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Editorial Portrait

12 January 2019 - 12:50 AM

The latest assignment was to photograph someone from our town who did something that was so amazing.  The challenge was to use the image to show why what they did was so amazing.  Local charities were closed over the Xmas holidays, but our next door neighbour stepped forward.  Steve retired from the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra at the end of the year, but still plays for his church orchestra.




Because this was the first time that I have ever shot anyone's portrait, I wasn't sure what to expect.  I needn't have worried.  Steve was very easy to work with; and I remembered enough of the videos on portrait photography, to get him in a good pose.  I had been concerned about how Steve would hold his viola and bow, but just told Steve to hold it as he normally would.  He told me that this posture is his "Zen" mode.


I wasn't expecting so much positive feedback during this week's class.  Don told me that I nailed it.  His only suggestion would have been to place the shoot-through umbrella a bit higher.  When I mentioned that we only had a 7 foot ceiling, he said that is when you switch to a soft-box.  The learning continues.


I used a Godox SK-300 strobe with a shoot-through umbrella.


  • ISO 64
  • 24-70/2.8 @ 46mm
  • f11
  • 1/125 sec.


PP was limited to a levels adjustment in PS, plus cosmetic cloning & healing.  I finally used LR for limited final adjustments.  


Thanks for looking everyone.  :)


Rumoured Nikon Z Lens 2019 Release Schedule

31 December 2018 - 01:26 PM

Some news for all of you Nikon Z users out there.  Gentlemen, get your wallets ready!  :lol:  :lol:




30 December 2018 - 12:48 AM

This assignment was simple:  create an all-purpose ad for a tea company with 6 shops.  The ad would be used for local and regional magazines, plus the in-flight magazine for a major airline.  There were some restrictions.  The image had to be:

  • vertical
  • colour
  • clean with some space for text
  • lead the viewer's eye to the right

I shot this with 2 Godox Strobes and soft-boxes.  I also used a scrim and a large reflector card on camera left.  Two large yellow cards purchased at our local dollar store formed the background.




This was shot at

ISO 64

24-70/2.8 @ 52mm

1/125 sec



I used PS to clone out the join between the two cards.


Thanks for looking everyone.  :)



Period Piece

20 December 2018 - 12:56 AM

This week's assignment was to recreate a period in history.  We were given full creative licence, to use people, props and wardrobes.  The challenge, however, was to use or emulate the photography technology that was available at the time.  It's amazing what people came up with.
Angela has had the sewing machine in this image since she was a teenager.  She thinks that it is at least 50 years old.  Sadly, it is beginning to show its age and we recently learned that spare parts are no longer available.  It's such a cool piece that we are going to keep it, even when it stops running.
Emulating period photography challenge was the biggest challenge.  Like a few others, I originally shot this with my soft-boxes.  However, Don used the Project 52 FB page, to tell us that soft-boxes weren't around, way back when.  Because old-fashioned flash bulbs weren't readily available on short notice, I improvised.  On camera-left, I used a GODOX strobe with a bare bulb and hood, at lowest power.  For a kicker, I set up a Yongnuo speed-light on a stand at 1/32 power.  No diffusers for either light.
Once again, Angela was my very patient model.  Thank you, dear!
I shot this at 
ISO 64
1/125 sec
24-70/2.8 @ 50mm
I used PS for a levels adjustment, Nik Silver Efex for mono conversion, then Nik Analog Efex for the staining.
Don liked it and had no suggested changes.  However, he did caution that Analog Efex can be very addictive.  He's right!
Thanks for looking everyone.  :)



Design Magazine

14 December 2018 - 01:03 AM

This week's assignment was to shoot a promo shot for a fictitious magazine called Design Magazine.  The premise was that an upcoming conference would feature buildings and architecture in our area.  We were being asked to match their style with a similar subject.  This was shot outside Port Moody City Hall, on a very cold December afternoon.  Many thanks to Angela, for being both my model and a good sport.




If Angela looks a bit blurred, that is intentional.  That seems to be part of "Design" Magazine's style.  We lost count of how many times she walked back and forth as we tried to get the blur in the right position.


This was shot on a tripod, using a 5 sec self-timer.

ISO 1/6 sec @ f 13

24-70 mm  @ 36 mm

Ambient light only.


It was only during our weekly class , when we learned that the real objective was to take a shot of a person without making it look like a portrait.  Don's only suggested changes were to use the PS warp tool, to straighten out the concrete at the bottom of the image; and to use the Pro Contrast filter in Nik Color Efex, to bring out some detail in the bricks.


Thanks for looking, everyone.  :)