Free day of gear play and learning

Photo ExpoThe Advertising and Illustrative Photographer’s Association will be hosting its annual photographic trade show in Auckland next Saturday, giving everyone the chance to check out all the latest gear, as well as sitting in on free seminars from top pros.

Photo Expo, previously known as Gear Fest, will be held on Saturday, November 23 at White Studios in Eden Terrace – entry is free, all the major brands will have their wares on show and there also be special show pricing and spot prizes.

And this isn’t just a chance to window shop, there will be dedicated product test areas, complete with professional models, to try out anything that catches your eye as well as demo shoots with professional photographers.

Additionally, throughout the day an impressive roster of industry professionals will be delivering a series of seminars, including fashion and beauty photographer Fiona Quinn, commercial photographer Alex Wallace, and NZ Travel Photographer of the Year Mike Hollman – see the end of the post for full seminar schedule.

Brands with their latest models on display include Nikon, ...full story

Win: D-Photo Facebook cover shoot


Having recently rolled over the 6000-like mark on our Facebook page we’ve decided to give the page a bit of a facelift – help us find our new Facebook cover image and, as well as getting your image in front of thousands, you’ll win a subscription to D-Photo.

Readers should submit their best photos for use as a welcoming banner atop our Facebook page and the photographer whose shot is selected will win a 12-month subscription worth $49.

All images should be sized to the Facebook banner ratio – 851×315 pixels – so crop skilfully and submit an image that speaks to all the creativity, insight, experimentation and inspiration we like to think D-Photo stands for.

Please send appropriately cropped images to with ‘Facebook cover’ as the subject along your name, address, email, phone and any additional details about the image you care to share.

Keep in mind that we will be placing the D-Photo logo somewhere on the image, so let us know if you have a preference.

Get your images in by Thursday, November 21 for a shot at the ...full story

Final spots for Lightroom learning

paulpetch1If you’re looking to discover your personal post-processing style there are a few spots left at this weekend’s intensive four-hour Lightroom workshop in Auckland.

Photographer Paul Petch has issued the final call for attendance at Saturday’s post-processing workshop focusing on workflow, post editing and archiving of images in a simple and effective manner.

Petch says the workshop is not aimed at image manipulation but rather helping photographers refine the process of importing, correcting, creating the best possible with processing, as well as archiving, organising and exporting digital photographs.

“With so many options to choose from in Lightroom, our workshop gets rid of the clutter and confusion with simple to follow instructions and plugins that work,” he explains.

“Create mood, emotions and engaging photographs with support from tutors who understand the best way to get the most from Lightroom.”

D-Photo readers will already be well familiar with Petch’s accessible and authoritative teaching style through his regular columns, this will be a valuable chance to knuckle down with some focus, hands-on tutelage.

The workshop runs from 10am to 2.30pm (with a 30 minute lunch break, refreshments provided) on ...full story

D-Photo wins magazine cover award

MaggiesD-Photo magazine has been awarded this year’s Specialist Magazine Cover of the Year award in New Zealand’s annual awards programme celebrating excellence in magazine cover design.

The December-January 2013 issue of D-Photo magazine, New Zealand’s leading photographic publication, was selected as a finalist in this year’s Specialist category at The Maggies by an expert panel of judges, and voted the winner by the public – a huge thank you goes out to all our wonderful readers who helped us win.

The vibrant summery cover image was shot by award-winning Waikato photographer, Kim Howells, and the cover designed by Parkside Media’s senior designer, Mark Gibson.

The cover, which was among more than 80 other high-quality entrants in this year’s competition, is a testament to the power of creative teamwork, says D-Photo editor Adrian Hatwell.

“Nowhere else in a magazine is collaboration more crucial than the cover – it’s your one shot at making a good first impression with thousands of viewers,” says Hatwell.

“It’s not always an easy process, but working with the hugely talented local photographic community and Parkside Media’s outstanding design department certainly helps. When it ...full story

New scholars of the lens

photoFor the past three months the inaugural class of a freshly developed photographic scholarship programme has been meeting each Monday at an Auckland studio, students eager to study their way into a career in professional photography.

The Kingsize Studios Scholarship has been developed to help demystify the often-unclear path to a career in photography through a programme of weekly classes, technical workshops and critiques with industry experts and a range of guest speakers, explains course leader Luke White. It was originally planned as an opportunity for two scholarship recipients, but the eager learners of the region had different ideas.

“We invited people to submit portfolios and letters of application and were simply overwhelmed by the amount and by the high quality of submissions. After no small amount of deliberation and agonising, we decided on 12 people”.

In this article D-Photo introduces some of the twelve students currently labouring through the course’s curriculum along with examples of their work. In follow-up pieces we’ll have some of the students’ completed assignments to share.

Lea Schlatter

The relationship that ‘raw’ materials have to the history of a place ...full story

Time for a posing and lighting refresher?

a tonic
If you find your creative energy waning as the year draws to a close the Auckland chapter of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) has a one-day event lined up to recharge your batteries.

A Tonic 2013 takes place on Wednesday November 13 and gives photographers the opportunity to attend three hands-on workshops focusing on posing and lighting from some of the area’s most respected industry pros.

Running from 8.30am to 5pm, the event features workshops with portrait photographer Talia Stephens, wedding photographers Amber and Isaac de Reus and studio expert Luke White.

Stephens will be demonstrating her techniques for creating the stunning pin-up images her business, MissT Pinups, is renowned for – if you’d like a taste of what you’re in for check out the boudoir photography article she helped us out with in D-Photo 47.

The photographers de Reus will be sharing the secrets of what they call ‘epic storytelling’, stills and video practices that have earned them and the team at Perspectives Photo + Video a reputation ...full story

Kodak Gold is all go

Jo MooreOne of the country’s most respected professional portrait and wedding print photography awards programme returns for another edition in 2013.

The Kodak Professional Gold Awards returns this year, slightly later than usual, and is now inviting pro photographers to submit their best work commissioned by a customer to be judged and vie for gold and silver medals.

The competition comprises four categories – Wedding: Bride and/or Groom, Wedding: Group, Portrait: Individual, and Portrait: Group – there will be no Wedding Album category this year.

All prints must be received by November 29, printed on Kodak photographic or inkjet paper, and mounted on 16×20-inch sheets of card or foam board – see the Kodak New Zealand Facebook page for full details.

Winners are selected by a judging panel of experts in a closed-door session and successful photographers will be notified no later than December 18.

If you think you’d like to take part in this year’s Kodak Professional Gold Awards you can email to request an information pack.

You can see some of last year’s winning images here, including the pictured ...full story