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Ryan Meta’s take on Annie Leibovitz portrait of Miley Cyrus in Vanity Fair

Luke White looks at ways to bridge the skills gap between shooting stills and video

One of the assignments I set for the Kingsize Scholarship classes is copying a studio portrait by a great photographer. They are under strict orders to take a photograph they love, and copy it as closely as they can. They couldn’t just recreate anyone’s image though — it had to be a photograph by a master, such as Avedon, Leibovitz, or Platon. Of course, the lesson was not plagiarize to succeed — the group understood these images would never make it into their portfolios or websites — but, rather, reverse engineering as a learning tool. Knowing how to deconstruct the sum of a photograph into its parts is an incredibly useful skill, and lighting exercises such as this really force participants to stop and think about how to put together the final piece. Copying something that already exists also frees you from having to make creative decisions, allowing you to simply concentrate on perfecting ...full story

Top travel shooters named

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An annual competition aimed at finding the best travel photographers across the globe has named its champions for another year.

The international Travel Photography Awards, established by veteran New Zealand travel photographer and D-Photo contributor, Chris McLennan, has revealed the winning travel photographers in both amateur and professional categories for 2014.

Now in its second year, the competition gives travel photographers of all levels the chance to compete for a range of exciting prizes, valued at over $24,000, including a seven-night photo trip to French Polynesia with McLennan, a Nikon Df DSLR, and gear from Lowepro, Lexar, HP and AquaTech.

D-Photo is proud to present a gallery of this year’s winning portfolios, along with the champions of the individual People’s Choice and Chris McLennan Rookie awards.

Professional category

First place: Lluís Salvadó (Spain), Faces of Holi

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India by lens

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From packing to departure, Travcom Travel Photographer of the Year 2014, Josh Donnelly, leads us on a photo tour of India

Ask a lot of people who have not been to India what their perception of the country is, and many will give a negative answer. I must admit, even before my plane touched down I was a little apprehensive about what I might be letting myself in for on my first visit. But after a quick two-week holiday, I can truthfully say it was one of the most amazing and colourful places I have ever been to and, as I would discover, it is a photographer’s paradise.

In this article I will write about my whirlwind tour, discussing a few thoughts and approaches on travel photography, and hoping I can motivate you to take the bull by the horns and step outside your comfort zone with your camera on your next holiday.  (more…)

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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

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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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