Hähnel Tuff TTL Wireless Flash Trigger (for Canon)

Hahnel-flash-triggerThe Hähnel Tuffs are, well, tough! Made up of two complementary units: a transmitter that sits on the camera’s hot shoe and a receiver with a hot shoe for the remote flash to sit in. Plug them in, turn them on and the camera is shooting in full Canon TTL mode without even consulting the manual.

They are light but made out of a strong plastic material and covered with a protective and removable silicone rubber cover, giving them a go-anywhere take-anything-you-can-throw-at-them feel. The receiver also acts as a foot for the flash, which means you can sit on a table, shelf or any level surface without extra clamps or accessories.

The buttons and controls are oversize, easily accessed but discrete, which means they are easy to use and don’t get in the way — very well thought through design and details. (more…)

Develop your photography in the lap of luxury

article-natural-environment-photographyIf you are keen to upgrade your photography skills while at the same time enjoying five-star accommodation and fine dining, then the Bay of Many Coves resort in Marlborough has two upcoming events that tick both boxes.

Two new photographic retreats lead by Simon Woolf, one of New Zealand’s leading professional photographers, are scheduled for the coming months to help enthusiastic photographers take advantage of the area’s abundant natural beauty.

In June the Bay of Many Coves Photography retreat will treat attendees of all skill levels to hands-on tuition with Woolf as he teaches how to take advantage of the region’s photographic opportunities, including unique flora and fauna, landscape, marine and cultural subjects.

The retreat runs from June 28 to 30 with prices starting at $999 per person – click here for more information.

Then in September the Bay of Many Coves offers a Natural Environment Photography Retreat in which Woolf will guide photographers through many of the natural splendours the region offers.

This retreat includes the chance to shoot a wide variety of seabirds, seals and dolphins with Dolphin Watch Nature ...full story

Samsung WB150F Compact Camera

Samsung-wb150fbSamsung introduced the WB150F in May this year aiming for the traveller who wants something simple to operate, light to carry, and equipped with a good zoom to capture everything from a wide-angle group shot to birds nesting off in the distance. This camera has the specifications to fulfil the task: its metal body weighs 188.2g, lighter than most of its rivals, and its slim profile snugly fits into your back trouser pocket for easy access.

Buttons and dials are clearly marked and thoughtfully placed, which allows for plenty of space around them and it packs a Schneider-Kreuznach varioplan 18x optical zoom, 24–432mm (35mm equivalent) lens. Images are captured at maximum 14.2 megapixel JPEGs and video is recorded at 1280×720 (30fps). (more…)

D-Feature: NZ Icescapes Images – Shooting to Live

shooting-to-live-08Most photography enthusiasts will at some point toy with idea of making a living through their art. The prospect of earning your crust doing what you love is undeniably appealing but such a commitment is not for the faint of heart — so says Petr Hlavacek, one who made the leap and lived to tell the tale.

Hailing from what was once Czechoslovakia, Hlavacek held a number of jobs across Europe before landing in New Zealand in 2001, where he fell in love with the glaciers of the West Coast — a passion that would grow into the successful boutique photo library, NZ Icescapes Images.

In early 2005, to get up close and personal with his frosty fascination, Hlavacek secured a job working with one of the two glacier-guiding companies operating around the Franz Josef at the time. He would show customers safely across the ice while taking pictures that were to be used in the company’s advertising and marketing as he went. Then in late 2006 the two guiding companies merged and Hlavacek found himself at the crossroads. ...full story

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.

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

How long did it take to sort through all those ...full story

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
  • Basic accounting ...full story

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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