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Time to get in that summer state of mind; the final issue of D-Photo for the year hits shelves on Monday and it’s packed with stunning imagery and helpful tips for shooting in the summertime, capturing candid holiday moments, perfecting your family photography, and all the best photo gifts for the Christmas stockings.

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Iris ’14: Fusion, Illustrative, Landscape

Continuing D-Photo‘s online coverage of this year’s Iris Professional Photography Awards, we are proud to present the winning images in the Fusion, Illustrative, and Landscape categories.

Fusion category: Ollie Dale

Auckland photographer Ollie Dale wins the Fusion category for the third year in a row. His unbroken streak since the award was introduced in 2012 has led some to suggest the category simply be renamed the Ollie Dale Award. Check out Ollie’s winning video below.

Gold Distinction award

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Richard Wood named Photographer of the Year

Richard Wood profileHawke’s Bay photographer Richard Wood scored the top honour at this year’s Iris Professional Photography Awards, being named the New Zealand Photographer of the Year for 2014.

Wood topped the Illustrative category in this year’s awards programme, organised by the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP), and was a finalist in the Portrait Creative category.

He was announced this year’s champion at a gala dinner last night in Rotorua, as part of the Infocus photography conference; this is the second the photographer has topped the competition, the first being in 2011.

Mike Langford, president of the NZIPP, says Wood is a photographer with a gift for continually producing images that sit at the cutting edge of the creative photographic process.

“He pushes the boundaries with his experimentation and originality, and shows us new ways of seeing.”

Below are is a gallery of Wood’s successful images from this year’s Iris awards; in the following days we’ll be bringing you galleries of the other category winners, so check back often.

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Gold ImageIllustrative category, Gold award

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Gold ImageIllustrative category, Gold award

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Silver Distinction ImageIllustrative category, Silver Distinction award

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Portrait Creative Category - Gold Image
Portrait Creative category, Gold award

Creative Portrait
Portrait Creative category, Silver Distinction award

Creative Portrait
Portrait Creative category, Silver Distinction award

Getting to Infocus gets easier

InfocusOne of the biggest photographic events of the year is just around the corner, and if paying up front to attend the Infocus conference has been holding you back, take heart; instalment payments are now available.

The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography’s annual Infocus event is a three-day conference of talks, workshops, industry exhibitions, and networking and socialising with some of the best photographers in the country, this year held in Rotorua from August 3-5. To help make the event more accessible the organisation is now offering the option of paying for your ticket in three instalments.

Full conference registration for organisation members, students, and assistants is $545, or $745 for non-members. That cost can now be split across three payments, one third on registration, one third by August 21, and the final third following the conference on September 21.

You can also purchase individual day passes to the event at a rate of $295 for members, $395 for non-members.

Below are the key events scheduled for each day of the conference:

Sunday August 03:

British landscape photographer Michael Kenna speaks on ‘Working in the Arts’

Photographer Kaye Davis conducts a live interview with Kenna

Commercial photographer Sara Orme presents ‘Traversing different genres in 20 years’

Communication expert Amy Scott delivers an intriguingly titled talk ‘Taste of dots’

Wedding and portrait photographer Rachel Callander presents ‘The Journey of a Dream and finding beauty in brokenness’

Monday August 04:

Australian photographer Dan O’Day talks on ‘Wedding photography and personal projects’

A morning of workshops including:

Hassle-free posing to enhance your portraits and bank accounts, with Joe Sing

Lighting on the run, with Richard Wood

If you shoot people for a living… choose your selling weapons carefuly, with Lester de Vere

Print-making process from original to print, with Jackie Ranken

Australian photographer Peter Eastway speaking on ‘Business planning’

Live photography shoot-out between Esther Bunning, Richard Wood, and Kylie Lyons

Tuesday August 05:

Dan O’Day holds a masterclass session on ‘Philosophies of Dan O’Day’

Peter Eastway hosts a masterclass on ‘The finances of landscape photography’


For more information on the event be sure to visit the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography website.

Light like a pro

svn-shotgun1bannerIf you’ve been giving serious thought to lifting your lighting game, next month brings Aucklanders the opportunity to learn the ropes direct from one of the country’s best photographers.

Richard Wood, Grand Master of Photography with the New Zealand Institute of Photography, is travelling north on July 12 to teach one of his popular lighting workshops at Grey Lynn’s Kingsize Studios.

The one-day course will cover the principles of lighting, techniques to create ranges of softness and contrast, as well as Wood’s own unique approach to achieving painterly Rembrandt light. The workshop will include studio lighting setups as well as solutions for beautiful lighting with minimal equipment wile on the go.

The hands-on event will also feature a live creative shoot for students to put into practice their new skills and techniques.

The photographer’s recent workshop in Wellington sold out quickly, so head to his website to reserve your spot at the Auckland date now – it costs $350, with a $50 deposit required to save a spot.

The workshop kicks off at 1.30pm on Saturday, July 12 and runs until 5.30pm at Kingsize’s Studio One.

Image: Richard Wood

Update: Lighten up, Auckland


Update: With his Auckland lighting workshop rapidly approaching, Richard Wood has opened up a limited number of additional spots for those who didn’t get in the first time around.

There are now two or three additional tickets available to the workshop this Saturday, so get in quick if you haven’t already got a seat and you’d like to learn lighting techniques from a portrait master.

Update ends 

One of New Zealand’s Grand Masters of Photography is heading to Auckland next month to host an exclusive workshop exposing his secrets to creating beautiful lighting for portraits.

Hawke’s Bay photographer Richard Wood is bringing his lighting workshop, dubbed Painter’s Light, to Auckland on December 14 where he will dish out tips on getting soft, beautiful light to a limited number of attendees.

The workshop will run from 1pm to 5pm on the Saturday at Studio Lumière in Parnell and during that time Wood will be teaching simple techniques to avoid harsh off camera flash lighting and create beautifully lit portraits both in the studio and on location.

Be sure to book your place promptly to avoid disappointment – attendance costs $195, $100 of which must be paid as a deposit in advance.

Woods is one of New Zealand’s leading portrait photographers and his sold out workshops in other parts of the country have been enthusiastically received by aspiring photographers; you can get an idea of what to expect in the preview video below.

Photoshop actions from a Grand Master

chomilkOne of New Zealand’s Grand Master photographers has recently developed a handful of Photoshop actions and is offering them for sale to those who would like to save time getting their images looking good.

Hawke’s Bay photographer Richard Wood, who this year achieved the NZIPP’s top rank of Grand Master, has set up an online shop for his newly created actions, including an dedicated skin airbrushing action, many colour actions and value packs collecting a range of actions.

Wood’s Advanced Skin Airbrushing action integrates a four-step process to smooth out colour and tone imperfections without losing detail in highlights or creating the plastic-y effect common in many skin smoothing actions.

Also on offer are a range of colour actions to automatically adjust images to produce a certain feel; included in the line-up are Chocolate Milk (pictured), the softly ethereal Winter Garden and the crisp black-and-white Granmary – you can see the full range here.

The Advanced Skin Airbrush action is currently selling for $35 and each of the colour actions for $15, or you can pick up the Richard Wood Action Pack, which contains 10 colour actions, for $65 (add in the skin airbrushing action for $89).

Wood says these prices are introductory only and will likely increase soon, so get in quick.

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