Behind The Scenes – Digital Photo Pro

Behind The Scenes – Digital Photo Pro |

Schematics of the autofocus system in the Canon EOS 5D Mark II illustrate the complicated internal mechanisms that Live View video must work with. Because Live View mode only works with the AF mirror locked in the up position, phase-detection autofocus isn’t a possibility.

There’s still a lot of mystery surrounding exactly how still cameras capture video. This is, in part, because manufacturers like to hold new technologies close to their chests and, in part, because there are still a variety of challenges that manufacturers have to overcome. This doesn’t suggest that video from a DSLR is subpar, by any means. Visually stunning videos taken by still cameras are created almost daily, and the benefits to photographers of having a video-capable camera have been discussed at length in the pages of Digital Photo Pro and elsewhere. The quality of the high-definition video coming from these cameras has even turned the heads of professional cinematographers, most recently with the season finale of the popular NBC show House M.D. shot on the Canon EOS 5D Mark II.


About Farah Mahbub

Farah Mahbub was born and brought up in Karachi. She attained her bachelor’s degree in fine art, literature and psychology. Being primarily self-taught, she has been working as a professional photographer since 1988. Her photographic journey has taken its course through exploration of various genres, ranging from fine art, commercial, architectural and landscape photography. However for her, personal self-expression is best conveyed through fine art photography, which she continues to explore and dedicate her abilities to. Working formerly in analogue, her present work now is primarily in the digital format. As a practicing artist, Farah’s work has been exhibited in both local and international exhibitions including the 11th Asian Art Biennale in Bangladesh and the Mohatta Palace Museum in Pakistan. Her work has also been published in multiple books most notably Journeys of the Spirit: Pakistan Art in the New Millenium. Farah joined the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in 1997 as a faculty member, where she has been ever since. Under her tenure, photography has evolved from a single class into an undergraduate minor spanning the Communication Design and Fine Art and Interior Design departments. Farah recently had her fifth solo show "Baraka Silsila-e-Nisbat" with an accompanying monograph. View all posts by Farah Mahbub

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