Iris ’13: Portrait Classic and Creative, Student/Assistant

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

Portrait Classic: Bianca Duimel

Auckland photographer Bianca Duimel was named the top classic portrait photographer of the year, as well as scoring highly with creative portrait and illustrative prints, with the following images.

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APotY13: Travel finalists

The winners of the Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013 competition have been published in D-Photo 55, on sale now; below are the images selected as finalists in the Travel category by our panel of industry experts.

Nikon D-Photo Amateur Travel Photographer of the Year 2013: Melanie Middlemiss

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Capture the night

Mark GeeIn further astrophotography news, Wellington photographers looking to learn the ropes when it comes to shooting the night sky can do so next month with a special workshop led by a local expert.

Photographer Mark Gee, who also happens to work as a digital effects wizard on blockbuster films, will host an evening workshop on astrophotography at the Carter Observatory in Wellington on September 17.

This workshop is the second announced as part of the observatory’s Light and Dark series; the first on September 3 has already filled up.

The hands-on workshop runs from 6pm to 8.30pm, beginning at the observatory and moving to the Botanic Gardens, and costs $45 per person (with $5 knocked off if you happen to be a ‘star pass’ holder) – DSLR and tripod essential.

Click here for more details and to book your place – and for those who can’t make it be sure to pick up D-Photo 56 next month, wherein Gee will again share his wisdom on shooting the stars.

APotY13: Street judges’ comments

The winners of the Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013 competition have been published in D-Photo 55, on sale now – below are a selection of the judges’ comments on the winning images in the Street category.

Nikon D-Photo Amateur Street Photographer of the Year 2013: Eric Pollock

1 Eric-Pollock-Street SceneJeremy Andrews: If you want a benchmark for street photography – this would be close. The two main subjects of this capture stand out from the commuting masses and complement each other well.

Lynn Clayton: How often do we travel on buses and trains? However, we seldom come up with a shot this good. Initially one looks at the man in the suit and then one is drawn to the elegant young woman at the back of the carriage.

Lester de Vere: Perfect strength in all focal planes from foreground, middle distance and fully sharp background. A brilliant statement of individual worlds in a tight and forced situation. (more…)

Iris ’13: Illustrative, Landscape, Travel

Continuing D-Photo’s online presentation of this year’s Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards we bring you the winners of the Illustrative, Landscape and Travel categories.

Illustrative category: Kelvin Gilbert

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Move off Auto

exposure-workshop-photos-auckland-city-2013-06-29-8When learning photography the step from Auto mode to setting your own exposure manually can be a daunting one, but this month Aucklanders can get a little help from a local expert.

Paul Petch, professional photographer, art director, producer and exceptional D-Photo columnist, is holding a series of workshops on how to best use natural light with manual exposure – the next one is on August 24.

Spots at these extensive three-hour hands-on workshops are strictly limited to ten, so each participant gets the attention required to ensure they master the foundations of shutter speed, aperture and ISO for perfect manual exposure.

The event will be suitable for both Canon and Nikon users (bring your own DSLR along) and will focus on natural, available light when shooting both indoors and outside.

The workshops is held at Newton’s Biz Dojo at 155 Karangahape Road, spreading out to adjoining Myers Park, and costs $99 per person.

If your ready to get your manual exposure skills whipped into shape visit Paul’s website now.

APotY13: Street finalists

The winners of the Nikon D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013 competition have been published in D-Photo 55, on sale now; below are the images selected as finalists in the Street category by our panel of industry experts.

Nikon D-Photo Amateur Street Photographer of the Year 2013: Eric Pollock

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