On tour in Cambodia, Indonesia, and Laos with a tilt-shift

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Leading professional photographer Jackie Ranken looks at bringing a new perspective to your travel photography with a tilt-shift lens

On our recent trip to Asia, I packed a Canon 24mm tilt-shift lens into my camera bag, because I wanted to experiment and find new ways of ‘seeing’. The lens, which actually belongs to my husband Mike, is over 25 years old and still going fine. It had been sitting in the cupboard quietly waiting to be rediscovered, and, having used it, I now want my own 24mm TS-E Mark II. In this article, I describe why and outline the ideas, techniques, and editing options I chose to use to create the final expression of the image in print — because a file is not a photograph until it is printed. (more…)

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Shooting Dark Matter: the artists behind the exhibition


Rebecca Evans

If you’re interested in experiencing a photographic experience like you may not have before, we suggest you get along to Dark Matter, which opens at Whangarei’s The Shutter Room on July 31.

The exhibition experiments with print manipulation, 3D collage, as well as moving image and showcases the work of three artists: Megan Bowers-Vette, Rebecca Evans, and Jade Morgan. Combining the three photographers’ interests, the showcase will include elements of fashion, environmental activism, architecture, cars, and cats. Themes explored focus on the possibility that ‘something in the metaphysical existence of life has gone ultimately wrong’, as well as themes of darkness and fear. We found out more about each photographer’s background and bring you a sample of what you’re likely to experience at the exhibition. (more…)

More than just audio at SAE Institute

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It’s always wonderful to hear about the increasing opportunities for up and coming photographers and film-makers in terms of education and support, and hearing the news that SAE Institute in Auckland is now running a new film degree was thrilling. (more…)

Capturing the beauty of big cats: Steve Winter

With only a couple of weeks to go until award-winning National Geographic photographer Steve Winter brings his talk, My Nine Lives, to Auckland and Wellington, we asked a few questions about his journey into many dangerous situations to photograph the planet’s big cats.
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Steve Winter 


D-Photo: How long have you been photographing wildlife?

Steve Winter: From the age of eight I had wanted to be a National Geographic photographer. I began as a photojournalist supplying photos to publications like Time, Business Week, Fortune, and der Spiegel. I didn’t, however, take my first professional photo of an animal until I was 34 years old.


Behind the scenes with the judges of 2015 Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year


2015 winning image: Hilary Lakeman

The 2015 Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year awards are announced in the issue of D-Photo in stores from July 20. Congratulations to all of this year’s winners. As you will soon see by the quality of the winners, it was not an easy task for our judging panel to select their top three picks per category. We talk to judges Terry Cockfield, Charles Howell, and Bianca Duimel about their experience on this year’s judging panel and let you know a little bit more about them. (more…)

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