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  2. 2. SIGMA Lua w edtsJn" 80m In Mtami in 1967 and 'lIO'oc! 10 New York <."ity in 1990. Her passion for OUR pbotognphy ....-as born the mmu~ iiIM: laid C')ai on the "il)' ..,.;I tw been aflame e..cr sinoe, She IIC'tt I_a; home wnhout her _ n.e Clly CI';>~a ""'.:real,«: wort .. ,,"cn, III the age of w ORLD ~. she bepI displaying her p/lo1oplIpt.. .ntI .t pre.ent ru". woll. fil ls. larwe numb.:,- of Slilents_ PlJu(o dtlltL SJG.w~ II-Jo.. Fl '.4,J DC OS HSM. I I1J ~ Uf'<J.H'~ D/ F4 0 LARA WECHSLER SHOOTS THE WORLD WI TH A SIGMA LENS. In New York City. beauty is everyv,·here, even on the subway platform. The innocent hand ora chitd, graffiti on the windo ..... pecple waitmg for the subway, The dimly lit platfonn of the ~Cw Yurk CIty subway was captul.-d In crisp detaIl by a Sigma len!t. 11111 stllndllrd. wIde apenure 'loom lens is designed especially for use with digital StR cameras.. and is ideal for phocographlng low light 51lWltiOM such as sunsets or indoor scenes without a tripod. IlK: lenl features Sigma'S ongmal OptIcal Stabihzer funCllOO. Special Low Dispersion (SlD) glass and asphcrical lens technology provide e~ceJ1enl correction or colm- abcmttioos. The su per multi-layer !('fl.'! coaling r.:duces s..,, _ _ _ ~c-_ ..... nare and ghosting. en.~uring high quali ty throughoulthe entire zoom range. The I I)- per Sonic Motor .1'1",..,... ,....." U I1:>6-0~ (I ISM) cn.<;urcs a qUH:t and high-spc.;d Ai-. AJtIrIIIIoII, wtdt ____ _ ... dllipd aflCillb' lOr dWtIIllR ~ tea..... _ IIttICII ~ fUDctIoA. SIGMA l8-50m F2.8-4.5 DCAMERICA u..u;..... SIGMA CORPORATION OF OS HSM 'OR 15 Fleetwood Court, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779 ' 631-5B5-11 44 In C~a UClusNefy CliSlritlUlCoCI by G.-nlac Intlrnahooal, MBrkham. ~l.8rlQ Visit US on the Web at www.sigma-photo .com USA 3 Year Service Protection
  3. 3. CONTENTS AUGUST 2009 VOLUME 73, NO.8 :3 148 a:: ~ Farther Figure Photographer Paul Kline documents the wood's parentiess children, one 56 The Future That Bombed We admit it, we were wrong. A trip into the Pop Photo archives reveals ~ orphanage at a time. By John Owens the Next Big Things that weren·t . ... W TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL By Dan Richards 52 The Future of Photography Prepare to bid your camera adieu. Because the Imaging 59 Your Future Ltfe••• Now Going high-tech with your photography is a whole lot easier. and technology of tomorrow will look cheaper, than you think. So why wail? nothing like today's. By Neal Matthews By Debbie Grossman 1 42 Web o I- 26 Nature Make art out of dirt a long telephoto and an with TIps From a Pro Turn strangers into portrait :;i: ~. fo' the .bst,act. By Bob HWs subjects. AJI it takes is a little planning ~ 32 Lighting Take a shine and a lot of patience. By Laurence Chen to jewelry with glittering inspiration-and a surprising tool- from the d isco. By Peter Kolonia 44 You Can Do It Kick out your blahs with a dynamic, strobe-lit shot of an athlete in mel ion. By Arl Brewer Exclusives ONLY ON WWW.POPPHOTO,CQM 34 Digital Toolbox Control contrast, fix highlights, and patch spots. It's easy with Photoshop 100 Three Ways Transform ordinary scenes into magical landscapes by making a very long NEWS, REVIEWS. Elements. By Debbie Grossman exposure. By Kathleen Davis MORE HOW-TOS Just·launched products, straight talk, helpful 11 Editorial We don our detective's hat and discover what you really get when you think you got a deal. 38 a Software Problem-Solver Fake your way te selective focus with simple and elegant plug-in from advice, c reative ideas. Everyth ing you need fo r beller photography is By John Owens OnOne Software. By Debbie Grossman right here. 12 The Goods A slim camcorder, protective support for your compact, and more great new gear. 62 Compact Cameras Two point-and-shOoters thaI Ie! you get high-dynamic-range images straight CAMERAS THAT MATTERED MOST Irom the camera. By Dan Richards The history of photography is as 14 High 5 Affordable tittle netbooks that are tailor-made for photographers on the go. 84 Picture Doctor For criminally good photos. pull off a frame much about technology as it is about art. Our job and pocket a projector. timeline tells the story 16 How I Shot Thi. Flying-and shootlng-solo, photographer Alex S. Maclean captures a crowd 112 Backstory A portrait by Heimo Schmidt, inspired by of the medium. E-NEWSlETTER enjoying their moment in the sun. Icelandic mythology and American Gothic. Get more Pop Photo delivered weekly to 64 DSLR Test: Cnon EOS Rebel T11 From crisp images to HD video. the new 15.1 MP Rebel gives you 74 Hands On: Olympus E-P1 It's so cool and compact, you won't beheve this gorgeous new camera your inbox-absolutely free. Just sign up at PopPhoto.com. more-at a bargain price. By Philip Ryan has swappable lenses. By Dan Richards PLUS 68 DSLR Test: Sony Alpha 330 Designed lor DSLA novices, this 10.2MP offers plenty of performance in 76 Hands On: Flashpolnt F- 1428 Carbon Fiber Tripod These light legs are made to support a 8..................................... Letters 20 ...................... Your Best Shot a fresh. friendly. and affordable package. hefty 26 pounds of gear-more than the 40 .................................. The Ax By Philip Ryan biggest dg we've got. By JoM Owens 77 ............................ Whlth One 90 ...................... Tima Exposure Lens Test: Sony DT t a- 98 .......................... Cheat Sheet 73 ~5mm t/3.5-S.6 SAM AF This tele zoom is one of two inexpensive 82 Lens Test: Sigma 18- 2S0mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM AF Huge zoom range, image 104 ........................ By the Book 108 ...................... Tech Support kit lenses that Sony bundles with the stabilization, low distortion. It's got 111 .. Speaking of Photography new Alpha 330. By Julia Silber something for everyone. By Julia Silber 78...........Classitled Advertising
  4. 4. Editorial Director Mark Jannot MenagngEditor Miriam Lou c hta, Art Director J aMn B" klllte ad Senior Editor Peter Kolonla SenIor Editor Dan Ri c h a rds Senior Editor D ebbie Oro•• man T9Cnnical Editor Philip Rya" Technology _ Jllil a Silber Ass[stant Editor Lori Fredric ks on ASSIstant Ecfrtor Kathl_n Dav is Art./Prodocbon Assistant Unaee Kara. lk Contributing EeI l...... Tim FItZharris, AlJ6Se/I Hart, Peter Kr8l1SE1, NaaI MatthHws, Arthur Morris, Tony Nagatomo. Bryan F Peterson In MornofUn H e rbert K e ppler www.P opPhoto.c:om Ed~or Sta n Horac • • k Vice President/Publisher Jeffrey Roberts Ass<:doto PubliSher Anthon,. M. Ruoto lO BUl:iinl;)SS Ot!veIopment ~ Phil Mistry Senior Aocount Exaa..itMl Sara Sc hiano Plynn West Coast M Oi"ector Bob M eth Accoo.xIt Executive Tara We.dr.Jd CIassffiad Ad Sales Chip Parham Group SIlh"Sl.1J!ector Ire ne Rey •• Col•• Dreclor ot Events & MarketIng Micheli. C • • t Mari!.eting Manager Rachel Weitma n Senior Promotions Designar I!rin Frie dmann Senior PromotIOnS DesIgner Llnds.y Kri st Special Events PrOO)C€f Erica .Johnson Spec~1 Events Cooo:!lnator Yaness. Vazqu ez Digital Days Coordinator Athos Kyrla k l d es Asslstelf1 to the Publisher Kar e n Ralph Sales Assistant Lauren Brewer ProdtiCtiOll Mat"Ia9~ Ylckl Fe lnme l VP; Corp. Sales and Mar'K.eting P. t ., Michals ky Popular Science Media Group Group Publisher Gregg R. Hano H rtl.ln 9 S"IA_ , McpIItIgmtp::rp ....... _"I3ZlJ ' •• Offic:" . ","otOie ;llZ, Melfi ........... 6::lt: M ~-'1835. TJ'9.~, QQ!D AnDrrlwfIQIo+4jryl.;PPcqn L _ A. . . _ , _ -....n, ___ A • • _ey (2'8! 282-M46, Ed BirbeyO tprrlN!;;rpcgm .up.. n' .......... KolI.,. . ... j01 1j81-3-X'61-4$1, mi!fte:9TWM-:roo iP BONNIER Corporation Chairman Jonas Bonnier e tHel Executive OffICe( Terry Snow ChIef Opermlng Of!1C6f Dan Altman GruefFir'lanartIOl1ic& 'b,ndall Koub ak VICe President. Cons'Jmef Marketng Bruce Miller VIce President Proo:Jctioo Ll 8lII I!a rlywlne VIce President. E·Media Bill Allm an Vice President. Enterprise Systems Shawn Larson Vice Presdent. Human Resources Cathy Hertz VP. Corplr81C Corooll.Jnicat,ons Dean Turc ol Brand Director John Miller PubI~hing Consuhanl Millrtin S. Walk. r Corporate Counsel Jare my Thompson COPYRIGffI Co ~~.I!ON~RCOIIP "",mED 'NTHE UNrTf.DSTAl~S, ~PI>ot~.Pop.<", 1"i'Itotov'~' ..... go,; P<>p """"'" _ ~ro.'n """'''11'01''') .... ' ... ,. .. _ ~_ .. <II g......., Cor~ IIE... DER INQUIRIES, W. unnOi .n......... -.I ... Inqulrl. . ., phen .. 0"', bJ ....... au..1i<nI or . _... "" ~""' ... """""' oIIoUd be odO,_1e> Po",",,",, Pt>o<og"pI1" 2 P.'k ... "'""" ~O'" Yorio, NY 10016: ......... : ,,'jam lou,)"." bQctH'l!'dlrcpgm e,. "-""rog _ I I ,ou oq.. tNt We UO'-' Q, .... " . ,......,. ",I _ 011 ~'''''. Edll"'''' '""1 "'., " too _ ="',.,.,,""' u ..... diK<nlIon onc!".- in Iltell'aQ""'- (10." r:wfti'ohIJ''''' <kk, muot b<" a=:>rn~ bot .. ,,"" ~ and ....... /Ioordrod .. IIto .......-.tH U/1I. ~ pul>hI>o, _ . , . . ~l~llo< ....... " '" ~l.f ... - " . '*"""'<JoopOo. d ..... , 0< """"""",,,ta. !W8SC/liPTION INCIIJIRIES , PoQu'et PIIolOQfwtw, PO 900- 420235, Pol", __ _~po ....... .aoor_leul:a _""".d'>o."''''~lOboK''''''~ ncIud._yout eon' Fi. 32Ih:800-8?1HG30:pluH _ _ _ • _ _ , ""' ____ ...... ~ ~""""p're.. us· 1,...,$14 21'N',,'28 3,... Sd c.r-~""'--!)IIt GSn ....... _IoieqI: 1,....131 ,», 2 __ . $SO.IW 3,.... SnQ4 ~. _ ..".tII "'" .n<nIIItOn w tlI 0</1" '''P''tftrIe CQr'IIPII _ _ H ~ ........-1IOg/II f'Ief'MI you. ~,.... """'" I'lOl to ~ ...... ""potIII'"ry pIoMe Gd 1IIOO-876-SIJS _ 1fId.,... ... to ... _ _ IlIiPAIIftS .... 1> IEPl8Hts: Fo< .. _ plene conlacI 8r .. KoIb .. Wrog"". Rq>rino&, (8711 &52-&:HIS", 1*p114M'''"W*UOI. F!ID
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  8. 8. We. Adobe? 8f'Ithu~astihobby level. (Corel's Paint ($60, street) lets Uttle Ansel review the I'm starting to think your maga1-inc ShOp Pro PhOto X2 and Nikon Capture Shots on a l.4-lnch LCD. The 8MB should be fe-titled "Popular NX 2 are indeed especially good.) But if memory holds about 80 photos. and Photography and Adobe Products." you intend 10 t8"'e image.editil"lg as far there's aJso an SO slot. Styled in Dora Ihe Virtually every issue has references you can-that is. ma"'e the most subtle Exp~erorSpongeBobl~. to Photoshop or Elements. I and sophisticated changes-the full- . vrach Kidizoom Camera ($60. street) understand they're currently the fledged version of Photoshop is the comes with software so kids can create industry standard, but so much can way to go. And Ihe best training ground wacky pictures and effects when they be done with Icss-<!lIpensive products. for thai? Elements. Which makes plug the cam9f'a into a computer. In For example, I've been able to do Adobe a 101 like gravily-you can rail addition 10 holding up to 120 photos, it most of the RAW file manipulation against it. but it·s still a fact. shoots up to 5 minutes of video. Also I would want to my Nikon D70's includes games such as TIC Tac Toe and images using Nikon's free ViewNX, Kid stuff a Memory matching game. followed by free Picasa 3. r also find 'hat camera would you recommend the reasonably priced Corel Paint for children? I have a son who ~oon Really unreal Shop Pro Photo a powerful tool for will turn 3 years old. Eric Fogle In your article on using greenscreen digital manipulation. jloon Township, PA (Lighting. June 2009), the single I recently bought Photoshop most inlportant thing for making Elements ha.scd on references in Here's a trio of kiddie cams that are compositcd images believcablc was your articles, and soon realized it billed as for ages 3 and up. They're omitted: Foreground and background brought little additional capability big and chunky. with rubbefized griPS. irrkIges should be shot at the same to the table. You should make it oversized buttons and oops-resistant focal length, aperture, point of focus dear that there are other products construction. All have internal memory on the footage scale (usc a stand-in that produce similar results. And and low, loy-caliber resolutioo: when shooting a background), and, not everyone needs the power of _ Fisher-Price KkI-Tough Digital ($50, of course, with as similar lighting Photoshop CS4. Randy Fishwick street) is waterproof for 30 minutes In a~ possible. Bob WIemer Woodland Hills. CA up to 3 feet of water. It comes in blue or Las Vega.~. l'>IY pink, stores up to 500 photos, and has Yes. thare are plenty of olher programs, an SD-card slot for more. GET IN TOUCH! and many will serve you well al the _ Npower VGA 300K Pixel Digital Camera E-mail usatPoDEditor@hfmvs.com. , WW'N.POPPHOTO.COM pop PHOTO AUGUST 2009
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  11. 11. EDITORIAL -----~----------:~1iiiL1~.iijiiii" L DETECTIVE What do you really get for your money? Pop Photo's and telephoto weren't Nikkors Tessa did? How fllr does $ 1,344 go? editOrs have at all, just those typically I shopped at the websites of some long raged al§:aimt inexpensive converters that retailers I do know- Adorama and online camera deals attach to the front of a regular B&H-and found what I think are that seem too good lens. Fin~ for a point·and·shoot, better uses for Sl ,344: How about a to be true. OUf latest but for a state-of·the·art OSLR? 090 with a VR version of the 18- outburst was in Apri12009. when a And thafs where I question even th~ 105mm and that 50mm fl1.8? reader asked about a Nikon D3 with Nikon lenses in this package. Despite Better yet. the camera with a 5439 a load of 3ccessorics for just $3,475. the impressive range, none n...'tails for shake-fighting Sigma 1S-200mm Since we'd seen that camera for no more than $160, l"he only one I would £13.5-6.3 OS DC lens. Or with another less than $4,350, we declared the deal buy is the SOmm, since the low.light !iitabili7.ed 7-OOfll , Tamron's 28-300mm either a fantasy or a sl:am. capability of fJI .8 is hard to beat for fI3 ,5-6.3 XR VC LD, At $349. it Soon after, several readers took w $135. Not that the 18-55mm and 70- leaves you with 595 to put toward an to task. Among them. Tessa Reevel'ts 300mm are bad-they just aren't as 18-55mm. And there are many other of DeKalh. IL, .....im reported landing up-to-date as the camera. (In fact, the combos to suit your style of shooting. on eBay a "brand-new Nikon D90 70-300mm is a lO-year.old design.) Sorry, that doesn't give you the with a tripod, tabletop tripod, five Don't confuse them with the 18- tabletop triporJ (a bcndy wire-legged Nikonlenses, 16GB memory card, 55mm £I3.5-5,6G VRAF-S OX and 'pod that I douht could support a fla.~h. battetywith charger. camera 70-300mm f/4.5-5 .6G VR IF·ED AF- 090), no-name memory card (if it's just bag. USB card reader. UV filters, and S Nikkors. These are the latest shake- standard speed, you might not get the free shipping for Sl ,344. M beating "rR versions, giving you 2 to 3 most out of the D90's hunt rate and Holy cow! So I went to cBay and stops of handholding leeway. (Tessa's video ability), or hot-shoe flash (hcUo. typed in "Nikon D90. ~ Seconds later, lenses don't ha-'e VR.) Graflted, they is there a hrand name on that ume). I had Tessa's deal. as well as 'ariations sell for $190 and $540, respectively, Rut if you're buying a serious on it from a bunch of camera retailers but in lenses as in life, you generally camera. you should buy higher-grade I've never heard of. Each promised a get what you pay for--especially acce.~sories , It's not snobbery, it's brand-new, not refurbished, nnt gray· with the more e;:pensLvc 70-300mm photography. The memory cards, filters, market 090, a pile of extras, and a and its int~mal·focusing syrtem (so flashes, tripocl.~, and especially lenses panoply oflcnses. For sheer volume of filters don't tum as you focus), Silent you use should complt:ment your stuff, all of these eBay deals seemed Wave Motor ('-{uick and quiet), and camera, helping bring out all of its amazing, But then I looked closely. chromatic-abeITIItion-battiing ED picture-taking potential. You dun't Consider the (ense5, Tessa's kit did glass eic..'Illcntl.. Nonc of which can be get that buying by the bushel. contain three Nikkors-an 18-55mm said about the 5 160 model. I don't want to uin on any bargain. fI3 .5-5.6, a 70-300mm fl4-5.6, and a But what if you want a D90 and hunter's parade-but the smart money 50mm flt.S. But the wide-angie le ns don't want to spend more than is putting up an umbreUa. 0 ~ PHO TO AUGUST 2009 WWW.POPPHOTO.COM
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  13. 13. THE GOODS HIGH 5 1. ABUS Eae PC 1 OOSHA $439, street • www.asus.com Asus pretty much started the netbook phenomenon wilh its Eee serl6s. The latest, the 2.4-pound tOO8HA. has a slim ~SeashelI~ design Just 1 inch thick. Specs are typical netbook: Intel Atom processor rmtIng WlI'ldows XP Home (or GNU UnUX). 1GB RAM (enough for lower-horsepower image editors such as Adobe Photoshop Elements 7), IO,'-Inch screen, and buIlt-in vJebcam. Besides a 160GB hard drive, it comes with 10GB online storage- not a heck 01 a lot, but a nod to the future of c loud storage. Neat feature: a VGA Dongle to coooect the Eoo 10 a larger scroon. 2. Den Insplron Mini 10 $384, direct (as configured) • www.dell.com We chose th is 2.S-pound model over the newer Mini lev ($299, direct) because, tor just $35 on top of the base price. you can conligure ils lO.I·inch screen with higher resolution (l366x768, not the usual 1024x576}-a,lIlhe better for nwlewing your images on the road. Slog obsessively, or just take a lot of notes? The keyboard Is 92 percent of the size of a standard laptop's. Specs ir1cJude the usual suspects: Intel Atom processor, Windows XP Home, 1GB RAM, webcam. And it's available in a riot of colors. 3. HP Mini 11 0 Mobile Internet $454, direct (as configured) _ www.hp.com You can get an HP Mtnlll0 for as little as $275, street, but we'd opt for the 2.6-pound Mobile Internet model because that's exactty what you get: irTtemet connectivity via the 3G cellular network. So you can go on6ne anywhere you can get a cellphone s.gnal-no hotspots or route( needed. Great for uploading PIctures whIle sluing under a tree. and a VGA port lets you hook up to a big screen when you get home. You have a choice of AT&T or Veru:on networks, and a 2-year signup Is required. Included In our build: Intel Atom processor. Windows XP Horne, 1GB RAM. 10, I-Inch screen, 160GB hard drive, webcam. 4. Lenovo IdeaPad 510-2 $439, direct (as configumd) _ www.lenovo.Com In a hurry? Check out this 2.2-pound Lenovo. "s QuickStart feature lets you vieW photos, listen to mUSIC, send instant messages. or make Skype calls without waiting for the operating system to boot up. The One Key Aescve System can also scan for viruses before the aS loads. which could be a lifesaver. For password protection withoul a password, you can log on via face recognitoo USing the wtIbcam. In our standard buHd' Intel Atom processor. Windows XP Home, 1GB RAM. 1600B hard dnve, 10.1-ln screen, and 6-cell U-iOn battery to go longer between charges. 5. Samsung N110 $410, street _ www.samsung.com This 2.8-pound Samsung offers a little more. The 6-cell U-ion battery is rated for 8.5 hours of use between charges, one 01 tho best In thIS category. The larger-then-normaJ touchpad, keyboard that's 93 percem the size of a standard laptop's, and tapered keys make digital Input {Ihat IS, With your digits} easier. While some photographers might prefer a matte screen. the glossy 10.l-inch screen can proVIde better color saturallon and higher brightness Other specs match the norm: Intel Atom processor, Windows XP Home, 1GB RAM, 160GB hard drive. webcam. 0 WWW.POPPHOTO.COM POP PHOTO AUGUST 2009 "
  14. 14. PICNICSpread FUN IN THE SUNJ_SHOT FROM UP ABOVE An alumnus of Harvard's architecture school, Ninety...eight percent of my shooting, I'm flying solo. I just Alex S. MacLean ne ...--er officially studied photography, nor recently switched from a Cessna Skylane 182 to a Flight did he ever actually practice architecture. Still, the use of Design CT. which is a light plane with an enclosed cabin. space and land has been a consistent fascination for him in It goes as fast as myoid plane but can also fly a bit slower. his photographic work. He's published seven books of his and it doesn't have a strut under the wing. 1b.at Illt'ans I aerial photography, the most recent of which is Over. The can shoot with a wider-angle lens. I typically work from American Lands.cafK a' tbe lipping Point (Abrams. 2008). 17mm to 300mm, and before I could only shoot 24mm You can see more ofbts images at www.aleltmadean.com . without capturing part or the plane. Q. Have you always shot from the air? Q. What are we looking at here? A. I didn't learn how to fly until graduate school. so A. These are picnickers listening to the symphony at up until then it was all ground photography, as I call it. Tan~lewood in Massachusetts. It's incredible to see a PHOTOS BY ALEX S. MActEAN; INTERVIEW BY DEBB IE GROSSMAN "
  15. 15. window, But you're in your seat there holding the u.mera up, Everything I do is handheld-I shoot through an open window. Q. From inSide, how do you look down? A. If you want to shoot straight down, you have to put yourself into a sort o( roU position. Of course, that puts you in an immediate tum, and you'll keep turning as )'Ou shoot, So if you want to set something up parallel to a road you have to anticipate your position. Q. What camera? What lens? A. It's interesting, because today you have all the metadata that would tell you all that information. But this was shot with myoid Canon EOS 1 and Fujichrorne Velvia 50 film . I would think: most likely it was shot with .scene like that against the green, as opposed to the usual a Canon 70-200mm f!2.SL lens. I try to shoot at 111000 ~nd on a beach. It was very strilcing and very colonul. sec or faster, I don't really like shooting wide open, so Coming across all the picnickers on the lawn was a total this was probably around £/4. surprise. I took a circle around and knocked off some shots. I didn't want to linger very long because I realized Q. What makes this the best of the set? I was probahly making some noise. A.. Some of it had to do with the sharpness of the photo. And abo just because: of the amount of Q . Is it hard to fly and photograph picnickers-this one is shot from a little further back. at the same time? so there are even more picnickers. It's just bigger. This A. The plane will fly itself straight and level. and the power was picked for a book in collaboration with my French is fi.'ted so you don't have to worry about keeping your foot editor. who is very good. Though I have to say. Vt'Orking 00 the accelerator. Your (eet are on the rudder so you can on this story, I was revisiting that question; Wh)' did 1 !.Lie them to control the yaw, and you take )'Our haods off pick this one? A lot of my photography seems to ripen in the control yoke for just a second to u ke the pieture. the files, You come back from a shoot with preconccived ideas about what you were trying to accomplish and it Q. How do you secure your camera? reaUy prejudices you. When they sit in the files for six A. It's funny. everyone pictures me hanging out the months, you gain a little bit morc perspective. 0 pop PttOTO AUGUST ~ WINW.POPPHOTO.COM
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  19. 19. nd Place ...... V for Victory """"IIIIIIII BEK BERGH, 38, runs a media agency in Johannesburg, South Mrica. and frequently photographs skateboarders. Sam. the athlete in this graphic image, found an abandoned, unfinished office huilding to skate in, and Bergh positioned himself one story below Sam. They agreed Dot to use the shot unless Sam landed the trick correctly- after 60 attempts, they finally got this result, which pleased them both. TECH INFO: Nikon D3 with 24-70mm fl2.8 Nikkor lens with four remote- triggered Sunpak flashes. Exposure, 1/250 sec at fl9, ISO 250. Sharpening in Nikon Capture NX. trip to Orc:gon from his home in WWW. 5 tcphcnoacbs.com. CDst Place San Jose. CA. "The river level was low enough at that time of year to TECH INFO: Tripod-mounted Canon EOS-' D Mark III with ~ ~~~dgJ.!~~t~ the expose the 'tiles.' and the early- 24-105mm f/4L Canon lens and morning light illuminated the fog, 3-stop SIngh-Ray graduated neutral- journey, not the destination ~ giving the entire .K.ene a surreal denSIty litter. Exposure. 8 sec at held true for software company feeling,6 Oaehs says. His photos 1122, ISO 100. Converted from RAW, owner STEPHEN OACHS, 38. have previously taken prizes in with minor adjustment to white He captured this moody image Your Best Shot in both 2007 and balance. exposure, Bnd sharpness on the Sacramento River during a 2008. See more of his work at in Adobe Photoshop GS4. POP PHOTO .a.uGUST 200G WWW.POPPHOTO.COM "
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  24. 24. NATURE Text and photos by Bob Hills RAW Earth Making art out of dirt In the southwestern corner of the Salt Lake Valley lic!> the world's largest Opc!n-pil copper mine, the Kennecott Utah Copper Mine. At 2:v. mile~ across and % of a mile deep. it truly is an amazing ~ight. And the area around it is nearly as fasdnating. J live about 20 mites from the mine, and in November 2005 I went to the area to see if I could find .wme old bAms or sheds to photograph. In all of my shots Lwas careful to not indude mine dumps- the piles of earth ffitt came out of t his gigantic hole. I'd always considered the mine an engineering wonder, but hardly an ae_~thetic one. But that changed on a visit 14 months later, when I began to see the dump sites in a new way and did :.ome visual exploring (rom a 400mm pcrspccth·c. I was struck by the patterns of the eroded surfaces and by the enormous piles of earth that dwarfed the gigantic. trucks carrying 320-ton loads. I soon began to make a project out of interpreting the mining operatiom in an artistic way, u~ing the clements uf dcsign that are a byproduct of creating the p!.anet's richest hole. I wanted to show that this isn't an eyesore, but a magnificent work of art. So, for the lIext two yean I made 40 trips to the site to photograph it under vaded conditions. Here's how J did it. Reach out Though I usuaU)" enjoy shooting '.;th my Unbof Tcchnlkardan 45s, I used a Canon EOS 50 for this project because of the wide choice oflenses, as well as the speed and flexihility of such a compact (relative to large.fomlat film) system. I uancd with a 70-200mm fn .BL Canon IS lens and a Canon 2X extender. Unlike tdeconverters of the pa~t , this setup did not compromise clarity and sharpness. And the 400mm reach on my full -frame DSLR provided the pop PHOTO AUGUST 20«1 "
  25. 25. A COPPER PAYOUT ON HIGH: ~ Again, a 2X extender and a Inpod for his Canon EOS 5D and 70-200mrn fl2.8l Canon lens rig allOwed Hills to capture a truck releaSing its 320--ton payload on the waste dump all the way from the edge 01 the IOwfl of Coppertoo. Exposure, 1/100 sec and 1136, ISO 200. hydrostatic nailhead since it is rated for 22 pounds, but is still smaller and lighter then other pro-grade ballheads. All up, the tripod/baUhcad combo weighs less than 8 pounds. An ordinary conap.~iblc umbrella abo was part of my shooting gear. In snow and rain, it not only protected the tripod. mounted camera, but also prevented snowflakes from getting too dose to the lens and blurring out large areas of the images. I always handheld the umbrella to keep A DYNAMIC COMPOmTtoN: compressed perspecth"C 1 wanted. For vibration and wind movement from '-J. A Kennecott escort anowed Hills to variety, though to a lesser extent, 1 being transferud to the camera. enter this restricted site to photograph the a1so used my 24-105mm fl4L IS and colorful waste debns. He hadn'l yet set up my 17-35mm fI2 .8lCanon iensell. Abslracllhoughls a tripod when he saw the lanker passing My tripod is a Manfrotto Model Crealing abstraction!> becamc my by, but he knew it would add int8fllS1: to 3221. topped with a Manfrotto favorite part of the project, as I came the Image and immediately stoll'landheld. hydrostatic ballhead. The tripod is to see almost everything in tenn.s of He used a Canon EOS 50 and 24_105mm sturdy enough for my 4,0, but small colors, contrast, shapes, lines, textures, tl4L IS Canoo laos set to 105mm. enough to easily transport and hike and spatial relationships. The subject EJi:posure, 1/320 sec at flS, ISO 100. "'-lth, wing a sling strap. I love the matter was secondary. udges, high 2B W'NW.POPPHOTO.COM pop PHOTO AUGUST 2O<KI
  26. 26. Public access While the imagc~ suggest long treks deep into the mine. that was hardly the case. In fact, my car generally was nearby. since for the first few months of the project I worked strictly from public roadsides. Eventually. I shot from the mine's visit(){"$' center, which overlooks the bole. NeOer did I c.r~s the fence-line surrounding the proper1).'. And when I showed my images to mining company executives, they found it hard to believe that I'd never violated the numerous ~No Tre5pa5Sing~ signs. That ju!>"t show~ the power of a long tele to not onlv compress perspective, but, of cou~se, to draw the subject much closer than the una.ssisted eye would see. "'hen I asked to shoot on Kennecott's land, permission took months to secure, and it clearly was onc.of·a·kind access. Mtcr watching a safety film and buying my own hard hat and steel·toed shoes, I was escorted to the sites. Though the process was extremely involved, it was well worth it, as 1 ended up providing the images for the company's 2009 calendar. Since my access really.",.as a om.:- shot deal . you won't have any luck tt}ing to replicate it. The good news is that. with Kennecott as ",... th many other large.scale engineering projects, you can get great images from public roads, no permission required. Looking closely And just as I found inspiration in and around the mine, I also found iii. great deal of wildlife in the area. In fact. I'm impressed with how conscientiom the owners and operators of the mine are about environmental issues and how much they've done to reclaim the A MOUNTAIN· TOP VIEW: I did much of the shooting on land and protect wildlife. L...J. Scouting around Q site helps you overcao;t days. The RAW images One day alone. I saw se....en large buU to find new shooting venues-such 89 this were often flat and with little elk grazing in a meadow that had been neighboring mountain View down on the color, but in postproduction. on reclaimed. and there are also large pit. Shooting handheld allowed Hills to my Mac with Adobe Photoshop. '( herds of mule deer, ali ",·e1l as mountain include the dynamic clouds from various expanded the contrast to a normal lions. roxes, and upland game birds. POSItions. He used a Canon EOS 50 and range. By doing this. the color In all, it has been a rewarding project 17-35mm fl2.8l Canon lens and exposed ~turation wouJd automatically that proves by keeping your eyes and at 1/320 sec:: and f/l0, at ISO 400. reyeal the colors inherent in the mind open, you can find beauty where rock and soil. Sometimes I ddded you'd never expected it. 0 walls, and the overlapping lines of a little saturation beyond what was the mine dumps. along with t~ released by the contrast bump. Bob Hills is a {lrn.:-art and commercial ever-changing light, provided infinite Mter all, my objective was not pbotogtapber based in Sandy, lJT. He opportunities. Eliminating the to be a documentary or scientific bas an Ma.st~ofFint Arts degree and superfluous and concentrating on photographer, but to give a plea.'1ing 40 ytaJ3 txperitncc. Su more of his strong abstractions became my focus. artistic interpretation. work at ~,kQ./zbills,cpm. WMV.POPPHOTO.COM pop PHOTO AUGUST 2009
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  28. 28. LIGHTING SHINING . . . . . Glittering jewelry needs a says Gong. "For this one, I was ~The scheme grew in an organic way bright. hard light to spark its inspired by the mirror halls you as the shoot progressed," Gong says. brilliance, but when it's modeled on typically see in clubs. I was curious to "We started with a simple one-light a person, hling also requires a subtle discover what sort of lighting pattern setup, and just added and moved interplay of highlight and shadow to I could create using their unique lights around until it looked right. ~ create shape, depth, and drama, The refiectiYe properties, H 'Inc shoot took more than five smaller the piece, the more precisely Turns out, the mirror ball's intricate hours---cspccially grueling for the controlled this interplay must be. dappling of shadow and highlight hand model, who spent extended Photographer Mark Gong was faced proved perfect for this subject, periods seated on the floor with her with just such a challenge when he Gong wanted a controUed hands held overhead. illustrated a New York TImes article envirorunent and precise lighting, so For the setup here, Gong used about stackablc rings. The lighting he shot in a ~mall, dark ~tudio, where three Profoto Acute D4 flash heads tool he selected probably wasn't one it was relatively easy to reach out and ($800 each, street), all placed behind you've used-off the dance floor, adjust the position of the mirror ball his hand model. "Playing around and trying new or the model's hands. For light modifiers, he needed the things is always the most interesting The lighting he used here precision of strip lights rather than and fun part of a shoot for me," represented the third of four setups. the broad throw of square softboxes. WWW.POPPHOTO.COM POP PHOTO AUGUST 2009
  29. 29. LORD OF THE RINGS: MarK Gong backlit his model's ringed lingers with a Profata Acute2A 1200 pack (A) that powered twa D4 heads in Proloto slriplighl soflooxes (8). He produced tho halo-like effect on the background with a Profeta AcuteB 600R pack and D4 head Ie). So that he could move freely betwoon lho camera and model without tripping over a PC cord, Gong triggered the strobes with PocketWizard's Plus II wireless transceiver (D). The hardest part of lighting his rings? "It was positioning the mirror halo-like glow. The photographer ball and hands to correctly catch the juiced the strips with a single Profoto light," he responds. ';1 took a ~crics of Acute2R 1200 power pack ($1,780, images while moving the mirror ball street) and the background light with back and forth to see which position a Profoto AcuteB 600R pack (52,600, illuminated the rings best . If 1 had to street). "I like the Profoto Mutes for do it over again, I would use a larger their countless light modifiers, spot- mirror ball , or maybe a second one, on color temperature, and exposure with a fourth 04 dedicated just to it. consistency," he says. It would save time and create more As. is common with pros, most specks of light. I'd also use egg-crate of the equipment Gong used was baffles over the strip lights to cut so Gong mounted nvo of the 1.)45 in borrowed or ri:nted. Even his Nikon down on spill and glare from the narrow 1x4-foot Profoto Striptight 0700 with 105mm £'2 AF DC rimlights. lbe edges of the fingers Softooxes ($397, street). He placed Nikkor lens was on loan from Nikon. ~how a little too much flare." them to the side, aiming them forward To lire the lights wireless!y, Gong And, no, vou won't find a mirror hall to rimlight the back of the model's used a shoe-mount Pockct"Wizard at your toea'! camera store. "J found hands and strike the mirror ball. Plus II transceiver ($160), which mine at a plastics store in downtown For an extra spark, he removed automatically triggered the power New York City," said Gong. "But you each striplight's front diffusion pand packs' built-in PockctWizard receivers. can also find them on Amazon and and inner baffle to expose the strips' "1 like moving to fmd new anglcs- eBay. They range from $20 to 5200, foil·lined interiors. The result was a sometimes on a tripod, sometimes depending on si;r;e and material, and I harder light with a metallic edginess. not- and without PocketVt'izards , the paid about $30 for my 12-incher," 0 ri' The third 04, '>'ith grid, vas set low behind the model and aimed toward the backdrop, where it produced a PC cords can trip me up, " he says. "1 also get frustrated when the cord pops out of a camera's PC socket." To sce mort of Mark Gongs work, ~,maTkmi'On~,f()m. i POP PHOTO AUGUST 2009 'NWW.POPPHOTO.COM
  30. 30. DIGITAL TOOLBOX "ORIGINAL BACK BASICS ELEMENTS EXPLAINED Last month we showed you and, in some specific areas, THERE WAS A DUST how to usc Adobe Photoshop too little contrast. Elements to improve an image by cropping, fixing fI spot on this sensor, and unfortunately it landed right on top of the litde girl's lip. FIXING THIS IMAGE To get rid of thi.s blip, zoom in. contrast, and improving color. Once you've taken 1 requires working with layers. Type the J key to get the Spot The fin'! is always called Healing Brush. Tap the left bracket those first steps, it's time to the Background Layer. Duplicate it key ([) on your keyboard to shrink try some more sophisticated so you can always go back to where your brush circle, and the right you began. Go to Layer> Duplicate bracket key (]) if YOLI need to make it tools. This time, we'll fix an Layer, and click OK. If your image bigger. ¥hen your brush is the right image that has sensor-dust is 16--bit, convert it down to 8-bit to size, dick on the spot you want to spots, washed-out highlights, work with Layers in Elements. remove and watch it disappear. WWW.POPPHOTO.COM P OP PHOTO AUGUST 2009
  31. 31. • .."I.R By Debbie Grossman --.-- POP PHOTO AuGUST 2009 WWW. PO~OTO. COM
  32. 32. DIGITAL TOOLBOX NOW TYPE CTRL + 0 to sec your ",lIole 3 image fit on your screen. Since you want to retain the work you did on this layer but don't want to be wedded to your next fix, duplicate your Background Copy layer using the same method as in Step 1. Then go to Enhance.,. Adjw;t Lighting> ShadowsIHighlights. SHADOW/HIGHLIGHT DEFAULTS to. 4 25% lightening of the shadows. Override this by dialing the Shadow slider down to 0%, and move the Darken Highlights slider to the right unlilthe blue of the sky deepens. Then adjust the shadows by moving the Shadows slider rightward until you get a hint of brightness. Be''ate: Moving both sliders too far creates ugly haloes around subjects. Click OK when you like what you see. MORE BRIGHTNESS .nJ 5 contrast on the child's face will help draw attention. Start by making a Levels Adjustment Layer: Go to Layer ,. Ne-n.' Adjustment Layer ,. Levels, and dick OK, Adjustment Layers affect all the layers below, and you can return to tweak them later. They are also the only way in Elements to use Masks, which allow you to fix just part of your image. El IN THE LEVELS DIALOGUE. m=e the • black and white triangles until the girl's face looks brighter and a little more contrasty. Don't worry if the rest of the photo doc.sn't look so good-we'll get to that soon. Then click OK. THE WHITE RECTANGLE in your Adjustment 7 Layer is your Mask (circled). Elements selects it for you. Type D, then Ctrl + Backspace, fiIHng it with black. Now type B to get the Brush tool, and paint with white on the girl's face. That will reveal the brightness and contrast changes you made in your Adjustment Layer, If you reveal too much, paint 'with black to cover it up. 0 WWN.POPPHOTO.COM pop PHOTO AUGUST 2009
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  36. 36. .Before AfterT I ZIG-ZAG STREAKS I Mat Hayward South Everett, WA The problem: Just when we thought there was no new take on the squiggly portion of San Francisco's (othenvise vel)' straight) l.ombard Street, Mat Hayward sent U~ this clever time exposure, in which the streak of the lit sign on top of a taxi outlines the sinuous switchbacks. A small aperture produced the diffraction stars. We felt , however, that with some more detail in the buildings and the street. we'd gain a better sense of the place. We also thought that the areas of black sky at the top and .It right of the frame were dead space. highlights the same. We cropped f/2.8L II Canon EF lens. Shutter Nor did the composition need quite evel)"",iu:re except the bottom. held open for the duration of taxi that muc.h of the g.lrage doors. descent (87 sec) at fl12, ISO 100. Next time: There's more in the Camer.:a fired hy PockefWiurd What now: There was plenty of picture than the streaking light, !i0 remote trigger to avoid camera shadow information, even in the dig out the buried treasure. shake. Various adjustments made in JPEG, so we pulled up detail there Adobe Lightroom and Photos hop using Curves in Adobe Photoshop Tech info: Tripud-stcadir...-d Canon CS2. Check out Mat's website at CS4, but did our best to keep the EOS-ID Mark III with 16-35mm www.mathaywardphoto.com. WWW.POPPHOTO.COM POP PHOTO AUGUST 2009 "
  37. 37. I STRAIGHT STREAK I Jacob Tebbe Toledo,OH The problem: A very different take on streaming lights, this photo of car headlights on an otherwise ljhis is ~OU r. empty road has an ominous quality-we think that it looks like a poster (or iii creepy movie. ttcd'itri III tI As with OUf other pick. though, there is considerable wasted space, software particularly at the right of the frame. where nothing is happening. This is DFX. And the fix Team had iii bone to pick with the telephone poles and buildings, which bow inward due to perspective distortion. (Not that we're compulsive or anything.) What now: We cropped in considerably from the right side. making the headlight streaks more dominant in the frame. We also cropped down from the 2000 high top to maintain about the same performance aspect ratio, rather than creating a squarish shape. We were careful not filters and to crop out any of the bottom. as we special effects. think the ilIwninated tar strips add to the visual interest. We darkened the sky a bit to add to the unsettling Download a free atmosphere. Finally. we used the Len.~ Correction filter in photos hop 15 day trial , Sfandalone Editing Suite CS4 to straighten out the telephone (Macintosh- and Wlndows- ) @TiffenDfx.com poles. which al~ corrected the and Plug-In Filters for: shape o( the buildings. Next time: Beware dark space " that adds no interest to the photo. Tech info: Tripod-steadied 'Apple Aperture™ , Nikun D60 with 18-55mm '-800-645-2522 ' 'Apple Final Cut Pro. £/3.5-5.6 OX Nikkor len~. Ex.:po.)ure, 30 sec at (/13. ISO 'Adobe After Effects. 800. Color corrections in Adobe 'Avld" Editing Systems Photoshop Elements 6 . 0 The Difference;s "FEN POP PHOTO AUOUST 2009 o 200' Tht Tlfftn (omFI"~. All rl.hb rutrvcd. All rrglstr'N tr, dtml,kllrr owntd by their respullu (olllPlnlu

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