Film is not dead

One of the biggest proponents of film photography is heading over from the US to Queenstown in the New Year to host an exhaustive workshop on analogue film photography.

Professional photographer Jonathan Canlas has been spreading his love of film photography through the world in a series of Film is Not Dead (or FIND) workshops on developing a passion and thriving business as a film photographer – and in early February he brings the show to our shores.

Canlan will be hosting his Film is Not Dead workshop in Queenstown from February 5 to 7, covering such topics as ‘storytelling through details’, ‘making every event publishable’ and ‘how to define your voice’.

The workshop costs US$2400 and includes three days of training, 10 rolls of Kodak film (35mm or 120) a 40-page workbook with DVD and breakfast and lunch each day.

There is space for just 14 participants at the workshop, to optimise personal instruction, so book a place quickly – a US$500 deposit is due a month before the event to register.

The organiser says attendees tend to form bonds as “a ...full story

World Press Photo open for business

The world’s most celebrated competition for professional photojournalism is now accepting entries for its 2013 programme, with submissions closing next month.

The 2013 World Press Photo contest, now in its 56th year, is free to enter for all professional press photographers, photojournalists and their representatives – the deadline for entering this edition is January 17, though you need to register with the website by January 11.

The most prestigious annual competition of its kind, the World Press Photo contest comprises nine categories – general news, spot news, contemporary issues, daily life, observed portraits, staged portraits, nature, sports action and sports feature – with an award for both the best single picture and best portfolio/story in each.

For the third year the competition is also accepting multimedia submissions from professionals working in the field of visual journalism and documentary storytelling – the deadline for the multimedia contest is January 10, see the website for further information.

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Sony Cyber-Shot RX100 Compact Camera – 51

A large-sensor pocket-size 20-megapixel camera that can shoot low-noise, high-quality images through its fast f/1.8 Zeiss zoom lens, and features DSLR-type controls that are highly customizable — sound too good to be true? Unfortunately for the cynics this is a camera that delivers on its press release, with only a few caveats.

The sensor is indeed large, but only relative to the point-and-shoot cameras that its body size mimics. Sony describes it as a one-inch sensor, which has little real-world meaning as it measures 13.2×8.8mm. That’s four times the size of a typical point-and-shoot, but less than a quarter of the size of a full-frame 35mm camera, and less than half the size of an APS-C, the cameras that are dominating the resurgent enthusiast market.

The lens is fixed (that is, you cannot replace it with another) and zooms from a 35mm-equivalent 28mm, f/1.8, to just short of 100mm, f/5. The body is made from aluminium and feels sturdy but tiny and somewhat awkward in my large hands. Your experience may differ. (more…)

Automotive photography workshop

If you fancy creating stunning images of the automotive industry’s latest and greatest then one Auckland studio is hosting the vent for you early next year.

On January 19 Kingsize Studios in Ponsonby will be holding a one-day workshop on car studio photography.

The hands-on event will provide photographers with insights into the complexities of a large-scale still life shoot involving a highly reflective subject. (more…)

Snapseed goes free, comes to Android

One of the most robust digital image editing tools for smartphones has finally come to the Android phone system and is now free to download in any version.

Nik Software’s Snapseed, one of the most acclaimed photo apps around, is now finally available on the Android operating system after being exclusively available on the iPhone for the longest time – and now it’s free.

The app, which used to cost US$4.99 on iTunes, is now free to download from both the Android Play Store – you’ll need a device running Android Ice Cream Sandwich or later – and iTunes.

Developed by the people behind the excellent Nik plug-in series of image editing programs, Snapseed is one of the most popular tools for editing smartphone photos – though it hasn’t got the social media penetration of Instagram that could change with the addition of Google+ integration in the new version.

Features of Snapseed include auto correct, selective adjustments, image tuning, the ability to straighten, rotate and crop, a full suite of filters and frames and support for ...full story

Panasonic Lumix LX7 Compact Camera – 51

Panasonic has taken an interesting approach with the new LX7 — it looks more like a range finder than a typical point-and-shoot camera. The lens does not retract fully inside the camera and with the maximum aperture at f/1.4 it is one of the fastest lenses available for compact cameras. The zoom range is a handy 24–90mm equivalent, offering a decent focal range. It also has a 1/1.7-inch 10-megapixel MOS sensor and an impressive ISO range of 80–12,800. The camera can shoot 1080p full HD movies and features a ‘Creative’ movie mode where you can adjust both shutter speed and aperture to have more control over the look of your movie.

The other interesting feature of the lens is its aspect ratio switch, offering four different crop options: 1:1, 4:3, 3:2, and 16:9 ratios. But instead of just cropping the original images on the sensor and changing the angle of view, the LX7 crops the image so that the angle of view does not actually change (except in the 1:1) at the different aspect ratio settings. (more…)

World Photo comp – one month to enter

© James Chong, Singapore, Open entry, 2013 Sony World Photography AwardsThe cut-off date for submissions to one of the biggest annual photography awards programmes for both amateurs and professionals is just around the corner.

The deadline for the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards is just one month away, with Open categories closing January 4 and the Professional competition closing January 9.

Pros who get their submissions in on time will be in the running for the L’Iris d’Or and title of Sony World Photography Awards Professional Photographer of the Year 2013 along with a US$25000 (about NZ$30300) cash prize. Amateur photographers will contend for the title of Open Photographer of the Year 2013 title plus a US$5000 (NZ$6050) cash prize. (more…)