Medium format going cheap

H4D_40_side_0If you’ve been feeling the pull of medium format photography but found cost was a barrier, now might be the time to make the leap with Hasselblad offering a significant discount on one of its powerful medium format DSLRs.

Hasselblad’s local distributor CR Kennedy has just announced a significant price reduction on the H5D-40 for a limited time. Those looking to step up into higher end production can pick up the camera, with its 40MP CCD medium format sensor, for almost $10,000 less than usual.

Until June 30, the Hasselblad H5D-40 will be available for $14065 (plus GST), down from the model’s recommended selling price of $23050 (plus GST) – contact Greg Webb, the company’s industrial product manager, for further enquiries.

Something of an entry-level model for the medium format world, the H5D-40 is said to be as easy as a 35mm camera to use while benefiting from the high performance advantages of the Hasselblad system, including the HC/HCD lens line. It features True Focus AF, Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution, and digital lens correction plus comes bundled with the improved Phocus 2.0 ...full story

Win a Tim Hetherington DVD

af049The groundbreaking conflict photography of one of the most celebrated modern photojournalists is explored in the new documentary, Which Way is the Front Line From Here?, and we have three copies to give away to lucky readers.

The death of photojournalist Tim Hetherington in 2011 was a tragedy felt keenly throughout the international photography community, but he left behind a stunning body of work from the world’s battlefields, as revealed in this new documentary by Sebastian Junger.

The film tracks Hetherington’s 10-year career covering the frontline stories in warzones like Liberia and Afghanistan, through to creating his Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo, and his untimely death covering Libya’s civil war.

Madman Entertainment has kindly given us three copies of Way is the Front Line From Here? to give away. In the spirit of Hetherington’s own pioneering work, to win a copy just tell us about an image that has successfully made you stop and think about its underlying message.

It could be a classic bit of conflict photography, a modern World Press winner, or something more subtle like an environmental portrait or provocative landscape. As long as it ...full story

Amateur Photographer of the Year prizes revealed

APotY prizes

New Zealand’s biggest amateur photography competition has expanded again this year, offering the biggest prize pool to date, with a total value of over $14,500.

Sigma and D-Photo, along with category sponsors Vanguard, Hasselblad, GoPro, Epson, SanDisk, Marumi, and Fantail Publishing, are proud to bring this singular opportunity to New Zealand’s amateur photography community.

Without further ado, we present the prizes for this year’s Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition:

Grand prize
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The person named 2014 New Zealand Amateur Photographer of the Year will have the opportunity to put together a dream lens kit with $3000 to put towards any Sigma products they desire.


Packing it in

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Expat commercial photographer Brett Stanley continues his journeys in the US, this time looking at the dreaded art of packing for international travel

Moving to another country is never an easy task, there are so many things to take into consideration, and deciding what to bring is one of the more important.

Clothing and personal items aside, choosing which of my gear and hardware to pack when moving to the United States was hard, for a few reasons. Not having a US visa meant I didn’t really know how long I was going for, so did I want to take everything I owned for what might just turn out as a three-month trip? I could always rent equipment once I got there, but that can get costly, and I’d already paid for my kit, so why shell out again?

The obvious answer was compromise. My plane ticket allowed two 23kg bags, and one would carry clothes. The other was my snowboard, as there was no way I was going to the northern hemisphere in winter without it (though it ...full story

Technique: Shooting autumn colours

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Jackie Ranken gets us ready for the arrival of autumn’s kaleidoscope of colours

Submerge your creative self with colour, texture, patterns, spaces and shapes. As the landscape changes from greens to golds and reds, each transition offers us another opportunity to reinvent or redefine our photography. The more opportunities you take, the better the chance of being in the right place at the right time with the right light.

The aim of the article is to bring you up to speed with your camera craft and offer a few starting points in regards to ideas. I believe no matter what the light is doing, if you have a good idea then you can adapt your shooting techniques and come up with some great shots. Some points to consider:

Gather images together to make a series — there are many times when a series of images is stronger than an image on its own.

Know your camera and practice your camera craft. To be a better photographer you should understand what button to press, when to press it, and be able ...full story

Back to basics: Technical essentials for photographers

Digital imaging expert Hans Weichselbaum takes a look back at the technical essentials every photographer should know

I am OK with JPEGs

“I don’t need RAW files”. You hear this all the time. True, 90 per cent of JPEGs turn out fine, especially if you take care with your exposure settings. But there are three issues here:

  1. JPEGs only have eight bits of information per channel (RAW files have at least 12 bits)
  2. RAW files have a larger exposure latitude
  3.  JPEG means lossy compression

Let’s look at these three points in more detail. You need to remember one thing: JPEGs also start out as RAW files, but the onboard computer has processed them according to your settings (white balance, colour saturation, contrast, sharpening, etc.). If your exposure and light temperature settings were correct (or if the camera’s automatic has made a good enough guess), you will be happy with the JPEGs.


On the other hand, if the shot was underexposed, it will need major corrections in levels or curves. Look at the histogram after fixing a badly exposed ...full story


One of New Zealand’s leading photographer’s, Mike Langford, offers simple tips to improve D-Photo reader’s photos. If you would like to submit your image for consideration send it to with the subject ‘Critique’.

Nevis Crib

Nevis Crib A


The slightly flat overcast light is perfect for a subject like this Central Otago crib. As is the use of the wide-angle lens, which allows us to see where the crib lives in the landscape. Unfortunately all the light values in this shot are equal and the foreground is particularly uninteresting. By cropping into the foreground and highlighting the faint track that runs from the right-hand side in towards the crib, we can create a lead line to the subject.

In addition to this I have darkened down both the foreground and the background and lightened the crib so that it becomes the obvious place for the eye to settle. This creates a more three-dimensional light effect that makes the shot much more rounded and alive.

Nevis Crib B


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