The cost of loving: Robin Hammond

portfolioitem_9570Robin Hammond, Getty Images Grant Recipient 2014

New Zealand photojournalist Robin Hammond has been reaping much global attention for his daring projects shedding light on human rights abuses in some of the world’s most conflicted regions. He has been the recipient of the W Eugene Smith Fund for Humanistic Photography, the Carmignac Gestion Photojournalism Award, World Press Photo prize-winner, and now adds a 2014 Getty Images Creative Grant to his impressive resumé.

The Getty Creative grants are issued to support non-profit organisations with limited funding to contract a photographer and communications professional to help spread its message. Hammond receives this year’s grant to go towards his new project, Love in a Time of Persecution, which will illuminate the plight of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in Africa who are routinely threatened with the death penalty, prison and ‘corrective rape’ if not already forced into hiding.

Hammond will work with The International Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission and the Bring Me Joy communications agency to raise awareness of these injustices through a social media campaign based around Hammond’s imagery and stories ...full story

Need for speed

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Travel photographer Andy Belcher examines the tools necessary for crafting one of his first successful motorcycle images

In 1979 I met a young lady who jumped out of perfectly good aeroplanes and rode her own motorcycle. We got married and enjoyed many adventures together. At the time I had never ridden a motorcycle, but always had a secret desire to try. We bought a little 185cc trail bike and rode it two-up, wearing silly-looking nylon suits. We progressed to a 500cc V-twin, which we rode half way around Australia. Since then I have ridden over 200,000 kilometers on two wheels, including six trips around Aotearoa. I now own one of the best touring machines, a Honda ST1300 V-four.  (more…)

Retouching a nerve: Kelvin Gilbert

Self promotional work to gain clients in the advertising industr

Photographers familiar with the world of advertising will know what an achievement it is to be featured in the international Lürzer’s Archive 200 Best Ad Photographers Worldwide; this special publication goes out to thousands of influential art directors around the globe. Acknowledging the huge advances in CGI within the industry, the publication also recently began to publish a new special, dedicated to the 200 Best Digital Artists Worldwide – and local photographer Kelvin Gilbert now counts himself amongst that number.

A photography school graduate from Palmerston North’s Universal College of Learning, Kelvin has gone on to win accolades locally and internationally for his creatively distinctive imagery, including being named New Zealand’s Illustrative Photographer of the Year 2013. He now adds having two images published in the Lürzer’s Archive‘s 200 Best Digital Artists worldwide 15/16 special to his impressive resume. Kelvin chats to D-Photo about the win:

D-Photo: How did you come to enter 200 Best Digital Artists Worldwide competition?

Kelvin Gilbert: Earlier in the year I was featured in Production ...full story

Layer blending modes

01 - Blending Modes MenuDigital editing expert Hans Weichselbaum brings us the first half of an in-depth look at blending modes

Everybody working in Photoshop will be familiar with layers. After all, they’re one of the many assets of this program, but very few users take advantage of the layer blending modes. In general, there is more than one way to achieve a certain outcome in Photoshop, but quite often a simple change in blending mode, perhaps in combination with a layer mask, can get you there quicker and with less effort.

Here, I run through most of the available blending modes, with a short description of what each does. In a follow-on article next issue I will show you how to make use of blending modes in your day-to-day photography. Editing programs other than Photoshop (Corel PaintShop Pro and Photoshop Elements, for example) also use layers and blending modes.

Perched near the upper-left corner of the Layers panel you will find the pop-up menu for blending modes with a long list of choices.

Open an image, duplicate the layer, ...full story

Iris stars: Catherine Cattanach

Portrait Classic

This year’s Iris Awards were rather a big deal for Wellington photographer Catherine Cattanach. Not only did she top the competition’s category dedicated to classic portraiture, but the above image also won her the Highest Scoring Entry honour. The powerful photograph reduced many in the judging room to tears, scored a full 100 points from three of the five judges, and landed on a record-setting total of 99. So it naturally had to be the first subject in our serious of in-depth looks at successful individual images from the 2014 Iris Professional Photography Awards.

D-Photo: What was your aim in making the image?

Catherine Cattanach: I think I hardly need to say that my model is an incredible woman. She is my hero, and my aim was to show her strength. I wanted to communicate that while cancer is a serious and feared disease, it’s not the end of dignity or of femininity. Women are not defined by their breasts.

As one of the judges commented, the photograph presents everything so that the viewer has to accept it, because she has accepted it. ...full story

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