Big Money Shot 2009 Grand Finals – Hollerado

December 2, 2009

As I mentioned in my previous post, the big winner in Live 88.5‘s Big Money Shot contest for 2009 is Hollerado, who put on a great show and was definitely deserving of the win. Great songs and an energetic performance put them over the top. I think they had security freaking out at the end of their set, when they pulled a few people on stage. A few more took the liberty of jumping up, but luckily security was able to quickly put a halt to it, or it could have become chaotic up there. The lead shot only shows about half the people that made it on stage!

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Big Money Shot 2009 Grand Finals

November 29, 2009

Friday night I attendedĀ Live 88.5’s Big Money Shot Grand Final event at Capital Music Hall. This is the biggest night in Ottawa music, as one lucky band walks away with $250,000 in talent support. And this year’s winner is……….Hollerado!!! Congratulations guys! They put on an awesome show. There were great performances all around, but when it came down to it, Hollerado was the clear winner.

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Another Lighting Workshop

November 24, 2009

A couple of weekends ago, I was off to another lighting workshop. This one was courtesy of Don Giannatti. Somehow I stumbled across his Lighting Essentials blog about a year ago, and have been following along ever since. It was 2 full days of all out lighting, 8am to 5pm. Funny how the time flies by when you’re having fun. It was an intense weekend of learning. Don covered everything from studio lights and small flash, to umbrellas, bounce tools, light meters, beauty dishes, and working with models. I’m sure I’ve left something out. Don has been doing this stuff for a long time and has a vast amount of knowledge. He even ended the weekend with a session on ‘going pro’ if you were able to stick around. So Sunday didn’t end at 5pm, it was more like 8pm. Did I mention it was a long weekend? I learned a lot and am ready to start putting it to practice.

I have posted a few photos from that weekend. I will probably post some more once I have had a chance to sift through them all.

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.

Getting Started With Studio Lighting

November 10, 2009

A couple of weeks ago, I had the pleasure of taking another course with Harry Nowell. It was a custom course, which was great because it gave Nathalie Madore and myself plenty of time to ask questions and try out different things. While it’s impossible to learn everything about lighting in a single day, Harry gave us a good base so that we would have the confidence to start shooting and building our comfort with studio lights.

The first part of the day covered a bunch of technical stuff including strobes, light meters and hot lights. The second part of the day had us setting up a couple of scenes to shoot photos of some models he had arranged to come in to the studio for us.

Though the time flew by too quickly, it was a fun day and I learned a lot. It was definitely a good start to kicking my fear of flash. Thanks Harry!

BMS Round 3 Finals – Down In Ashes

November 5, 2009

These guys are a bit of an oddity in the competition, as I can only think of 1 other band I’ve seen competing that is as heavy as Down In Ashes. They put on an energetic set, fueled by material from their upcoming album.

Last year they were in the year end finals through wild card voting. This year, they stepped it up, winning their prelim, but losing out in the Round 3 Finals. They obviously have a dedicated following of fans, as they are once again playing in the wildcard show for a chance at the last 2 spots in the year end finals again this year. We’ll soon find out if they can pull off the repeat.

BMS Round 3 Finals – Tara Holloway

November 3, 2009

This girl looked like she was having a blast on stage. Her energy was evident throughout her whole set. Tara has a great voice and some catchy tunes. I’m sure you’ll see her take the stage again in next year’s competition. Below are some photos captured during her performance. Be sure to check out her website!

Next up……..Down In Ashes.

BMS Round 3 Finals – Eppiphane

October 30, 2009

The first band to hit the stage, while I was there anyway, was Eppiphane. I have seen these guys a few times now and they seem to keep improving as time passes. They are young and talented. I think it’s only a matter of time before Ottawa music fans see them punch their ticket to the finals.

BMS Round 3 Finals – Amos The Transparent

October 26, 2009

This past Thursday I headed out to catch the Round 3 Finals of this years Big Money Shot competition with my camera in tow. It was a good evening of entertainment. Because it was a Thursday night, the schedule was bumped ahead a bit from the typical time slots. Unaware of this I ended up missing the first band. I wasn’t able to stick around for the decision at the end of the night, but I was pretty confident I knew who the winner would be. Amos The Transparent put on a good show, and was deserving of the decision.

The band started off their set walking in from the back of the club, singing at the top of their lungs and playing a couple of acoustic guitars. They definitely caught the crowd by surprise. They paused at the front of the stage to finish their tune, before taking the stage to deliver their energetic set. Take a peek at some of the action below.

Photos of some of the other bands also competing that night will be up soon.

Sharpening In Lightroom

October 19, 2009

I was wandering around the internet today during some downtime, when I came across this great tutorial on sharpening your photos in Lightroom. Part 1 gives a great explanation on how each of the sharpening tools in the develop module work. I was also made aware of some key combinations that give you a preview mode which I wasn’t aware of. Part 2 explains export sharpening in Lightroom. The 2 parts put together, describe how to get sharp looking photos coming out of Lightroom. Of course, this assumes your focus was right when you took the picture in the first place. No amount of sharpening will save a bad photo! If you’ve wanted to better understand sharpening in Lightroom, then I definitely recommend checking out these 2 well written tutorials.