Photo 5 briefs revealed

The mystery assignments for Australasia’s most intriguing photography competition have now been revealed, putting Canon’s EOS Photo5 event in full swing.

The annual creative photography competition tasks all comers with interpreting five distinct briefs in fresh and original ways so as to wow a judging panel of prominent photographers and score some impressive prizes.

Each brief consists of a photographic style or element paired with a random item that must be used in the creation of the image, this year’s briefs are:

Portraiture: Spaghetti

Strong colour: Tissue paper

Scale: Little People

Black and white: Fishing wire

Open brief: Wind (more…)

Win a trip to Africa on Nikon

If you have been thinking about purchasing a new Nikon DSLR now would be the time, pick one up before October 22 and you could be testing it out on an African Photo Safari.

Anyone purchasing a new Nikon DSLR (Nikon 1 system included) from an authorised dealer between September 10 and October 22 is eligible to enter the draw to win a rare opportunity to experience Africa’s wildlife firsthand.

The winners’ expedition, conducted by Wildlight Safari, is a 10-day guided journey through Botswana’s majestic landscape that will take place in September next year, with flights and transfers included.

Beyond simply being a desirable prize the promotion is also designed to be inspiring for Kiwi photographers, says Nikon brand manager Meg Luff.

“Purchasing a DSLR camera is a considerable investment and we wanted to reward one lucky customer with a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – to get up close and personal with some of the planet’s truly amazing creatures.”

She says the company is excited about the promotion and hints it could pave they way for similar opportunities in ...full story

Enrol in Manfrotto’s School of Excellence

The internet is an invaluable source of education for the budding photographer but there’s often so much information spread far and wide putting it all together can be daunting – which is why resources like the Manfrotto School of Excellence are so very useful.

Instituted by the popular imaging equipment manufacturer, the Manfrotto School of Excellence is an online platform designed to offer multimedia tutelage in all aspects of modern photography and videography care of some of the world’s best.

The website offers a series of free training videos on all aspects of the craft – video and photographic equipment, techniques, the use of light, post-production processing and so on – aimed at varying levels of competency and taught by some of the biggest names in the industry.

On the site you’ll find the likes of Bill Frakes, Roberto Bigano, Joe McNally, Ami Elsius, Drew Gardner, Kristoff Ramon and Cliff Guy imparting knowledge, tips and advice accrued over very distinguished careers. (more…)

Mark Wallace on sync speed

In the latest issue of D-Photo (issue 50, on sale now) our resident off-camera flash expert Rory Laubscher walks us through the high-speed sync basics – to get the most out of the lesson, however, requires knowledge of how a camera’s shutter works.

Rory does a fantastic job of explaining the foundations but for those of you who are more visual learners, he points to the follwoing extremely helpful video by Mark Wallace of Digital Photography 1 on 1: (more…)

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D-Photo 50th giveaway Ts&Cs

Make sure you enter our enormous 50th issue giveaway and be in to win a share of thousands of dollars worth of prizes to celebrate 50 wonderful issues of D-Photo! (more…)

Learn from the masters of travel photography

Next week eager photographers will have the exciting opportunity to learn from a handful of the country’s most successful travel photographers in an evening of talks in Auckland.

Hosted by Travcom, New Zealand’s travel communicator’s association, the event sees magazine photographer Tessa Chrisp, commercial photographer Leon Rose and consultant and publisher Tim Steele sharing their expertise on Monday, September 17.

Chrisp is a freelance photographer contributing to many of New Zealand’s best-known magazines, including NZ Life & Leisure, AA Directions and North & South.

She was also named Cathay Pacific Travel Photographer of the Year 2011 in Travcom’s annual awards programme; click here for D-Photo’s interview with the photographer following her win.

Rose is an Auckland-based commercial photographer who specialises in beautiful landscape imagery for clients in the automotive, travel and tourism industries throughout the Pacific region. (more…)

Manfrotto Midi-36, Mini-24 and Pocket-12 Led Lights

These LED lights aimed at entry-level photographers and movie making enthusiasts are a handy tool to assist anyone videoing or lighting objects within close range.

Light and portable, they run on AAA batteries. Enclosed inside sturdy plastic rectangle casing, they can be handheld and, because of their flat moulding, stand freely. The lights can be mounted on a stand, tripod or a camera hot shoe via its quarter-inch thread and have the ability to stack together to make a bigger unit. (more…)