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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AFoP13: Features of China

features of china 2Though a fair few exhibitions had already kicked off as part of the event, the 2013 Auckland Festival of Photography‘s ribbon was officially cut last night with the opening of Chen Haiwen’s extensive Features of China show.

Hosted at Auckland central’s Aotea Centre, the exhibition is a black and white sample of Chen’s hugely ambitions project to photograph members of all 56 of China’s ethnic groups. The result is a series of group portraits observed with such details that they act as much as a tour through China’s varied landscapes as a survey of its people.

Exhibited as a winding maze of white display wall strategically packed into the centre’s modest fourth level, exploring the series is an absorbing and slightly surreal experience. Each of the prints is accompanied by a very brief description of the location (down to longitude and latitude), but the most of the information remains purely visual, the viewer left to discover detail and context.

The project took place over twelve months in 2008-2009, with Chen and his crew organising shoots with 1125 different people ...full story

D-Tech: Lighting Techniques for Travel Portraiture

Jackie-Ranken-on-locationAs I look through the previews from my last overseas trip, I find it’s the photographs of people that ultimately remind me of the journey and it’s the interaction with people that makes the travel experience more memorable and authentic. This interaction demands that the photographer take control to a certain degree. In the previous issue I discussed making travel portraits with a limited kit — just your DSLR camera and lenses. Here I will discuss ways of making travel portraits with the added kit of a tripod and torch.

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Delight in detail: Denise Batchelor

D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog looks at interesting photographers doing interesting things – Denise Batchelor tells us about capturing  the minutiae of nature in her Auckland Festival of Photography exhibition, Silent Wings.

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

Denise Batchelor: Silent Wings is a solo exhibition composed of both still and moving image and is currently showing at Lopdell House Gallery, offsite in New Lynn as part of the Auckland Festival of Photography. The material was selected from earlier as well as new work and focuses on the detail that exists in a world largely unseen.

Kingfisher

Kingfisher

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Prizes revealed: Monochrome 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 Photo Warehouse we today unveil fantastic prizes up for grabs in this year’s Monochrome category:

First place: Datacolor Spyder 4 Express colour calibrator, worth $215.

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