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March/April 2009




Gear

  • Hi-Tech Studio: Workstation To Go

    Apple’s new MacBook Pro and LED Cinema Display are a sleeker, faster and greener solution for the fluid studio

    In a 24-hour world, work doesn’t wait quietly at the studio. For agile photographers who need consistent software and display performance wherever they are, Apple’s recently introduced MacBook Pro and companion 24-inch LED display make an intriguing combination as a possible do-it-all combination and desktop workstation replacement.
  • March/April 2009

    New Tools Of The Trade

  • Misinformation: Archival Tech

    Digital archaeologists may someday need a Rosetta Stone to decipher image files

    Backup strategies are a well-covered topic, and for good reason. From floods to fires to file corruption, there are innumerable ways that a digital file can be destroyed. Thanks to the ease of duplicating dig-ital images, however, circumventing these problems is often as easy as pushing a button. So your images are safe, as long as you use a variety of methods for backing them up, right?
  • Straight To Video

    The newest evolution in D-SLR technology has finally brought us high-definition video and stills in one camera. Here’s a look behind the scenes.

    In the new media, where business savvy includes Facebook and MySpace, convergence has taken on a new meaning for the professional photographer. Whether you’re shooting video for online newspapers, designing behind-the-scenes promotional work for your website or making a music or wedding video at the same time that you’re shooting stills, a D-SLR that’s capable of capturing HD video offers new opportunities for the professional photographer. Video makes photography more versatile and, ultimately, valuable, and it’s now available at essentially no extra cost with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II and Nikon D90.

Profiles

  • Carolyn Cole: Running In

    L.A. Times staff photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner Carolyn Cole wants to make a contribution

    L.A. Times staff photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner Carolyn Cole wants to make a contribution. Her dramatic photographs transcend media sensationalism and deliver up-close views of triumph and tragedy to the front page.
  • Pros Of The Future

    Out of the thousands of submissions, the images on these pages are those that rose to the top in this year's contest

    As we wrap up the Third Annual Emerging Pro Photo Competition, all of us at Digital Photo Pro were impressed once again by the caliber of the submissions. In a business environment that poses more than its fair share of challenges to professional photographers looking to make a living in the field, there’s no shortage of talent to help give this next generation a firm foundation from which to launch their careers. In any photo contest, choosing winners is, in the best of circumstances, no easy task. With so many excellent submissions, the job was made even more difficult this time around.
  • Stuart Weston: Evolution In The Revolution

    Stuart Weston’s fashion portfolio is the product of 30 years of redefining himself and working with rapidly changing technology

    Stuart Weston is a multi-talented bundle of energy who happens to make his living as a fashion photographer. His previous careers include a stint as an aerospace engineer, and he’s apparently a talented drummer, painter and handyman. He’s currently building a log cabin in the French countryside, which will be his respite from running a booming business—one that not only in-cludes fashion photography, but also video production, graphic design and postprocessing. It all started, though, because 30 years ago, he worked with a photographer who was more interested in ogling models than he was in taking pictures.

Technique

  • Aesthetics Of XDR

    Using Extended Dynamic Range techniques judiciously will keep you from taking a good thing too far

    HDR imagery is expanding today’s photographic aesthetics. Identifying the characteristics of contemporary HDR images will help classicists and pioneers alike. The basic ingredients are desirable for both sensibilities, but in varying combinations and to different degrees.

Software

  • Photoshop Takes A Backseat

    As Apple Aperture and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom have advanced and evolved, these packages offer capabilities that give professionals the ability to streamline workflow with local editing power

    Apple Aperture and Adobe Photoshop Lightroom share many of the same features and basic workflow functionality. After all, how many different ways are there to rate and rank images? When it comes to local image corrections, however, the applications differ dramatically in both the features they offer and how they’re implemented. This article explains the differences between how each application addresses local image corrections, as well as the strengths and weaknesses of each approach.

Business

  • Building Your Perfect Website

    As a professional photographer, you need to have a professional-looking website. What used to be a difficult process of design and coding now can be achieved simply, with minimal leffort and maximum effectiveness.

    Remember when everyone who was anyone had a business card, and that was the common currency of business introductions? While business cards haven’t gone away, you’ve probably heard—with increasing frequency—a photographer who says, “No, I don’t have a business card, but all my details along with a portfolio of images can be found on my website.” And for those photographers who do carry business cards, it’s becoming increasingly common to include only a business name and website address along with some photos but no other details. Now more than ever, websites are front and center as a promotional vehicle for photographers.
  • Money While You Sleep: E-Commerce For Professional Photographers

    Web 2.0 means every kind of photo business can and should be online

    The computer revolution in photography isn’t just about Photoshop and digital capture. In fact, a case could be made that a different digital tool has had just as much impact on the photo business. It’s the Internet, and it has changed everything a few times already.
  • Take Down That Image

    It’s a good idea to get some perspective before you issue a threatening DMCA takedown notice

    We’ve just seen an extraordinary election year, where even relatively innocuous issues such as the Digital Millennium Copyright Act’s takedown provision was cast into the limelight. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (DMCA) introduced a number of significant changes to the Copyright Act. One of those changes was the creation of a safe harbor—effectively, a limited immunity—for online providers who might otherwise face liability for copyright infringement caused by the online provider’s customers. This safe harbor is codified in Section 512 of the U.S. Copyright Law (17 U.S.C. §512).
  • Vision To Visuals: A Savory Combination

    Photography and gastronomy of the highest order come together at a Manhattan restaurant

    My favorite cuisine, Indian, usually accompanies the standard fare of adjectives that range from spicy, hot and exotic to aromatic, flavorful and delicious. Naturally, then, if someone introduces this cuisine, enveloped in the adjective sensuous, I’m more than intrigued. This is just what Rohini Dey, a dynamic restaurateur from Chicago did, when she came to Duggal to produce photographs for her new restaurant At Vermilion in midtown Manhattan. Rohini, it turned out, was no ordinary restaurateur.
 

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