Shooting The Sexy Natalia Dinis

Professional model Miss Natalia Dinis is the perfect model for yours truly to try the resolving power of the Nikon D800. I was tempted to use a sharp prime lens for her shoot but the Nikkor 24-85mm is more than adequate to capture portraiture details-which still revealed her minor skin blemishes. I have read photographers bemoan spending much time retouching with the 36 MP images of the D800 when using the ultra sharp Nikkor 85mm f1.4 AF-S lens with optimum settings. Sometimes too much sharpness and too many pixels can be unflattering in portraiture, hence, the existence of soft focus lenses and filters of film yore. But shooting large group shots is another story. Thanks to Digital Headquarters Studio for organizing this on-location shoot and muchas gracias, Natalia.

GEAR TALK: New Nikon D800 & D3200 DSLRs

August is a busy month for yours truly testing Nikon's latest innovative DSLR offerings: the 36 MP Nikon D800 FX and the 24 MP Nikon D3200 DX. Both DSLR represent the advent of high resolution cameras that will challenge medium format cameras in the very near future (just a few years back 16 MP was medium format territory, thus, any hi-res DSLR will steal sales). Columbia Digital Star Corp. was able to loan me the D3200 for review as I bought the D800 for studio use. Both bodies will demand only the newest and sharpest f/1.4 to f/2.8 AF-S Nikkor lenses to match their high density sensors. And both cams will demand from any photographer perfect shooting and focusing techniques. Let the megapixel war escalate! Kudos Nikon! Will post some sample shots sooner.