Info­cus Queen­stown packed to the rafters

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With the line-up of in­cred­i­ble speak­ers pre­sent­ing at this year’s NZIPP Info­cus Queen­stown, held at Ry­dges Lake­land Re­sort over Au­gust 9–10, it comes as no sur­prise that the con­fer­ence room was filled to the brim with at­ten­dees ea­ger to de­vour the speak­ers’ ad­vice. Cor­win Hiebert brought to light plenty of in­spi­ra­tion and mo­ti­va­tion for pho­tog­ra­phers to be able to man­age their own pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness; Jackie Ranken played two awe-in­spir­ing au­dio vi­su­als from her and part­ner Mike Lang­ford’s jour­neys in Ti­bet and Antarc­tica; and Alexia Sin­clair showed an in­sight into her cre­ative sphere with words of ad­vice such as “bite off more than you can chew”. Tony Carter took the au­di­ence on a trip to Ohura, show­cas­ing many of his im­ages from his ex­hi­bi­tion An­other World: Por­traits from Ohura; Paul Al­sop out­lined the in­tri­cate process of wet-plate pho­tog­ra­phy; and Lucy Spar­talis had plenty of words of wis­dom about stay­ing true to your cre­ativ­ity and in­spi­ra­tion when build­ing a busi­ness struc­ture. Leon Rose hosted an evening mixed-light­ing work­shop at lo­cal Queen­stown bar Vinyl Un­der­ground with a live shoot be­ing taken in amongst event go­ers. Day two of speaker in­spi­ra­tion kicked off with new­born and baby pho­tog­ra­pher Kris­ten Cook dis­cussing the sig­nif­i­cance of your sub­ject mat­ter when it comes to evok­ing feel­ing through your im­agery. Ja­son Naylor fol­lowed with his pre­sen­ta­tion about how em­brac­ing client de­mands can al­low pho­tog­ra­phers the free­dom to cre­ate. Hiebert was back for round two, and this time the idea of dif­fer­ent mar­ket­ing ap­proaches was dis­cussed. Robert Pic­coli dis­cussed ‘the psy­chol­ogy of of­fer­ing prod­ucts as a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher, and fi­nally Nick Tres­sider took the stage to dis­cuss both the var­i­ous el­e­ments of a pho­tog­ra­phy busi­ness, such as copy­right and li­cens­ing, as well as the light­ing sit­u­a­tions re­quired when shoot­ing food.

This year’s Info­cus con­fer­ence was highly in­spi­ra­tional, with a great turnout from pho­tog­ra­phers and in­dus­try mem­bers alike. Make sure you look at page 10 to see who the win­ners of the Iris Awards are.

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