Golden win for photo book

Devitt_ATH_14_15A photo book examining an architectural experiment in Wellington has won high praise at an annual showcase celebrating excellence in design.

Architectural photographer Simon Devitt’s book Portrait of a House, his first self-published photo book, has been awarded a prestigious Gold Pin in the 2013 Best Design Awards, topping the Editorial and Books category.

The Best Design Awards are an initiative of The Designers Institute of New Zealand to acknowledge and reward the best in graphic, spatial, product and interactive design.

Devitt’s book, created in collaboration with graphic designer Arch MacDonnell, explores the Athfield House, an architectural experiment that Ian Athfield started in 1965 on the Khandallah hillside in Wellington.

The photographer chose the house as his subject because it was a “refined” subject, driven by passion rather than concern for the market.

“Life has happened there like in no other house, and the ‘living’ leaves its evidence, time has played out on its surface. There is a lot to be said about sitting still and how that looks,” explains Devitt. “The Athfield house is a wonderful example of this. An ...full story

Rare opportunity to shoot the Arctic sky

AON_FB_v03_dphoto (1)The award-winning Wellington photographer Mark Gee will be leading a very limited expedition to the Arctic islands of Lofoten in Norway in early December, and there’s still a chance to get onboard.

D-Photo readers will know Gee’s superb work artfully combining the starry night sky with iconic New Zealand landscapes from D-Photo 56’s astrophotography feature – the opportunity to have him apply his skills to one of the world’s most beautiful dark sky regions is an exciting one.

The expedition, called the Art of the Night, is structured to provide the very best possible photographic opportunities in one of the world’s most picturesque locations while supplying valuable insight into Gee’s equipment choices, photo techniques and advanced digital workflow.

Timed to take advantage of peak solar activity – the Aurora Borealis will not be this clearly visible again until 2024 – as well as exploring the region’s icy natural splendour and fascinating ancient culture, the workshop is a very rare opportunity.

Workshop organiser Karim Sahai says the trip will be an unforgettable experience whether you’re a photographic beginner or ...full story

Meet the local Canon crew

Canon meet upThis month (and next, if you’re in Hamilton) sees a number of opportunities for photographers around the country to meet their local Canon crew, play with gear and perhaps win a prize.

The friendly folk at Canon New Zealand will be doing the rounds in a series of social evenings to meet with the local photographic community and give them a chance to play with the latest Canon gear.

The events, which run from 5pm to 7pm, feature a model and full studio set up at various sites throughout New Zealand, kicking off tomorrow night in Christchurch.

Bring your own gear along or have a borrow of some of Canon’s latest and greatest, plus you’ll be in with a chance to win a Canon Pixma Pro-10 just for showing up – the full cross-country timetable follows:

October 22, Christchurch: Linton Studios, Unit 2, 16 Bernard Street, Addington

October 23, Wellington: FlashDog Studios, 10 Oxford Terrace, Mt Cook

October 30, Auckland: Kingsize Studios, 27 Sackville Street, Grey Lynn

November 19, Hamilton: Canon Branch, 404 Anglesea Street, Hamilton CBD

To RSVP for any of the events just email ...full story

Nikon announces speedy new full-frame

d610-angled-frontA year after releasing its smallest and lightest ever full-frame DSLR Nikon has lifted the curtain on a refreshed version of the compact model, with faster and quieter operation among its primary tweaks.

Building on the success of 2012’s well-received D600, Nikon has announced the forthcoming D610, which features the same slight 760g build and 24.3-megapixel FX-format sensor, plus a quieter and faster continuous shooting function.

The D610 features an improved shutter release mode allowing it to shoot images at approximately 6fps, up from the D600’s 5.5fps, and also introduces the Quiet Continuous mode, which boasts near silent burst shooting.

Features carried over from the D600 include an optical viewfinder with 100 per cent frame coverage, 3.2-inch 921k-dot LCD screen, Expeed 3 engine, ISO range of 100 to 6400 (expandable from 50 to 25600), 39-point autofocus and intelligent Scene Recognition System.

The new model is also said to offer an improved Auto White Balance Control System for improved colour management.

The D610 also continues its predecessor’s full HD video legacy, with the ability to record 1080p video at 30, 25 or 24fps, and 720p video at 60, ...full story

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Last days for guerrilla submissions

privateering lightThere are just a few days left to submit images to a new guerrilla photography exhibition with a chance for all amateur photographers to display their images in a unique way and be in to win some great prizes.

Privateering Light is a photographic event organised from the Southern Institute of Technology’s Raw Gallery and gives amateur photographers a cheap, easy and fun way to participate in an exhibition.

To enter you simply need to print up to three photographs on cheap paper – home printer, work photocopier, anywhere quick and cheap – and write your name, website address, email and a brief message on the back.

All prints received will be plastered on the wall for an exhibition on the evening of October 12 – a secret ballot will be held to select winning images and at the end of the night attendees are welcome rip a copy of their favourite image off the wall to take home.

Prizes up for grabs include a one-year subscription to D-Photo, $250 worth of gift vouchers from Harvey Norman Print Lab in Invercargill, Reading Cinema vouchers and ...full story

Eyecon deadline extended for October

EYECON WINNERSHigh school and tertiary students have a little more time on the clock to register for this year’s round of the country’s most unique photographic contest, the Canon Eyecon competition.

Entrants now have until October 31 to register for a shot at a prize pack that includes invaluable mentoring experience with some of New Zealand’s top photographers, as well as cash prizes and Canon gear.

For the 2013 edition of the Eyecon competition Canon has opened entry up to Year 12 and 13 photography students as well as adding a filmmaking component to the previously still-based contest.

This year’s mentors – who also judge the competition entries – are Brett Phibbs, Garth Badger, Emma Bass and Lee Howell, each of whom has their own speciality and distinct style says Rochelle Mora, Canon’s manager of consumer marketing communication.

“We know they will pass on a range of priceless experience, skills and advice to this years winner, knowledge that will help guide them through the rest of their career.”

This year’s event comprises three categories – high school photography students, tertiary students and ...full story

Join the Super Power Babies

Romy375One local photographer is seeking super heroic members of the public to help fund a photographic project deigned to help teach New Zealand to better see and use improved language in relation to children with disabilities.

Timaru-based portrait and wedding photographer Rachel Callander is looking to put together the Super Power Babies project, a photographic art book of New Zealand children with a range of chromosomal and genetic conditions, or ‘super powers’, via the crowd funding website Pledge Me.

“Super Power Babies is about changing the way we in New Zealand see and talk about people with disabilities,” the award-winning photographer explains.

“The Super Power Babies project focuses on not their disabilities but all the things they can do and who they are — these are their super powers.”

To complete the project Callander needs to raise pledges totalling $70000  by October 10 – pledges can be as little as $20 up to $5000 and more.

Depending on the generosity of a pledge there are certain perks available, such as having your name appear in the book, thank you letters, framed certificates and ...full story