Next year in Nepal

NPL-101106-9971If you’ve been looking for a way to treat yourself photographically 2014 could be your year, a New Zealand-based photographic company is hosting a tour through Asia’s photographic dream location, Nepal.

Veteran travel photographer and educator Paul Daly of Nomadic Planet Expeditions will be hosting a 14-day photo tour of Nepal from April 20 to May 3 next year.

On this envy-inducing trip photographers will experience a guided trip through Kathmandu Valley, including visits to the historic cities of Patan, Bhaktapur and Kathmandu.

Attendees will also travel by sky to view the scenic wonder of Mount Everest, witness one of the world’s most spectacular sunrises over the Himalayas from Sarangot and Nagarkot as well as enjoying a tranquil boat ride on Fewa Lake in Pokhara.

More than just mountains, the trip also includes a visit to Lumbini, the birthplace of Budha, and Chitwan National Park with such subjects as tigers, rhino, fresh water dolphins and vast bird life to photograph. There is even the opportunity to take an Elephant Safari and experience tropical jungle life.

The tour is open to photographers of all levels ...full story

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D-Photo lands cover of the year nomination

dphoto_51We are very pleased to announce that D-Photo issue 51 has made the shortlist for this year’s edition of The Maggies, New Zealand’s magazine cover of the year awards – and we’d be positively thrilled to have your vote.

The magazine has been selected as one of the top five in the Specialist category by a panel of industry judges; you can now view all the finalists here and vote for your favourites up until October 18.

As a bonus incentive for voting, you’ll receive $5 off a magazine subscription through Isubscribe, the online magazine subscription website and host of the awards.

We’re up against some pretty tough competition but we think you’ll agree issue 51’s cover is particularly striking – and that’s primarily thanks to the wonderful Kim Howells, who took the beautiful portrait that features on the cover.

Kim helped us put together a fantastic article all about getting the best out of your family photos that issue – check it out here if you haven’t already.

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Win the ultimate post-processing workout

DavidHarradineOne of Australia’s leading photographic trainers is returning to New Zealand for a slate of intensive digital darkroom workshops and D-Photo is giving a couple of lucky readers the opportunity to attend for free.

David Harradine, Adobe certified instructor and trainer to many of the region’s top photographers, is bringing both his Mastering Lightroom and Photoshop on Fire workshops to Auckland and Wellington from late October, and he has kindly offered us a spot at each to give away.

Day one of the two-day programme is Mastering Lightroom, a seminar covering all a photographer needs to know about the basics, importing, processing and outputting in Adobe’s Lightroom. Day two is Photoshop on Fire, with training to turn attendees into Photoshop power users, including mastery of Raw files, fine tonal and colour correction, advanced masking and discreet retouching.

The Auckland leg of the tour will take place at Kingsize Studios in Grey Lynn, beginning on the morning of Thursday October 31 and running until late afternoon Friday, November 1. The Wellington events will be hosted by FlashDog Studios in Point ...full story

Iris ’13: Wedding, Classic and Creative

Continuing D-Photo’s online presentation of this year’s Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards we bring you the winners of the Wedding Classic and Wedding Creative  categories.

Wedding Classic: Danelle Bohane

Auckland wedding photographer Danelle Bohane scored the top Wedding Creative award this year and her Gold Distinction image also picked up the award’s top monochrome print score.

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Wedding Classic category – Gold Distinction (more…)

Nikon unveils new flagship compact

P7800There’s a new king at the top of Nikon’s compact camera range – the Coolpix P7800 with full manual controls and a new electronic viewfinder.

Replacing last year’s P7700, the new camera features similar specs with the most striking point of difference being a new 921k-dot electronic viewfinder covering 100 per cent of the frame.

The new flagship model includes a 1/1.7-inch backside illumination CMOS sensor, 28-200mm (35mm equivalent), f/2-4 lens and a fully-articulating rear three-inch LCD screen.

The compact’s full manual capabilities are another of its strong suits, with a mode dial on top to access manual and priority modes and a dedicated exposure compensation dial covering three stops over and under metered exposure.

The camera also offers flexible options for video shooters, able to shoot full HD movies with stereo surround and Custom Movie Setting mode allows shutter speed, aperture and ISO to be freely adjusted.

Other features include a built-in neutral density filter, a virtual horizon level that works bother vertically and horizontally, Raw file support and an Expeed C2 processor.

The Nikon Coolpix P7800 is due to arrive in New Zealand late-October with pricing ...full story

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Local architecture comp looks shakey

shakenEntries are open this month for an architectural photography competition focusing on the Taranaki, Whanagnui and Manawatu regions entitled Shaken, Not Stirred, with a $500 cash prize to be won.

Run by the Western Branch of the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) in anticipation of World Architecture Week in October, the competition invites photographers from the above regions to submit images celebrating the build environment in our corner of the world.

Each photographer may enter a maximum of two submissions, which should be created in Taranaki, Whanagnui or Manawatu, by sending them to arch.photocomp@gmail.com by September 20.

Images will be judged on photographic interpretation of an architectural feature and the prize will be awarded at the NZIA Western Branch Architecture Awards function in New Plymouth on November 1.

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Photoshop actions from a Grand Master

chomilkOne of New Zealand’s Grand Master photographers has recently developed a handful of Photoshop actions and is offering them for sale to those who would like to save time getting their images looking good.

Hawke’s Bay photographer Richard Wood, who this year achieved the NZIPP’s top rank of Grand Master, has set up an online shop for his newly created actions, including an dedicated skin airbrushing action, many colour actions and value packs collecting a range of actions.

Wood’s Advanced Skin Airbrushing action integrates a four-step process to smooth out colour and tone imperfections without losing detail in highlights or creating the plastic-y effect common in many skin smoothing actions.

Also on offer are a range of colour actions to automatically adjust images to produce a certain feel; included in the line-up are Chocolate Milk (pictured), the softly ethereal Winter Garden and the crisp black-and-white Granmary – you can see the full range here.

The Advanced Skin Airbrush action is currently selling for $35 and each of the colour actions for $15, or you can pick up the ...full story