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Results from the Picture It photography course

Posted by on 21. December 2013 in Blog / Journal, Photography, Workshops | Comments Off on Results from the Picture It photography course

Results from the Picture It photography course

I the fall of 2013 I ran a seven-week photography course for novice and intermediate – level photographers. We had an in-class session once a week (Wednesday evenings) and went outside as a group one Sunday afternoon to practice what we had learned in the classroom. We covered the following topics in the class: basic concepts of digital photography, fundamentals of exposure and camera controls, use of lenses, composition, light in the landscape (with a demonstration of flash use), colour theory and use of filters, image processing and archiving. I set up several assignments and we reviewed the submitted images in the class. Here are a few images created by the photo course participants. I will be offering a similar digital photography course from April 9 – May 21, 2014. If you are interested in attending, please register early as this course filled up quickly and we could not accommodate everyone who wanted to take...

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New photography workshop: “Picture It – Digital Photography Course”

Posted by on 20. August 2013 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on New photography workshop: “Picture It – Digital Photography Course”

New photography workshop: “Picture It – Digital Photography Course”

New offering for the Fall – I will be teaching a digital photography course in October and November of this year. The course will provide participants with a foundation of digital image capture and processing. It is aimed at novice and photographers with intermediate skill levels. The course participants will gain necessary knowledge and skills to understand how digital cameras see and record light, how to visualize and compose their images, and to better understand the use of natural and artificial light sources. We will cover the essentials of digital image editing, processing, archiving and preparing for print or social media use. Check it out. I prepared teaching material that will greatly improve your knowledge about digital photography and practical photography skills. There is also a few spots left in the “Fall Colours and the Use of Filters in Outdoor Photography” workshop on September 15th (small class size – limited to 6 participants) and the fall colours photo tour to Prince Albert National Park on September 20-22, 2013....

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Landscape Photography Workshop a success

Posted by on 24. July 2013 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on Landscape Photography Workshop a success

Landscape Photography Workshop a success

Big thank you to enthusiastic photographers who attended the Landscape Photography and Basic Digital Workflow photo workshop on Sunday. We had a full slate of participants not only from the Saskatoon area, but places further away;  Beverly and Gail drove up from Regina, and Patricia came from Big River. The format that I chose for half-day photo workshops at the Ancient Spirals Retreat is working as planned. We had an introductory tutorial where I covered the topic of  ‘light in the landscape’. After a short break with treats, I talked about the basics of digital capture and then demonstrated my usual workflow for capturing, organizing and managing digital photographs. I also demonstrated a few simple steps for processing digital images using Lightroom and Photoshop software. Clouds cleared up half-way through the program and we were treated with gorgeous warm evening light for the outdoor component of the workshop. Even the full moon showed up, as scheduled. The upcoming Fall Colours and the Use of Filters in Outdoor Photography workshop this September will have a shorter tutorial portion; emphasis will be on the outdoor component and review of participant’s images. By coincidence, there is a great (free) webinar by a freelance travel photographer Gavin Gough just posted on Photoshelter’s Blog: From Camera to Delivery: Streamlining Your Digital Workflow. The presentation is one hour long and full of very useful tips. Check it...

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Photography field trip to Cranberry Flats Conservation Area

Posted by on 21. October 2012 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on Photography field trip to Cranberry Flats Conservation Area

Photography field trip to Cranberry Flats Conservation Area

Last week I led an outdoor photography field trip for members of the Saskatoon Nature Society. We had a very good turnout – 17 people showed up. The weather was great; blue skies with interesting clouds greeted us upon arrival, with a bit of cloud cover later on in the evening. Although we did not get a spectacular sunset, a soft light from overcast skies allowed us to focus on details in nature. I took the group down to the banks of South Saskatchewan River to work in the area with a lot of interesting patterns created by water erosion of sandy beaches. A few ravens kept us company throughout the afternoon and I found and photographed a sand bank that resembled the inquisitive birds. Right after the sunset, several hundred sandhill cranes landed on one of the sand banks in the middle of the river. Their distinctive and loud calls filled out the air.  A great ending to a pleasant, and photographically successful day. Here are a few images from this field trip....

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Outdoor and nature photography workshop at Shekinah Centre – participant images

Posted by on 4. October 2012 in Blog / Journal, Workshops | Comments Off on Outdoor and nature photography workshop at Shekinah Centre – participant images

Outdoor and nature photography workshop at Shekinah Centre – participant images

The outdoor and nature photography workshop at Shekinah Retreat Centre was  a great success. A full slate of ten people showed up and patiently listened while I was presenting the introductory tutorials. Here is what some of the participants have to say about their experience: – “Thank you for the very educational Photo Workshop…. I learned so much…. just wish my brain could retain all of it. Everything was wonderful, the relaxed class room time, the supper, my only regret is that we didn’t have more time to practise shooting what we learned.” – “Thanks again for freely sharing your wealth of knowledge. It was much appreciated and of tremendous benefit.” – “I enjoyed the workshop. It wasn’t a marathon for me – just a good learning experience. Maybe next time we’ll see more clouds, birds or colour.” – “Enjoyed the workshop; have tried to using the polarizing filter. Sometimes I do like the results, sometimes not so much.” Shekinah Centre is located in the aspen parkland region, right on the banks of the North Saskatchewan River. Fall colours were entering their peak that weekend; after dinner we wondered outdoors to soak up the scenery and practice what we learned during the afternoon. Three participants sent me a few images and I am posting a small selection here. The photo credits go to Howard Giles, Hilda Noton and Hans Holtkamp (check out Hans’ fine art bronzes culptures and a selection of photographs).        ...

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