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Shutter speed, Aperture and ISO January 29, 2017 00:20


The Great JPEG Shootout! November 17, 2016 23:22

Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, iPhone, Pentax, Olympus, Panasonic are put through a head-to-head comparison of their "out of the box" jpeg capability. 

This is perhaps the best comparison done of the different camera done in a long time. Keep in mind, that this is testing unmodified settings and Jpeg encoding. Once you start changing settings or editing in post production, none of what you are about to see applies. 

Sending a big thank you to "The The Camera Store" of Calgary for putting this together. 

http://www.thecamerastore.com


Death of consumer cameras, and potential future of SLRs September 07, 2016 22:27


Meet and Greet at Vendome - Sept. 9th 2016 September 05, 2016 23:31


Histograms August 09, 2016 23:11

Here is a really great and really quick overview of what a histogram is, and how to use it effectively. Enjoy !


How to Shoot in Low Light - DSLRguide March 31, 2016 12:07

This is a great overview of how and why.
Check out the rest of the wonderful video's at DSLRguide .


The importance of who is behind the camera November 05, 2015 12:08

People should be aware of how important the photographer is. The person you choose to be the one operating the camera and directing the moment can drastically alter what comes out.

Yet this effect is for more important to be conscious of as it affects not just photographs, but the news we ingest daily.

Please read this article and enjoy the video shared by Shutterbug.

6 Photographers Capture Same Person But Results Vary Widely Because of a Twist (VIDEO)
http://www.shutterbug.com/content/lab-pushes-boundaries-photography-decoy#Rd6PxPiGVYdUbFIB.99

  

 


P.Ink Day October 24, 2015 12:53

I have traveled near and far, seen and done many amazing things, met many wonderful people, yet the opportunity to share the studio space with Stacie-Rae Weir and Nicole Fischer was unique and heart warming. I must thank both of these lovely women for not only asking me to join them to take photos of the tattoo process, but also allowing me in to the space during this very personal, painful, and emotional process.

As a photographer, my projects and contracts don't often see me spending time in a confined space like a photo studio. These spaces can be either a wonderful bonding moment between photographer and subject, or extremely awkward if the flow of the moment is not in sync. So to be asked to join and share the extremely small and intimate space of Stacie-Rae's tattoo room, was, well, intimate. 

Normally as a photographer you often spend much of your time trying to blend into the background, as to not impact the over all event. We are there to help capture the moment, not be the moment. Trying to blend into the limited free space of a 10'x10' room with tables, chairs, tools, and two other people is just not going to happen. The only way to effectively and comfortably capture the activity of the room is to become part of the event. Thus you have to get to know the people you are sharing the space with and discuss what is going to happen; or at least what you are planning to do. This includes exit options for the subjects, what are they comfortable with, and ensuring that communication is maintained so if the others in the room have a change of heart or need some time alone, they can just say it with out feeling awkward. 

Here is a small spotlight on the P.Ink Day events here in Calgary the Local CTV news crew put together about the event, Stacie-Rae Weir, and Nicole Fischer. 

 

 


A dusty adventure September 18, 2015 11:40

So Burning Man 2015 has come and gone. All the excitement, anticipation, work, planning, packing, has passed. All that remains are fond memories, and more than a little dust. 

For the first time since owning my current Nikon, I have had to send it away for service. Even protecting the camera  could not prevent the continued strong winds and dust storms of 2015 from taking a toll on the camera and gear. I have done lots of travel to many environment that would make most people cringe at bringing a good pro camera, but this is the first time I have had to deal with the environment attacking the gear. 

The event this year had many veterans stating it was the worst for wind and dust they had encountered. Many camps, sound stages, and large scale installations were affected by the winds. Some stages and infrastructure where severely damaged or completely knocked down from the winds. Mother nature once again reminded us that we live a fairly care free life because she allows us ;)

Yet for all difficulty, on going repairs, and general hardship of this years event, I am reminded that most often the events that are negative leave the longest lasting impression on us. So I am thankful for difficulty and challenges the event brought, as it will serve to forever lock a magical event in my memory and heart. Thanks to all who braved the dust and made my time at Burning Man 2015 wonderful. 

I leave you with a small glimpse of the dust. 

 


Getting Ready - Burning Man 2015 July 15, 2015 16:25

Once again, for the second time, I am preparing to do the pilgrimage to Burning Man. 

This event that has taken place in the Black Rock Desert, becomes home to over 70,000 people for about two weeks. This leave no trace collection of artists and explorers from around the globe, creates a city housing 70,000 volunteers, staff, and attendees. Building the city from a single stake in the ground with nothing but sand, evolves into a metropolis of wonder that beacons to all looking for something different. 

Last year was my first time attending, but not the first time knowing of the event. For many years I had heard stories of this thing in the desert. Something where artists and people celebrating art and culture come together and create what can only be describe as Home to many, and magical to most. 

I did a little video log of my travels last year, wanting it to be much more than it became. I was to over whelmed by the event to remember to make the little daily logs. This year is different, and I am already starting to plan what gear to bring, how to use it, and most important how to keep it safe. 

The desert here has sand that is some of the most corrosive material naturally found. The combination of abrasive power and corrosive nature means it will break down anything not protected. The bike I brought last year was an example of this, as I had to take a wire brush and clean off the thick layer of rust that built up after only 2 days. 

So I pose a question to anyone reading my blog. How do you plan and manage your photo gear? What processes, equipment, materials, and expectations do you have on longevity when packing gear for cold, salty, are other world conditions?

I leave you with the short video I made last year. Hope it is entertaining.


Get away from your routine July 07, 2015 00:02

Last week my girlfriend was given some unplanned time off as a thank you for hard work. Ya for her! We took this unexpected blessing and went on an impromptu trip. No plans, no reservations, no idea where we were headed - expect west. 

Thursday morning we got up, packed a few bare necessities, got the all important coffee and headed west. If you have never done this, then I recommend you try it some time. I know it is not always as easy with kids, but they will probably enjoy it as well. 

Trips like ours, where the only thing you know is that you will have some where to sleep ( hopefully tent, but a hotel is always an option ) and you have food to eat, remind us that we worry to much about little things in our day to day. It also reminds us how resilient and resourceful we can be. In a digital age when our lives are planned and processed by a blanket of electronics and safety nets, I feel it is important to step away and get that focus back. 

We had no idea where where were headed and how far it was going to take us. We decided what direction to go at that moment, and if we couldn't decide, well, that's what coins are for. More than a few decisions on the trip were made by the flip of a coin. You never know what you will see or what you have been missing when you stick to the pre-packaged, pre-planned events and holidays. 

My favourite vacations and travels have been the unexpected or ones that had things go wrong. Why people ask, shocked and dismayed that my best memories are the actions not all neat and perfect. Two things are going on here. First - try and remember your last trip. I bet you remember the event that went wrong more vividly and clearly than all the rest. Second - When things go astray, it usually opens doors and takes you on adventures of personal growth and discovery. Wrap these two items into a picturesque holiday, well, you just added the icing you won't forget. This of course is assuming it was nothing serious like a death, and only that which in hind site was more of an inconvenience. 

Regardless, take the time to get away unplanned. Step away from the everyday, from the electronics, the games, the expectations. Maybe you will find something worth photographing and sharing. 


Consent May 29, 2015 08:48

I have just returned from another wonderful, yet cold and damp, festival. Freezer Burn is Alberta's regional Burning Man event held every year for the past nine. 

As part of the Burning Man community practices, consent is one of the most important. The community preaches and educates all participants and to the rest of the world listening, that consent must be given for any kind on interaction, this includes having a photo taken. The concept is not one of the core principle ( see the 10 principles here - http://burningman.org/culture/philosophical-center/10-principles/ ), but it is so heavily discussed and mandated, it would probably be the eleventh principle. 

So why in a community that so heavily engages in self expression, art, music, and enjoyment of the world is consent so important? It is because they want to be inclusive of all in a positive way. Asking someone invites them to be engaged, not asking forces their involvement. Which would you rather have? 

When it comes to photographs and video, this is even more important. The issues is that much of the world can be extremely critical of others and situations they do not understand. Not everyone wants to be the centre of attention for the world to see. 

In a world and culture were we are increasingly the subject of some security camera footage and evermore a number to be tracked by the digital world we so eagerly consume - knowing our future and current whereabouts before we do -, I think we as people and not just photographers need to consider the concept of consent for more deeply.