and that, in turn, keeps his photography fresh
Social theorist Erich Fromm stated, “Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties.” For David Stuart, this maxim couldn't ring more true. It's a rare gift to be able to let go of preconceptions and allow the circumstance to dictate the destination.
Howard Schatz - Master Of Underwater Serenity
For physician-turned-photographer Howard Schatz, the ultimate photo studio is the pool he had built for photography. The iconic images speak for themselves.
Given the quality of his work, the number of books he has published and the high profile he has achieved, Howard Schatz is the epitome of a modern master. He has amassed an enviable lifetime of work in a scant 15 years, and he shows no signs of slowing. Perhaps what's most amazing about Schatz isn't his skill with a genre like underwater photography, but the fact that it's only one facet of his vast talent.
Jeff Schewe - Master Of The Impossible
Jeff Schewe has forgotten more about Photoshop than most photographers have ever known. His images aren't overloaded with special effects; they're seamless and perfect in their use of technology.
He looks a little bit like a mountain man or maybe a Hell's Angel—the kind of guy who bites the tops off beer bottles and yells at old ladies. If you met him in a dark alley, you might be tempted to run. But Jeff Schewe isn't nearly as dangerous as he appears. He's really a meticulous craftsman, a digital genius with a delicate touch for creating amazing avant-garde photographs.
John Paul Caponigro - Master Of Fine-Art Photography
John Paul Caponigro is the complete artist. He's constantly striving to achieve meaningful art as he experiments with new tools and new ways of thinking about what photography means to our culture.
He's the consummate artist, but that doesn't mean that John Paul Caponigro locks himself in an ivory tower where he can spend his days in contemplative isolation. On the contrary, anyone who knows Caponigro knows that he's an artist who also loves to be an educator and something of an evangelist for photography and art. The son of one of the most famous photographers of all time, Caponigro has forged a path full of experimentation and the embrace of new tools to achieve his vision.
Markus Klinko and Indrani - Masters Of The Creative Partnership
For the team of Markus Klinko and Indrani, the world of fashion photography is their muse
"We love fashion,” says Indrani, of the photo team Markus Klinko and Indrani. “We love beautiful things and appreciate the art that goes into fashion, so we do our best to find out what our clients' innermost personalities are.”
Nahoko Spiess - Master Of Ambient Illumination
The former head designer for ELLE Japan, Nahoko Spiess uses the unpredictability of natural light to bring creative unpredictability to her photo shoots
To turn her dream of becoming a fashion photographer into reality, Nahoko Spiess left Tokyo and a career as head designer for ELLE Japan to live, study and work in Paris. Like renowned ex-pat photographers Helmut Newton and Peter Lindbergh and multitudes of other past and present creative artists, Spiess found Paris and the French landscape an unending source of visual inspiration. The City of Light also attracts the best clothes designers, models, stylists and hair and makeup artists—vital components for a successful photo shoot.
Peter Read Miller - Master Of The Gridiron
Sports Illustrated staff photographer Peter Read Miller is the consummate sports photojournalist. For years, he has been the go-to guy for catching the action on the football field.
Football is the contact sport for most Americans, and when it comes to capturing the action, Peter Read Miller is the photographer. Beginning when he was a student at the University of Southern California, Miller took his love of the game and began to frame images that would freeze decisive moments for all time.
Robert Glenn Ketchum - Master Of Transitions
How crisis became opportunity for one of North America's most celebrated landscape photographers
After 40 years of developing a signature style and body of work, Robert Glenn Ketchum found himself confronted by dramatic and simultaneous changes in his personal and professional life, which precipitated a departure and reinvention of his photographic expression. What followed was an entirely new direction for both himself and his image-making technique and vision.
Sex, Money And Drama
Becoming grist in the gossip mill can damage the career of a professional photographer. You can't always avoid the scandal, but you can learn how to recover from it with your reputation intact.
There are three universal topics of conversation that people like to blab about no matter what industry you're in: sex, money and drama. One or all of these topics will affect your career at one point or another. The secret to surviving a few malicious words or a full-blown scandal is having a consistent reputation—and learning the art of self-control.
Digital Photo Pro recently completed its fourth year in production. Since we began, we've been publishing six issues per year, but in 2007 we decided to add a seventh issue and give it a unique theme. The DPP Masters issue looks at the work of some of the top photographers and artists in the field. As you look through the issue, you'll notice that some of the photographers have appeared in DPP before and some are new to our pages. In each profile, we examine a particular facet of the photographer's work where that photographer is a true master.