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New website!

March 8, 2010

This blog was a temporary thing. Please visit me at my new website –


A look back at 2009…

January 5, 2010

My photography took a big leap in 2009. There was lots of learning and I saw definite steps forward in my technique and results.

Things got off to an early start in January when I decided to sign up for Harry Nowell‘s sports photography course, which included photographing an Ottawa 67’s hockey game. I liked Harry’s class so much that I decided to sign up for his pro program, for some assistance and insight in getting myself established as a working photographer. Harry is a great teacher and his mentoring has been very beneficial.

2009 was definitely a big year of firsts in my young photographic career:

  • photographing a semi-pro hockey game
  • photographing the Canadian Whitewater Slalom National team trials
  • photographing a cycling race
  • getting started with off camera lighting
  • working with models
  • photographing auto racing
  • photographing a signed touring band – Die Mannequin
  • I started my first blog
  • I’m excited to see where 2010 takes me!

Photo Manipulation

November 19, 2009

Chase Jarvis had an interesting post the other day about how some say photography today is on a downward slop with photoshop. These “purists” claim that the masters before us didn’t have this luxury and didn’t tamper with their images. Check out Chase’s post to see the marked up photo he has from Richard Avedon, which is covered in instructions in red marker to his printer.

Photographers have been manipulating their images for almost as long as they have been taking them. Where do these “purists” think the dodge and burn tools in photoshop got their names? Yes things can be taken too far, but I don’t see anything wrong with some manipulation if it makes for a stronger or more visually interesting photo.


September 28, 2009

Or fear of flash. I have it. It’s time to ditch it. The fear……not the flash.

A couple of years ago, I bought a flash for my DSLR, but I’ve never really used it much. Mostly because I don’t know how to use it properly. When I have used it, I’m most often disappointed with the results. Over the next few months, it is my goal to conquer my fear and learn to use my flash, or rather control my flash. Mixing ambient and flash. Overpowering the ambient. Bouncing. These are all things I would like to begin to understand and get a grasp of over the next few months. I hope to be posting results of my experimentation with flash soon. Stay tuned….

Lesson learned

September 18, 2009

Always back up your photos off your flash card ASAP! I just learned this the hard way.

Last weekend I was in PEI for a wedding and took a bunch of photos while I was there. I hadn’t yet had a chance to transfer them to my computer having had a busy week. This evening I decided to head out to the race track again for another chance at shooting my cousin’s races. When I got to the track and turned on my camera, I saw a message on the display that I had never seen before, “Error reading card”. Odd I thought, so I turned my camera off and then back on. I took a couple test shots and all seemed fine. That was until I got home and went to transfer my photos to my computer. It seems all my PEI photos had been wiped out. I know there’s recovery software, but seeing as I had filled up about 90% of the card tonight, there wasn’t much point in trying it out.

So don’t suffer my fate. Always back up your photos from your flash card ASAP. I know I will always be prompt about doing so in the future. I now understand why the pro’s have small onsite backup drives with them! While I lost some personal photos, it could have been worse. They could have been photos from a paid shoot that were lost forever. Had I been paid to shoot the weddding…… do you explain that one to the client?!?!?

And so the journey begins…

August 29, 2009

This is it…….my first blog, and my first blog post. With this blog I plan to share my journey into the world of professional photography. I will share my successes, which will hopefully be many, as well as my failures, which hopefully will help me grow as a photographer. At this point I don’t know where this blog is headed, or where my journey will take me, but after years of dreaming of  a career I’d truly enjoy, I guess it’s time to find out.