- D-SLR Wars - Camera Specifications
D-SLR Wars: Episode III
Resolution always will be a buzzword for digital cameras, but the current crop of professional-quality D-SLRs is about much more than advances in megapixel counts
The war of technology is raging with renewed vigor as the next installment of weapons has come to the battlefield. Product development, with its furious and relentless pace, has taken us one step further into the golden age of digital photography. But that step is now at least as much about features and new onboard technologies as it is about gains in resolution.
DPP Solutions: Printer Drivers
Get the highest-quality prints even when your printer's drivers won't cut it
Professional printers are getting even better, giving us amazing picture quality with exceptional printer drivers. Usually printing with the manufacturer's media guarantees the best print with its printer drivers, but when using a third-party paper or any other sort of substrate medium, it becomes harder to get the best and most predictable results. For those of us who want the highest-quality photos and the most control over our output, there are reliable options that ensure what we have on the screen will be yielded when we queue our print jobs.
Flash Memory Basics
What's the anatomy of a memory card?
Have you ever wondered what's inside your memory card? How can they keep cramming more storage in the same space, or how much further can the prices fall? It seems like, only yesterday, we needed to take out a second mortgage to buy a 256 MB CF card. Now you can find 2 GB cards for as little as $15.
Hi-Tech Studio: Complete Color Calibration
Color management from reality to reproduction
Plato said that art is thrice removed from reality. Although the philosopher wasn't a photographer, he hit the nail right on the head where digital imaging is concerned. If we follow what happens to the color of an object during the photographic process—from capture through output—we see several junctures where the colors are likely to be changed unintentionally, and we can gain a better understanding of why it's important to use calibrated devices.
New Tools Of The Trade
Douglas Kirkland - A Conversation With The Man
Douglas Kirkland is one of the great masters of photography. Today, he continues to shoot and spends time speaking to students and up-and-coming photographers around the world.
For someone who has built a career photographing the famous, Douglas Kirkland gives off the amiable air of the kind neighbor who lives down the street. But when you walk into his home in the Hollywood Hills that also serves as his office and studio, you quickly realize that this man's life and work embody something of the extraordinary.
Karen Ballard - A Life Of Adventure
Photographer Karen Ballard has been at the very center of modern history, and she has the pictures to prove it. Her work has been defined by a passion for life.Photographer Karen Ballard has accomplished the things about which the rest of us dream, but she's surprisingly humble when asked what it's like to be a consistent witness to modern history. “I've been lucky on occasion to be out there on the front lines of world events and even luckier to record them with my camera. It's what I love doing, and it's a big part of what makes me tick.”
Shiho Fukada - A Different Kind Of Briefcase
Shiho Fukada's ability to immerse herself in the stories she photographs is launching her career. It's a far cry from the Tokyo businesswoman her father thought she would become.
Shiho Fukada speaks with an accent about which she's shy; it conjures an image of a young, diminutive Japanese woman—which makes no sense when you see her photography. Her bold, stunning images depict stories in exceedingly dangerous environs. Fukada's career is like that. She's a photographer for whom the rules don't apply.
Aesthetics Of Black And White
Digital technology and equipment give you more control and the ability to make the finest black-and-white images ever, but there's an art to coaxing the best print from your image filesBlack-and-white used to be the core of the photographer's darkroom. Now, ironically, as companies concentrate heavily on moving the darkroom onto the desktop, black-and-white photography has been slowly relegated to the sidelines of fine art and portraiture. New advances in technology, however, have given black-and-white printing a little more, pardon the pun, exposure.
DPP Solutions: Get Into Multimedia
Giving new life to still photos with Apple Final Cut Pro 6
Today's technology makes it relatively easy to turn a series of photos into multimedia presentations with audio for even more impact. You can add audio to your still images to tell a story even better, and equally important, provide additional marketing opportunities—there are more places to sell multimedia presentations than there are to sell still images alone, including broadcast media. Multimedia presentations also are a great way to present what you do photographically to potential clients. They provide a new creative challenge, too.
Unlimited Sharpness With Helicon Focus
Helicon Focus gives you the ability to cheat depth-of-field limitations
Since you're reading this magazine, you already know that photography in the digital age is breaking all the old rules and pushing the limits of film. Across these pages, digital capture, versatile software and artistry combine to fulfill creative vision that might have been imaginable 10 years ago, but not achievable. Now another barrier—the physical limits of depth of field—is overcome by software called Helicon Focus.
Click Chic - Fashion Photography As Social Commentary
Fashion photography gets a display as social commentary through an exhibition at the School of Visual Arts in New York
As most any photographer profiled in these pages will attest, the dividing line between art and commerce is continually blurring. Photographic artists have long been sought to apply their talents to the commercial world of advertising and fashion photography, but the reverse hasn't always held true. Now, though, commercial photographers are finding acceptance in the world of high-art galleries and museums.
During the winter months, the photography market heats up. This is a time of year when the camera manufacturers often bring out their newest, trickiest, most advanced products to a waiting press corps. In the fall of 2007, Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Sony all made announcements about new high-end cameras, and by the beginning of winter, we were seeing these products in camera stores and rental houses.