Quick tips

Here are a couple of tips I learnt this week in class and from my buddy John Major.

When you are shooting in a high ISO setting try to over expose a bit. What this does is gives your sensor a little more time/light to do its job. You will reduce the noise in your shot without the use of Noise Reduction software.

Which leads me to this tip. If you find yourself in a situation where you can’t get he correct exsposure for your entire shot it is better to over exspose an area rather than under expose. Reason is it is easier to recover from an over exsposed area in Lightroom or Photoshop than it is from an under exspose area.

That’s it for today. Have fun and keep shooting.

Studio Lighting


Studio at home

This week we started a multi-part series on studio lighting. Now I am not talking about setting up flashes in a room with modifiers. I am talking power packs, strobes and large light modifiers. Plus we started to learn to use a light meter. This shot (left) was with one flash through an umbrella.

Now I am not sold on light metters in the digital SRL world simply because I can delete my test image and it doesn’t cost me a penny. Don’t get me wrong, they work and all but I find it an extra step and piece of equipment. Why go up to my subject and place a meter on them and determine what the intial setting of my camera should be, when I can meter in my camera and get pretty close to start and then go straight to making adjustments without having to go back and forth to and from the subject and my shooting position. For me in the end I usually don’t go with the “correct” exposure anyway. I like to be artistic and play with light so the metering gets me no closer to my desired exposure than just using my camera’s metering. Plus it must be from the point of view of the light source and not the camera. Meaning you meter from the direction of the light, where as when you meter with your camera you are doing it from the camera’s point of view which in some cases maybe more accurate. (more…)

Tilt – Shift Photography

The Market II

This weeks class was on Tilt-Shift photography. For those of you who don’t know this concept check this link out.

Tilt shift photography is a fun form a shooting. It is especially great if you can get an over view look at a busy area in a urban centre. Although I saw some awesome examples from my class mates this week who didn’t follow this concept at all. So mostly it is a trial and error approach.

It is a very artistic form of photography and lends it self to creating very interesting images which make a lot of people say “Wow!” Add night shooting into the mike and you have some neat lighting effects. At first you might have a hard time getting right as I did, but if you try to get as high up as you can, you will see the results get better. Then once you get a feel for it you can try more challenging angles.

One key to any tilt shift photos is I found the shots my classmates made had bright contrasting colours so keep that in mind. (more…)

Introduction to Lightroom

Well this week’s class was an introduction to Adobe Lightroom. Personally I have spent countless hours learning and using Lightroom (LR) since the release of version 2.0.

I love this software as it allows me to manipulate photos in so many creative ways. As the name states the link between film and the darkroom is now a link between the digital SLR to the lightroom. A lot of people feel post processing of images is cheating and I can agree to a point. These sentiments apply to the film days too. Get it right out of the camera not in post processing. I just think there is more than one way to skin a cat and sometimes post processing is the only way to express your artistic creative side. I guess it is to each there own.

Lightroom provides various ways to process your images as well make exposure corrections either globally or locally via the adjustment brush. From version 1.0 to 2.0 Lr has change to be a leader in its handling of both RAW and jpeg images.

I think the most important feature Lr has to offer is the unlimited un-dos via a non-destructive layering process. Lightroom layers the adjustments you make and stores those changes in its catalogue and never saves its changes to the image file itself. If you were to use your file browser to goto the original photo location on your hard drive, you would not see any adjustments you have made in Lr applied.

Getting your final image out of Lr to share requires you to export it to a new location. Other wise you can create portable slideshows or print via the print module in Lr.

Sticking to the themes, here are some images from session 4 class. These images were processed in LR a bit. Or maybe a lot in some cases.

Principles of Art and Design

This week we started to learn principles of art and design. The three images below represent some of these principles. Take a look and enjoy.

Elements of Design


This gallery is the results of my first 2 classes at the School of the Photographic Arts of Ottawa. Please enjoy my work. Comment if you would like too.

I am hoping to continue posting galleries, tips and tricks and some results from things I learn along the way. If you ever have any request just send me a email.

I hope everyone can learn something from my new site or at least see some cool pictures.