How to: Shoot sports with off-camera lights

Outdoor lifestyle photographer Mead Norton outlines the basics of shooting outdoor action with off-camera lighting 

Adventure sports photography is one of the most demanding subjects to shoot, especially if you want to shoot events. Not only is the location you are shooting in not very camera-friendly (dust, rain, snow, mud, rocks), but to get the best shots you have to get away from civilization, which can mean hiking, riding or skiing into the woods to find the best shots.

using on camera flash and off camera flash together

Using on-camera and off-camera flash together

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Chasing the dark: Mark Gee

Astrophotographer Mark Gee talks to D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog about his latest video production, City Lights to Dark Skies. Produced to help promote the cause of Dark Sky Week in raising awareness of the affects of light pollution, the video takes us from the vibrant city streets of Wellington to the rich night skies of the surrounding countryside.

D-Photo: What compelled you to put together the City Lights to Dark Skies video?

Mark Gee: Every year during International Dark Sky Week I try to make some sort of contribution to the week through my photography. This video is something I really wanted to do last year, but even though the idea was there, I didn’t have enough good footage and it would have been a rush job. So I put the project on the back-burner and worked towards it for this year.

How long did it take you to create?

I’d been thinking of the actual idea for over a year but didn’t really start shooting most of the footage until the end of January this year. The last few weeks ...full story

Gear talk: Shooting in Program mode

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There’s nothing more tragic than a lovely DSLR camera that’s forever stuck on auto mode — D-Photo and Dion Mellow from Snapshot Cameras explain program mode as your first step to creative freedom

If you have recently stepped up to a DSLR camera then you’ve probably already noticed the decent results you can get using Auto mode. But no matter how fancy automated features may get, you’re always going to take better, more rewarding pictures once you take manual control of the camera. Knowing when and how to use the many different features of a DSLR can be confusing to begin with, but switch your dial from Auto to Program mode (P on the mode wheel) and you’ll be taking a simple first step towards truly mastering your camera.

All camera brands and models do things slightly differently — if anything here doesn’t make sense for your camera, consult your manual (more…)

Kids Photo Comp extended

Glenn Elvy
The deadline for the latest edition of D-Photo‘s Kids Photo Comp is being extended; you now have until 5pm, Monday, April 28 to submit your images and be in to win a Moleskine Photo Book Plus and the chance to be critiqued by a professional photographer.

Last issue’s winner was Glenn Elvy. His image (above), titled The Gamer, was chosen by photographer Esther Bunning for its compellingly dramatic lighting and strong graphics created by the tight crop.

“The chosen format gives a strong sense of direction, as the hands play an integral part of the image storytelling,” Bunning explains.

“A beautifully controlled image with sensitivity and intrigue, with a sense of friction at play in his intense stare — this leaves the viewer wanting to know more about the child and the emotions behind the image.”

Congratulations also go out to our runners-up, who submitted the extremely strong images displayed below.

For your chance to have your favourite kids portrait critiqued by a pro, see your mage published in D-Photo and possibly win an elegant Moleskine Photo Book Plus, get your entries in for the ...full story

New Zealand’s biggest amateur photo comp now accepting submissions

Hreoimage_new_3.1We are excited to announce the country’s most prestigious competition exclusively for amateur photographers is now accepting submissions for its 2014 programme.

The Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year contest gives passionate photographers throughout the country the chance to showcase their skills and vie for a share of over $13,500 in prizes.

D-Photo is thrilled to announce this latest partnership with Sigma to help encourage and promote the talent of our local photographic community – head to the official competition page for terms and conditions, online entry form and to view images already submitted.

In addition to the grand title of Amateur Photographer of the Year, prizes will also be awarded for the top three spots in each competition category, thanks to the generosity of our category sponsors.

They are:

Landscape, sponsored by Vanguard

People, sponsored by Epson

Action, sponsored by GoPro

Nature, sponsored by Marumi

Monochrome, sponsored by Hasselblad

Creative, sponsored by Fantail Publishing

Travel, sponsored by Sandisk

The competition is open to any New Zealand residents who do not earn their primary income ...full story

Win a premium photo album

D-Photo (1)Award-winning publisher PQ Blackwell has launched a new membership programme for those who desire professional-level elegance in their photo albums – and to celebrate we have a luxury album to give away.

The publisher is now making it’s stylish MILK and CREAM photo albums available at a 50 percent discount when purchased through the new professional membership service, and for a limited time you can sign on for free.

To qualify for a year’s worth of membership discounts you need only purchase one unbranded CREAM album at the special launch price of US$297.50 (about NZ$345) or three unbranded MILK albums at US$262.50 (about NZ$305) and you’re in  – plus you’ll be in the draw to win free albums for a year.

The exclusive unbranded albums are only available through the MILK and CREAM Professional Membership programme, boasting leather, silk and linen covers; lay-flat pages; art paper or card; and beautifully crafted presentation boxes designed specifically for professional photographers and their clients.

To mark the launch of this affordable new professional programme, D-Photo has a MILK album worth $US175 ...full story

Working in the fast lane

Paul Gummer talks to three rising stars about photojournalism as a way of life

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Kirsty Head

Numerous graduates from UCOL have headed off into the world of newspaper photography over the years. It’s always inspiring to watch people come to one of our courses with little more than a dream, then see them grow to the point where their work becomes professional. But to hear they have achieved an industry award is even more exciting, because you know they have really made the grade from their own hard work.

Three talented photographers who came through our doors and went on to win national Media Awards within a short time are Kirsty Head, Nikki Williams and Ben Curran. Each has a fascinating story. Canon replaced Qantas as naming sponsor for the Media Awards. It is fitting that companies such as Canon are enthusiastic about having a strong presence among photographers — this symbiotic relationship is healthy for our industry. (more…)