Hi-Tech Studio: Monolights
Having tools that let you take your studio on the road can open the door to more and better-paying jobs
Most studio photographers choose either a power pack and flash head system or continuous lights (hot lights) for the vast majority of their work. Monolights have been largely relegated to the sidelines due to their reputation as being limited in usefulness. In a marketplace where studio space is being abandoned as too expensive and more photographers are being asked to do location shoots in a limited time and with limited notice, monolights are tools that might prove to be your best options.
New Tools Of The Trade
Dealing with the long-term storage challenges that every pro will face
Storage means everything in digital photography. Without a place to keep photos, and without the speed and reliability of a storage medium, there's no business. All that's left is an expensive camera and fancy lighting equipment! Storage is also an integral part of the photographic workflow, and it can even be the central repository for an e-commerce site where clients can purchase photographs or browse watermarked images.
The Road Ahead
With the staggering number of recent changes in the camera industry, professionals are suddenly looking at a shifting group of manufacturers who will be producing the tools of the trade
Shakeouts, sell-offs, curious partnerships and bankruptcies—what in hell has been going on in the photo industry? Over the last five years, beginning in 2002 with the forced liquidation of Polaroid's assets, we've seen some strange realignments, consolidations and collaborations. For example, in January 2003, Konica acquired Minolta Corporation. Three years later, the newly formed company completely withdrew from the camera industry (although it's thriving as a business equipment manufacturer). So what's really going on?
Use Custom Functions To Personalize Your D-SLR
Discover how custom functions can improve the way you produce images
The ability to customize a professional digital SLR is likely both the best and most underused feature you'll find in today's cameras. With dozens of user-adjustable controls for focus, metering and more, these cameras offer great adaptability. But learning how and when to use these settings, particularly in combination with each other, is often a challenge for photographers who are busy creating images to make a living.
Frans Lanting - LIFE
For world-renowned photographer Frans Lanting, the Life project became more than a display of photography
Imagine a single idea that takes hold of you so powerfully that you devote significant parts of your next seven years bringing it to fruition. That was the epiphany that led to triumph for nature photographer Frans Lanting, the driving force behind Life: A Journey Through Time, and his world-class group of collaborators.
I Embraced The Road - Colin Finlay
You have to get in close to see the truth. Colin Finlay has made a career of bringing that truth to the eyes of the world—stories that aren't always pretty, but need to be told
One of the foremost documentary photographers in the world, Colin Finlay defines the word “versatile.” His creative passion, integrity and technical acumen all serve to ensure that he can photograph a range of subjects with equal clarity and dedication. A four-time Picture of the Year Award winner, Finlay earned a first-place Issue Reporting Photography Award for his essay “Child Labor” in 1997. The project also was nominated for ICP's prestigious Infinity Award. His Time Online multimedia essay “Rickshaw Pullers” won first place in 1998 for Best Online Photography and took the South East Asia Journalism Award as well. That same year, his portfolio of news and feature photographs from around the world garnered a third-place Magazine Photographer of the Year award.
Jeffrey Lamont Brown - Creating Something From Nothing
Jeffrey Lamont Brown never attended any photography school nor did he study with masters of the medium, but that hasn't stopped him from building a successful career
The French existentialist Jean-Paul Sartre described the state of authenticity as the ultimate consummation of freedom, as drawing your purpose for being out of nothingness and creating something free from the bonds that restrain you to your past. If this is the case, Sartre would describe Jeffrey Lamont Brown's career as a tour de force of authenticity. An engineer with no prior knowledge of the photography industry, Brown plunged into photography authentically, yearning to connect with people and portray their stories on film. Void of expectation, he opened an exciting and wide aperture to his future.
Max Morse, Carrie Schechter and Sara Remington - Pros Of The Future
Digital Photo Pro Spotlights Three Emerging Professional Photographers
This is a challenging time to be a professional photographer. Business models are fundamentally changing, lucrative jobs are disappearing, studio space is more costly and, generally speaking, clients are demanding photographers to deliver more for less. In the midst of this upheaval, a new generation of professionals continues to emerge from photo schools around the world, eager and excited to make photography their profession.
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders - The Portrait's The Thing
For an ambitious project spanning several years of the New York spectacle that's Fashion Week, Timothy Greenfield-Sanders shed his 8x10 view camera in favor of small-format digital capture
Timothy Greenfield-Sanders is a master portrait photographer. Working with large-format film cameras for nearly 30 years, he has built a body of work that has earned him the reputation as one of the best at his craft. From artists to actors, presidents to porn stars, everybody who's anybody has sat for him.
Masking Essentials II
A number of key concepts and strategies make selection and masking more efficient and precise
The ability to work in specific areas of an image with unparalleled precision and repeatable results, along with the ability to combine multiple exposures seamlessly and flexibly, are two key advances that are propelling the current (R)evolution in photographic practice.
The Really Wide View
Panoramas are hot with a lot of clients right now, but shooting them well takes specialized skill and attention to detail
Panoramas are in these days. The ultra-wide look seems to have a certain cache among clients looking for a new and different perspective. Like them or love them, you might get a call to produce one, and if you do, you'll want to be sure you know how to do it right.
By using the inherent capabilities in your image-processing software, you can work efficiently and exercise greater control over all of your images.
H.G. Wells once said, “Adapt or perish, now as ever, is nature's inexorable imperative.” Sounds pretty harsh, but many would say it's reality. To meet this imperative, today's photography adapts with digital innovation and imagination and addresses the restraints of time and knowledge.
On The Set With Jill Greenberg
Digital Photo Pro went along for the ride on an all-digital Hollywood photo shoot.
What's it like on a Hollywood photo shoot? To find out, Digital Photo Pro recently spent a day with Jill Greenberg as she did a shoot for Fox Television. At the Quixote Studios in Hollywood, Greenberg and her staff set up for a day of shooting a steady stream of models who came through the spacious studio. The team consisted of Greenberg, her producer, three assistants, a team from Industrial Color, a DJ and a caterer. This was a moderately sized project by Hollywood standards, but for the photographer, the stakes were still high. After all, if you don't get the shot, you won't get the call next time.