Festival Photography

Jackie Ranken-selfportraitJackie Ranken looks at combining travel photography and cultural festivals to make a great photo essay 

When travel photography coincides with a festival or cultural ceremony, photographic opportunities increase dramatically. Most often you can expect more colour, more emotion and more action as the collective energy of the crowd celebrates who they are and what they believe in.

To make a successful photographic story about any event, ceremony or festival it’s best to do some research before you arrive. That way you will know what to photograph, when to photograph it and how to photograph it. It will make you aware of what’s happening and be more appreciative of the meaning behind what’s happening.

In this article I will describe the Balinese New Year, a ‘Day of Silence’ called Nyepi that occurs on the day after the cycle of the dark moon, in the spring equinox (March to April each year). The weeks leading up to Nyepi are the most busy and photographically exciting times to be there. To make a successful photo essay it’s important to record all the significant moments, and make photographs that reflect ...full story

Getting to Infocus gets easier

InfocusOne of the biggest photographic events of the year is just around the corner, and if paying up front to attend the Infocus conference has been holding you back, take heart; instalment payments are now available.

The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography’s annual Infocus event is a three-day conference of talks, workshops, industry exhibitions, and networking and socialising with some of the best photographers in the country, this year held in Rotorua from August 3-5. To help make the event more accessible the organisation is now offering the option of paying for your ticket in three instalments.

Full conference registration for organisation members, students, and assistants is $545, or $745 for non-members. That cost can now be split across three payments, one third on registration, one third by August 21, and the final third following the conference on September 21.

You can also purchase individual day passes to the event at a rate of $295 for members, $395 for non-members.

Below are the key events scheduled for each day of the conference:

Sunday August 03:

British landscape photographer Michael Kenna speaks on ‘Working ...full story

Nikon Auckland Photo Day winners

Each year, for a 24-hour period, Auckland becomes the collective subject for the masses of photographers who reside in the city, competing in the Nikon Auckland Photo Day competition.

This year the competition, held in conjunction with the Auckland Festival of Photography, found its winner in Dave Baker, whose image, Time for a Fag, was picked as the judge’s champion amidst over 1000 other entries from throughout the metropolis.

All submissions to the competition are added to a collection the Festival has been amassing since 2004; this archive of images of Auckland and its communities throughout the years now totals more than 11,000.

First place: Dave Barker

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Time for a Fag

Barker’s image captures a newlywed couple snatching a relaxed moment together at Auckland’s waterfront. The judges praised the image for its fortuitous timing and beautiful golden light, saying it was a photo that begs questions of people, customs, traditions, and consumption.

“It’s brilliant because of the multiple readings that can emerge from this single image,” the judges report. “A split world of idealism versus reality.”

As this year’s ...full story

Colour adjustments


Hans Weichselbaum walks us through correcting an image with problematic colours

Getting colours right is one of the main challenges in digital imaging. Concerning hardware — cameras, monitors and printers — we have seen huge improvements in recent years. Longevity of inks and fading colours, major challenges just a couple of years ago, are not big issues anymore. But still, we often come across images that don’t seem right, and in many cases it is just a matter of adjusting the colour balance. Perhaps the Auto White Balance of your camera didn’t catch the scene properly, or you have a scan of an old photo with faded colours. You might also try to warm the colours of a portrait shot or reduce the red cast of a scene taken in artificial light.

A few months ago we looked at colour management. This is always the first step, making sure that monitor and printer give you an accurate colour representation of the image pixels. Only when you are working with a calibrated monitor and the right printer profiles does it make sense ...full story


One of New Zealand’s leading photographer’s, Mike Langford, offers simple tips to improve D-Photo readers’ photos. If you would like to submit your image for consideration send it to editor@dphoto.co.nz with the subject ‘Critique’.




The emotion and light in this shot are both great but I just feel like I want more from this story — especially about where they are. Remember this also could have been achieved in-camera with picture style by reducing the contrast so we can see into the shadows as well as the highlights.

In Photoshop, I have gone into Image > Adjustments > Shadows > Highlights, and adjusted the shadows by 10. This has allowed me to keep the highlights which I already liked, but allowed me to see more details in the shadow, which now gives me a greater sense of where they are.

Nikon D810 local details announced

Nikon-D810-front-faceNikon’s recent announcement of a fresh new high-end full-frame DSLR on the brink of release sent tongues wagging, and now the company has confirmed New Zealand details for the new release.

The new Nikon D810 is due to hit New Zealand shelves on July 27 for a recommended retail price of $4750, boasting a 36.3MP full-frame CMOS sensor, 5fps continuous shooting, an ISO range of 64-12,800 (expandable to 51,200), and Full HD video capabilities.

The new model replaces both the popular D800 and D800E, ditching the 800-series’ twin model strategy. The D800 also contained a 36.3MP sensor but included a low pass (or anti-aliasing) filter to combat moiré and false colour, while the D800E dropped the filter in favour of sharper and more detailed images.

The D810 sees Nikon fully committing to the filter-less sensor in favour of pure image quality, with an improved design that claims to take image detail even beyond the D800E.

Other improvements include the increased processing speed of an Expeed 4 engine, a bump in burst mode frame rate, and a significantly wider native ISO range than its predecessors.

The D810 also makes gains ...full story

Win: photography at the film festival

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Looking for Light: Jane Brown

As purveyors of fine visuals, photographers are no doubt always excited when New Zealand’s biggest showcase of international film comes to town, but this year there’s even more reason to celebrate – the 2014 New Zealand International Film Festival features new documentaries on some of the biggest names in photography, and D-Photo has tickets to give away.

The first feature comes from one of cinema’s living masters, director Wim Wenders. The German auteur has set his sights of the career of Sebastião Salgado, the great Brazilian social documentarian, in the new film Salt of the Earth.

Co-directed with the photographer’s son, Juliano Ribeiro Salgado, the film paints an inticate and personal portrait of the artist and environmentalist whose rich black-and-white images have documented the plight of workers in developing nations across the globe.

We have two double passes to give away to Salt of the Earth, for any screening in either Auckland or Wellington; just fill out the form below and tell us which you would like to ...full story