Kids photo comp closing soon

kids54Now that you’ve got your entries to the Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year comp out of the way, there’s a still a few days left to score a subscription to D-Photo with your best kid pics.

Last issue’s competition was taken out by Mark Watson, with this beautiful shot of Zoe in the backyard during spring – if you think you’ve got shots of your kids that are up to snuff send them in.

The competition closes on Monday, June 24 at 5pm, send your submissions to editor@dphoto.co.nz with the subject ‘D-Kids’, along with a title for the image, image details (camera, focal length, aperture, shutter speed, ISO settings) and your contact details – terms and conditions follow.

Beginning with this edition of the regular D-Photo Kids Photo Competition we’ll be featuring the winning images alongside helpful comments from professional guest judges – so if you fancy being reviewer by photographers at the top of their field be sure to enter.

D-Photo photo competition terms and conditions

To enter you must be the photographer of the submitted content and either the ...full story

D-Tech: Multiple Exposures

Title-imageSince the dawn of photography we have had the ability to make in-camera multiple exposures. The creative possibilities include adding texture, adding motion blur, layering a sharp image with an out-of-focus image to creating interesting abstracts, and many more. Digital photography has made the outcome much more controllable. In this article I will describe the new features available in DSLR cameras with the hope of igniting enthusiasm for this classic genre of photography.

I will be describing my experience with the new Canon 5D Mark III — Canon’s first DSLR camera to allow multiple exposures. Other brands that have multiple exposure features include Nikon, Sony Alpha, Fuji’s X-Pro 1 and the Pentax K10D. See if your camera has this functionality; most will be able to shoot up to nine images with the camera working out the exposure for you, or you can opt to work it out yourself (it all depends of how tricky your subject matter is). (more…)

Meet the Image Nation 2013 speakers pt2

© Alexia Sinclair

© Alexia Sinclair

The biggest weekend of the year for the local photographic industry is almost upon us again; this weekend the Advertising and Illustrative Photographers Association’s Image Nation conference launches into its intensive schedule.

Attendant photographers will be in store for two days of back-to-back presentations by some of the industry’s most respected names, both locally and from abroad.

The event runs from Saturday, June 22 to Sunday, June 23, from 9am to around 7pm each day – to ensure you’re head isn’t spinning too frantically on the day we’re going to introduce you to each of the esteemed speakers ahead of time.

Alexia Sinclair

A fine art and commercial photographer and digital artist, Australian Alexia Sinclair produces acclaimed work both held in art collections and museums, and used in top shelf commercial campaigns. Her distinctive style is a bend of skilful digital manipulation and enduring fine art tradition. (more…)

D-Tech: Bounced Flash

Bounce-setupExternal flashes are far more useful than a pop-up in-camera flash. This article explains how these flashes work and how to control and modify the light they make. It’s up to you to experiment to make them part of your photographic repertoire.

Flashes and cameras have become very sophisticated and the best way to get confident with them is to practise. My most favourite model to practise on is a dummy. I can take her into all sorts of lighting situations and experiment with different camera and flash settings. She is patient and doesn’t complain. Find yourself a model like her and start practising before you set your flash on real flesh.

On this occasion I wanted to photograph my model in an interior space and still be able to record the view through the window. (more…)

Meet the Image Nation 2013 speakers pt1

Ingvar Kenne

© Ingvar Kenne

The biggest weekend of the year for the local photographic industry is almost upon us again; next week the Advertising and Illustrative Photographers Association’s Image Nation conference launches into its intensive schedule.

Attendant photographers will be in store for two days of back-to-back presentations by some of the industry’s most respected names, both locally and from abroad.

The event runs from Saturday, June 22 to Sunday, June 23, from 9am to around 7pm each day – to ensure you’re head isn’t spinning too frantically on the day we’re going to introduce you to each of the esteemed speakers ahead of time.

Ingvar Kenne

A Swedish-born editorial, advertising and fine art photographer, Ingvar Kenne currently splits his time between living in Sydney and New York. He has won many prestigious awards and grants, exhibited internationally and has multiple monographs to his name, including the recently published Citizen. (more…)

New Zealand’s first Nikon Ambassadors

Nikon Ambassadors

Andrew Cornaga and Chris McLennan

The Nikon Ambassador programme, in which those at the top of their field are selected to educate and inspire fellow photographers, has spread to New Zealand with two of the country’s top photographers selected to represent the brand.

Sports photographer Andrew Cornaga and adventure and travel photographer Chris McLennan have been chosen as the first New Zealand photographers to take on the role of Nikon Ambassadors.

Selected due to their technical prowess, ability to innovate, and commitment to photography, Cornaga and McLennan will be representing Nikon in a slate of upcoming public appearances, seminars and workshops.

McLennan says it is an honour to be chosen as one of the first ambassadors, he started his career shooting on Nikon gear and returned to it six months ago and says it has been nice to “come home”. (more…)

D-Tech: Fill-in flash on a sunny day with background

setupUsing flash for portraiture is not one of my favourite techniques but there are times on bright sunny days when using flash is the best option. In this article I will describe the techniques used to mix flash with daylight (using a speedlite).

Equipment: Canon 600D, Canon Speedlite (flash), flash modifiers, tripod, note pad, model and time.

The objective is to become confident with on- and off-camera flash. When you are experimenting to find the ‘best look’, don’t make too many changes at once because it’s easy to get mixed up. I suggest using manual exposure control in the camera and either Through The Lens (TTL) or Manual control on the speedlite.
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