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This Novem­ber, one of the coun­try’s lead­ing por­trait artists will lead a full-day work­shop in Auck­land de­signed to help pho­tog­ra­phers in­ject fresh cre­ativ­ity into their thought pro­cesses and their tech­ni­cal prac­tice. Richard Wood, one of our most awarded pho­tog­ra­phers, is the star of Sum­mit 2018, hosted by the New Zealand In­sti­tute of Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phy (NZIPP).

In his work­shop, Richard will elu­ci­date the art of cre­ative sto­ry­telling through both a pre­sen­ta­tion and a live shoot. Those at­tend­ing can look for­ward to adding new tools to their cre­ative process, from tech­ni­cal light­ing and edit­ing through to ex­er­cises that help to ac­cess new ideas and whim­si­cal thoughts.

“So many peo­ple claim ‘I’m just not cre­ative’. My an­swer is, you were once; think back to when you were five years old. I will be cov­er­ing some strate­gies and ex­er­cises that will chal­lenge the at­ten­dees to cre­ate new ideas eas­ily,” he ex­plained. Richard has re­cently re­turned from Phoenix, Ari­zona, where he joined an in­ter­na­tional group of lead­ing por­trait artists, led by Aus­tralian Sue Bryce, in ed­u­cat­ing pho­tog­ra­phers from across the globe at The Por­trait Mas­ters con­fer­ence. He will be shar­ing some of the more pop­u­lar thought ex­er­cises that went down so well at that event. The pre­sen­ta­tion will be fol­lowed by a live shoot, in which Richard will demon­strate the way that he cre­ates his sig­na­ture painterly light­ing style. Fol­low­ing this will be a look at the edit­ing process and the way that the pho­tog­ra­pher cre­ates an il­lus­tra­tive, fine-art feel to his im­ages.

“There is def­i­nitely some­thing in this day for ev­ery­one, and at­ten­dees will no doubt pull what they want from it,” Richard said. “My sig­na­ture look is about the or­der and weight that I ap­ply to each tech­nique rather than just the tech­niques I am us­ing, so peo­ple can pull dif­fer­ent el­e­ments from all cor­ners and use them how they wish within their own style or in cre­at­ing a new style for them­selves.” This is a rare op­por­tu­nity to learn from Richard, as his teach­ing sched­ule is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly in­ter­na­tional; he will be trav­el­ling to Las Ve­gas and Los An­ge­les in 2019 to con­tinue de­vel­op­ing his ed­u­ca­tional plat­form with The Por­trait Mas­ters, along with soon of­fer­ing live cri­tiques through the Richard Wood Fine Art Por­trait Face­book group.

The Sum­mit 2018 event, dubbed The Art of Cre­ative Sto­ry­telling, will take place on 13 Novem­ber at Mount Eden’s Horse and Trap bar. Tick­ets are strictly lim­ited. Visit for more de­tails.


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