Re­becca Frog­ley


New Zealand D-Photo - - CONTENTS -

If there is any­thing pho­tog­ra­phers can agree on, it’s that we are ob­sessed with qual­ity. Ad­mit­tedly, though, it’s some of us more than oth­ers. Nat­u­rally, that’s where the term ‘pixel peep­ers’ gets thrown in. Typ­i­cally tak­ing on a deroga­tory tone, the slan­glish refers to im­age-qual­ity en­thu­si­asts who view an im­age at 100 per cent or greater in or­der to ex­am­ine pix­els in minute de­tail, os­ten­si­bly with the in­tent of look­ing for pixel-level de­fects smaller than the naked eye can see. And, they’ve never had more to talk about: the num­ber of megapix­els in imag­ing sen­sors con­tin­ues to in­crease steadily, mak­ing the most of the great glass that’s been around for decades and re­sult­ing in huge pres­sures for dis­plays to meet their high stan­dards. With Nikon’s new-re­lease D850 join­ing the ranks of the Canon 5DS and Sony’s mir­ror­less favourite, the A7R II, there’s no doubt­ing that there’s some se­ri­ous pres­sure on the rest of the tech world to catch up. Though their en­thu­si­asm abounds, it’s more likely that it’s their base­line scep­ti­cism that gives them a bad rap — given we’re hardly at the mercy of scrupu­lous cam­era man­u­fac­tur­ers drag­ging their feet on the in­no­va­tion front. Be­ing ever the critic of the cur­rent con­sumer of­fer­ing, and of­ten the loud­est in the room, the pixel peeper is of­ten thought of as the low­est class of pho­tog­ra­phers — that is, all talk and no ac­tion, proud and un­pro­duc­tive, with all test shots and not a sin­gle mas­ter­piece. But while they’re get­ting a bad rap, there’s no ques­tion that th­ese gear­heads are do­ing us a favour by walk­ing us through wor­thy buys and the not-so-worth-it ones. They help us out ev­ery now and then, too; show­ing us the beauty of what creamy bokeh looks like, talk­ing us through how to track and stack, and of­fer­ing up aper­ture ad­vice. So, be a gear­head, too, but, while you’re at it, keep the mis-fo­cused shots and for­get about the grain. Hell, even shoot on your iPhone ev­ery now and then — be­cause whether 50kb or 50mb, an im­age is an im­age — and there’s noth­ing more of a con­tra­dic­tion than a pho­tog­ra­pher who is short on shots. See you out shoot­ing,

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