Mark Wallace on sync speed

In the latest issue of D-Photo (issue 50, on sale now) our resident off-camera flash expert Rory Laubscher walks us through the high-speed sync basics – to get the most out of the lesson, however, requires knowledge of how a camera’s shutter works.

Rory does a fantastic job of explaining the foundations but for those of you who are more visual learners, he points to the follwoing extremely helpful video by Mark Wallace of Digital Photography 1 on 1: (more…)

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D-Photo 50th giveaway Ts&Cs

Make sure you enter our enormous 50th issue giveaway and be in to win a share of thousands of dollars worth of prizes to celebrate 50 wonderful issues of D-Photo! (more…)

Learn from the masters of travel photography

Next week eager photographers will have the exciting opportunity to learn from a handful of the country’s most successful travel photographers in an evening of talks in Auckland.

Hosted by Travcom, New Zealand’s travel communicator’s association, the event sees magazine photographer Tessa Chrisp, commercial photographer Leon Rose and consultant and publisher Tim Steele sharing their expertise on Monday, September 17.

Chrisp is a freelance photographer contributing to many of New Zealand’s best-known magazines, including NZ Life & Leisure, AA Directions and North & South.

She was also named Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year 2011 in Travcom’s annual awards programme; click here for D-Photo’s interview with the photographer following her win.

Rose is an Auckland-based commercial photographer who specialises in beautiful landscape imagery for clients in the automotive, travel and tourism industries throughout the Pacific region. (more…)

Manfrotto Midi-36, Mini-24 and Pocket-12 Led Lights

These LED lights aimed at entry-level photographers and movie making enthusiasts are a handy tool to assist anyone videoing or lighting objects within close range.

Light and portable, they run on AAA batteries. Enclosed inside sturdy plastic rectangle casing, they can be handheld and, because of their flat moulding, stand freely. The lights can be mounted on a stand, tripod or a camera hot shoe via its quarter-inch thread and have the ability to stack together to make a bigger unit. (more…)

Peeking in on North Korea

In D-Photo issue 50 (on sale September 17) we talk to travel photographer Karim Sahai about his journeys in one of the most reclusive nations on the planet – now you can see the results in person thanks to an exhibiting in Wellington.

Sahai’s Lens on North Korea exhibition is open now until September 16 at Courtney Place’s St James Theatre Gallery, comprising a series of large prints captured after the photographer spent years applying for permission to shoot in the country.

“Beyond the Korean and western propaganda, I wanted to find out if it was possible to catch glimpses of normalcy, slivers of daily life, while being under the heavy restrictions that were going to be imposed on me while visiting this out-of-bounds country,” says Sahai.

“What I discovered was a mind-boggling surreality intertwined with aspects of life which I never expected to relate to.”

If you can’t make it to the exhibition don’t fret, you can still see Sahai’s captivating images, along with some intriguing insights from the photographer about shooting in such a closed off society, in the forthcoming issue of D-Photo.

Assistant Bootcamp: Sunday

This Sunday Kingsize Studios in Auckland will be holding its last Assistant Bootcamp of the year, to whip potential still photography assistants into shape.

Running from 8am to 12pm on Sunday, September 9, the event will serve as a foundation workshop covering gear basics, combining gear, specialist gear and situations, studio and location work and common professional practice.

Luke White at Kingsize says the boot camp is designed for students, graduates or people starting out in the industry to get a good start in commercial photography assisting.

“It is a practical course and we will also cover safety on set, getting work and other essential topics all photography assistants need to know.”

Current assistants looking to up-skill along with photographers, enthusiasts and anyone with a basic knowledge of camera and lighting technique are also welcome to attend.

Those attending are urged to wear sensible clothing and closed toe shoes and bring a notebook; coffee and refreshments will be provided and while DSLR support will be discussed specific techniques are note part of the event’s scope. (more…)

Nikon expands Coolpix capabilities

Nikon has released a slate of new Coolpix compacts, including a new flagship model and several quirky models pushing the boundaries of the traditional point-and-shoot concept.

Among the new Coolpix fleet are the top-tier P7700 and two new entries into the stylish Coolpix S series.

The Coolpix P7700 has the ‘prosumer’ market dead in its sights with a powerful 1/1.7-inch 12.2 megapixel backside illuminated CMOS sensor, 7.1x zoom lens with a maximum aperture of f/2.0 and full manual controls for stills and HD video.

Along with its impressive imaging credentials, the new flagship also boasts a slick 3-inch vari-angle LCD monitor, with a wide-viewing-angle and 921,000-dot resolution, and is compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System for controlling master and remote flash units.

The Nikon Coolpix P7700 retails for $739 and will be released mid-October.

Two distinctly different models make their debut in the company’s designer S Series of compacts, including a compact with the Android operating system built in and the smallest, lightest digital camera in Nikon’s history.

The Coolpix S800c Android, as the name suggests, marries the app-oriented operating system of Android smartphones with the ...full story