Mike Ruiz: Master Of Hopefulness

Mike Ruiz is a very busy guy.

This Article Features Photo Zoom Celebrity and fashion photographer Mike Ruiz readily acknowledges that he’s a pop-culture enthusiast, and the multitalented artist has dipped his toes in a variety of popular genres, including work as a music video director, reality TV star and high-profile model. He says that his real voice comes from photography,... Read more

DPP Solutions: Tripod Tech

There are several types of locking mechanisms for tripod legs. Twist-lock collars offer quick operation and won’t snag on things as you carry the tripod. Locking knobs are straightforward. Quick levers are easy to use and generally easy to adjust for tension. Try different locking mechanisms at your camera store and see which work best for you.

This Article Features Photo Zoom Legs The leg material accounts for most of a tripod’s weight and steadiness. For years, there were two choices: wood or aluminum. Today, you can still buy wood or aluminum tripods, but higher-tech materials that are sturdier and dampen vibrations more effectively are available. Wood is favored by many... Read more

Hi-Tech Studio: Complete Color Calibration

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.

This Article Features Photo Zoom There’s no question that maintaining consistent color across your workflow, from capture to delivery to a client or making a print, is critical. Using the latest tools like the X-Rite i1 Display 2 (above) and the Datacolor Spyder3PRO keeps your system within the necessary tolerances. Plato... Read more

DPP Solutions: Infrared Camera Conversion

Infrared camera conversions are for the professional trying to obtain a unique look. The results give you an array of imaginative pictures from a portion of the spectrum of light that the human eye can’t see. Through a conversion process, a standard D-SLR can be converted to a dedicated infrared camera that records images in that part of the spectrum. These conversions have become more popular as photographers have been attracted to the evocative results. Cameras can be converted to black-and-white or color infrared.

Infrared camera conversions are for the professional trying to obtain a unique look. The results give you an array of imaginative pictures from a portion of the spectrum of light that the human eye can’t see. Through a conversion process, a standard D-SLR can be converted to a dedicated infrared camera that records images in that part of the spectrum.... Read more

DPP Solutions: HMI

Even though strobes are favored by many pros, there’s definitely a core group who prefers continuous lights and, in particular, HMIs. They have a phenomenal watt-to-luminance ratio, produce comparatively little heat, are flicker-free, and emit a quality of light that’s something to behold.

Even though strobes are favored by many pros, there’s definitely a core group who prefers continuous lights and, in particular, HMIs. They have a phenomenal watt-to-luminance ratio, produce comparatively little heat, are flicker-free, and emit a quality of light that’s something to behold. The highlights and shadows they create and the way... Read more

Don't Panic! – Memory Disasters

At some point in all of our careers, it’s going to happen. A disaster will strike and, for the briefest of moments, we’ll consider sending the assistant to find Dr. Kevorkian’s contact information. What kind of disaster could create such an extreme reaction? For a photographer, only a loss of images could make you want to have Suicide Hotline on your cell phone’s speed dial.

At some point in all of our careers, it’s going to happen. A disaster will strike and, for the briefest of moments, we’ll consider sending the assistant to find Dr. Kevorkian’s contact information. What kind of disaster could create such an extreme reaction? For a photographer, only a loss of images could make you want to have Suicide... Read more
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