January/February 2009

A massive hard-drive failure can change your outlook on your digital life. Just after Thanksgiving, my system crashed and it crashed hard. My initial panic slowly subsided as I got a new hard drive, and with the help of a technical expert, we restored my complete hard drive. Complete except for the five days between the last complete backup and the time of the crash.

A massive hard-drive failure can change your outlook on your digital life. Just after Thanksgiving, my system crashed and it crashed hard. My initial panic slowly subsided as I got a new hard drive, and with the help of a technical expert, we restored my complete hard drive. Complete except for the five days between the last complete backup and the... Read more

December 2008

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.

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,... Read more

Orphan Works Explored

Editor’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.

Editor’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... Read more

November 2008

A press release recently came across my desk about an exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery. It wasn’t the Ivy League headline that caught my attention, it was the title of the show, “First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography.” Here’s an excerpt of the show’s description: “By employing unexpected juxtapositions, novel vantage points, and unusual patterns of light, shadow, and texture, the photographs on view destabilize the viewer’s eye, causing it to question what it is seeing.”

A press release recently came across my desk about an exhibition at the Yale University Art Gallery. It wasn’t the Ivy League headline that caught my attention, it was the title of the show, “First Doubt: Optical Confusion in Modern Photography.” Here’s an excerpt of the show’s description: “By employing unexpected juxtapositions, novel... Read more

September/October 2008

Since the early days of digital technology, there’s been one simple rule of product design and marketing: More is better. Computers (more processing power), hard drives (more capacity), printers (more colors, more nozzles, more dots per inch)—the list goes on. When digital cameras came out, the key spec in the “if some is good, more is better” model, was the number of megapixels. Of course, there was a good reason for so much attention being lavished upon the megapixel specification.

Since the early days of digital technology, there’s been one simple rule of product design and marketing: More is better. Computers (more processing power), hard drives (more capacity), printers (more colors, more nozzles, more dots per inch)—the list goes on. When digital cameras came out, the key spec in the “if some is good, more is better”... Read more

July/August 2008

If you want to see a photographer cringe, just look at one of their images and mention the word “noise.” For most of us, noise in an image is like having rust on a restored vintage automobile. It obscures the image and distracts the viewer such that the visual content of the photograph becomes the background, and the noise is what viewers notice first. Naturally, I’m talking about excessive noise that permeates the whole photograph here.

If you want to see a photographer cringe, just look at one of their images and mention the word “noise.” For most of us, noise in an image is like having rust on a restored vintage automobile. It obscures the image and distracts the viewer such that the visual content of the photograph becomes the background, and the noise is what viewers notice... Read more

May/June 2008

I don’t know when it will happen exactly, but one day the last roll of TRI-X will come off an assembly line, get boxed up and head to a camera store where it will sit on a shelf, probably past its expiration date, and finally get snapped up by a lucky winner of an eBay auction. And with that, a chapter in the history of photography will be closed. When I think of all of the collective moments—instants really—that were captured and brought to the world on film, it’s overwhelming. The history of the 20th century is written in slides and negatives.

I don’t know when it will happen exactly, but one day the last roll of TRI-X will come off an assembly line, get boxed up and head to a camera store where it will sit on a shelf, probably past its expiration date, and finally get snapped up by a lucky winner of an eBay auction. And with that, a chapter in the history of photography will be closed.... Read more

January/February 2008

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.

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,... Read more

December 2007

Digital Photo Pro recently completed its fourth year in production. Since we began, we’ve been publishing six issues per year, but in 2007 we decided to add a seventh issue and give it a unique theme. The DPP Masters issue looks at the work of some of the top photographers and artists in the field. As you look through the issue, you’ll notice that some of the photographers have appeared in DPP before and some are new to our pages. In each profile, we examine a particular facet of the photographer’s work where that photographer is a true master.

Digital Photo Pro recently completed its fourth year in production. Since we began, we’ve been publishing six issues per year, but in 2007 we decided to add a seventh issue and give it a unique theme. The DPP Masters issue looks at the work of some of the top photographers and artists in the field. As you look through the issue, you’ll notice... Read more

September/October 2007

When was the last time you went out to make photographs just for you? When was the last time you actually experimented with something new and different? As professional photographers, our work-a-day lives are consumed with photography and the business of taking pictures. We can become so consumed that it’s easy to lose track of the love of photography that brought us to this profession in the first place.

When was the last time you went out to make photographs just for you? When was the last time you actually experimented with something new and different? As professional photographers, our work-a-day lives are consumed with photography and the business of taking pictures. We can become so consumed that it’s easy to lose track of the love of photography... Read more
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