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.

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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.

Iris ’12: Portrait Classic and Creative, Travel

D-Photo is happy to present further galleries of this year’s Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards, this time including winners of the Portrait Classic, Portrait Creative and Travel categories.

For the rest of our coverage of the 2012 Iris Awards click here.

Portrait Classic category

The esteemed Richard Wood finishes off his trifecta – following Highest Scoring Print – Colour and Illustrative Photographer of the Year awards – by also being named 2012′s top classic portrait photographer. Read the rest of this entry »

Iris ’12: Illustrative, Landscape, Photojournalism

Coverage of this year’s Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards continues with D-Photo now bringing you online galleries of the winners in the Illustrative, Landscape and Photojournalism categories – for the rest of our coverage click here.

Illustrative Photographer of the Year 

The second of Richard Wood’s three big wins this year, following his Highest Scoring Print – Colour nod,  the Hawkes Bay photographer also took the top spot in the Illustrative category. Read the rest of this entry »

Iris ’12: Overseas, highest scoring prints

Continuing D-Photo’s online presentation of this year’s Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards we bring you the winners of the Overseas Professional Photographer of the Year, Highest Scoring Print – Colour and Highest Scoring Print – Monochrome categories.

Overseas Professional Photographer of the Year

The Overseas category went to Paul Hoelen, a commercial and fine art photographer originally from New Zealand, currently based in Tasmania, Asutrallia. His winning portfolio follows. Read the rest of this entry »

Teaching award-winning creativity

Next month two award-winning New Zealand photographers will hold a talk on creative photography and video production in Palmerston North.

Richard Wood and Jeff Drabble will speak at the Palmerston North Library on February 23 on the subjects of letting your ‘creative photography side out’ and ‘what it takes to produce professional videos’.

Wood was named the New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year in 2011 for his evocative creative portraits; Drabble is an award-winning photographer, sculptor and videographer and has worked in the Australian film industry.

The event will begin at 5.30 pm on the Thursday, admission costs $20 for members of the New Zealand Institute of professional Photography and $45 for non-members.

Seats are limited so contact Sarah Dong on 06 357 8757 or by email to register your interest.

Be sure to keep track of this and other upcoming photography events using our online calendar.

Iris ’11: Illustrative, Portrait – Classic and Creative

Continuing D-Photo’s online presentation of this year’s Epson/NZIPP Iris Professional Photography Awards here are the winners of the Illustrative, Classic Portrait and Creative Portrait categories.

For an in-depth look at this year’s awards and attached In-Focus conference pick up issue 44 of D-Photo, on sale now.

Already featured in our Iris coverage for her Editorial/Photojournalism win, Jackie Ranken also took out this year’s Illustrative category (spolier: she won the Landscape category too, coming up soon).

A Master of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and dedicated D-Photo contributor, Ranken is also twice winner of Australian Institute Landscape Photographer of the Year and World Press Award.

This year’s Classic Portrait category went to Waihi-based photographer Mike Hill.

He and his wife Andrea run an award-winning photography company from Waihi Beach, which Hills says is as much about making new friendships as business.

“We provide a unique and professional atmosphere, maintaining open and clear communication so each individual’s photographic needs are looked after, while keeping it relaxed and fun for all.”

Another reoccurring name in this year’s award program, Havelock North-based photographer Richard Wood  won the Creative Portrait category as well as the awards’ top prize.

Wood works extensively throughout New Zealand and abroad as a commercial, wedding, fashion and creative photographer with his work featured in magazines as far afield as the US.

He took the time to chat with D-Photo online about his win here and you will also be hearing more from New Zealand’s Professional Photographer of the Year in issue 45 of D-Photo, on sale October 7.

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