Creative Portraiture: Thinking, Lighting, Shooting & Editing

Date: Saturday 14 July 2018
Time: 10.30am – 5.00pm
Venue: River Road Studios, Unit 8, 26 River Road, Bayswater.
Maximum participants: SOLD OUT. If you would like to get on the wait list in the event of a late cancellation, please contact us.
Price: $399

Creative Portraiture: Thinking, Lighting, Shooting & Editing

The best fine art portraits result from the synergy of creative thinking, technical mastery of light and imaginative editing to bring one’s vision to life. Join Seng Mah and Steve Wise for an immersive workshop that will help you develop, light, shoot and edit your portrait vision.

Creative Portraiture - Steve Wise
Creative Portraiture - Seng Mah

“Creative Portraiture: Thinking, Lighting, Shooting and Editing” will help you understand the art and science behind creative thinking, and how you can apply this to your own portrait photography. The day-long workshop features creative lighting opportunities (studio and available light), a lot of shooting with our models to build your experience and editing/workflow approaches that will inspire your approach to fine art portraiture editing.

The day has a hands-on focus, intermingled with demonstrations and opportunities for you to shoot your own fine art portraits for your portfolio. The topics covered include:

  • Creative vision: Developing your ideas.
  • Studio and location lighting vs available light.
  • Controlling light and shadow to create mood, story and emotion.
  • Lighting options: speedlights vs strobes.
  • Lighting modifiers and their application.
  • Personalising your portrait editing workflow.
  • Enhancing through editing: applying textures, overlays and basic compositing of elements.

Creative Portraiture - Seng Mah
Creative Portraiture - Steve Wise

Your investment in the day will have you thinking, seeing, shooting and working portraiture with an eye for fine art expression and vision. You’ll develop strategies for developing cohesive vision and pursuing your portrait project from start to finish. And the best thing is that Seng and Steve will be at hand to advice, guide, provide feedback and offer suggestions throughout the day.



Steve Wise

Steve Wise is a professional photographer, father, husband, connoisseur of fine whisky, day dreamer and all round wonderful guy. His fine art portraits have won him numerous awards and exhibitions in Australia including the Fremantle International Portrait Prize, Australian Professional Photography Awards, Moran Prize for Contemporary Photography, National Photographic Portrait Prize and the WPPI. One of his fine art portraits now hangs in the National Portrait Gallery of Australia. He studied and played music in orchestras and bands; studied architecture and graphic design; and loves the challenge of thinking outside the box with his portraiture. His work as a Medical Photographer (RPH) has brought an influence to many of his creative portraits also. Steve holds a Master of Photography with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography and is an integral part of the professional photography community in Australia: he is part of the WA AIPP Council and has supported and mentored many professional photographers in his role with the AIPP. Steve has a distinctive style in his portraiture and a unique approach to shooting fine art portraiture which is he really excited about sharing in this workshop.

“I love the challenge of capturing stories of people in a single image. Whether imagined or real, people draw out a narrative through visual clues combined with their own life experience… I love the editing process where creativity has a chance to flourish, and I’m a huge advocate of the printed image.”

Seng Mah
Photo by Lynn Gail

Seng Mah is a professional wanderer who teaches photography professionally and conducts tours to diverse places in Australia and the World. He is an award-winning Accredited Professional Photographer with the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and has had a long involvement in photographic festivals and events in Western Australia, including FotoFreo, the Fremantle International Portrait Prize and the WA Photographic Judges Association. Seng has exhibited in Australia and overseas and has his work exhibited at the IRIS Awards for Portraiture, The Fremantle International Portrait Prize, Head On Portrait Prize, FotoFreo and the Kaunas Festival of Photography. His first love is portraiture because the genre allows him to delve into the stories of the people he photographs, or, like a film director, create stories with the people he collaborates in his shoots. Some say this appeals to the “control freak” in him but he prefers to call it “imaginative art direction”. 🙂

“Ansel Adams is often quoted as saying, ‘There are always two people in every picture; the photographer and the viewer.’ In portraiture, there are three — the photographer, the subject and the viewer. The photographer’s mission is to create a connection between all three that evokes feelings and creates stories, whether real or make-believe.”



SOLD OUT. If you would like to get on the wait list in the event of a late cancellation, please contact us.