Working with Visual Design
Presenter: Richard Martin
Design is the single most important reason for the success of nearly every photograph and remains the primary skill necessary to produce effective pictures. A photographer can work without conscious knowledge of any principles, rules, or concepts, because personal taste and sensitivity to visual relationships are much more important. Yet, a thorough understanding of visual design would further enhance the photographers’ potential regarding visual organization. A well-designed photograph, in brief, is the best possible visual expression revealing the essence of “something,” whether it is representational or simply conveying a particular message or theme. 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 continues to inspire 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.