Pictured past: Ruth Harvey

D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog looks at interesting photographers, and sometimes curators, doing interesting things – Ruth Harvey, one of the curators behind Puke Ariki museum’s epic Photographic Memory exhibition, talks to D-Photo about sifting through Taranaki’s visual past.

Can you briefly describe the Photographic Memory exhibition?

Photographic Memory: The Swainson/Woods Collection showcases the Taranaki community through striking photographs of weddings, groups, families and individuals. The exhibition asks, why do we have our photograph taken? Why do the photographs look the way they do?  And what do they tell us about ourselves? Photographic Memory is also a chance to share more of the Swainson/Woods Collection with the community that made it.

Where did the images come from and how did they come to be at the museum?

The photographs are the work of New Plymouth-based commercial photography firms Swainson’s Studios and Bernard Woods Studio.  The collection comprises of 110,000 negatives dating from 1923-1997. They were donated to Puke Ariki in 2005 by Jennifer Woods, daughter of Bernard Woods. Jennifer ran Bernard Woods Studio during the 1990s after her father retired.

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Herbert, Wedding (1923-1926), Swainson’s Studios

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Enrol in photo business school

Propel_Orange_logo2If you’ve ever thought of earning your crust through photography then you may be interested to hear the Advertising and Illustrative Photographer’s Association (AIPA) is launching a programme on photography business basics next month.

With the aim of helping photographers start out in building a successful freelance photographer, the Propel Business Basics for Photographers course will teach the practical fundamentals for those looking to get into the industry.

Aaron K, an award winning commercial photographer, Executive Director of the AIPA and long time D-Photo contributor, will lead the course along with a host of guest speakers from the industry.

Taking place on May 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, sessions will run from 6.30pm to 9.30pm at Kingsize Studios in Auckland and the course cost is $437 for AIPA members, $483 for everyone else.

Subjects to be included in the photography business course include:

  • Understanding copyright and licensing
  • Using industry standard terms and conditions
  • Respecting subjects rights and knowing when to use model and property releases
  • Effective marketing and promotion strategies
  • Creating a professional portfolio and website
  • Developing profitable pricing models
  • Preparing cost estimates and invoices
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D-Photo Nikon Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013 – Enter now

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The D-Photo Nikon Amateur Photographer of the Year 2013 competition is now open, click the image to enter.

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New Zealand Camera Phone Photographer of the Year

camer-phone-photograppger-670x383-335x191Congratulations to photographer Aaron McLean, the inaugural champion of D-Photo and Sony’s search for the New Zealand Camera Phone Photographer of the Year.

Having won the May round of last year’s heats, McLean’s image went up against the other monthly champions to be voted on by our panel of prestigious guest judges and the public at large.

As winner McLean earns the title of New Zealand Camera Phone Photographer of the Year and takes away a Sony Xperia P smartphone worth $649.

The competition attracted over 1000 entries from mobile photographers across the country, testament to both the popularity and power of this emerging form of photography.

Well done to all those who made it through to the final round (displayed below) and thank you to everyone who submitted images and made the competition so successful.
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New photo app from one of NZ’s best

heroOne of New Zealand’s top specialist travel photographers has just released a new app for Apple devices to help improve your photography and get into the industry.

Chris McLennan, award-winning professional photographer and D-Photo columnist, has launched the Photo Tutorial 101 app, an interactive guide to taking better photographs for the iPhone and iPad.

The initial download is free, giving users access to articles written by McLennan about his work, behind-the-scenes stories about his adventures and access to some of his acclaimed imagery and details on how the photos were created.

Users can also purchase additional albums, themed around photography genres, to increase the app’s image library and accompanying image information.

Also available as an in-app purchase is the Professional Travel Photography Tutorial, an in-depth 30-page resource for those looking to become professional travel photographers – including how to start up and grow a business, the logistics of travel photography and how to be a successful and more creative photographer. (more…)

Winners: Harradine workshops

9684_10151493385279318_1949836838_nTop Australian photographic trainer David Harradine has kindly given us a spot at each of his two-day New Zealand workshops to give away to D-Photo readers, to enter you just needed to confess a photographic sin.

Paul Rondel will be going to the Wellington leg of the Lightroom, Photoshop and colour management programme, after admitting that his portfolio could do with some work – primarily because he doesn’t have one.

“I’ve been taking photos for quite a few years, and I have many favourite images, but I do not have a set that I could present to someone and say, ‘Here, these are my best’,” Rondel explains. “Not in print, not on the web, not even on my computer where I keep all my pictures.”

“It’s not that I don’t think I have images worth showing to people, I’m sure I do. It’s that I don’t seem to be able to select which ones they should be. Competing advice and approaches war in my head as I trawl through years and thousands of images: Pick the ones you like most; the ones that tell a cohesive ...full story

Photo Fest programme launches

2013CoverToday the Auckland Festival of Photography’s programme is available online and throughout the city.

This year the annual festival runs from May 30 to June 21 throughout Auckland, in a citywide celebration of photography.

The free festival is New Zealand’s largest photographic occasion, with a programme packed with exhibitions and special events inviting the public to celebrate the city’s rich pool of photographic talent.

As a media sponsor of the festival D-Photo will once again bring you the indispensable Insiders Guide to the Auckland Festival of Photography in our forthcoming issue, on sale May 20.

The festival organisers have again arranged a diverse array of exhibitions from both international and local talents, including a return of the enthralling Talking Culture symposium and work from the recipient of the Annual Fine Arts Commission.

This year’s recipient is Auckland-based artist Jennifer Mason, whose images rework photographs of interiors into new spaces that contain odd spatial transplants that alter the appearance of scale and perspective.

Once again the festival will comprise both a Signature programme of professionally curated exhibitions and a Fringe component, in which all sorts of spaces through ...full story