People, place

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Auckland commercial photographer Paul Petch explores a helpful mindset for street photography

I’ve always been intrigued by street photography, and since moving to Auckland City I often find myself submerged in it. I have the big toys, but there is something utterly magnificent about a prime lens and smaller camera, and so I no longer leave the apartment without my Olympus OM-D and 20mm. It just feels so right.  (more…)

Open weekend for would-be commercial photographers

StudentIf you’re considering pursuing a career in photography, this month brings the opportunity to check out a new programme in commercial photography in Auckland with one of the most respected educators in the country.

This year the Universal College of Learning (UCOL) opened a new campus in Auckland, purpose built to train students for a career in portraiture, landscapes, and product photography; come September 26 perspective students are invited to attend an open weekend to check out the course’s inner workings.

UCOL Institute of Commercial Photography in Auckland‘s two-year Diploma programme is taught by some of the region’s top photographers and has extensive backing from key industry players, including Canon.

From Friday, September 26 to Sunday, September 28 the Newmarket campus will be open to visitors to meet the tutors, explore the facilities and discuss the course from 9am to 4pm. There will also be two introductory workshops held during the weekend – at 10.30am and 2.30pm on the Saturday.

UCOL were kind enough to host D-Photo and our judging panel for the judging of this year’s Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the ...full story

Canon offers free firmware upgrades

EOS_C500_EFle_RFilm-makers shooting on the Cinema EOS System will soon have access to a free firmware upgrade to improve the line’s operability, as well as new software for greater RAW footage handling in November.

The EOS C300, C 300 PL, C500, C500 PL cameras will all benefit from the firmware, which allows for simpler colour temperature value selection.

The later two models will also be made compatible with the expanded colour space for 4K TV broadcasting. Used in conjunction with the DP-V3010 professional-use 4K display, the system will be capable of oppertaing within the realms of next-generation motion-picture production and broadcasting.

The new Cinema RAW Development 1.3 software will also allow the C500/PL models  to utilize 3D-LUT for converting from Cinema Gamut/DCI-P3+ to advanced colour space standards like ITU-R BT.709 and DCI-P3, enabling efficient video editing while maintaining low-chroma colour reproduction and high-chroma colour gradation. Edit decision lists will also be supported so processing unnecessary files will be a thing of the past.

A demonstration of the ITU-R BT.2020 colour space will be carried out during the INC2-14 broadcast technology trade show held in the Netherlands this week on September 12–16.

The sound and the beauty: Keri Moyle

1Cover shot, Smoky Beach (spot the bridge)

Photographer Keri Moyle is looking to combine New Zealand’s rugged natural beauty, rich monochrome photography and powerful orchestral music in an ambitious new crowd-funding project. Rakiura: Seeds in the Sands is a coalescence of beautiful photography from Stewart Island’s rugged Rakiura National Park and specially composed music performed by the Auckland Symphony Orchestra (ASO).

Keri, a trained engineer, started her photography business, Signs of Life, while living in Canada. She moved back to New Zealand in 2009, working as an engineer during winter months and photographer during summer. She has since landed several photography gigs for the Department of Conservation (DOC), the most recent being a three-week stint in on Stewart Island last year, where the seed of this new project was sown.

The photographer is seeking to raise funds for the Rakiura project through the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform – click here for more official information and continue on for D-Photo‘s interview with Keri and examples of her stunning work.

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Be in to win a DJI Phantom FC40 kit

Win a drone

If you’re interested in venturing to new heights with your photography, aerial cinematography could be your next step. To get you started on this path, we’ve secured a DJI Phantom FC40 kit for you to give away to one lucky reader.

Just subscribe to D-Photo and you’ll be in the draw to win the kit which includes the DJI Phantom FC40 as well as an FC40 camera, spare battery, and a set of prop guards, worth $999.

Subscribe now and be in to win — don’t forget subscribing by direct debit is your cheapest option at only $22 every six months. To subscribe by direct debit click here to find the form to fill in and send to us by snail mail.

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Kiwis snag international landscape spots

Three New Zealand photographers have made the finalist list in a new landscape photography competition seeking out 101 of the best landscape images from throughout the globe.

Images from local photographers Allan Cox, Roger Wandless and Michael Norrie are featured in the top 101 list in the inaugural International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, and will also be published in the resulting awards book.

The competition was established by prominent Australian photographers Peter Eastway, David Evans and Nathan Oxley to celebrate excellence and diversity in landscape photography the world over.

In its first year the competition’s top three spots were all taken by Australian photographers – Christian Fletcher in first place, Tom Putt in second and Will Dielenberg in third place for the title of 2014 International Landscape Photographer of the Year.

The competition also awards a special prize for the single best overall image, as opposed to the portfolio-based primary award, which this year went to Craig Perry, also of Australia, followed by Putt in second and Netherlands photographer Bas Meelker in third.

There are five special, possibly toungue-in-cheek, themed awards on the programme, which acknowledged some of the most common ...full story

Adventure bound

Barrier Knob, Darren Mountains

Peter Bush talks to cameraman Murray Milne about bringing historical voyages to life

If I sound a shade biased and maybe over the top with my enthusiasm and delight in writing about TVNZ’s First Crossings, I make no apology, as many of the early episodes covered the rugged South Island backcountry that has always been so special to me. And I hope many readers share my enthusiasm. When I discovered Auckland-based cameraman Murray Milne had shot this enthralling series on a Canon 5D Mark III, I knew I had my next subject sorted.

At the time I located Murray for an interview, publisher Random House had just announced the launch of a book based on the TV series, First Crossings: Historic NZ Adventures Brought to Life. Before the interview I quickly scanned this handsome, well-illustrated volume, and on page 318 found this generous tribute to the cameraman: “Muz [Murray, our cameraman], you’re a mountain goat of epic proportions, and we still don’t understand how you can go through everything while walking backwards with your face stuck ...full story