D-Photo 64 out now

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The first issue of D-Photo for 2015 is available in stores this week, and it's packed with tons of inspiration and instruction to help you make the most of the beautiful summer days we find ourselves in the midst of.

Here's a peek at what you'll find beyond the cover:

Perfect moment: landscape legend Andris Apse talks about his latest work shooting the resplendent South Island and the way in which his exceptional upbringing has informed his visual style.

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Andris Apse

Nature's masterpiece: join travel and wildlife photographer Karim Sahai as he embarks on a voyage to shoot the icy landscapes of the Arctic and capture one of nature's most dazzling phenomena; the Northern Lights.

Tragic glamour: art photographer Yvonne Todd discusses the largest exhibition of her career and the influences that have shaped her distinctive, unnerving approach to studio portraiture.

The future of photography: we find ourselves in a time of undeniable upheaval and evolution for the art, production, consumption and business of photography – take a look at where today's trends may be leading us.

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Stefan Simons

Rising stars shine bright: get a look at work from Aotearoa's top young photographers as judged by the latest edition of the Canon EYEcon awards.

Mama Africa: International travel photographer Chris McLennan shares stunning imagery created in one of his 'photographic happy places', Africa.

Landscapes on the go: local legend Jackie Ranken discusses techniques for creating landscape images from moving platforms, such as planes, trains, and automobiles.

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Jackie Ranken

Reach for the sky: look at walking the fine line of HDR use to beat tricky lighting on location with Andy Belcher.

When you go pro – part one: If you've ever wanted to make money from your photography you're going to want to check out Paul Petch's tips to consider before making your move.

Anatomy of a portrait: decode a portrait set-up, light by light, with studio wizard Luke White.

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Anton Maurer

Still waters: Mareea Vegas speaks with emerging photographer Anton Maurer about slowing down to shoot and putting real thought into landscape images.

Landscape quick fixes: Mead Norton gives handy answers to common landscape photography problems, as submitted by our readers.

DAM your photo collection: digital imaging guru looks at the unglamorous but very important arena of digital asset management.

Head to your local newsagent for all that and more, or pick up your copy online here.

D-Photo 63 out Monday

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Time to get in that summer state of mind; the final issue of D-Photo for the year hits shelves on Monday and it's packed with stunning imagery and helpful tips for shooting in the summertime, capturing candid holiday moments, perfecting your family photography, and all the best photo gifts for the Christmas stockings.

Here's a taste of what's on offer this issue:

D-Photo Christmas Gift Guide: the best photography gifts for all budgets, from cameras and accessories to Christmas card printing and workshop vouchers.

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Richard Wood

Portrait of a champion: portrait artist Richard Wood tells us how keeping the creative wheels spinning helps overcome the daily grind and produce award-winning images.

Meet the scholars: take a look at fresh work from 11 of New Zealand’s most promising up-and-comers.

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Craig Levers

Summer photography: sun-loving photographers Craig Levers, Tessa Chrisp and Stephen Robinson share their unique approaches to capturing a Kiwi summer.

Authentic family photos: top family photographers Holly Spring, Karyn Worthington and Anna Munro teach us to get warm, creative shots of the whānau, be they formal portraits or casual family gatherings.

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Karyn Worthington

Arctic adventure: travel photographer Chris McLennan crosses another location off his to-do list as he turns his lens on the Arctic’s polar bears.

Shoot your Christmas cards: local legend Jackie Ranken busts out the family album to look at different approaches to holiday portraits.

Tropical traipsing: Andy Belcher cranks out one of Nikon’s latest goodies in beautiful Niue

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Paul Petch

Good with children: Paul Petch looks at eight simple tips to get your head in the zone when tackling the boundless energy of youth on a shoot.

Ring flash basics: Luke White explains the many and varied uses of a ring flash, from distinctive portraits to macro work.

Generation why: Mareea Vegas talks to emerging photographer Fraser Chatham about the new breed of 'hybrid photographers'.

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Fraser Chatham

Better group shots: Mead Norton solves readers’ common problems with the family portraits.

Sketchy: Hans Weichselbaum walks us through the digital editing process of transforming a photo to a pencil sketch

Head to your local newsagent come Monday for all that and much more in D-Photo 63, or pick up a copy online here.

Upskill in geothermic paradise

mead (2)These days there are loads of photography workshops available to the ambitious enthusiast, but few are offered in quite such a sumptuous environment as the upcoming Rotorua photography workshop. The three-day workshop, taking place in early September, will enable hobbyist photographers to lift their craft in a wide range of areas amidst the unique backdrops of geothermal parks, lush native forests, and charming local markets.

Led by renowned local photographer and long-time D-Photo contributor, Mead Norton, the workshop will leave attendees confident in capturing a diverse range of genres, including landscapes, action and portraits. Other fundamentals covered include composition, picking your moment, natural lighting and digital processing.

“Rotorua provides a fantastic backdrop to learn how to work with your environment to get a dramatic and thought provoking image," says Norton.  "We have the mystique and intrigue of the geothermal activity, the tranquil lakes and moody forests."

As well as being treated to all the natural splendour the area has to offer, attendees will also be staying in luxury at the opulent Peppers on the Point resort, with three-course gourmet dinners, breakfasts and lunches included in the package.

The workshop takes place on September 5-7, and costs $1200 per person. You can browse the full details of the workshop here, and contact Norton on mead@meadnorton.com or 021 202 3042 for further enquiries.

Workshop Wednesday 13.03.14

There are a wealth of photography workshops available these days across a wide array of subjects -- each Wednesday we round up a list of upcoming events from the photographers D-Photo trusts to deliver an exciting and educational experience.

Rotorua adventure

Mead Norton

Expert lifestyle outdoor photographer Mead Norton is running a weekend workshop ranging around scenic Rotorua. Kicking off on Friday evening, March 28 and wrapping on Sunday, March 30, the workshop includes dynamic training sessions on composition, natural lighting, elements of a successful image, environmental travel portraiture, tailored gear advice, image critiquing and advice on digital editing and printing.

The workshop is suitable for photographers of all levels and is limited to 12 participants – head to Mead's website for his credentials and shoot him an email on mead@meadnorton.com for further details and to secure your place.

Portrait workshop savings

Paul Petch

If you have been meaning to brush up on your portrait technique now would be a good time to commit – commercial photographer Paul Petch is currently offering a 50 per cent discount on any of his Auckland-based portrait workshops as long as you book in the month of March.

Paul's three-hour workshop at Bethells Beach is designed to help photographers capture beautiful, moody outdoor portraits, whether you're a photography newcomer or an expert looking to develop outside of the studio. Check the website for details.

Naked knowledge

Bianca Duimel

If you haven't swung by the Naked Robot already you should definitely give it a look – run by a team of top photographers, the website has a host of helpful blog tutorials as well as listings for some exciting upcoming workshops.

Beginners can learn the ropes with Harry Janssen's Digital SLR workshop over three half-days on consecutive Saturdays, beginning March 29, and those looking to get a little more imaginative with their imagery can book in to Bianca Duimel's Shoot Your Dreams workshop for creative photography.

You can even score a 10 per cent discount by entering the coupon code DPHOTO03 at the checkout.

Are you a reputable photography professional hosting a workshop? Email editor@dphoto.co.nz with the details and we'll see about getting you into the next Workshop Wednesday round-up.