Light like a pro

svn-shotgun1bannerIf you’ve been giving serious thought to lifting your lighting game, next month brings Aucklanders the opportunity to learn the ropes direct from one of the country’s best photographers.

Richard Wood, Grand Master of Photography with the New Zealand Institute of Photography, is travelling north on July 12 to teach one of his popular lighting workshops at Grey Lynn’s Kingsize Studios.

The one-day course will cover the principles of lighting, techniques to create ranges of softness and contrast, as well as Wood’s own unique approach to achieving painterly Rembrandt light. The workshop will include studio lighting setups as well as solutions for beautiful lighting with minimal equipment wile on the go.

The hands-on event will also feature a live creative shoot for students to put into practice their new skills and techniques.

The photographer’s recent workshop in Wellington sold out quickly, so head to his website to reserve your spot at the Auckland date now – it costs $350, with a $50 deposit required to save a spot.

The workshop kicks off at 1.30pm on Saturday, July 12 and runs until 5.30pm at Kingsize’s ...full story

None of us is as good as all of us

Hot Dog Stand

Photographer Paul Gummer looks at the way networking and sharing can take the industry forward

Although at UCOL we offer academic qualifications, in a skill-based industry such as the photographic arena they don’t necessarily prove someone can perform on a job, especially when there is pressure to come up with strong images. While we aim to keep up with the latest trends, styles and technology, we also recognize that industry qualifications have greater impact in many sectors. We form links with industry, and look to produce work for industry-driven qualifications and awards where possible as a way of exposing people who study here to industry standards. Coupled with a healthy business component, the aim is to free people from the potential closet of an academic institution, and encourage them to not only produce creative work with a high skill base, but also learn how to survive out there in a competitive marketplace. (more…)

Image Nation 2014: Day Two

Kelly Lynch continues her report on this year’s Image Nation conference, with day two’s speaker line-up

The second day of the 2014 Image Nation conference proved just as diverse and inspiring as the first (covered here). The Advertisers and Illustrative Photographer’s Association outdid itself with this year’s installment of the annual convention. The following is a brief recap of day two’s presentations.


Anita Totha


Totha shares her experience of New York life while attending the School of Visual Arts, working as an intern for contemporary photographers like Simen Johan and Steven Shore as well as working at the Yossi Milo gallery.

Arriving in New Zealand three years ago and loving the stark, contrasting light, she began to produce her own bodies of work, becoming a photographer in her own right. Embracing Auckland’s photographic community, she has gone on to co-found Tangent, a small group of photographers who meet bi-monthly to review work.  As part of this year’s Auckland Festival of Photography, each member of the collective captured a different section of Great South Road.  Totha is also part of the local ...full story

Assignment: Perspectives Photo + Cinema

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Isaac de Reus of Auckland’s Perspectives Photo + Cinema team walks us through a recent wedding shoot at
Northcote’s The Wharf, followed by an urban bridal party shoot in the city

The Photographer’s Mail: Briefly, can you tell us a little bit about Perspectives Photo + Cinema?

Isaac de Reus: We’re a company that specializes in wedding photography, and providing both photography and DSLR films, too. Photographically speaking, our emphasis has always been on finding (or creating) interesting, dramatic lighting and framing to tell our stories.

How did the wedding shoot at The Wharf come about?

Bernard and Cassidy [the bride and groom] discovered our work while researching photographers online, and they felt our style was a good fit for them. It’s a venue we’ve shot at in the past, so they were able to see some of our prior work there, too. They were based in the UK — so it was a case of meeting up a few days before the wedding to finalize all the details. (more…)

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