Photography fundamentals underpin digital art

Mermaid The idea of covering your dining room table with fish to capture a shot is a level of dedication that a special type of photographer will go to. But it’s exactly what Richard Wood did to capture the above shot from his 2014 New Zealand Professional Photographer of the Year portfolio.

In the latest issue of D-Photo, we talk to Wood about his ability to produce images that come out as works of illustrational art. But his process is not without its critics due to the way Wood embraces digital post-production techniques.  He says it saddens him when people don't appreciate the fundamental photographic skills underpinning his work, but he knows the level of detail and technique that have gone into the shot.

“I’ve provided before and after images of some of my shots, and you can see the image looks as if it’s painted on the back of the camera,” Wood says. “It’s purely how you light it that well, and light it spectacularly.”

Wood will be sharing his knowledge and techniques about studio and on-the-run lighting in his full-day workshop coming up on November 30 at Kingsize Studios in Auckland.

In the ‘lighting on the run’ section you’ll explore Wood’s methods of quickly and effectively lighting subjects without having to worry about heavy or expensive equipment. While in the ‘Rembrandt painterly light’ section Wood will give you an insight into his methods of creating a beautiful fall of light across the face. Finally, Wood will host a lecture about his methods and philosophy on releasing the creative power of your mind to come up with outside-the-box ideas.

If you’re interested in signing up for this workshop, which runs from 10am–5pm and has an early-bird special of $495, visit richardwood.co.nz to register.

D-Photo 63 out Monday

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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.

Here's a taste of what's on offer this issue:

D-Photo Christmas Gift Guide: the best photography gifts for all budgets, from cameras and accessories to Christmas card printing and workshop vouchers.

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Richard Wood

Portrait of a champion: portrait artist Richard Wood tells us how keeping the creative wheels spinning helps overcome the daily grind and produce award-winning images.

Meet the scholars: take a look at fresh work from 11 of New Zealand’s most promising up-and-comers.

Craig Levers

Craig Levers

Summer photography: sun-loving photographers Craig Levers, Tessa Chrisp and Stephen Robinson share their unique approaches to capturing a Kiwi summer.

Authentic family photos: top family photographers Holly Spring, Karyn Worthington and Anna Munro teach us to get warm, creative shots of the whānau, be they formal portraits or casual family gatherings.

Karyn Worthington

Karyn Worthington

Arctic adventure: travel photographer Chris McLennan crosses another location off his to-do list as he turns his lens on the Arctic’s polar bears.

Shoot your Christmas cards: local legend Jackie Ranken busts out the family album to look at different approaches to holiday portraits.

Tropical traipsing: Andy Belcher cranks out one of Nikon’s latest goodies in beautiful Niue

Paul Petch

Paul Petch

Good with children: Paul Petch looks at eight simple tips to get your head in the zone when tackling the boundless energy of youth on a shoot.

Ring flash basics: Luke White explains the many and varied uses of a ring flash, from distinctive portraits to macro work.

Generation why: Mareea Vegas talks to emerging photographer Fraser Chatham about the new breed of 'hybrid photographers'.

Fraser Chatham

Fraser Chatham

Better group shots: Mead Norton solves readers’ common problems with the family portraits.

Sketchy: Hans Weichselbaum walks us through the digital editing process of transforming a photo to a pencil sketch

Head to your local newsagent come Monday for all that and much more in D-Photo 63, or pick up a copy online here.

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

Illustrative category: Richard Wood

Hawke's Bay's Richard Wood took out the top award at this year's Iris competition thanks to his category-topping Illustrative portfolio, assisted by a strong showing in the Portrait Creative category.

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Gold ImageGold award

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Gold ImageGold award

(C) Copyright Richard Wood - Illustrative Category - Silver Distinction ImageSilver Distinction award

Landscape category: Jackie Ranken

Queenstown's Jackie Ranken, an Iris Awards perennial, secures her second Landscape category win in a row with another beautiful series of richly detailed monochrome landscape studies.

(C) Copyright Jackie Ranken - Landscape Category - Gold Distinction ImageGold Distinction award

(C) Copyright Jackie Ranken - Landscape Category - Gold ImageGold award

(C) Copyright Jackie Ranken - Landscape Category - Silver Distinction ImageSilver Distinction award

You can follow all of D-Photo‘s coverage of both the Iris Awards and the Infocus photography conference here.

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