The outsider


Commercial photographer Troy Goodall tells us about stealing precious moments to capture some personal portraits while on location at a scrap metal merchant in Whanganui

The opportunity to create the Molten Metals portraits came while on a job travelling the North Island. The Molten Metals factory was the location for one of our images, and I was instantly taken by the people working there. I found the nature of the staff — both old and young — so interesting. They were real workers who seemed to have a hardness to them that made me want to know more.

Once the commission shoot was wrapped I took some time to chat to a few of them and get a sense of each character. I didn’t have a lot of time as we were on a pretty tight schedule, and needed to head out of town, but I wanted some sort of understanding of who they are when I photographed them. I tend to draw a lot of my own conclusions when making portraits, I almost look at them as if I were that person — usually because of ...full story

Image Nation 2014: Day One

Kelly Lynch reports on the first half of the annual two-day professional photography conference, Image Nation

Day one of this year’s Image Nation conference saw a diverse array of photographic professionals take to the stage at Auckland’s Q Theatre (a new venue for the event) and share their expertise with a crowd of hundreds. The accomplished presenters gave personal accounts of their photographic journeys, shared plenty of advise and awe-inspiring imagery. The following is a brief recap of the day’s presentations.

Dean Zillwood


Wellington advertising photographer Zillwood aims for his portfolio to inspire, provoke and entertain, which are the very same components he delivers during his opening talk.  A photographer for 20+ years, he knows the importance of building good relationships and communication, working with the All Blacks, dance companies, opera, Lego, wineries, and more.

“Show the work that you’re doing and you’ll generate more of that kind of work,” he explains.  He plugged the idea to survive you need to adapt: “Photography is what I sell, creativity is my currency”.

He showcased quirky and amusing images taken during photography ...full story

One more week for Kids Photo Comp

Forest BoysThere is one week left to get your best kids images in to us for a chance at winning an exquisite Moleskine Photo Book Plus, get your image published in New Zealand’s favourite photography magazine, and have it critiqued by a pro.

You have until 5pm, Sunday, June 22 to submit images to the latest round of D-Photo‘s Kids Photo Comp: email them to with the subject ‘Kids Photo Comp’ and be sure to read the terms and conditions below.

Last issue’s winner was Stacey Cavalier, a regular in this competition’s pages. Her beautfiul monochrome image, Forest Boys, was chosen by our esteemed guest judge, wedding and portrait photographer Catherine Cattanach. She says the image immediately grabbed her attention:

I love the unusual composition, which I feel really works — the kids are balanced nicely by the patch of light between the trees at the top of the frame. The expressions are full of personality, these two look like such little characters. I like the way they are not both looking at the camera, as this emphasizes the relationship between ...full story

New Zealand’s top photojournalists of 2014

D-Photo is proud to present a comprehensive gallery of this year’s photography winners in the country’s only awards programme celebrating media excellence across all mediums; the Canon Media Awards.

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Richard Robinson, The New Zealand Herald


Kiwi winners in Photography Masters Cup

This year eight local photographers have achieved winning spots at the biggest international awards programme for colour photography.

The annual Photography Masters Cup is now in its seventh year, and the following images from New Zealand are part of the 2014 winners showcase.


Jeremy Senior - Kotanui Island

Jeremy Senior – Kotanui Island, Merit of Excellence in amateur Nature category (more…)

Meet the Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year judges

With time almost up for entering New Zealand’s biggest amateur photography competition, D-Photo would like to introduce the judges who have the exciting task of assessing your images.

Emma BassThis year’s Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition will be judged by leading professional photographers Emma Bass, Mike Hollman and Harry Janssen.

Emma Bass is a highly regarded commercial and fine art photographer who has shot for many of New Zealand’s leading magazines as well as exhibiting her own personal projects through the country. She has shot editorial for the likes of Life & Leisure, Good, Taste, NZ House & Garden, Next, and Fashion Quarterly. She has also created portraits of some of the country’s biggest celebrities, including Denise L’estrange Corbet, Lucy Lawless, Jonah Lomu, Keisha Castle-Hughs and Peter Jackson.

You can hear Emma speaking about her photography practice at this year’s Image Nation conference, or, if you can’t make that event, check out her interview with D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog about her exhibition, Imperfect. (more…)

Buy a Lumix, score a TV

PanaIf you have been considering getting into the compact interchangeable-lens camera game now is an opportune time, with Panasonic New Zealand giving away free TVs with the purchase of select Lumix models.

Buy a new Panasonic Lumix GM1 or GX7 camera any time between June 9 and August 9 and you will also receive a bonus 24-inch LED television, worth $449.

The Lumix GM1 is a seriously small camera built around the same capable 16MP Micro Four Thirds sensor that powers much larger models in the line. The Lumix GX7 is a premium interchangeable-lens camera sporting a swathe of high-end features including in-body image stabilisation and built-in articulated electronic viewfinder.

The GM1 is available as a single lens kit for $1099 and the GX7 starts at a body-only price of $1399.

To redeem your free TV you simply need a receipt of your purchase from an authorised local Panasonic retailer and to register the claim at Panasonic’s promotional website before September 9.

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