Eggleston honoured

untitled.-1695-1968-fr.-los-alamos_-beehive_70pOne of the great living American photographers this year has his renowned career honoured with the prestigious Outstanding Contribution to Photography award.

William Eggleston, widely acknowledged as one of the most important contributors to the art of colour photography, has been selected as the 2013 recipient of the annual award, given as part of the Sony World Photography Awards programme.

The artist will receive the award at the Sony World Photography Awards Gala Ceremony in London on Thursday 25 April, and a special display of his work will also be on display at Somerset House during the awards exhibition.

Finding his subjects in the minutiae of everyday suburban America, Eggleston’s colour transparency photos comprised one of the first and most important colour photography exhibitions at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1976.

Talking about the award and his work’s contribution to the art form Eggleston states simply, “The world is in colour”.

“To paraphrase my friend John Szarkowski, my attempt has been to see simultaneously, both the blue and the sky as one thing.”

The World Photography Organisation’s creative director, Astrid Merget, describes Eggleston as one of the ...full story

D-Feature: Winter Photography – Cold Snaps – 48

1-Julian-ApseIt’s not hard to get motivation to shoot when the sun is out and the sky is blue — when the weather packs in it’s another story. But New Zealand’s winters offer a host of unique photographic opportunities even when the weather isn’t inviting. We talk to PSNZ National Conference guest speakers Julian Apse (JA), Jackie Ranken (JR) and Kevin Tyree (KT) about getting the most out of winter.

Why shoot winter?

JA: It’s a great time of year to shoot, short days and a warm fire to get home to, I wish winter was longer and there was more snow like July last year around Queenstown.

KT: The truth all photographers learn is that the best photography is when there is more adverse weather. The approaching storm, the first light after the snowstorm, the big nor’-west sky late in the day, the misty morning.

JR: The skies are bluer and the air is cleaner here than many places on the planet. In the North Island the steaming thermal areas like Rotorua are much more dramatic in the winter because the surrounding air ...full story

Intro to composition

When starting out in photography one of the most important concepts to wrap your head around is composition. Pip Payne, one of the photography instructors at the Bring Your Own Laptop training organisation, lays out the foundations of good composition for beginners.

01 FPiI run graphic design and photography courses in Wellington with BYOL. My favourite class is entry level Photography.

Design students ask, ‘What is good design?’ Whereas photography students ask the same question a different way – ‘What is good composition?’  This is my answer to both:

Imagine you invite someone round for dinner, making them feel special by ‘setting’ the table. Maybe some flowers – making an effort, right? Bang, we have focal point and repetition — two powerful elements of composition. It’s the same principle wherever we want to attract and hold attention. In Photography, we invite eyes into our image.

Lack of composition is like dropping some cutlery on the table (okay so that’s fortuitous pattern, which is good) then we tell our guest to grab a plate from the
pile and help themselves! Feeling the love yet? We make ...full story

Nice pins: Lucy Fisher

LucyFisherD-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog looks at interesting photographers doing interesting things – today we talk with Lucy Fisher, a photographer originally from the UK and currently based in Auckland who likes to roam the world shooting people’s legs. You can view more images at The Next Leg project’s Tumblr and Facebook pages.

D-Photo: Can you briefly describe what The Next Leg project is all about?

Lucy Fisher: The Next Leg is a global photographic documentary of legs, shot in a paparazzi style. The aim is to connect the world by their legs, and highlight the differences and similarities in people all over the world, along with documenting fashion trends and social intricacies. None of the photos are cropped, as I enjoy the challenge of capturing the exact moment and all that surrounds it. Sometimes I don’t see the details behind the legs until I’m editing – and that makes it more exciting. There can be a hidden piece of graffiti or a reflection in a puddle that just makes the picture.

How did you come up with the idea?

I have always taken pictures of my own legs and also my friends, ...full story

Eyes on Cinema EOS

Cinema-EOS_01This week Canon invited local professional filmmakers, videographers and photographers in both Auckland and Wellington to an evening showcase of the company’s rapidly growing line of Cinema EOS products – D-Photo came along to the Auckland event.

Settling in with a few drinks and nibbles at Grey Lynn’s Kingsize Studios, attendees were treated to screenings of two short films shot on different cameras in the Cinema EOS range, as well as some behind-the-scenes featurettes, before delving into product overviews.

The first short was Man & Beast, a stylish short biopic about scientist and conservation activist Dr Alan Rabinowitz, PhD. The film is a warm, fuzzy story of a young boy who turned to animals for shelter from the teasing of others due to his debilitating stutter, later growing up to become one of the world’s most effective defenders of imperilled wild cat species.

The very engaging short was shot entirely on the C500, Canon’s new headliner in the EOS Cinema range. Putting the powerful camera’s ability to shoot10-bit 4K RAW footage at up to 60fps in the hands of legendary cinematographer Jeff ...full story

D-Feature: Boudoir Photography – The Old Bedroom Eyes – 47

Boudoir-Photography-08Recently the sensual style of boudoir photography has undergone a strong resurgence. While once this genre might have been perceived too bawdy for polite company, it has since been accepted into the mainstream with a hint of nostalgia. These days when venturing into the bedroom photographers are increasingly adopting the playful styles of pin-up and burlesque from decades past.

This trend towards retro beauty has become popular because it lets the women (and occasionally men) in front of the lens redefine ‘sexy’ on their own terms, says Christchurch photographer Allyeska, a specialist in the vintage style.

“There is a striking difference between modern and retro pin-ups. You will find retro pinups are more likely to be subtle, playful, suggestive, mysterious and fun, and less likely to have that ‘I know you want me’ look, or to utilise poses reminiscent of soft-porn.”

Given how saturated society has become with overtly sexualised images it’s no shock that both photographers and their clients are looking to the past for ways of expressing sexuality in a fun, creative fashion, says the photographer.

“Retro pin-ups are ...full story

Shoot Easter Monday and win

ADITLONZHave your camera at the ready this Easter Monday and be in to win a Moleskine Photo Book in D-Photo’s 24-hour Day in the Life photo challenge.

We are asking readers to send in their best images taken any time between 12.00am and 11.59pm on Monday, April 1 to help create an illustrative view of New Zealand on its day off, with the top image winning a Moleskine Photo Book Plus.

Using whatever photographic style you find appropriate we want to see mages of your city, town, holiday spot, family home, camping ground, or wherever you happen to be on Easter Monday.

Pick a time of the day to document. Shoot throughout the day. Find something extraordinary. Capture something wonderfully normal. Take any approach you like, but get your images in by 5pm, April 26, to be in with a chance to win.

Be sure to include the time, location and a brief description— as well as the usual camera data (camera model, focal length, shutter speed, aperture, ISO) — with every image you submit.

Send images to with the subject ...full story