Just as this issue was going to press, Pokémon GO swept the country. Overnight it seemed like everyone was looking face-down at their phones, flicking pretend balls at pretend creatures. Thanks to the intelligent use of a smartphone’s camera, developer Niantic is able to superimpose the various wild Pokémon in a video stream of the real world, a...
A light meter is one of the most important tools in a photographers' arsenal, and you probably don't own one.
Photography is about capturing light, which is why it’s confusing that many photographers don’t own a light meter. After all, if we’re trying to capture light accurately and/or creatively, then we need to know how much light there is and where it’s coming from.
In this conversation at the Seikonic booth at the 2016 Photokina...
The latest iteration of DxO’s RAW Raw converter and image processing software, OpticsPro 11, offers a couple of new features that really piqued our interest.
DxO is best known for DxOMark.com, a website that publishes a vast database of quantitative measurements for thousands of lenses and cameras. That information is not gathered for consumer information but to power its image-editing software. The DxO suite of tools uses the analysis of the imaging characteristics of camera equipment to correct any inherent...
Improvements in wireless flash give photographers an astounding amount of creative freedom
The year 2003 rocked my world as a photographer. It wasn’t the year I purchased my first digital camera. This was the year Nikon introduced the SB-800, which was the first flash I could trigger off-camera using my D70’s popup flash. Using Nikon’s i-TTL technology, flash exposure was calculated using TTL (through-the-lens) metering just like a...
How to bring studio-style lighting to the outdoors
Text & Photography By William Sawalich
A strobe-illuminated subject really pops off of an underexposed ambient background. In this case, a cloudy day and tall tree coverage helped bring the ambient down naturally, making it easier to overpower the daylight with a portable strobe.
Just because you’re working outdoors doesn’t mean you can’t take studio-style lighting control with you....
Take your portraiture down Memory Lane with some easy and versatile after-capture techniques
Text and Photographs By Jim Cornfield
Oliver “Pork Chop” Anderson was an impromptu tap dancer on New Orleans street corners for many years. I photographed him on Polaroid 55 P/N film for a gallery exhibit themed around characters in the picturesque French Quarter during Mardi Gras. To connect Pork Chop to his folksy style of entertainment and also to the historic neighborhood where...
For the most control, try specialized plug-ins like Nik Silver Efex Pro 2
By Theano Nikitas
Black-and-white photography never goes out of style. It’s the core of imaging and what many of us remember fondly starting with the first roll of TRI-X we processed and printed in the darkroom. As digital took over, there were few monochrome options other than, perhaps, desaturating images in software applications, which usually resulted in dull,...
Sometimes you need Adobe Photoshop, and sometimes you don’t
By Theano Nikitas
Editor’s Note: We’re proud to have veteran photographer and technology journalist Theano Nikitas helm our new “Workflow” column. Feel free to send suggestions or requests for what you’d like to see covered here—you can reach her on Twitter @TNikitas1_DPP or contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most photographers have one or more favorite...
Legendary photorealistic illustrator Bert Monroy knows how to pay attention to the little things, a skill all photographers should develop
By Mark Edward Harris, Paintings By Bert Monroy
It’s not often that we profile an illustrator in Digital Photo Pro, but Bert Monroy isn’t your average artist. He’s part painter, part retoucher, and as far as we can tell, part camera. Monroy’s complex, intricate work includes a level of detail that seems impossible for a human to appreciate, let alone duplicate. For decades, Monroy has not...
Oregonian staffer Thomas Boyd knows that gaining access is key—and the veteran photographer knows how to get it and what gear to use once he has it
Text & Photography By Thomas Boyd
All of the great people photographers have the unique ability of gaining extraordinary access to events and people’s lives. This is doubly true of the best photojournalists, but it goes for everyone, from a portrait photographer to a wedding shooter. It’s this access that sets their images apart.
There are two different kinds of access, of course....
The future of drones for professionals is becoming clearer
By The Editors
In February, the FAA issued the much anticipated proposed rules for drones titled "The Overview of Small UAS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking." Prior to the notice, there was a lot of speculation and more than a little apprehension about how the U.S. would handle drone usage. Short of plain outlawing unmanned aircraft in U.S. airspace, the biggest...