by Brian Valente
It was a fairly innocuous start. A hastily assembled, last-minute project conceived and shot in 14 straight hours, edited together in three hours (no time for color correction) and a quick posting to a blog with the link to the completed five-minute short. This was as close as you could get to a straight line from the camera to the web.
Al Magnus’ body of work is the stuff that dreams are made of
By Dave Willis, Photography By Al Magnus
For a physics and chemistry scientist with a PhD, Al Magnus is unabashedly preoccupied with fantasy. Magnus constructs dreamlike images of childlike wonder, worlds where young boys and girls can use the elements of the sky as balloons or construction platforms. Lamps descend from the heavens at the same time that stars are manufactured by hand for placement at dusk. His compositions are single-image fables that are ultimately as allegorical as any Aesop story. He’s a professional make-believer, harnessing the analytical ability of the adult mind to capture the impossible—the master of imagination.
Andrew Macpherson might be from the UK originally, but it’s Hollywood where he’s the king
By Scott Ettin, Photography By Andrew Macpherson
British-born celebrity photographer Andrew Macpherson creates engaging portraits of A-list actors and musicians, among them Charlize Theron, Jeremy Piven, Jamie Foxx, Bono and Lucy Liu. These portraits and a host of others convey an air of honesty and integrity, which is a rarity in the world of photographing Hollywood celebrities. As such, Macpherson is considered to be the master Hollywood imagemaker. With a talented eye, a fluid command of the latest digital-imaging technologies and a dedicated staff, Macpherson is forever searching for the “thing that defines them.”
Douglas Menuez peers through his lens into the human heart when he creates his photo essays
By Richard Speer, Photography By Douglas Menuez
It’s an arresting image: a shadowy figure, arm outstretched, about to mug a homeless man sleeping on a park bench. With its strong lines and framing, the photo not only captures a chilling moment, but it also evokes suspense, empathy and meditations on the darker regions of the human heart.
George Fulton’s hyperreal imagery has brought him considerable notoriety, but his work goes much deeper than any superficial technique
by William Sawalich, Photography By George Fulton
It’s not often that people balk at being characterized as a master, but that’s what George Fulton did. He was fine with the “master” part, but when we told him we wanted to call him the master of commercial HDR, he hesitated.
John Michael Cooper isn’t your mother’s wedding photographer
By Dave Willis, Photography By John Michael Cooper
AltF Photography is the rather unusual name for wedding photographer John Michael Cooper’s company. Perform said function in Word (Alt F), and what you get is the iconic ƒ-stop symbol.
Known to much of the world as Miss Aniela, Natalie Dybisz has found a promotional niche by taking advantage of the huge online community at a popular photo-sharing website
By Louis Lesko, Photography By Miss Aniela
Miss Aniela is a photographic self-portraitist, or as I keep hearing with unbelievable regularity, “One of those self-portrait artists who likes to take pictures of herself.” When I meet her, I’m struck by her personality. It’s almost antithetical to what you’d imagine it would be by looking at her pictures.
Hyperreality meets science-fantasy in Rob Van Petten’s striking imagery
By Scott Ettin, Photography By Rob Van Petten
New York-based photographer Rob Van Petten’s latest project Near Future is an homage to all things scientific, science fiction (think Star Trek meets Wonder Woman) and atomic-age retro. In these hyper-real, heavily Photoshopped worlds, women of the near future display great strength, confidence and a restrained sense of sexuality. Van Petten is one of the few photographers working today who can tap a deep creative well in order to make his visual ideas concrete. His work displays a mastering of the technology, as well as a highly disciplined sense of control.
Roderick Angle’s fashion photography feeds off the energy of the music that shaped his life
By Elizabeth James, Photography By Roderick Angle
From rock and roll to the punk movement, musical revelations have reshaped society and shook up the standards of their time. With raw inhibitions, the forefathers of these revolutions stood up for young people and for a change in society. It was liberation. Their music spoke of who they were and what they stood for. They radically altered the attitude, image and clothing of the time. Thus, the marriage of music and fashion began.
Get simplicity and complete control with special black-and-white conversion software
Among professional photographers, black-and-white is enjoying a tremendous renaissance. While some pros are comfortable with complex color-to-black-and-white conversions, many are now finding the power to create and fine-tune the look they want with simpler stand-alone and plug-in software packages. These packages offer automated presets as well as custom settings. For the first time since the film darkroom, black-and-white is straightforward, both in simplicity and at a professional level.
To master colors in your photographs, it helps to fully understand how technology represents those colors
by John Paul Caponigro
What is color theory? It’s not color management—a science of measuring color physically and describing it mathematically. It’s not color adjustment—techniques for changing a color’s appearance. It’s not color psychology—a social science of charting and describing human response to color. It’s impacted by all three above disciplines (it rests at their intersection), yet it constitutes a separate discipline in and of itself. Color theory is a language that conceptually and perceptually describes the elements of color and their interactions.
How will changes in copyright law affect you and your rights over your photography?
by Samuel LewisEditor’s Note: Of all the legal issues with which photographers are faced, perhaps none is so polarizing as “orphan works.” The U.S. Congress has taken note of the importance of modifying the current law, and new legislation is now in the pipeline. To help you make sense of the issue, Digital Photo Pro is putting together a series of articles on the subject, beginning with this one.
by Baldev Duggal
Last month, I was in Venice for the opening of the 2008 Architecture Biennale where Duggal produced the “Into the Open: Positioning Practice” exhibition at the U.S. Pavilion, a venue reserved by the U.S. Department of State for the Biennales. Our relationship with the Department of State began in 2002, when Leanne Mella, the department’s Manager of International Arts Programs, approached us to create the largest traveling exhibition of Joel Meyerowitz’s 9/11 photographs. At that time, when fine-art photographers were still reluctant to see their digital images enlarged beyond 4x6 feet, Joel placed his trust in us to exhibit his photographs at a scale that was appropriate for communicating the magnitude of the event.
December 2008by Christopher Robinson
This is our second annual Masters Special issue of Digital Photo Pro, and like last year we’ve pulled together a collection of outstanding photographers for the magazine. The term “master” means different things to different people. To me it means someone who’s constantly looking for new ways to be creative. The quest for new imagery never ends, and in a world full of visual pollution and noise, it gets harder for the most interesting imagery to get seen and noticed.