Getting to Infocus gets easier

InfocusOne of the biggest photographic events of the year is just around the corner, and if paying up front to attend the Infocus conference has been holding you back, take heart; instalment payments are now available. The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography's annual Infocus event is a three-day conference of talks, workshops, industry exhibitions, and networking and socialising with some of the best photographers in the country, this year held in Rotorua from August 3-5. To help make the event more accessible the organisation is now offering the option of paying for your ticket in three instalments.

Full conference registration for organisation members, students, and assistants is $545, or $745 for non-members. That cost can now be split across three payments, one third on registration, one third by August 21, and the final third following the conference on September 21.

You can also purchase individual day passes to the event at a rate of $295 for members, $395 for non-members.

Below are the key events scheduled for each day of the conference:

Sunday August 03:

British landscape photographer Michael Kenna speaks on 'Working in the Arts'

Photographer Kaye Davis conducts a live interview with Kenna

Commercial photographer Sara Orme presents 'Traversing different genres in 20 years'

Communication expert Amy Scott delivers an intriguingly titled talk 'Taste of dots'

Wedding and portrait photographer Rachel Callander presents 'The Journey of a Dream and finding beauty in brokenness'

Monday August 04:

Australian photographer Dan O'Day talks on 'Wedding photography and personal projects'

A morning of workshops including:

Hassle-free posing to enhance your portraits and bank accounts, with Joe Sing

Lighting on the run, with Richard Wood

If you shoot people for a living... choose your selling weapons carefuly, with Lester de Vere

Print-making process from original to print, with Jackie Ranken

Australian photographer Peter Eastway speaking on 'Business planning'

Live photography shoot-out between Esther Bunning, Richard Wood, and Kylie Lyons

Tuesday August 05:

Dan O'Day holds a masterclass session on 'Philosophies of Dan O'Day'

Peter Eastway hosts a masterclass on 'The finances of landscape photography'

 

For more information on the event be sure to visit the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography website.

Kids Photo Comp extended

Glenn ElvyThe deadline for the latest edition of D-Photo's Kids Photo Comp is being extended; you now have until 5pm, Monday, April 28 to submit your images and be in to win a Moleskine Photo Book Plus and the chance to be critiqued by a professional photographer.

Last issue's winner was Glenn Elvy. His image (above), titled The Gamer, was chosen by photographer Esther Bunning for its compellingly dramatic lighting and strong graphics created by the tight crop.

"The chosen format gives a strong sense of direction, as the hands play an integral part of the image storytelling," Bunning explains.

"A beautifully controlled image with sensitivity and intrigue, with a sense of friction at play in his intense stare — this leaves the viewer wanting to know more about the child and the emotions behind the image."

Congratulations also go out to our runners-up, who submitted the extremely strong images displayed below.

For your chance to have your favourite kids portrait critiqued by a pro, see your mage published in D-Photo and possibly win an elegant Moleskine Photo Book Plus, get your entries in for the next round by 5pm, Monday, April 28:

Send entries to: editor@dphoto.co.nz with the subject ‘Kids Photo Comp’

Details to include: image title, camera used, focal length, aperture, shutter speed, iso, any additional equipment

Image requirements: around A4 size at 300dpi, JPEG file

Deadline: 5pm, April 28

Terms and conditions

To enter you must be the photographer of the submitted content and either the legal copyright holder or have permission from the copyright holder

Images should be around A4 size at 300dpi – file size is a clue, if it’s less than 1MB it’s probably not print quality

Images should not be watermarked

Images should not have been previously published (personal blogs, websites and social media sites are fine)

You fully indemnify D-Photo and its sponsors against any claims arising from third parties in the event that your submitted image infringes intellectual, property or model rights if published by D-Photo and its sponsors for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and exhibition

Entrants retain copyright to their images and agree that D-Photo may use material submitted in whole for promotion or acknowledgment of the competition and exhibition

Entrants agree submitted material may be cropped for editorial and layout purposes and that such altered images may be credited to them

Non-compliance with the competition criteria will disqualify entries

Prizes are not transferable and may not be exchanged for cash

No entries will be accepted after stated deadlines

For further inquiries please contact editor@dphoto.co.nz

Julia de Cleene

Second place: Julia De Cleene, The Silent Impact

Hannah Daish

Third place: Hannah Daish, Contemplation

D-Photo no. 58 out Monday

DP58Our clever subscribers can begin checking their mailboxes from tomorrow, but everyone else should run down to the local news agent because D-Photo no. 58 hits the shelves on Monday. This issue we talk to portrait artist extraordinaire, Esther Bunning, about her magical Tales of Whimsy images that turn childhood dreams into photographic reality.

We also feature work from American master William Eggleston alongside New Zealand great Lawrence Aberhart, looking at a new exhibition exploring their contributions to the poetry of everyday life.

Travel photographer Josh Donnelly takes us on a photo tour of Myanmar and we look at Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani's arresting new project with a creative look at dogs and their owners.

You will also find an exclusive feature on the fresh, challenging work from New Zealand's best young photographers in the Canon EYEcon awards, and learn how not to bore your friends to death with dull GoPro footage in Mead Norton's action video tutorial.

Our beloved regulars also offer up some inspiring insights, including Chris McLennan's tour of New Zealand's best kept landscape secretes, Jackie Ranken's use of double exposure in travel photography, Andy Belcher's heart-pounding rafting photography.

Plus our resident experts are on hand to help you master light, with Paul Petch looking at the fundamentals of location portraiture and Luke White laying down the many studio options available with a single light.

And our tech-head reviewers put Sony's full-frame mirrorless A7, Panasonic's tiny Lumix GM1, Canon's impressive L-series 200-400mm zoom lens and Olympus's stylish OM-D E-M1 through their paces.

If you are keen to grab the new issue online you can do so here, or you can subscribe (or re-subscribe) and go in the draw to win one of two GoPro Hero3+ cameras – we've got a Black Edition worth $599 and a Silver Edition worth $479 to be won!