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Whether you’re an enthusiastic weekend snapper or a beginner who wants to learn more, NZ Photographer is the fun e-magazine for all Kiwi camera owners – and it’s free! EDITOR Ollie Dale, ANZIPP email@example.com GROUP EDITOR Trudi Caffell
inally we can announce and fully
the Canon Media Awards, celebrating
hand over the reins of Editor of
outstanding images from the media, to
the recent NZIPP Iris Awards and the
Brady Dyer has been chosen from several
thousand applicants to follow in the size 12 footsteps of your outgoing editor, me. Brady’s enthusiasm and already
North Shore Salon. Thanks for the memories – it’s been a pleasure and a great ride. Don’t worry; you haven’t heard the last from me!
established online presence is exactly what NZ Photographer needs going
P.S. Jackie and I had our third baby on the
forward, and I look forward to seeing his
20th of August – Nathan Willem Dale.
name in lights as he takes what 3,500
Older brother Josh and sister Aliyah are
people have come to know and love
super excited. Let the madness begin!
as NZ Photographer into new territory.
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MEET BRADY DYER
YOUR NEW NZ PhotoGRAPHER EDITOR
Maori Tourism NZ campaign in China
How did you get into
ridiculous amount for the prints. So I got a
What were some of your early
friend to build a website, and got a few
I got into photography while I was still
photographers together to shoot the balls.
Most of the photos I took in my early
at school. I started a business in my final
After our first few we had plenty of cash
years were glamour shots. I had a lot
year doing school ball photography
to purchase a camera (Canon 350D)
of friends wanting to get into modelling
for my own school (Hutt International
and studio lights etc. After about a year
and promo work and really enjoyed this
Boys School) and a few other schools
I started playing around with the 350D
style of photography (who wouldn’t as
that heard we were doing something
and it soon became my trusted camera. I
a teenage boy!). From word of mouth
different. I was sick of the way current
quickly taught myself the technical aspects
and building contacts I quickly became
photographers sold their ball photos.
of using a camera, and coming from a
known as the go-to guy for photography.
They’d come into the school with huge
design background I had spent many
Some early highlight’s were being asked
big boards with 100’s of tiny thumbnails
years photo shopping other peoples
if I would like to take photos for the
scattered all over them. You then had
photos! Now in 2011 we’re doing 15
Hurricane’s new billboards which then
to write out a booking form and pay a
school balls this year.
were displayed all over Wellington City.
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Photos for Vossen Wheels of a Masarati with their new wheels
Production Stills for “Tangiwai” the movie. This photo is used by TVNZ on the cover of the DVD being sold
It was soon after this job having earned
launched and I managed to get my
Photographer magazine is one I am very
some money, and seeing my work up on
hands on the first body in Wellington
excited about. It’s unchartered waters for
a billboard, and having had the pleasure
(Thanks Tim from Colin Kirk!). Most of
me and I am looking forward to it! I’m
of using a Canon 5D I thought, “This is
my life has been centred around my
looking forward to helping educate those
photography, and as well as school ball
that are new to the photography scene,
photography we also convert video tapes
those who were just like me several years
What happened next?
to DVD. I’ve also recently started a web
ago. I’ve got some great articles in the
I decided to commit myself to
design business which goes hand in
pipeline and I can’t wait to share these
photography. I started saving hard. Every
hand with my photography business!
drop from every job went into my new camera fund. Then for my 21st birthday
Why did you apply for the Editor
a huge group of friends all got together
and knew what I wanted. Together with
I’ve always enjoyed talking and sharing
my parents they purchased me my 5D.
my mind, some would argue too much!
Luckily for me, the MKII had just been
Having the opportunity to Edit NZ
To contact Brady or if you’re interested in contributing to NZ Photographer e-Magazine please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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Peter Bush presents Mark Mitchell with the trophy for Press Photographer of the Year.
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ew Zealand’s top photojournalists were recognised in red carpet style
at the Canon Media Awards held in Auckland at the end of May. Legendary photographer Peter Bush made a special appearance to present the awards to each winning photojournalist. Peter Bush went on to be honoured for his outstanding contribution to photojournalism. Mark Mitchell from The New Zealand Herald took out the supreme award in the photography section. His winning portfolio earned him the title of Best Senior Photographer in New Zealand. It features six striking photos that capture heart-stopping moments from the past year. The portfolio includes emotional pictures of members of the Greymouth Community during the Pike River tragedy; a photo of Deans’ historic Homebush Station homestead, destroyed by the Christchurch earthquake; and a shot of a fiery confrontation between cricketers Scott Styris and Mitchell Johnson. Mark Mitchell, says, “It was a big thrill to win the award. It was a huge news year
The New Zealand Herald
and I just happened to be in the right place at the right time to be able to capture good, strong images.”
*Supreme Award Winner The Canon Media Awards
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BenjaminCurran The Marlborough Express
*Best Junior Photographer The Canon Media Awards
Benjamin Curran from The Marlborough
Other winners included Kent Blechynden
Express was named Best Junior Photographer
from The Dominion Post who was
for his portfolio of six photographs.
awarded Best Single News Picture for his
Benjamin’s pictures show his ability to
photo of a police standoff. Best Sports
produce stunning imagery from rural New
Picture was given to Hagen Hopkins of
Zealand, as well as photos to support local
Getty Images for his photo of a catch
during the HRV Cup.
Mike Johnston, Country Manager of Canon
New Zealand, says, “This is obviously a
from The New
special section for Canon. We have been
Zealand Herald won
supporting New Zealand media’s most
Best Photo Essay
outstanding photojournalists for a number
for his series on the
of years and really enjoy celebrating their
stranding of a pod of
whales. Best Video
“It is always a great moment when the
was presented to
winning photos are presented at the Canon
Amy van Dyk, Mike
Media Awards and New Zealand’s
Scott, Matt Rilkoff and
photographic talent is on display for the
Aaron Wood from the
industry to appreciate,” says Johnston.
Taranaki Daily News.
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HagenHopkins Getty Images
*Best Single Sports PictureThe Canon Media Awards
KentBlechynden The Dominion Post
*Best Single News Picture The Canon Media Awards
RichardRobinson The New Zealand Herald
*Best Essay/Slideshow The Canon Media Awards
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Catwalks & Models HOT ON THE HEELS OF NZ’s Fashion Week, Jim Selby shares his passion for photographing beautiful people parading around in fancy clothes...
atwalks: glamorous, high fashion
at the end of the runway were a good
runways populated with often
20 photographers and 4 videographers.
unhappy looking or ‘edgy’
Not a massive number of people until
models, with their meticulously practiced
you realise we were all crammed into an
struts and turns. If you think you know your
area no bigger than 8 foot by 6 foot (2.4
camera, this is the place to prove it. I am
Metres by 1.8 Metres) and everyone had
Bluesden Photography and I love Catwalks!
their spot marked out. Except me. Not only was I at the back of the pit, but I ended
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Into the unknown...
up tightly sandwiched between two video
I still remember my first ever Catwalk
cameras on high tripods. Everyone around
show; stood in the photographers ‘pit’
me seemed quietly confident, last minute
camera checks were taking place, and fellow togs were chatting. There was I, unable to see the catwalk fully, scared to move my arms too much lest I bring the video cameras crashing down and awash with a mixture of nerves and excitement. Oh, and I had no idea what was going to happen next. I tuned into some of the conversations searching for clues and realised that the main topic of discussion was not about the content of the upcoming show, or which models may be appearing. It was regarding the lighting. For good reason as I was about to find out. Everyone was second guessing the set-up and as the crowd started filling the seats the atmosphere started to grow. I took a few test shots and played with my settings, underexposing a little to allow for the brighter lights that I was expecting. The place was now full, the house lights started dimming and the whole auditorium went dark. The show’s loud, exhilarating music started and I could feel my heart speeding up. Still no lights though and I remember stupidly thinking to myself, what ISO am I going to need for this dimness? The music reached a crescendo and BAM! The Catwalk area lit up, but the photography pit didn’t. The trick now, as I learned very quickly, was to get the settings right, in the dark. As you will have guessed, there are no dry runs with Catwalk photography, the lighting is sprung upon you when the show starts and not before. It’s not like a studio where you are the master of the lighting; it’s a surprise and one that you have to deal with fast. That first experience was terrifying to start with, I will admit. But it left a lasting impression on me and I have shot many more shows since. And yes, the lighting is always different and it’s always a challenge. To get a feel for what it is like in the pit, grab your camera one
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evening and turn off the lights. Now try and change your ISO, white balance and aperture within 30 seconds. Not so easy? Thought not. I shoot at 1/160 so that I can guarantee that I freeze the action of the models. They are constantly on the move, and the best shots always seem to be when they are mid strut. All of my other settings revolve around this shutter speed. My camera body is a Canon 7D and all of my catwalk images to date have been shot with a Sigma DC 18-250mm 3.5 to 6.3 lens. The combination of the Sigma lens and the 7D has been superb, producing vibrant images, often in lowlight conditions. I use Kingston Technology Ultimate CF cards and absolutely no flash.
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I have never used flash for catwalk shows as it’s simply a waste of time. Shows are often well lit with very strong lighting; a flash gun is going to have very little effect and just adds weight and bulk to the camera body. Although the 18-250mm lenses are often seen as ‘jack of all trades, master of none’ lenses, the range and reach for me is key. It’s important to be able to switch from a long shot at the beginning of the catwalk to a facial close up a few feet away from me very quickly. And as the action is quite fast, with multiple models on the catwalk at once, the fact that the Sigma focuses very quickly is a massive bonus. Some catwalk photographers use two cameras with short range and long range lenses, but I tend to find that space is VERY limited as you are working shoulder to shoulder with other photographers and constantly switching between cameras is just too much hassle.
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So, my top tips for Catwalk photography... •
Get to the show early. Although the
being able to configure your camera
I can use up a lot of space very
catwalk area is often closed off
settings in a hurry in the dark is a trick
quickly. It’s not uncommon for me
and protected by security in many
that’s an absolute must. When those
to come back from a fashion show
cases, it is possible to gain entry
lights come up you have to act fast or
where there have been 2 or 3
early and to place your marker
you’ll miss the start of the show.
Catwalks with over 1,000 images
if you ask nicely. Two extra items
to sift through and process.
on the Catwalk are the models
most photographers do not are a
following? Are they coming all
There really is no point. The lights
roll of packing tape and a marker
the way to the end? Are they
are so strong that using a flash is a
pen. This allows me to mark out
crossing over each other’s path?
where I want to stand on the floor
Keeping an eye on this can help
of the photography ‘pit’. There is
you predict shots before they
Catwalk runways are long and
a great amount of respect in the
happen and enable you to be
being able to switch between near
ready for something different.
and far very quickly is a great
Use the biggest memory cards you
bonus, unless you want to keep
Know your camera’s buttons layout
can get. Most shows last for 30 to
swapping between two bodies with
back to front. As I mentioned before,
40 minutes and as I shoot in .raw
different lenses for the whole show.
pit and everyone honours other photographer’s marks. •
Read the show. What pattern
that I carry in my camera bag that
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Leave your flash gun at home.
pointless exercise. •
Use a lens with a big focal range.
Catwalk photography always leaves me feeling exhilarated So there you have it. Catwalk photography always leaves me feeling exhilarated. I find there is a ‘buzz’ that you don’t get shooting other subject matter and it’s taught me some excellent camera skills along the way.
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Richard Wood *Overall Photographer of the year and Portrait Creative Photographer of the Year
his year I was able to get in amongst
recommend to any photographer wanting
it at the 2011 Iris Awards like never
to progress their skill. Don’t just enter the
before, as my new role on the NZIPP
awards, turn up and listen to the judging
Honours Council took me out the back into
and to the judges reasoning, and if
the “engine room”, out amongst the judges,
you think you could judge better all you
and all over the IT system like a rash.
have to do is make it to NZIPP Master of
It’s an amazingly productive 3 days, with highs and lows and lots of awards, and watching judging is something I’d
Photography and let the Honours Council know you’re keen! Easy, hey?
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MikeHill *Commercial Photographer of the Year
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*Photojournalism Photographer of the Year
JackieRankin *Illustrative Photographer of the Year
JackieRankin *Landscape Photographer of the Year
*Overseas Photographer of the Year
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*Student Photographer of the Year
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*Travel Photographer of the Year
*Wedding Album of the Year
RachelCallander *Wedding Photographher of the Year
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2011 North Shore Salon Beverly Short
*Gold Set Subject - Aged
EvanMcBride *Gold Set Subject - Power
*Prints Open Colour - Gold Medal
he judging of the seventeenth
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annual North Shore National Salon
of NZ Photographer’s competitions, that
of Photography took place recently.
all four print categories contain a medal-
This year’s Salon attracted 2143 entries
winner made by Giclee Print Limited –
from 237 entrants, including members
that’s awesome Mike, and testament to
from over 64 photographic clubs and
your printing prowess!
societies from Whangarei to Invercargill. Most exciting of all, though, is the boast from Mike Thornton, the “man behind the
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*Digital Open Monochrome - Gold Medal
*Prints Open Monochrome - Gold Medal
*Gold Medal Set Subject - The Human Element
*Gold Medal Set Subject - Modern
Jan Maree Vodanovich
*Gold Medal - Digital Open Colour & Best Overall Print
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PIC OF THE BUNCH
PIC OF THE BUNCH
fter our second ever Open Category competition we are pleased to announce the winner, and share
the best images received. Open is always an interesting category – with no rules on content, it all comes down to technical skill and WOW factor. This month’s winner is: Mike Pearson Mike wins this issue’s cover and a $100 voucher from the fabulous people at Giclée Print. For all YOUR fine art and canvas printing needs, visit www.gicleeprint.co.nz
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Winter Competition W
ith the handover of the Editor’s role from Ollie to Brady we’ve decided to
keep it simple this month. To win the next competition and the cover of issue 25 what you need to do is use your photographic skill in any genre you choose to illustrate Winter. That’s it; Winter. It could be a portrait, a landscape, photojournalism or a creative piece of Photoshop mastery. It’s up to you, and we expect to be wowed, so get to it.Thanks again to our sponsors of our competitions - for all YOUR fine art and canvas printing needs, visit www.gicleeprint.co.nz
One entry per person, and you must be in New Zealand or hold a NZ Passport at the time of entry to qualify to win. Images must be 100dpi, 1600 pixels wide, and sent to competitions@ nzphotographer.co.nz by 5pm on Monday the 10th of October 2011. Winner will be published in Issue 25, out on Wednesday the 26th of October, 2011.
Landscape Competition I
n Issue 22 we interviewed Becky Nunes, 2010 NZIPP Landscape Photographer of the Year, and head
of the photography department at Whitecliffe. She challenged us all to think outside the box when it comes to Landscape photography and shoot something other than a â€œchocolate boxâ€? image. The competition for the cover of Issue 24 is Landscape, and the deadline for entries is drawing to a close. HINT 1: Go back to Issue 22 and read the interview with Becky. HINT 2: Go back to Issue 20 and read our article on how to win our competitions! Thanks again to our sponsors of our competitions - for all YOUR fine art and canvas printing needs, visit www.gicleeprint.co.nz One entry per person, and you must be in New Zealand or hold a NZ Passport at the time of entry to qualify to win. Images must be 100dpi, 1600 pixels wide, and sent to competitions@ nzphotographer.co.nz by 5pm on Monday the 12th of September, 2011. Winner will be
published in Issue 24, out on Wednesday the 28h of September, 2011.
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hen we hear the name
credit card-shaped, human hair-thick slabs
GAIA, our memory
of silicon carbide act like tiny galactic
automatically zooms back to
eyes, each storing incoming light as a
the Whoopi Goldberg-voiced Mother Earth
single pixel. Not sufficiently impressed?
from Captain Planet. This isn’t that GAIA,
Then consider this: the stellar cam is so
but it does have to do with planets. Back at
all-seeing, “it could measure the thumbnails
the turn of the millennium, the European
of a person on the Moon” -- from Earth.
Space Agency devised an ambitious
Yeah. Set to launch on the Soyuz-Fregat
mission to map one billion stars in our
sometime this year, the celestial surveyor
Milky Way galaxy -- in 3D (insert Joey
will make its five-year home in the Earth-Sun
Lawrence ‘whoa!’). To do this, it enlisted
L2 Lagrange point, beaming its outerspace
UK-based e2v Technologies and built an
discoveries to radio dishes in Spain and
immense digital camera comprised of 106
Australia -- and occasionally peeping in
snugly-fit charge coupled devices -- the
your neighbour’s window.
largest ever for a space program. These
ind your Nikon or Canon lens mug a little too big for some other beverages you may enjoy from time
to time? Then you might want to consider stocking your cupboard with a few of these lens shot glasses now available from Photojojo (and made by DERELIQ). They’re are only available in the Canon variety so far, but they are just as detailed as their larger counterpart, right down to the raised switches and image stabilizer markings -- we hear that feature leaves a bit to be desired, though. $18 will buy you a set of three. Source: Engadget
hange may be afoot over at Hasselblad, now that the high-end camera maker has
been acquired by Ventizz Capital Fund IV -- a private equity firm based in Switzerland and Germany. Neither party disclosed any financial details, but Ventizz said it will implement “no major structural or key management changes” at its newly acquired company. It remains to be seen whether or not this acquisition brings about any changes at the strategic level, though Hasselblad CEO Larry Hansen said his company is looking forward to exploring “brand new markets” -including, we hope, the sub-$10,000 one. Source: Engadget
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