Amy Toensing on connecting with people and cultures through her photography, and the personal value of printmaking
By The Editors
Inspired by traditional darkroom processes to pursue photography as a profession, Amy Toensing talks about her approach to connecting with subjects. “I’m constantly trying to understand our world,” Toensing explains, “and I do that through culture and people. The thing I love most about my work is that it gives me an excuse to be nosy and...
USB-C is about to change the way you connect all of your devices, but are you ready?
By Melissa Perensen
Last month we looked at how changes to storage cards are going to speed up digital camera performance dramatically—if anyone will actually buy the cards. This month, we look at USB-C, the new standard debuted by Apple on its MacBook portable computer.
USB-C is sort of a panacea for connectivity, combining standards such as USB 3, Thunderbolt and monitor...
It’s only natural that a camera platform as new as the Sony’s a7 series would be perceived as being a little bit short on lenses. When the first a7 shipped—only a few years ago—you could count the number of lenses that designed for its full frame sensor on one hand. The rest of Sony’s lenses were designed for their smaller APS-C sensor equipped...
What the new XQD and CFast storage cards offer the photographer, and why they’re so slow to be adopted
By Melissa Perenson
Photographers are in a never-ending search for improvements in performance—a bigger sensor, faster shutter speed, lighter gear, better optics. Thanks to the breakneck pace of computing (and digital cameras are really sophisticated little computers with lenses attached), we’re used to looking for regular performance boosts in our technology arsenal....
The tools and tricks you need to capture perfect black-and-white photos
By David Schloss
Monochrome images have a power that color images lack. It’s the abstraction in black-and-white that I think makes it so special—removing color from a scene allows the brain to perceive it differently. While color images stand out thanks to what they have, monochrome images stand out because of what they’re missing.
It’s possible to take any...
Some of the outstanding products that resonated with both photographers and the Digital Photo Pro editors alike
By The Editors
In the course of a year, we look at a lot of gear. Cameras, lenses, strobes, bags, tripods—you name it, at some point we have our hands on it.
It’s incredible how great photographic equipment is these days—there are very few subpar products on the market. Partially, this is due to the maturity of the camera market—a lot of the dominant players...
Expand your creativity with these nontraditional uses of lighting tools
By Ellis Vener
Mastering softboxes, beauty dishes, reflectors, gobos and spots is all part of the job of the commercial photographer. Having the ability to dig into a bag of lighting tricks and come up with a “solution” to a challenging shoot is all in a day’s work.
A masterful photographer, though, keeps looking for new solutions to problems, even before they...
Advertising and sports photographer Tim Tadder talks about his creative process and the integral role that printing plays in it
By The Editors
Known for his advertising and commercial work, including photographs of iconic athletes like Tom Brady and Michael Phelps, Tim Tadder is widely recognized for his imaginative images. In this video, Tadder talks about his creative process and how a sound trigger became the inspiration for a series of memorable photographs.
Today’s printers are technological marvels, ready to create a masterpiece at a moment’s notice
By David Schloss
The latest desktop professional printers are incredible machines—their output is astounding, and the amount of technology stuffed inside these relatively affordable little boxes is mind-boggling.
Update: In April, 2020, Epson updated the two pro desktop color inkjet printers mentioned in this story, the Epson P600 and P800. The new models are...
With a combination of portability, power, versatility and the ability to be used away from an AC outlet, battery-powered monolights are gaining an increasing following among professional photographers
Monolights are self-contained pro flash units that plug into standard AC wall sockets, no separate power pack needed. All the controls are on the flash head—no need to move to a power pack to adjust power and other settings (although many newer monolights feature standard or optional remote controls). Some monolights can also operate from battery...