Workshop Wednesday 26.03.14

There are a wealth of photography workshops available these days across a wide array of subjects — for Workshop Wednesdays we round up a list of upcoming events from the photographers D-Photo trusts to deliver an exciting and educational experience.

Natural, naked indulgence

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Celebrated Australian photographer Ken Ball returns to our shores in October for the second annual Creative Photography Indulgence workshop event, this time focussing on impressionistic nudes and nature photography.

Local art photographer Eva Polak will join Ball in hosting two three–day workshops on Waiheke Island, one beginning October 25 and the other October 29. Last year’s Creative Indulgence sessions sold out, so get in quick if you’re keen; email for details.

Wild talk


Trevor Penfold, one of New Zealand’s most esteemed nature photographers, will be giving a talk in Hamilton about animal photography on the morning of Tuesday, April 1.

The event, hosted by Hamilton’s Continuing Education organisation, costs a mere $3 for entry and promises to be an entertaining time, with Trevor recounting some of ...full story

Kingsize Scholarship applications close soon

Ralph_01Emerging photographers take note, applications are closing soon for the second intake of the Kingsize Scholarship, designed to give attendees a leg up into a career as a professional photographer.

You have until the end of March to apply for a spot on this twelve-week programme to develop all the technical competency, artistic understanding and commercial common sense you need to make your start in the business of photography.

To be in with a shot at this unique opportunity you must put together a portfolio and cover letter to be sent in to Kingsize by 10am, March 31 – see the website for more details.

Beginning April 8, the class will meet every Tuesday evening at Kingsize Studios in Grey Lynn for group critique sessions and talks from guest speakers and industry experts. Photographers will have free access to studios and equipment as well as full support from the expert team at Kingsize to shoot their weekly briefs or assignments.

For an idea of what to expect from the programme, see D-Photo‘s coverage of the inaugural scholarship class ...full story

Ranken Rising

Adrian Hatwell chats with one of the country’s most admired photographers, Jackie Ranken

Readers of D-Photo are already well acquainted with the sage photographic advice of regular contributor Jackie Ranken, and indeed anyone with even a casual association with photography has likely heard the name. In the last decade she has picked up some of the most prestigious industry accolades both here and abroad, including a World Press Photo award, Australian Photographer of the Year, two New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year nods, and the title of Grand Master with the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP).

Though many are familiar with the images that earned these honours, not so well known is the path that led Ranken to her lofty position, a journey that began in the country town of Goulburn in the Southern Tablelands of New South Wales, Australia.

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Pounding pavement: Hans Weston

Returning to photography after a hiatus, news cameraman Hans Weston has compiled an exhibition, Unscene, to showcase a slice of the street photography he has been producing over the last few years. He talks with D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog about reigniting his love of the still image, his influences and his approach to pounding the pavement.

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D-Photo: Hi Hans, can you tell us a little about your background and photographic experience?

Hans Weston: I’ve always been attracted to still photography and cameras, I did a couple of night classes once but never considered any formal training or study. I just saw it as a fun hobby. Dad always had a couple of Nikons lying around, and in my teens I bought my own. Getting heavily into the gear – the lenses, the films and the filters – I shot landscapes, old farm sheds, random objects, the cat, family and friends.  I loved it.

I started working in photo labs for many years selling cameras and printing a wide range of customers’ work, from professional to amateur.  I saw the world ...full story

Familial focus: Chloe Riddell

University of Auckland student Chloe Riddell was recently named a finalist in the Sony World Photography Awards Student Focus competition, an international search for the best and brightest in the new generation of photographers. Chloe speaks to D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog about her successful image (The Twins, below), the series it comes from, and her future plans.

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D-Photo: Hi Chloe, can you tell us a little bit about your background?

Chloe Riddell: I am from Hastings originally but spent most of my childhood in American Samoa and Ghana. Spent my adolescent years back in Hastings. My interest in art expanded to an interest in photography in high school, learning and experimenting with black-and-white film photography.

I moved to Auckland to study at Elam where I began to use medium format cameras and continued using black-and-white. Then in my senior years I started using a large format camera with colour film and began to learn darkroom colour printing.

I really enjoy the elements of analogue photography and it has become a defining feature of my art practise.

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Large format in action

1983_22_66 pressIf you’ve ever been keen to learn more about large format photography processes, the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki is this weekend giving patrons a chance to assuage curiosity with a free large format photography demonstration.

As part of the Kinder’s Presence exhibition currently on display at the gallery, photographer Chris Corson-Scott will walk attendees through the 150-year-old process of image creation with a traditional 8×10-inch analogue camera.

The demonstration is taking place on Sunday, March 16 from 1pm at the Mackelvie gallery on the building’s mezzanine level and entry is free to all – as is the Kinder’s Presence exhibition.

The exhibition itself, which runs until April 27, presents a series of watercolour paintings and early photographs by the Reverend Doctor John Kinder, a prolific colonial artist, accompanied by recent works from Corson-Scott and photographers Mark Adams and Haru Sameshima.

The contemporary photographers pay homage to Kinder, using the same large-scale negatives the colonial artists did, as well as returning to places and subjects that Kinder painted or photographed.

Image: John Kinder, Pontoon and dinghy at Monsieur ...full story

Workshop Wednesday 13.03.14

There are a wealth of photography workshops available these days across a wide array of subjects — each Wednesday we round up a list of upcoming events from the photographers D-Photo trusts to deliver an exciting and educational experience.

Rotorua adventure

Mead Norton

Expert lifestyle outdoor photographer Mead Norton is running a weekend workshop ranging around scenic Rotorua. Kicking off on Friday evening, March 28 and wrapping on Sunday, March 30, the workshop includes dynamic training sessions on composition, natural lighting, elements of a successful image, environmental travel portraiture, tailored gear advice, image critiquing and advice on digital editing and printing.

The workshop is suitable for photographers of all levels and is limited to 12 participants – head to Mead’s website for his credentials and shoot him an email on for further details and to secure your place.

Portrait workshop savings

Paul Petch

If you have been meaning to brush up on your portrait technique now would be a good time to commit – commercial photographer Paul Petch is currently ...full story