Samsung introduced the WB150F in May this year aiming for the traveller who wants something simple to operate, light to carry, and equipped with a good zoom to capture everything from a wide-angle group shot to birds nesting off in the distance. This camera has the specifications to fulfil the task: its metal body weighs 188.2g, lighter than most of its rivals, and its slim profile snugly fits into your back trouser pocket for easy access.
Buttons and dials are clearly marked and thoughtfully placed, which allows for plenty of space around them and it packs a Schneider-Kreuznach varioplan 18x optical zoom, 24–432mm (35mm equivalent) lens. Images are captured at maximum 14.2 megapixel JPEGs and video is recorded at 1280×720 (30fps). (more…)
Most photography enthusiasts will at some point toy with idea of making a living through their art. The prospect of earning your crust doing what you love is undeniably appealing but such a commitment is not for the faint of heart — so says Petr Hlavacek, one who made the leap and lived to tell the tale.
Hailing from what was once Czechoslovakia, Hlavacek held a number of jobs across Europe before landing in New Zealand in 2001, where he fell in love with the glaciers of the West Coast — a passion that would grow into the successful boutique photo library, NZ Icescapes Images.
In early 2005, to get up close and personal with his frosty fascination, Hlavacek secured a job working with one of the two glacier-guiding companies operating around the Franz Josef at the time. He would show customers safely across the ice while taking pictures that were to be used in the company’s advertising and marketing as he went. Then in late 2006 the two guiding companies merged and Hlavacek found himself at the crossroads. ...full story
D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog looks at interesting photographers, and sometimes curators, doing interesting things – Ruth Harvey, one of the curators behind Puke Ariki museum’s epic Photographic Memory exhibition, talks to D-Photo about sifting through Taranaki’s visual past.
Can you briefly describe the Photographic Memory exhibition?
Photographic Memory: The Swainson/Woods Collection showcases the Taranaki community through striking photographs of weddings, groups, families and individuals. The exhibition asks, why do we have our photograph taken? Why do the photographs look the way they do? And what do they tell us about ourselves? Photographic Memory is also a chance to share more of the Swainson/Woods Collection with the community that made it.
Where did the images come from and how did they come to be at the museum?
The photographs are the work of New Plymouth-based commercial photography firms Swainson’s Studios and Bernard Woods Studio. The collection comprises of 110,000 negatives dating from 1923-1997. They were donated to Puke Ariki in 2005 by Jennifer Woods, daughter of Bernard Woods. Jennifer ran Bernard Woods Studio during the 1990s after her father retired.
Herbert, Wedding (1923-1926), Swainson’s Studios
How long did it take to sort through all those ...full story
If you’ve ever thought of earning your crust through photography then you may be interested to hear the Advertising and Illustrative Photographer’s Association (AIPA) is launching a programme on photography business basics next month.
With the aim of helping photographers start out in building a successful freelance photographer, the Propel Business Basics for Photographers course will teach the practical fundamentals for those looking to get into the industry.
Aaron K, an award winning commercial photographer, Executive Director of the AIPA and long time D-Photo contributor, will lead the course along with a host of guest speakers from the industry.
Taking place on May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, sessions will run from 6.30pm to 9.30pm at Kingsize Studios in Auckland and the course cost is $437 for AIPA members, $483 for everyone else.
Subjects to be included in the photography business course include:
- Understanding copyright and licensing
- Using industry standard terms and conditions
- Respecting subjects rights and knowing when to use model and property releases
- Effective marketing and promotion strategies
- Creating a professional portfolio and website
- Developing profitable pricing models
- Preparing cost estimates and invoices
- Basic accounting ...full story
Congratulations to photographer Aaron McLean, the inaugural champion of D-Photo and Sony’s search for the New Zealand Camera Phone Photographer of the Year.
Having won the May round of last year’s heats, McLean’s image went up against the other monthly champions to be voted on by our panel of prestigious guest judges and the public at large.
As winner McLean earns the title of New Zealand Camera Phone Photographer of the Year and takes away a Sony Xperia P smartphone worth $649.
The competition attracted over 1000 entries from mobile photographers across the country, testament to both the popularity and power of this emerging form of photography.
Well done to all those who made it through to the final round (displayed below) and thank you to everyone who submitted images and made the competition so successful.
One of New Zealand’s top specialist travel photographers has just released a new app for Apple devices to help improve your photography and get into the industry.
The initial download is free, giving users access to articles written by McLennan about his work, behind-the-scenes stories about his adventures and access to some of his acclaimed imagery and details on how the photos were created.
Users can also purchase additional albums, themed around photography genres, to increase the app’s image library and accompanying image information.
Also available as an in-app purchase is the Professional Travel Photography Tutorial, an in-depth 30-page resource for those looking to become professional travel photographers – including how to start up and grow a business, the logistics of travel photography and how to be a successful and more creative photographer. (more…)
Top Australian photographic trainer David Harradine has kindly given us a spot at each of his two-day New Zealand workshops to give away to D-Photo readers, to enter you just needed to confess a photographic sin.
Paul Rondel will be going to the Wellington leg of the Lightroom, Photoshop and colour management programme, after admitting that his portfolio could do with some work – primarily because he doesn’t have one.
“I’ve been taking photos for quite a few years, and I have many favourite images, but I do not have a set that I could present to someone and say, ‘Here, these are my best’,” Rondel explains. ”Not in print, not on the web, not even on my computer where I keep all my pictures.”
“It’s not that I don’t think I have images worth showing to people, I’m sure I do. It’s that I don’t seem to be able to select which ones they should be. Competing advice and approaches war in my head as I trawl through years and thousands of images: Pick the ones you like most; the ones that tell a cohesive ...full story