Local snappers land lucrative Canon deal

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A DIY book by two award-winning Queenstown photographers could put them in the frame for a big cash windfall. 

Mike Langford and Jackie Ranken have already been named as Canon EOS Masters, an elite group of snappers handpicked by the camera giants to promote its equipment in Australasia. 

Now the husband-and- wife-team is in talks with the company to have their locally-produced Field Guide to Creative Landscape Photography given away with future Canon camera purchases. 

“Canon in New Zealand has already agreed to the idea and we are also in talks with the company in Australia and Malaysia to do the same,” Langford says. 

“If this deal goes worldwide, potentially we could be looking at millions of copies eventually being distributed so it’s exciting stuff.” 

Produced at Print Central in Queenstown, the book was originally only intended for the local market – it sells for $40 from the couple’s Queenstown Centre for Creative Photography website. 

The 108-page guide features spectacular shots of the Wakatipu and is packed with handy dos and don’ts for amateurs. 

It’s designed to fit snugly into a camera bag for people to take it out and about. 

“Unlike a lot of other books, we set out to explain in a practical way the reasons why we took our photographs and also why we use the camera settings we use,” Langford says. 

“Although all the shots were taken in the Queenstown area, the principles behind them would work anywhere in the world.”