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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Prizes revealed: Nature category

This year’s Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition is out biggest to date, not only do we have more categories than ever before but, thanks to the generosity of our sponsors, we are also offering our largest prize pool to date – totalling over $13,000.

With much gratitude to Joby we today unveil fantastic prizes up for grabs in this year’s Nature category:

First place: Joby GorillaPod Focus with ball head and SanDisk Extreme Pro 32GB SDHC memory card, worth $498.

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Golden age: Emma Hughes

D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog looks at interesting photographers doing interesting things – Waiheke Island wedding photographer Emma Hughes talks with us about her new exhibition, Super (part of the Auckland Festival of Photography), which looks in on the island’s lively older community.

D-Photo: Can you please briefly describe your Super exhibition? 

Emma Hughes: Super is an exhibition showcasing Waiheke Island’s 70+ community.  It features black and white studio portraits capturing the personality and spirit of the subjects.  Each photograph is accompanied by quotes from each individual, ranging from their favourite memory to advice for the youth of today.

Bonn Cox

Bonn Cox

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