DPP Solutions: The Lingo

Decoding the jargon of motion capture

Many photographers who are entering the realm of motion capture have encountered an unexpected problem: the terminology. It’s like Vincent describing Europe to Jules in Pulp Fiction—everything is just a little bit different. In this brief article, we outline a few of the differences you may find confusing if you have limited or no motion-capture... Read more

DPP Solutions: Jibbing

Get a cool move in motion shots and a new perspective in still shots with these versatile camera supports

We’ve written a fair amount about sliders in DPP. A slider is a simple rail with a camera mount that allows you to get a smooth dolly effect in your motion shots. This small device creates a sophisticated effect and immediately gives your project an added level of visual interest. Even a relatively short rail of three or four feet can create... Read more

Hi-Tech Studio: Wide-Format Printers

The 24-inch printer is a specialty item for most studios, but these larger printers give you some clear advantages for making gallery prints for display and for sale directly.

The 24-inch printer is a specialty item for most studios, but these larger printers give you some clear advantages for making gallery prints for display and for sale directly. The 24-inch printer doesn’t replace a high-end custom printing company where you consult with a master printer to fine-tune the nuances of every image, but it offers an... Read more

Hacking Your DSLR

You can get increased performance and impressive capabilities if you’re willing to negate your warranty and risk turning your camera into a paperweight

Hacks for DSLRs started to become a popular topic among motion shooters when stories began to come out regarding how regular off-the-shelf cameras were being modified by major TV and movie productions to create small super cameras. In those early days of HD video-capable DSLRs, the motion features of the cameras were just beginning to be understood.... Read more

Hi-Tech Studio: Fast, Pro CF Cards

If you’re not using the right memory card, you’re truncating the power of your DSLR

The trend today in higher-end DSLRs is to provide two media slots, but the pro models still rely primarily on CompactFlash cards because of their speed and capacity capabilities. The Canon EOS-1D X has two CompactFlash slots, and the Nikon D4, a CompactFlash slot and a slot for the new XQD cards (more than a year after its introduction, it’s still... Read more

Hi-Tech Studio: Cloud Storage Basics

Fast transfer rates and falling prices per terabyte have made the cloud an excellent option for off-site long-term archive storage

The art of backups. Yes, there’s an art to creating a viable backup strategy, and it involves identifying your needs, then coming up with a plan that meets those needs without becoming the main preoccupation of your life. There was a man obsessed with keeping a diary. He spent hours on it every day of his life, and when he reached a certain age... Read more

Hi-Tech Studio: Wireless Flash

Untether your lighting from your camera for complete control on location

Technology advancements have taken off-camera flash from alchemy and guesswork to lighting science. Today’s diminutive on-camera flash is a location lighting supertool. Instead of having a grip truck or a large van’s worth of big lighting packs, innovative pros like Joe McNally travel with a hard case containing a dozen or more small flash... Read more

DPP Solutions: Add An SSD To Your Laptop

Fast, reliable solid-state hard drives extend the life of an aging laptop

Photographers, in particular, are drawn into the need to upgrade hardware on a regular basis because we make a living from large image files, which, naturally, take a lot of processing power to crunch. But today’s resolution increases aren’t of the same order as they used to be. The typical increase in sensor resolution is along the lines... Read more

DPP Solutions: Phase-Detect Adapter System

The Sony LA-EA2 gives Sony shooters a powerful option for mounting A-mount lenses on an E-mount camera

Professional photographers can’t afford to wait for the camera to be ready to get a photo. This is especially true for photojournalists and street shooters who rely on instantaneous response. For many years, compact point-and-shoot-style cameras have had sufficient resolution and image quality, but their slow contrast-detect AF systems simply... Read more

DPP Solutions: Essential Software

A quick look at what you should have on your computer

Unless you’re hoarding a freezer-full of film and chemicals and submitting your slides, negatives and prints in mailers, you’re going to need to have and use at least some software. Photoshop remains mandatory for just about every pro. It’s incredibly useful and powerful, but you might find that you’re not using it as often as... Read more

DPP Solutions: Custom Backdrops

Add some variety to your portraits with a unique backdrop

When photographing people, much emphasis is rightly placed on lighting, pose, makeup, camera position, exposure, focus point and directing the subject. But an important part of any portrait, formal or casual, is what’s behind the subject: the background. An effective background should complement the subject and enhance the image without being... Read more
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