Nikon has thrown a curve ball with the D800, aimed at the serious shooter. Slotting mid-range in their pro line-up it stands out for its whopping 36.3 megapixels, high video specs and reasonable price. If there was a DSLR pixel race going on this camera would win hands-down since no other on the market comes close to offering this amount, not even Nikon’s new top-end D4.
Lighter and ever so slightly smaller than the D700, the D800’s body is (more…)
Probably one of the most varied exhibitions in this year’s line-up, In Spite of Ourselves is a sprawling two-gallery group exhibition looking at documentary photography in all its various iterations (with a few decidedly non-documentary pieces thrown in for good measure).
The result of a three-way collaborative design, the exhibited works have been selected and assembled by three different curators – Fiona Amundsen, Dieneke Jansen and Vera Mey. Each of the photographers has brought their own ideas to bear in the work on display but none has contributed photography their own.
The result is an eclectic mix of practices that crosses nations, generations and disciplines. When you first walk in to the exhibition, at AUT’s St Paul St Gallery, the discordant visual raucous can appear a little illogical and intimidating – but a slow and considered trail through both gallery one and two reveals a fascinating rational thread.
For context, the exhibition begins with work from some of the genre’s stalwarts, including Ans Westra, Darcy Lange and David Cook. From there the works progress into fresh ...full story
Canon’s newest camera, the EOS 5D Mark III, has been highly anticipated for about a year now and though it is not the game changing camera the 5D Mark II was — I doubt that any camera will ever match what the MK II did to the photography/video industry — this latest model has quite a few excellent features that make it worth upgrading to. However, there are a few features that made me wonder why they bothered adding them to the camera.
The first thing I noticed when pulling the 5D MK III out of the box was how much more sealed the camera is compared to the MK II. I shoot mostly outdoor adventure sports and really expose my gear to all sorts of different elements and though I have never had an issue with the 5D MK II, just knowing the MK III is even better sealed is a relief.
The next thing I noticed were (more…)
With exhibitions popping up everywhere you turn, The Auckland Festival of Photography delivers hundreds of opportunities to discover brand new talents right to the city’s doorstep. One of my favourite new introductions this year has been Solomon Mortimer.
For Samoa 2012 is an important year, marking the 50th anniversary of the country’s independence. This is reflected in this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography with the Bounty Bars and Coconut Roughs group exhibition.
Four emerging artists of the Samoan diaspora have come together to look at Samoan identity as it has transformed across land and time. Brought together in Auckland’s downtown Reef gallery, together the works add up to an exhibition as diverse and vibrant as the culture it examines. (more…)
The industry’s biggest weekend of the year approaches fast; the Advertising and Illustrative Photographers Association’s Image Nation conference kicks off on Saturday, June 23.
So you’re well prepared for the busy two-day event D-Photo brings you a brief introduction to the twelve speakers slated for the event.
The following speakers will be delivering presentations on day two, Sunday, June 24:
A local advertising photographer, Harding has spent 15 years building up an impressive client base including the likes of Vodafone, ANZ, Air New Zealand and Qantas as well as working closely with Nikon for over a decade.
Specialising in portraiture and location photography, Harding’s photography has taken him to London, New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Columbia and Singapore. He is currently working on a book of over 250 New Zealand music-related portraits. (more…)
This Samyang lens and I didn’t get off to a good start for the simple fact it was fiddly to mount. There is no magic dot on the lens barrel to match with the camera body for easy mounting and once it was correctly aligned it was stiff to attach and because of its positioning, hard not to inadvertently adjust the aperture ring.
The lens I trialled had a Nikon mount and I used it with a Nikon D5100 camera body, non-full frame, APS-C format. After mounting the lens the camera monitor instantly flashed a sign advising the lens could only be used in manual mode. Not a problem, except there was (more…)