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 editor@dphoto.co.nz with the subject ...full story

Moleskine Photo Books going cheap

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If you have been thinking of putting together a photo book with all the classy trappings of the classic Moleskine design now would be the time – you can get a certain format for under half price until the end of the month.

Self-publishing platform MILK Books is celebrating the launch of its new Autofill Tool, which can automatically assemble a photo book in less than 20 seconds, by offering its Moleskine Square Photo Books for just US$20, down from US$50.

The offer is only available for 20-page Medium Square Moleskine Photo Books, which feature ivory coloured matt paper, hard cover with inset image, rounded corners and lie-flat stitched binding, elastic closure and expandable pocket.

The new Autofill Tool is an option you can choose in creating your photo book online, automatically populating the pages with your desired image selection in less than 20 seconds.

The offer expires on April 1 and the Moleskine range of photo books is unlikely to sell for such a low price again, so get in while the getting is good.

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Correction: Top trainer hits NZ

d-photo-53In the April-May edition of D-Photo (issue 53) we ran an article about photographic trainer David Harradine’s upcoming workshops with a regrettable error.

On page 93 in the article Top Trainer Hits NZ we have erroneously referred to the workshops as “expensive” when we clearly meant to describe them as “extensive” – the sentence should read:

“One of Australia’s leading digital photographic trainers will be stopping in to New Zealand next month to hold a pair of extensive two-day workshops on Photoshop, Lightroom and colour management.”

With the workshops covering both the essentials of professional colour management as well as ‘industrial strength’ techniques for getting the most out of both Lightroom and Photoshop, there is obviously no question as to how extensive the events are.

As anyone who has visited Harradine’s website will also be well aware, the two-day workshops certainly can’t be said to be expensive either, especially if you register at the early bird prices for one or both days before April 19 – more details here.

The workshops will be held in Wellington on April 29 ...full story

International doco award closes soon

SWEET NOTHINGS: Rural schoolgirls of the Eastern Anatolian bordeSubmissions towards the world’s most prestigious biennial documentary photography award close next month.

The Henri Cartier-Bresson International award is now accepting entries for it’s 2013 programme from established photographers with a body of work strong in the documentary genre – the deadline is April 15.

The prize, presented by the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation and the Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, is a €35000 (about NZ$55000) award to be put towards a project the recipient would otherwise be unable to pursue.

To be eligible for entry photographers of all ages and locations must first be nominated by an organisation such as a school, university, agency, professional group, gallery, magazine, museum or festival.

Either the nominating organisation or photographer can download an entry form to register from the foundation’s website.

As well as receiving the award money, the winning photographer will also have the opportunity to exhibit work at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris.

The award, which is given out every other year, went to London-based photographer Vanessa Winship, who put the money toward travelling to America ...full story