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D-Photo No 100 June - August 2021

D-Photo is New Zealand’s No.1 digital photography magazine helping Kiwis get to grips with their cameras and use them more creatively. By providing quality how-to features, product reviews, and inspirational pictures, the magazine gives its loyal and ever-increasing subscriber base the information and confidence they need to embrace digital camera technology and make photography a part of their everyday lives. Enjoy the stunning work from talented New Zealand photographers and see the New Zealand landscape and people in a way no one else can in each and every issue.

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New Zealand
Parkside Media
6 Issues

in this issue

2 min
happy triple figures

Milestone events are funny things. They’re fixed in the calendar, so you know exactly when they are going to roll around, yet somehow they still manage to sneak up on you all the same. Or perhaps that’s just me. At any rate, welcome to our 100th issue spectacular! While I’ve obviously known this landmark issue was on the way, it’s still very surreal actually to be putting it together. It is a position we simply wouldn’t be in without the long-time support of our readers and industry partners, so thank you all so much for allowing us to continue championing New Zealand photography across all these years. As you have no doubt gathered by our rather startlingly different cover, we are doing things a little bit differently for Issue No. 100. To…

3 min
photo news desk

PROFESSIONAL AWARDS AND TRADE SHOWS RETURN FOR 2021 Photographers from all over New Zealand will converge on Nelson in late July for five days of photography inspiration and education, hosted by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP). Executive director Sarah McGregor says that New Zealanders are very fortunate to be able to get together in person, unlike those in many countries around the world. “Photographers are embracing this opportunity, and those who have attended in the past can attest to the excellent value for money of this annual event. There really is something for everyone across the week, and it is the highlight of the year for many photographers,” she says. “It was greatly disappointing to have to forfeit an in-person conference and awards in 2020, and NZIPP will be making the…

4 min
the collector

AIMEE’S GEAR For this shot, Aimee needed to maintain detail in the busy background while not losing focus on the main subject of her father. To achieve this, she shot with the relatively wide aperture of f/3.2 on her 35mm Tamron lens. The quick shutter speed of 1/800s wasn’t strictly necessary, she explains, but was set out of habit, being that she usually shoots fast-moving kids. Nikon D750 Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD THE IDEA A newborn and family photographer based in Auckland, Aimee Glucina took some time out from her busy professional work to produce this stunning environmental portrait of her father. “My dad, Ken, has always been a voracious reader and a music aficionado,” she says. “A few years ago, he was diagnosed with dementia and since then its progression has been unrelenting.” In…

6 min
cover stories

KIM HOWELLS This gorgeous cover image comes from talented Waikato photographer Kim Howells. Kim has a knack for capturing beautiful, candid family moments, which is why we tapped her to help us create our How To article of family portraits in D-Photo Issue No. 51. This eye-catching image, expertly enhanced with colour-matching cover lines care of D-Photo’s designer, made for an award-winning cover. It was selected as a finalist in The Maggie Awards for 2013, being voted the best cover in the Specialist category of the annual competition for magazine covers. A year after this cover was released, Kim went on to become a Master of the New Zealand Institute for Professional Photography (NZIPP), as well as picking up scores of wins at the annual Iris Professional Photography Awards for her amazing newborn,…

15 min
returning to the beginnings of photography

When Diane Stoppard made her first pinhole camera as a photography student at Wellington Polytechnic 35 years ago, she had no idea that she would lead the charge for Whangārei to become the first city in New Zealand to boast its own life-sized camera obscura. “The Camera Obscura sculpture is finally coming to life after a nine-year journey,” she tells me, after Glenn Busch, the recently retired head of photography at the University of Canterbury’s School of Fine Arts, suggested that I contact her for details about this remarkable building three weeks before it opened. “It is an 8m spiral steel sculpture within which is a camera obscura room. It views Whangārei’s Te Mata ā Pohe bascule bridge and includes CCTV cameras throughout, offering the public security, plus an interactive art experience,”…

1 min
where to from here?

In the 17 years that D-Photo has been around, it has been a privilege to closely examine Aotearoa’s photography scene and observe the gradual evolution of what will one day be considered art history. What exactly the future may bring in terms of trends, technologies, and trials is anyone’s guess — but the opinions of a group of tried and tested veterans of the industry are a mighty fine place to start. We asked some of today’s most impressive contemporary photographers who we should be keeping an eye on in the future. Which young photographers have picked up the ball passed by these titans and begun to run with it? Who is making bold, surprising, and confronting work? What themes and ideas are likely to preoccupy the next generation of visual…