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D-Photo No 91 August-September 2019

D-Photo is New Zealand’s No.1 digital photography magazine helping Kiwis get to grips with their cameras and use them more creatively. By providing quality how-to features, product reviews, and inspirational pictures, the magazine gives its loyal and ever-increasing subscriber base the information and confidence they need to embrace digital camera technology and make photography a part of their everyday lives. Enjoy the stunning work from talented New Zealand photographers and see the New Zealand landscape and people in a way no one else can in each and every issue.

New Zealand
Parkside Media
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
welcome to the party

This issue marks D-Photo’s 15th anniversary. When you hit a milestone like that, it can often feel unbelievable, as though time has moved along faster than it should. On reflection, these past 15 years have seen massive transformations and innovations in the field of photography, to the point at which many aspects of the industry are barely recognizable from our first issue back in 2004. It is no coincidence that D-Photo came along when it did. In 2004, digital photography was just poised to overtake film, the new technology had given birth to a whole new category of powerful and affordable compact cameras, and photography in general had become a more accessible art form. Our publisher, Parkside Media, felt these waves of change. Its hi-fi magazine at the time, Tone, had so…

4 min
photo news desk

D-PHOTO PRESENTS AWARD As a category sponsor in the 2019 Iris Awards, D-Photo was proud to present the award for top student photographer to Timothy Lomax at a black tie gala in Wellington. Hosted by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP), the Iris Awards celebrates excellence in professional — and, in this case, up-and-coming professional—photography. Head to page 92 for a gallery of all this year’s winners. NEW VIDEO STAR Panasonic has lifted the curtain on its much-anticipated full-frame mirrorless model, designed with professional video recording in mind. When the Panasonic Lumix S1H hits the shelves, it will be the first interchangeable-lens-system camera to offer video recording in 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio) or 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio), as well as the first full-frame mirrorless to shoot 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K footage. The camera is…

4 min
industry insider: gerard emery

D-Photo: For those who don’t know, what role do you play in the industry? Gerard Emery: I am the managing director of CR Kennedy (CRK) and have been in this seat for 14 years. We import and distribute a wide range of products in different industries and represent some top brands of photographic products. I am also the chairman of the Photographic Industry Association (PIA), and work on ways to grow and support the local industry. What are the biggest changes the industry is currently dealing with? The biggest change the industry is going through is fraudulent parallel imports — ones that are coming in undervalued to try and bypass GST. This is squeezing the lifeblood from the industry and the retailers, and leaving consumers vulnerable, with no recourse in the case of faulty…

5 min
alpine glow

Breathtaking images of the world’s highest peaks have always been an impressive photography feat, but, as the years pass, it is increasingly difficult to discover new ways of representing these earthen giants. However, it has taken photographer Yan Zhang just a short span to learn both the craft of photography and the perilous ways of mountaineering to offer a unique perspective on our craggy land. Based in Sydney, Yan taught himself photography 12 years ago, trying a variety of genres until he settled into landscape, which aligned nicely with his periodic hikes in the Blue Mountains. Inspired by Australian photographer Kah Kit Yoong, Yan attended Yoong’s photography workshop in Aoraki/Mount Cook National Park in 2011. This was the first time that he had been to the region and he was truly…

7 min
15 years of d-photo

August–September 2004 — D-Photo Issue No. 1 The early 2000s was a time when compact cameras were king, camcorders were something that people were still interested in, and the most advanced camera phone on the market was one from Casio Computer with 3.2MP. The first issue of D-Photo pits a crop of compacts against one another, with the 3MP, 3x optical zoom Pentax Optio 30 coming out on top. Looking ahead, there is a Fujifilm Finepix F610 on the way, boasting an amazing 6.3MP for just $1199. August–September 2005 — D-Photo Issue No. 7 One year on, and new DSLRs are the talk of the town. This issue sees Nikon drop a pair of 6.1MP models: the D70s and D50. The Nikon D70s wins out over its similar brother and the Canon 350D, which…

7 min
reflecting on 15 years with two top camera brands

SONY D-Photo: Where was Sony 15 years ago, and what was its flagship product at the time? Jun Yoon: Back in 2004, we released 12 Cyber-Shot compact cameras, all with sensors in the 4–7MP range. This was pretty impressive for the time, given that the first Cyber-Shot camera, released back in ’96, had a 0.3MP sensor. The flagship model was the DSC-F88, which had a 3x Zeiss lens that swivelled so you could take a selfie. We called them ‘self-portraits’ back then, if you can imagine that. Of course, that was the year that Konica Minolta launched the Alpha 7 Digital, the predecessor of Sony’s Alpha range of cameras. What are some of the major developments Sony has had since then? A lot has happened since then. We purchased Minolta’s camera business more than…