professional development

Environmental Portrait

I learned so much from doing this assignment for my Applied Location Photography class. It was my first time photographing with off-camera flash in the field—and it went off without a hitch! I love using flash, I find it adds so much dimension to a photo. It's definitely my long-term goal to get continually better and better at it (for more information on flash photography check out The Strobist blog.)

Secondly, and most importantly, this was an excellent experience for me to work with someone who isn't used to being photographed all the time. I approached Maya for this assignment and she graciously agreed to be my subject. We were both nervous. It's never my goal to capture photos with fake, posed smiles. I want my subject to be natural and at ease. Along with her business partner, Stephanie, Maya runs a boutique and Atelier in Montreal's Plateau neighbourhood. I wanted to capture Maya's excitement, pride and joy for being a part of this space. It's not a large space but they use every inch of it to their advantage to create and sell their art, alongside with art from local artisans that they love and admire. After chatting for a bit and taking a few warm-up photos we both got really into the shoot and had a great time making these photographs happen. I'm very happy with the end result. (For more information on Maya and her art, please visit the Mayamorphosis blog.)

Off-camera flash workshop

The second semester of my Commercial Photography program began two weeks ago and wasted no time in getting back to serious business. As well as continuing to learn more advanced editing techniques in Adobe Lightroom, we have started to learn how to wield off-camera flash. I am very excited about the potential and possibilities that this tool holds. Flash adds so much depth, detail and dimension to a photo. I have had my Nikon SB-800 Speedlight for several years now and up until this point have only sort-of known what I was doing with it. I learning by experimenting with bounce flash off of different surfaces and by mashing random buttons to achieve the desired effect. After this weekend's workshop I now know precisely what I am doing. To add/subtract ambient light adjust shutter speed. Changing from a wide angle to telephoto lens: there's a button to direct the appropriate amount of light needed to cover an area.

I love photography for this reason, it's a perfect blend of science and art. 

I had a great time photographing Josée in one heck of an ugly school cafeteria. I think we successfully made the best of an ugly situation!

Ambient light only (we were using the stained-glass windows for added effect)   

Ambient light only (we were using the stained-glass windows for added effect)

 

Flash with ambient light   

Flash with ambient light

 

Dominant flash   

Dominant flash

 

I think there's a rule somewhere about not mixing stripes with plaid... oh well!      

I think there's a rule somewhere about not mixing stripes with plaid... oh well!

 

 

Stacks and stacks of cafeteria chairs   

Stacks and stacks of cafeteria chairs

 

Hello, Dominos?

Hello, Dominos?

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Very inspiring bulletin board

Very inspiring bulletin board

Hanger anyone?

Hanger anyone?

Is it spring outside yet?   

Is it spring outside yet?

 

Table for one

Table for one