Workflow Workshop

Come join me Feb 4 in the afternoon here in Calgary for my Photographers Workflow and Asset Management Workshop.

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Digital assets are the photographer’s most valuable resource. As your portfolio continues to grow, you need to be able to find, process, caption, and store your images. This requires having a system in place to organize your digital files.

In this workshop, I’ll go through the process of capturing images, downloading, captioning, and directing them to proper folders. I will cover editing, creating a rating system, batch processing, and backing up your images. Lastly, showing you how to export files for various uses from creating prints, books and slide shows to simply showing people, and sharing your images on social media.

We will touch on what editing software is best suited to your needs, and how to fine tune images quickly and efficiently. Will share some of my short cuts and explain how to use cloud storage.

You will leave this workshop with an action plan on how to organize your photo library and maintain it so that you can find any image from your collection on a moments notice.

For tickets, click here on The Camera Store  or call them at 403.234.9935 we have a few spots left.

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Nam, Vietnamese Kitchen

Had the pleasure to go photograph Nam, a great new Vietnamese Kitchen that opened a few months back here in Calgary for The Globe and Mail. The place feels like an upscale Vietnamese restaurant but eats and costs like a regular one. This is my kind of place, great hearty bowls of food at a good price, plus close to where I hang out downtown. It will be a regular spot for me.

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Year in Review 2014

Now that we are at the end of the year, I always take the time to have a peek at the assignments I have photographed throughout the year. It’s always a great chance to see what I have been doing and what events I have covered. Here is a selection of some of my favorite images in 2014, Merry Christmas.

Back country skiing up Deception Pass, January 10. For the Toronto Star
Back country skiing up Deception Pass, January 10. For the Toronto Star
The British, National Gallery, London, January 28. For The Toronto Star
The British, National Gallery, London, January 28. For The Toronto Star

 

French Kiss on the River Seine, Paris, France. January 31. For The Toronto Star
French Kiss on the River Seine, Paris, France. January 31. For The Toronto Star
Nicole Briggs Miss Rodeo Canada June 7. For The Toronto Star
Nicole Briggs Miss Rodeo Canada June 7. For The Toronto Star
Rodeo bareback rider, Brooks rodeo, June 7. For The Toronto Star
Rodeo bareback rider, Brooks rodeo, June 7. For The Toronto Star
World renowned National Geographic photographer William Alberta Allard, July 7. For Reuters
World renowned National Geographic photographer William Albert Allard, July 7. For Reuters
A cheerleader for the Edmonton Eskimos goes flying through the air during the Labour Day classic. September 1. For Reuters
A cheerleader for the Edmonton Eskimos goes flying through the air during the Labour Day classic. September 1. For Reuters
A freak summer snow storm destroyed thousands of trees in Calgary, September 10. For Reuters
A freak summer snow storm destroyed thousands of trees in Calgary, September 10. For Reuters
A tailings pond at the oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta. September 17. For Reuters
A tailings pond at the oil sands near Fort McMurray, Alberta. September 17. For Reuters
A farmer climbs up a grain bin during the wheat harvest in Alberta, October 10. For The Globe and Mail
A farmer climbs up a grain bin during the wheat harvest in Alberta, October 10. For The Globe and Mail
University women's rugby finals, October 17. For Canon Cameras.
University women’s rugby finals, October 17. For Canon cameras.
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Brandon Banks reacts after his touchdown was called back against the Calgary Stampeders at the Grey Cup, November 30. For Reuters
Hamilton Tiger-Cats Brandon Banks reacts after his touchdown was called back against the Calgary Stampeders at the Grey Cup, November 30. For Reuters
The Calgary Stampeders react to winning the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver, November 30. For Reuters
The Calgary Stampeders react to winning the 102nd Grey Cup in Vancouver, November 30. For Reuters











Street Shooting Saturday’s

As most of my friends know, I almost always carry a camera around. It’s easy when you are a full time photographer, you always need one. What I have always done is shoot little slice of life photos, street photography or portraits, just because I felt there was an image there. So many times that image did not get published anywhere. Of course now with the publishing platforms of Instagram, Tumblr, and blogs, we have a home for these and many more photographs. So I am going to try and post a photograph I shot just for myself each week on Saturday here. I know I always have too much on my plate to do a pictures a day for 365 days like some photographers do, but in this new publishing world, it will give you a glimpse into what I see each week. Stay tuned…

At Weeds Coffee house.
At Weeds Coffee house.

Paris

I  recently shot a travel assignment for the Toronto Star, which is in today’s paper following in the footsteps of some of the great street photographers that have wondered the streets of Paris, one of the grand cities of the world. I took my 16 year son on a little European vacation hitting London first, then the high speed train to Paris. Paris, no matter what time of year, is simply a magical city. Incredible food, fantastic coffee,  wonderful art and great street life. The second you are home, Paris starts calling you back…

Lovers on the Pont des Arts Bridge
Lovers on the Pont des Arts Bridge
Tourists capture a selfie near the Eiffel Tower
Tourists capture a selfie near the Eiffel Tower
A waiter gets chairs ready for the morning rush at Place Edmond Michelet
A waiter gets chairs ready for the morning rush at Place Edmond Michelet
Decadent desserts down every street
Decadent desserts down every street
Artist painting at the Louvre
Artist painting at the Louvre
The famous Cafe De Flore
The famous Cafe De Flore
Shopping for books at Shakespeare & Company
Shopping for books at Shakespeare & Company
Making fresh crepes near the Trocadéro
Making fresh crepes near the Trocadéro
The painting Gabrielle d'Estrées, from the School of Fontainebleau
The painting Gabrielle d’Estrées, from the School of Fontainebleau
A unicyclists rides on the Rue Saint Honoré
A unicyclists rides on the Rue Saint Honoré
Sunset at the Place de la Concorde
Sunset at the Place de la Concorde

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maclean’s Portraits

This promises to be a great show opening tonight at Contact in Toronto. Maclean’s Face to Face. 50 of their most memorable portraits from their vast archive at the Gladstone Hotel. I am lucky enough to have a portrait in the Show of Jann Arden. Check it out this month if you are in the Big Smoke.

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Here is my print from the show.

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Prints

For the past while now, every time I go on a photographic trip I have been coming back home and making a set of prints. It’s a great exercise, I find it really brings life to the body of work. When I will show friends and family pictures on a computer screen, their attention span to say the least is not very long. People are now trained to want something immediately on the screen or something to change. I have noticed, we do not like to look at one thing for too long on a screen. When I show the same people prints made from a trip, they all spend much more time with them. They look at the details, the colour, or tones in a black and white. Something changes, they slow down and tune the rest of the world out for a bit, even cell phones get ignored when they look at prints. With modren printing technology it’s easy to make great prints, there are also a wide range of great papers out there. So just back from Rome and Vatican City doing an assignment on the new Pope, I have some tunes on and printing away. A good way to spend the Saturday.

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