As a photographer, every once in a while we work with a client that helps us beyond being fun and easy to shoot. Recently I shot with a long time friend for the very first time and it was not only an opportunity to create some really powerful images, it was a chance to catch up. And let me tell you, in the years since we last connected, she’s experienced some amazing personal growth.Read More›
Today I’m going to begin a new feature on the website that I’m calling Shoot Happens. Basically all this will be is some behind the scenes stories of how some of my photoshoots came to be. While most of the time I am working with clients that have reached out to me for hire, or helping friends with personal projects, or sometimes even covering events, from time to time I approach people on the street (or wherever) and tell them that I’d like to shoot them. For whatever reason, I seem to have a knack for knowing when people would photograph well. Michelle was no exception. The fact that I never actually ‘met’ her until the day we first shot is the interesting part. Allow me to explain.Read More›
Recently I wanted to explore creating a nice sunlight effect with some drapery in studio and I enlisted the help of one of my favourite models (and founder of her own website, the Fussy Factor) to do so. While the setup looks very complex, it is actually quite simple and repeatable. Not to mention, something VERY similar can be accomplished with fewer lights than I’ve used if you don’t have the same amount of equipment available to you. I’ll explain below.Read More›
Photographing people can be a really difficult, trying and frustrating process. So very often I meet people, or even just glance at people and instantly realize that they are stunningly attractive, unique looking and would possibly make exceptional photographic subjects. But deciding who and when to do your creatives with is just a small part of the process. The real challenge is in bringing them to the set and making them feel relaxed enough to get the photos you envision.
One such scenario existed for me recently. About a year ago I met a girl named Shalini whom I thought looked like a disney princess. Dark skin, bright red hair and great big eyes. So I recently I took a chance and asked her to come by the studio for a few photos and she agreed and even seemed excited by the idea!Read More›
For those of you looking for a lot of technical information about the Sony A7R II, this is the wrong article for it. I will clear this up from the get-go so that you an read it and move on. However I suggest you don’t as this post is littered (zing!) with adorable Kittens. I volunteer my photography with local SPCA when I can, and I’m endeavouring to do it more often now that I’m doing photography full time. Kittens are the perfect test for a camera’s autofocusing system. I shot WIDE open with the Sony/Zeiss 55mm 1.8 and I think I got some terrific images. I shot 18mp jpegs, as there was no need for slow-to-write RAW files and wanted to shoot these little cuties rapidly. The camera performed exceptionally. I will have many more features in the future about this camera, and camera gear in general, but today it is about giving something back.Read More›
Shooting in abandoned or run-down spaces, as you know, is one of my favourite things to do. However shooting in abandoned places of incredible historical significance, that are on the verge of having life breathed back into them is a rare and special occasion I was recently able to take advantage of with my good friend Eric Johnston.Read More›
Moving to proper studio style strobe lighting from available or hot lights is one of the first major hurdles a photographer will cross when transitioning to photography as a career or even just taking your hobby to the next level. However lighting setups do not have to be overly complex, and beautiful photographs, if carefully planned, can be taken with just one light source. Here is an example of a stunning portrait style making use of only one light (in this case a Paul C Buff White Lightning X1600 with a 22″ beauty dish) and nothing but a white wall (which to be honest was horribly dirty lol).
Last week I had the incredible fortune of testing out the latest and greatest camera on the market, the new Sony A7R II. Now this camera has been reviewed, poured over, and dissected by every major media outlet online, but there was something so continually robotic and monotonous about the words I was reading that I was dying to handle this beast myself. I have a pretty lucky life and this here was no exception. A very close friend of mine, Jay Perry and in fact purchased one and received it ahead of his delivery date. True to form and consistent with his incredible character and generosity, he allowed me to test shoot with it. A dream come true. And given my shooting style, I decided that it would be best for me to do a thorough test with no lighting equipment whatsoever, and put the high ISO performance of this camera to the test (which for me was really what I was after, more on this later). I called up my friend Max who is an actor and a great character study, and proposed to him that he be my model for this shoot. He jumped at the chance and away we went.