Newsletter January/February 2015


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Happy New year! I hope you all had a fantastic break and have had a good start to the year. I have had a busy start back with plenty of shoots in preparation for the NZIA and NZ Property Council Award submissions. Best of luck to everyone that is entering this year. I know that I have photographed some incredible projects and cannot wait to see them recognised.


A few of you will be familiar with some of my timelapse work in the past. I am now pushing this a lot further than before, with better cameras, better software and lots of exciting concepts to pursue.

I am very interested in how timelapse photography can be used to capture architecture. Specifically, in using timelapse to show how people interact with space both as a means of evaluating design and as a way to test future concepts. If this is of interest to you or you have a concept you're itching to test please get in touch - I would love to collaborate on a project!

I am currently putting together a couple of clips from my recent road trip around the South Island and hope to have these ready for the next newsletter.

Feature - 2014 in Review

2014 was a fantastic year for me. I photographed a lot of great projects and was really privileged to have worked with such a range of clients. Click here to see an overview of my years work

Recent Projects


Wellington Central Fire Station

Hawkins Construction

Stout St Chambers

Studio Pacific Architecture

Clyde Quay Wharf

Willis Bond & Co, Athfield Architects, Interior Magazine

Little Earth Montessori School

Don Jamieson Architecture

Do you have questions about photography?

Please flick me an email and let me know any questions you have. I will reply to all emails and select a few to feature in my next newsletter. Below are a couple of questions I am often asked by my clients.

Why do you recommend an assistant?

Architecture photography is technically challenging and attention to detail and lighting (whether natural or introduced) is absolutely crucial. Using an assistant frees me from the many really time consuming and more peripheral areas of the shoot such as managing the lighting, tweaking the furniture and carrying the bags. It keeps me behind the camera, allowing me to work efficiently and concentrate on portraying the client's brief. 

Lighting Guru

An assistant allows me to use portable studio lighting. Without an assistant this is almost impossible as it is very time consuming to set up, move and adjust to suit the lighting needs of each shot.

Why use lighting at all? The human eye is far more sensitive to light than a camera. I imagine you can all recall a situation where the camera (frustratingly) cannot capture what you can see. For example - late afternoon sun is a great time to shoot interiors as it creates a warm and inviting scene, highlighting detail and form. However, if you expose for the window light everything else in the scene that is not in direct sunlight will appear extremely dark.

Clyde Quay Wharf Interior with Flash - © Jason Mann Photography

Clyde Quay Wharf Interior without Flash -  © Jason Mann Photography

The way to get around this is to use carefully positioned flash lighting. The idea is not to completely flash the scene (as you will end up with a fake HDR looking photo) but light the room just enough to bring back detail into the shadow areas of the image. Essentially you are trying to mimic what the eye can naturally see. All going well you should not even be able to tell that the scene has been lit.

Perfectionist, Cleaner and Bag Carrier

When the assistant is not managing the lighting he or she is scanning the scene to be photographed to ensure that the glass is clean, chairs are evenly spaced and rubbish bins are well hidden. It is the assistant's job to think of anything and everything that may detract from the final image. Finally, on bigger shoots the assistant carries the gear so that I am free to roam and seek out the next shot.

An assistant allows me to work efficiently, enabling me to produce images of the highest quality - in most cases an assistant will actually end up saving you money!

Paul Howell is my go-to assistant. He is a successful photographer in his own right and a lighting guru. He knows the ins and outs of lighting architecture and can quickly and accurately introduce flash into almost any scene. He also has a great eye for detail and is a fantastic packhorse!

Personal Work

Otira Viaduct - Arthurs Pass

On my recent road trip down south my partner Maddy and I travelled through Arthurs Pass and came across the Otira Viaduct. This is a really impressive structure and it looks magnificent in the landscape. Not to mention there is a family of friendly keas to keep you entertained.

The scene was begging to be photographed and I was determined to have that shot, but the blazing mid afternoon sun wouldn't have done it justice. It was a sunrise job and after convincing Maddy that a 5am start, a 2hr drive and 1hr shoot was worth it we returned the following morning.

This is one of many frames from that trip that I hope to share with you over the coming months.

Thank you for taking the time to read my newsletter! Please let me know if you have any feedback or suggestions. As always, should you wish to discuss photography for any of your upcoming projects or simply wish to catch up over a coffee, please let me know.