Weekly Photography Project

Weekly Photography Project   This is the time of year people think of starting new photography projects. I know I’ve been thinking about it. I get so busy talking about photography, reading about photography and teaching photography that I need to set aside time for my own personal photography projects. Have you ever done an extended photography project? The 365-day project is popular with photographers. However, many people (including me) find the idea of producing a photograph — every single day — completely overwhelming. My good friend André Gallant turned me on to the idea of creating a photo each …

Getting Creative with Texture

There are many different techniques and tools photographers can use to creatively process their images in the digital dark room. I often use Adobe Photoshop to add texture to my photographs. I use this technique when I want to create an atmosphere, add depth, or embellish an element of my photograph. Photoshop allows for layers to be blended together through blending modes. You can use blending modes to control and change the way layers interact. A layer’s blending modes can be changed using the drop-down at the top of the layer’s palette. To see any effect of layer blending modes, …

Hot Weather Tips for You and your Camera!

Whether you are going out into the noon day sun here at home this summer or lucky enough to be traveling to warmer climates here are a few tips to keep yourself and your equipment in good shape in hot weather. Wear a hat and sunscreen and drink plenty of water. Wear light coloured well ventilated clothing. You need to protect your camera from the sun too! Most cameras are black and they can attract a lot of heat, put them in the shade when you’re not using them, or if you have to keep them in the sun, cover …

Welcome to my new website!

A website for a photographer is essential, it allows us to reach out to the world and share our photographs. A website can also be a big time sink if you’re not careful. I’ve recently had issues with all my websites and decided to simplify things by putting my photography, classes, courses and workshops all on one site. And here it is! I am still in the process of building my galleries but if you have any questions about my work or courses, please feel free to contact me anytime. I love looking at others work and I hope you …

Photoshop Gotchas

In Photoshop, when the document, tool, filter, task is not responding as you expect it should here is a list of common problems that might be causing you to pull your hair out. If you’re not seeing of effect of your work – • You are on the wrong layer. Check which layer you are working on by identifying which one is highlighted, and to see which layer you need by turning layers on and off. • You have your layer mode in the layers palette set to something other than normal. • You have your tool mode set to …

Editorial Canadian Camera Spring Issue 2016

I’m sitting here trying to think of something creative to write about creativity and drawing a blank. Oh the many times I have held my camera in my hands with the exact same feeling. But as with any artistic endeavour sometimes you just have to start – type a few words, paint a few strokes, shoot a few frames. Eventually you find your groove. I think of all the attributes photographers desire and admire creativity is high on the list. However, being creative often involves risk, we worry, we hesitate, what if no one gets it? Be brave – photograph …

Editorial Canadian Camera Winter Issue 2016

When I came up with the theme for this issue, Caring Photographers – Changing the World One Photograph at a Time – I knew that CAPA photographers were a caring lot but, wow, what a response! We weren’t able to include all the material, but thank you very much to the many who answered the call. When we think of photographs that have changed the world we think of the iconic photographs etched in our memories. Photographs like Dorothea Lange’s from the great depression, Robert Capa’s war photos, Nick Ut’s photos during the Vietnam war, Kevin Carter’s poignant photos of …