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ct digital photography magazine by alex koloskov
ct Digital Photography Magazine by Alex Koloskov

I do not read much magazines these days, you know…  And if I read something, it is usually not about photography.
There is a reason for this:  I’ve found (it was about 5 years ago) that unfortunately there are almost no photography-related magazines exist which I can read without getting over tons of advertisements and craigslist-like listing, and it is about 50% of entire magazine filled with it.  Go to a book store and open any of  of the magazines with word “photography” on a cover and you’ll see what I am talking about.

I simply can’t tolerate when publisher want me “eat”  Ads and “for sale” listing for my own money! BTW, that was one of the reason why I’ve disconnected my TV from a cable long time ago: I couldn’t watch anything because of  repeated stupid ads every 5 minutes… and they wanted my money for such crap.

Why I am writing about this? Here is the story:

Few weeks ago I’ve got an email from one of the guys from c’t Digital Photography Magazine, he asked me to take a look at few issues he is going to send me if I am fine with it. In return, he wanted to hear my my opinion.
Skeptically, but I’ve agreed: why not? I have not seen this magazine before and was curious.

I was surprised: it appears that I’ve got pretty interesting reading:-)

First of all, there is no advertisement inside. I mean I did not notice it:-) It might be that some of the articles or images are AD-placed, but I couldn’t recognize them immediately.

What I really liked is that every article is deep and detailed. You know how much technically oriented I am, and I was pleased to find that magazine editors think the same.

The magazine has 128 pages, and because there is no “craigslist” in it and almost no AD there is plenty of room for long reviews, gear test and other interesting stuff. HDR, lens reviews (with image examples and 100% crops), HDSLR, etc. What I also likeed that they oriented on enthusiast and professional photographer, not only for beginners. For example, on a manual lens review (for DSLR) they have compared Lecia, Zeiss, Shneider lenses along with current  Canon and Nikon ones. All of them can be used on canon or Nikon cameras (via adapter), and it was interesting to see how good-old-German ones can compete with the current mid-level Canon and Nikon lenses.

Truly, I’ve enjoyed it.
As a bonus, every issue comes with DVD full of images from the tests, software, plugins for Photoshop and other useful stuff.

BTW, if you think they have paid me for this post, you are wrong: the only  bribe I’ve received is four issues for 2010 year. Not much for a “prepaid” post, if you ask me:-)

 

Now, let me talk about the illustration for this article, the image you’ve seen on top.

I’ve took this photo using my charismatic Cambo Ultima view camera, and I hope you’ve noticed unusual focus on the image: the spread of magazines all in focus, while any other non-flat object are blurred. This is what happens when you tilt the lens :-) Look at the lighting setup and camera position below:

Studio view camera with “selective” focus

Alex-koloskov-photography-class-shooting-setup1
Alex-koloskov-photography-class-shooting-setup1

The only working ligth sources was stripbox on top and spot behind the composition. The one under the table was a legacy from a previous shot:-)

Schneider 120mm HM macro lens is tilted:

Alex koloskov photography class tilt of cambo view camera
Alex koloskov photography class tilt of cambo view camera

Must say that at such big tilt angle image quality suffered a bit. but it was a good trade-off the the focus whihc goes in parallel with the shooting table. More about view camera capabilities can be found here: Exploring tilt and swing of a view camera with 35mm DSLR

All the best!

Alex

P.S  Another magazine i enjoy looking (there is nothing to read in there) is ‘”Archive”   (Luerzer’s Archive). Great source of inspiration, take a look  if you have not seen it yet!

6 Responses on The great magazine for a photographer: meet c't Digital Photography!"

  1. Amai says:

    Your ability to explain very tech stuff simply is a gift.
    Your passion and angst against advertising is a shared one too, blood almost curdles at the waste of time and space for me.
    I started in 1 other site about a day ago and am now here and am captivated by your opinions
    Thanks

  2. Frank says:

    Alex, I used to read every issue of c’t when I was living in Germany. It used to be the most reputable computer magazine around and probably still is (can’t get it in the US at the news stands). Over the years I was happy if I understood 5% of the articles. If they to digital imaging, it’s almost guaranteed they’ll do it well.

  3. Jochen says:

    Hey,

    i’m a bit proud that you recommend the c’t. The c’t is one of Germanys best tech-magazines, and its produced in my hometown: Hannover, Germany. ;)

  4. Kendrick says:

    I feel the same way about tv. How is this magazine going to survive if they don’t have ads?

  5. Sylvia Borgo says:

    thanks so much for this recommendation! I’m going to check out this magazine for sure!

  6. Anatoli says:

    Alex,
    The spoon in cup of tea remembered to me a joke about soviet spy in London :) …but as I know, he was drinking tea without protection glasses :)
    From what angle does it noticeably begin to degrade image quality?

    Anatoli

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