Iris Stars: Andy Brown

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Christchurch wedding photographer Andy Brown is our next Iris Star, nominated by Clinton Lloyd to discuss this image from  the Wedding Creative category, which won a Bronze award though Clinton reckons it should have scored even higher.

Known for his emphasis on authenticity in wedding photography, Andy tells D-Photo about putting together this inventive shot, the idea for which he’d been toying for some time:

D-Photo: Can you tell us a little bit about the wedding this was shot for? Whose was it, where was it, and how did it all go?

This was from Grace and Ben’s wedding down at Longbeach Estate near Ashburton.It was certainly a highlight wedding for me, we had beautiful light to work with, the location oozed with rustic character, and Grace and Ben were a lot of fun to photograph.

The rustic building in the shot is wonderful – was that part of the wedding, or somewhere you took the couple specifically for the shot?

Yeah the whole area down there was really well suited for their wedding and the style they wanted to portray. ...full story

Reatha Kenny: Save our Soup


New Zealand’s only dedicated film lab, Wellington’s Film Soup, has run into a spot of difficulty; its long-serving processing machine (above, named Marvin after the woebegone robot from the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy books) is in need of repairs. Fuelled solely by the passion and enthusiasm of owner and photographer Reatha Kenny, the business has turned to crowd-funding to help raise the money needed to get the machinery humming again.

Testament to the zeal and altruism of the film photography community, the Kickstarter project reached it’s initial funding goal of $1200 within hours of launching. Now Reatha is hoping to raise enough money from the campaign to outfit the business with equipment to really keep the lab humming.

D-Photo: How long has Film Soup been running?

Reatha Kenny: I started Film Soup two-and-a-half years ago. Originally I started developing C-41 for myself as I wasn’t happy with the quality of processing I was getting and I wanted more control over my own work. At the time I had no intention of starting a lab. When Marvin arrived he ...full story

Deadline for Freedom to Love photography competition approaching


Paulo Patrizi — previous Accademia Apulia competition winner

Freedom to Love is the 2014 worldwide photography competition organized by Accademia Apulia with the help of The Royal Photographic Society, and entries close December 7, 2014. The competitions sets out to convey a window of hope for people who are negatively affected by discrimination and to raise awareness about the violence and the misery caused by hate crime.

Angelo Iudice, chairman of Accademia Aoulia, says, “In our world today, east and west, in small towns and in big cities, in developing countries and powerful economies, there are countless examples of discrimination-fueled violence, and even death. It is for this reason that we decided to open our awards worldwide.”


Paulo Patrizi

The Royal Photographic Society has previously worked with Accademia Apulia UK before over the years. Michael Pritchard, director general of The Royal Photographic Society, says supporting photographers and photography in general is a major aim.

“The society’s involvement is about promoting photography and providing an exciting opportunity for photographers, and ultimately showing the wider ...full story

Photography fundamentals underpin digital art


The idea of covering your dining room table with fish to capture a shot is a level of dedication that a special type of photographer will go to. But it’s exactly what Richard Wood did to capture the above shot from his 2014 New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year portfolio.

In the latest issue of D-Photo, we talk to Wood about his ability to produce images that come out as works of illustrational art. But his process is not without its critics due to the way Wood embraces digital post-production techniques.  He says it saddens him when people don’t appreciate the fundamental photographic skills underpinning his work, but he knows the level of detail and technique that have gone into the shot.

“I’ve provided before and after images of some of my shots, and you can see the image looks as if it’s painted on the back of the camera,” Wood says. “It’s purely how you light it that well, and light it spectacularly.”

Wood will be sharing his knowledge and techniques about studio and on-the-run lighting in his full-day ...full story

Get your submissions in now for DIY photo exhibition


Next week submission close for a local guerilla photography exhibition offering photographers of all stripes the chance to have work displayed in a unique show.

Privateering Light is a photographic event conceived by the students of the Southern Institute of Technology’s photography course to give any photographer, designer or creative the chance to exhibit work to be ‘stolen’ by those who attend the show in Queenstown on November 22.

The emphasis is on lo-fi, cheap accessibility, so photographers are encouraged to print up to three images as affordably as possible – think crudely photocopied zines sneakily produced on  the workplace copier – on A3 paper and send them to:

Privateering Light
67 Erskine Street
Lake Hayes Estate
Queenstown 9304
New Zealand

Each print should also have a message written on the back, along with your name, website and email address. They must be received by November 21.

The images will be plastered to the wall for the exhibition night, and those attending the opening are welcome to rip their favourite down to take home with them at the end of the ...full story

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