Sneak peek at Auckland’s new photo school

UcolOne of the country’s most acclaimed photography education programmes is opening its doors in Auckland early next year and tomorrow perspective students can get a glimpse of what they’ll be in for come semester one.

The Universal College of Learning (UCOL) is launching the Institute of Commercial Photography Auckland in February 2014, and is hosting an open workshop at Kingsize Studios in Grey Lynn tomorrow to showcase the course.

The new school will be offering UCOL’s successful two-year Diploma in Photographic Imaging, previously only available at the institute’s Palmerston North campus, and staff will be on hand tomorrow to talk interested parties through the programme.

Head along to the event, open from 10am to 3pm, and you’ll also be able to take part in a professional studio shoot with models, studio gear and many friendly pros on site for guidance.

The Auckland institute will be based in Newmarket, where the industry-focused diploma will be taught in a new, purpose-built facility.

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Kids Photo Comp deadline looms

The deadline for submissions to the next round of D-Photo‘s Kids Photo Comp is in a week’s time, so get the best shots of your kids in today.

Last issue’s competition winner was Steve Griffin from Kapiti, selected by award-winning Auckland portrait photographer, Bianca Duimel.

Acting as guest judge for the competition, Duimel says Griffin’s image was a clear winner for her:

Beautiful capture, nicely lit, sharp enough to see all the details you need to, and great eye contact with the model, which is so important in a great portrait. I love the texture surrounding her, making it look as though it is winter, but she is toasty and warm. The colours chosen work very well together and give it almost a fashion feel.

The little girl looks relaxed, and the composition of the image is great. A few little dust spots, but other than that, just beautiful.

Further congratulations goes out to our two runners-up, Jo McCarthy and Kerry Myers, whose images can be viewed below.

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A remote solution for dangerous nature shots

On a recent safari trip to Africa acclaimed travel photographer Chris McLennan got to field test a newly designed photography toy for getting up close and personal with some of the region’s more dangerous denizens.

Car-L is a 4×4 camera buggy dreamed up by McLennan, a regular D-Photo contributor, and brought to life by engineer Carl Hansen, which safely houses a Nikon D800E and was remote controlled to get close up images of the wilder animals in the Botswana area.

Below is a video McLennan put together of Car-L in action, meeting a playful pride of lions and getting some stunning shots of the gorgeous cats in playful action.

Free day of gear play and learning

Photo ExpoThe Advertising and Illustrative Photographer’s Association will be hosting its annual photographic trade show in Auckland next Saturday, giving everyone the chance to check out all the latest gear, as well as sitting in on free seminars from top pros.

Photo Expo, previously known as Gear Fest, will be held on Saturday, November 23 at White Studios in Eden Terrace – entry is free, all the major brands will have their wares on show and there also be special show pricing and spot prizes.

And this isn’t just a chance to window shop, there will be dedicated product test areas, complete with professional models, to try out anything that catches your eye as well as demo shoots with professional photographers.

Additionally, throughout the day an impressive roster of industry professionals will be delivering a series of seminars, including fashion and beauty photographer Fiona Quinn, commercial photographer Alex Wallace, and NZ Travel Photographer of the Year Mike Hollman – see the end of the post for full seminar schedule.

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Win: D-Photo Facebook cover shoot


Having recently rolled over the 6000-like mark on our Facebook page we’ve decided to give the page a bit of a facelift – help us find our new Facebook cover image and, as well as getting your image in front of thousands, you’ll win a subscription to D-Photo.

Readers should submit their best photos for use as a welcoming banner atop our Facebook page and the photographer whose shot is selected will win a 12-month subscription worth $49.

All images should be sized to the Facebook banner ratio – 851×315 pixels – so crop skilfully and submit an image that speaks to all the creativity, insight, experimentation and inspiration we like to think D-Photo stands for.

Please send appropriately cropped images to with ‘Facebook cover’ as the subject along your name, address, email, phone and any additional details about the image you care to share.

Keep in mind that we will be placing the D-Photo logo somewhere on the image, so let us know if you have a preference.

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Final spots for Lightroom learning

paulpetch1If you’re looking to discover your personal post-processing style there are a few spots left at this weekend’s intensive four-hour Lightroom workshop in Auckland.

Photographer Paul Petch has issued the final call for attendance at Saturday’s post-processing workshop focusing on workflow, post editing and archiving of images in a simple and effective manner.

Petch says the workshop is not aimed at image manipulation but rather helping photographers refine the process of importing, correcting, creating the best possible with processing, as well as archiving, organising and exporting digital photographs.

“With so many options to choose from in Lightroom, our workshop gets rid of the clutter and confusion with simple to follow instructions and plugins that work,” he explains.

“Create mood, emotions and engaging photographs with support from tutors who understand the best way to get the most from Lightroom.”

D-Photo readers will already be well familiar with Petch’s accessible and authoritative teaching style through his regular columns, this will be a valuable chance to knuckle down with some focus, hands-on tutelage.

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D-Photo wins magazine cover award

MaggiesD-Photo magazine has been awarded this year’s Specialist Magazine Cover of the Year award in New Zealand’s annual awards programme celebrating excellence in magazine cover design.

The December-January 2013 issue of D-Photo magazine, New Zealand’s leading photographic publication, was selected as a finalist in this year’s Specialist category at The Maggies by an expert panel of judges, and voted the winner by the public – a huge thank you goes out to all our wonderful readers who helped us win.

The vibrant summery cover image was shot by award-winning Waikato photographer, Kim Howells, and the cover designed by Parkside Media’s senior designer, Mark Gibson.

The cover, which was among more than 80 other high-quality entrants in this year’s competition, is a testament to the power of creative teamwork, says D-Photo editor Adrian Hatwell.

“Nowhere else in a magazine is collaboration more crucial than the cover – it’s your one shot at making a good first impression with thousands of viewers,” says Hatwell.

“It’s not always an easy process, but working with the hugely talented local photographic community and Parkside Media’s outstanding design department certainly helps. When it ...full story