Our pick of prime portraits using Atmosphere Aerosol

Our pick of prime portraits using Atmosphere Aerosol

Trying to create an atmospheric environment on location can be tricky: fog machines are large, heavy, and require a power source. Pyrotechnics are disruptive, sometimes dangerous, and aren’t suitable in many situations, while dry ice comes with its own safety considerations. This seems a lot to put up with for the simple aim of capturing streams of directional light in our images.

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New blood in SAE Auckland’s film department

Students who have kick-started their year, and their film career journey, by attending SAE Creative Media Institute, will be able to draw on the knowledge and experience that their new film lecturer, Dawn Hutchesson, brings to the table.

Joining the SAE Film Studies Department on a permanent, part-time basis, Hutchesson will be primarily taking care of Bachelor of Film Arts degree students, guiding them towards, and preparing them for jobs within the film industry.

Hutchesson is already a familiar face around SAE, as she spent 2016 teaching at the institute, and students can rest assured that they are in extremely capable hands, as Hutchesson holds a masters degree from Auckland University, a certificate in adult learning and teaching from Wintec, a national diploma in advanced journalism from Massey, as well as certificates in leadership management enhancement and strategic management from AUT.

She was previously the manager of Colab, AUT’s Creative Technologies Research Centre, and prior to that management role, Hutchesson was a programme manager in Unitec’s Performing and Screen Arts Department and a senior lecturer in the Media Arts Department at Wintec.

Dawn has also consulted for various agencies, including Auckland Council and ATEED. She has been a TV director, producer, project manager, and copywriter with agencies in New Zealand, UK, and Ireland. She was also the co-director and producer for the renowned documentary film Sheilas, and producer on the short film Rockpool

Dr Suzette Major, campus manager at SAE, says, “We are very fortunate to have Dawn bring her wealth of knowledge and experience to the SAE team, but beyond this, she is a fantastic role model to our female film-making students.”

A photography tour through India

When her 20-year career as a freelance photographer started to become a little less busy due to the arrival of the internet, Liz Light decided to set off on a new path. While still maintaining her photography and writing career in New Zealand, she also decided to start a company that would find her in her favourite location, India, on a regular basis. Light decided to start a special-interest tour company called ‘Colour India’.

“I had been obsessed with India since I saw a photograph of women wearing saris when I was nine years old. I have worked there, lived there, and visited many times — and it is such a great country for photography,” Light explains. “It has thousands of years of tradition of art, architecture, and spirituality; thousands of kilometres of soaring mountains, cities heaving with humanity, vast spacious national parks, and a quirky off-the-wallness that is unique to this extraordinarily place. And, generally, people [there] like being photographed.”

Colour India sees Light host two small-group photography tours each year (with a maximum of 10 people per tour), which head to India to coincide with two extraordinary festivals — one in March, and one in October.

“The October tour has two days of luxury camping in amongst the Pushkar Camel Fair. The March tour coincides with Holi in Varanasi, and, again, we stay right in the middle of it in a heritage hotel on the ghats [steps to the Ganges River].  Both celebrations are colourful, crazy, and nothing like you [will] have ever seen or photographed before,” Light enthuses.

On both tours, you are destined to have opportunities to interact with and photograph the people and heritage of Kolkata and Varanasi. You’ll see tigers, birds, and a vast array of other wildlife in the Bandhavgarh National Park, and you’ll have four days in Himalayan Kashmir. In addition, you’ll be able to get your Taj Mahal shot, as well as encounter the bazaars of Delhi to not only capture beautiful images but also fill your bags with treasures before you head home.

You’ll be travelling by minibus, and there will be knowledgeable, photography-savvy guides at each stop — and, instead of being stuck on long bus and train trips between faraway destinations, you’ll be popped on internal flights and stay in luxurious accommodation.

Keen to book your spot for the October Pushkar Camel Fair experience or interested in learning more about Colour India and how to get involved? Just head to colourindia.co.nz, or contact Liz Light by email at elight@kiwilink.co.nz, text via 021 2353932, or phone on 09 422 0111.

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