“Lanikai Sunrise” by Frank Silva

“Lanikai Sunrise” is featured in Exit in the Summer 2017 issue of Digital Photo
Exit
“Lanikai Sunrise” was featured in Exit in the Summer 2017 issue of Digital Photo. “The photo was taken on Lanikai Beach on Oahu in February 2016,” writes photographer Frank Silva. “The two islands in the distance are known as Na Mokulua (“the two islands,” in Hawaiian), also commonly called The Mokes. Lanikai is one of the most beautiful... Read more

Self-Assigned Challenge: Finding Angles

I was looking at the photos from the editor, and it made me think about finding angles
focal points
Photo by David Schloss Scrolling through a gallery of images taken by my editor from a recent trip abroad, I noticed a couple of interesting photos. I don’t mean “cover of a magazine” interesting or maybe even Instagrammable, but for where the focal point was in a very difficult scene. In this instance, the scene was Kendo practice in a setting... Read more

Shooting The Outdoors Doesn’t Have To Cost You A Fortune

Consider the advantages of purchasing second-hand gear through reputable dealers
second-hand photo gear
SPONSORED Building a kit for nature photography can be very expensive, with the costs of high-end DSLRs, telephoto lenses, durable and weatherproof accessories all adding up. Don’t let this put you off though — there are ways to minimize the cost of expanding and upgrading your setup. Forget New, Go ‘Like New’ Buying new may seem appealing,... Read more

Sony: Lessons On Business And Passion Learned In Japan

On a first-ever trip to Sony’s Japanese image sensor factory and headquarters, much was revealed about Sony’s photographic business
Sony
Digital Photo Pro, Digital Photo’s sister publication, was among a select group of U.S. media invited by Sony to make a trip to Japan to visit the company’s Kumamoto sensor factory and its Tokyo-based global headquarters. At the meetings at the locations, Sony revealed quite a bit about its recent sales successes, as well as some of the missteps... Read more

Underwhelming Solar Eclipse Photos

A self-assigned challenge to leave the camera home and enjoy the moment
solar eclipse photos
As I wrote in my weekly Digital Photo blog post, I didn’t try to shoot the Total Solar Eclipse; instead, I was in the moment and enjoyed it immensely. Wired took a similar approach, leaving the solar photography to the astrological pros and NASA. The Guardian asked their readers to share their underwhelming photos, too. Eclipse photography is tricky,... Read more

Doug Menuez Hosts Leica Akademie Workshop

Running September 8-10 in LA, the acclaimed documentary photographer’s class will be held in conjunction with the Leica Gallery exhibition, “Fearless Genius: The Next Generation”
Doug Menuez
Photo by Doug Menuez Photographer Doug Menuez, who we profiled with his long-term documentary project that focused on early Silicon Valley, including Steve Jobs, who gave Menuez unprecedented access—and who recently contributed to our blog post on finding a camera system that’s right for you, is holding an upcoming workshop in Los Angeles, September... Read more

Great American Eclipse 2017 Photo

One of our contributors is based in the Midwest, where he witnessed 100% totality. Here’s how he captured this image of the eclipse.
Great American Eclipse 2017 photo
Whether you were able to photograph it, watch a live stream of it or catch it in person, the Great American Eclipse was a breathtaking event. The coast-to-coast total solar eclipse began in Oregon at 10:15 a.m. PST, traveling across the country to coastal Charleston, S.C. at 2:49 EST. Contributor Editor William Sawalich, who’s based in St. Louis,... Read more

Eclipse Photography For The Procrastinator

What to do next week when the sun is entirely hidden
eclipse photography
Photo courtesy of NASA In case you missed it, the solar eclipse is on Monday, August 21, 2017, and I don’t even have glasses yet. So I’ll probably wear a pinhole camera box on my head, but I have a nice camera kit from Canon, the EOS 5D Mark IV, and maybe should at least try to get a shot. I’m based in Seattle, and we’re on 92% of the totality... Read more

Paying Tribute To The Masters Of Painting

As photographers, filmmakers and video creators, most everything we try to achieve visually with lighting, a camera and storytelling through composition goes back to the Masters
the Masters of painting
“The Supper at Emmaus” by Caravaggio. The lighting is a wonderful example of chiaroscuro, translated from Italian meaning literally “light-dark,” but for those of us who create images, both filmmakers and photographers, this is a common method we use to create contrast, mood and, most significantly, depth and dimension. I recently visited a... Read more

A Simple Workflow With Canon Camera Connect

Now that iOS supports RAW, Canon’s app is even better
Canon Camera Connect app
If you’re a photographer uploading photos to Instagram and trying to do so efficiently, you’ve probably already figured out not all apps are the same. Sure, they all perform the same functions, but some are better at it than others. An app’s usability comes down to the company’s resources and developers also keenly listening to their users. As... Read more

Manfrotto Manhattan 3-Way Camera Bag

Use the versatile Changer-20 shoulder bag to ride into work, then attend meetings and carry around town all day
Manfrotto camera bags
The Manfrotto Manhattan Changer-20 three-way camera bag is a surprisingly well-designed shoulder bag from the Italian manufacturer’s lifestyle line—it surprised me because the understated design doesn’t indicate how functional the bag is. Compared to the leather “fancy bag” I shared last month, this is a carry-on for a short trip, a run-and-gun... Read more

Synology DS916+: It Will Go Full NAS, If You Want

A high-performance NAS for small- to medium-sized studios
NAS storage
The Synology DS916+ set up in my office next to the WiFi and my favorite plant. Following up on my story about storage solutions for small studios, there’s a company called Synology that makes a very high-end NAS, which is great for video-editing outlets and for huge studios. Synology competes with companies like G-Technology (the RAID cited in my... Read more
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