2022 – Richard Martin


This seminar is for photographers who want to move beyond the technical aspects of photography and better understand why skills such as visual awareness and design are key to making a good photograph. The following topics will be included in the seminar.


At a time of rapid technological advancement in equipment, one thing still remains true. The most valuable decisions a photographer can make are those concerned with the image itself—the reasons for making them and ultimately their final appearance. Although equipment is essential to help realize the photographer’s ideas and perception, the development of such skills as visual awareness and design are key to making a good photograph. This presentation will offer an insight into the methods, actions, or processes involved in making them


Play is at the very heart of creativity and an excellent means to stimulate our minds. Without question, a playful attitude is fundamental to creative thinking. Speaking from experience, the greatest breakthroughs in my photography have been achieved during times of playfulness. It is the perfect tool for allowing experimentation and change. Seriousness inhibits the creative flow, while playing around allows us to be more relaxed, with fewer concerns for rules, making mistakes and being practical. Children are naturally creative because they know how to play and have fun.


In order for creativity, originality, and imagination to take place in the context of photography, every effort should be made to free the mind of conventional ways seeing and thinking. With a fixation on the idea of ‘correctness’ we comply in order to gain acceptance and grow accustomed to being rewarded for following the rules. So, it comes as no surprise that people are more comfortable following them rather than challenging them. In this segment we will examine a few images and think about how the so-called rules can be effectively broken.


The power of colour to evoke an emotional response is undeniable. A colour photograph gives you a chance to study and remember how things look and feel—Colour is always part of experience. The energy of colour—the dynamic factor—is continually influenced and modified by its surroundings. Colour contrasts, which serve to amplify this energy, are one factor photographers need to be most aware of. With enough experience and practice, a photographer can develop an eye for colour.

From Richard’s website:

A long-time contributor to Photo Life magazine, Richard pursues photography as a medium of visual expression. He is best known for his unique vision with a personal style characterized by a strong sense of composition, colour and the use of light. His work combines an architectural love of geometry, pattern and texture with a painter’s sensitivity to colour, light and composition. 

Well known for sharing his enthusiasm, creative vision and passion for the medium, Richard has inspired participants with his annual photography and visual design workshops in his native Kingston, Ontario since 1990. He also conducts workshops, tours, and seminars around the world, including Cuba, Mexico, Sicily, Venice, Tuscany, Provence, Ireland, and Morocco.


For more information, visit richardmartinphoto.com