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Ryerson Courses: Spring Summer 2016

March 31, 2016

Here’s a complete list of all the courses running this Spring Summer:

I’ll be offering Studio Lighting III as a multi-section class, covering Studio Lighting 2 & 3 (and 1 if there is interest).  If you would like to enroll in this class and don’t have the prerequisite, email me and I can set it up.

I’ll also be teaching the Studio Lighting I in the Summer Intensive ( 1:00-4:00pm, 5 days a week).

 

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New Course on B&W Photography

February 17, 2016

landscape B&W sml

I’m teaching a brand new course on B&W photography at The Chang School of Ryerson University.  You’ll learn about the uniquely photographic world of the B&W image, how to capture, render and print stunning monochrom photographs.

The B&W image forms the very roots of photography, and you’ll be learning how to master the craft and aesthetics of this artform.

The course runs Tuesday evenings, from March 1 to March 22. Here’s the link to the course page on the Ryerson website: DIGITAL B&W PHOTOGRAPHY

Registration is open now for certificate students, general registration opens on Feb 22

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A Lightroom CC Workshop…. keepin’ up with the new stuff!

May 4, 2015

Adobe has just dropped a totally new version of Lightroom… Lightroom CC (aka Lightroom 6).  We get some great new features like HDR and Panoramas built in, new ways to control filters, better Web Galleries, and new ways to share and publish your photos.  Perhaps most significant is the continually evolving integration of Lightroom Mobile (for your phone and tablet) and the impact of Smart Previews on your workflow.

Lightroom can now create Panoramas!

Lightroom can now create Panoramas!

I’ll be digging into all these new features and workflow refinements over the next month, and on June 7, I’ll hold a full day workshop so you can get all the cool new info and see how it will improve your life (at least photographically)!

If you’re feeling the need for a Lightroom update, want to get the most from these new developments, or just want to get more out of Lightroom, this will be a great workshop for you!

Workshop Details:
Sunday, June 7   9:30 – 5:00 (1hr break for lunch)
Location: My Studio in Liberty Village
Cost:  $250 (incl. HST)
Advanced Registration and a $50 deposit are required.

Contact me here if you are interested in this workshop:

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Playing with Platinum

February 18, 2015
Vineyard, South of France

Vineyard, South of France

Atlantic waves

Atlantic waves

Anita's Tibetan Door

Anita’s Tibetan Door

Anita's Tree

Anita’s Tree

Anita Chui and I have been experimenting with Platinum Palladium Printing, a process that dates back to the late 1800’s.  We were inspired by Beth Moon’s exquisite book of Platinum printed images, so we ordered a kit from Bostick & Sullivan and compiled all the necessary bits and pieces. The process involves mixing the emulsion and painting it onto rag paper.  We then create “negatives” by printing inverted images onto clear film.  These negatives are sandwiched with the coated paper, exposed to UV lights, then developed, cleared, washed and dried.  Fortunately all this is done in subdued light (no darkroom required).  It’s taken some experimentation, fiddling with negatives and exposure times, but we’ve now created a few prints that are quite beautiful (at least in our humble opinions). Each print is a unique object of subtle tonalities that are hard to describe.  We are having a good time! We are going to continue exploring Platinum/Palladium prints, as well as the Salted Paper printing method developed by Henry Fox Talbot.  Stay tuned for more developments! If you’d like to see how this process works, here’s an excellent video of V. Tony Hauser making a print.

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The Elegant B&W Workshop

September 17, 2014

Rob Iden

Ok, I have to confess that my heart really sings for the beauty of the B&W image.  I love that the world of B&W belongs to photography alone, and we photographers get to play in that unique world.  However, this world also has its unique challenges…. it easier to produce mediocrity in B&W….. and so much more difficult to create compelling images!

And so Iden Ford * and I have created this two-day workshop exploring the world of the B&W image, from concept, through lighting and shooting, to the final print.

Iden and I will walk you through lighting approaches tailored to B&W shooting, both in studio and on location.  You’ll have plenty of time to light and shoot our models (experienced dancers) both in the studio and on location.

We’ll also demonstrate how to process and print your images for optimum impact in B&W.  Plus you’ll have an opportunity to print 3 of your best shots from the workshop!  Here’s the workshop schedule:

Day 1: Sunday, November 16  9:30- 5:30 in my studio in Liberty Village

Morning lecture/ discussion of what makes a great B&W image
Demo of examples of lighting our models for portraits, action and nudes.

Afternoon shooting our models in studio on a variety of sets and lighting styles.
You’ll be working in small groups of 3-4 with a model.

Day 2: Sunday November 23  8:30- 5:30 on location (TBD) and in my studio
Morning: Shooting on location for landscape and with models

Afternoon: Return to studio for demo of Lightroom B&W techniques.
Create prints of your best images from the workshop.

Cost for the workshop:
$595 (incl HST) for both days
$395 (incl HST) for one day
$200 deposit required to hold your spot

This workshop is limited to 12 students, so reserve early to guarantee a spot!

* I met Iden as a student at Ryerson, and he has since gone on to establish himself as a photographer, specializing in dance, performance and portraiture.  His work has been featured in The Toronto Star, The National Post, The Globe and Mail, SHIMMY magazine, Dance Ontario, Photoshop User Magazine, Lightroom Magazine, and Light It Magazine. He’s also an established educator, presenting workshops for Elinchrome Lighting at ProVision, and writing articles for Photoshop User Magazine.  I’m very excited to be co-presenting this workshop with him!

To reserve a spot in the workshop, contact me here:

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The Business of Photography

November 17, 2013

Have you ever dreamed of turning your passion for photography into a profitable business?  Or perhaps you’d like to find out more about marketing and selling your work. This workshop is a great way to get started on that goal!  This has been a very popular workshop in the past, and has started many photographers on their way to building successful businesses.

This workshop will run on two consecutive Sundays…. January 12 and January 19, 2014.  In Part 1 (January 12) we’ll cover setting up your business and running it… including the all important question of HOW MUCH TO CHARGE!  Here are the specific topics:

  • Business planning and set-up: Business Plans, Financial plans and cash flow management, start-up costs, registering for HST , naming your business.
  • Estimates and Billing: Quoting jobs, fees, expenses and mark-ups, invoicing and collections.
  • Pricing Your Work: Establishing your rates and prices
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping: A simplified approach to financial record keeping and cash management.

In Part 2 (January 19th)  we’ll discuss marketing and selling your work:

  • Marketing: Identifying potential markets for your specific work, and developing a marketing plan.
  • Portfolios: Developing your portfolio, selecting and editing your work, portfolio styles for different markets
  • Websites: Explore the various options and styles for your “online portfolio”
  • Blogs and Social Marketing:  The importance and roles for these components of your marketing plan
  • Selling  Your Work:  Overcoming the emotional barriers around selling your work.
  • Personal Portfolio Review: After this workshop, each student can schedule a personal consultation with me to review their work and get information on potential markets and business opportunities.

You can attend either one or both workshops.
If you’d like to see what past students have to say about this workshop, click HERE

Workshop Details:
Part 1:  January 12, 2014  9:30am – 5:00 pm (1 hour break for lunch)
Part 2: January 19, 2014  9:30am – 5:00 pm (1 hour break for lunch)
Location: My studio in Liberty Village, Downtown Toronto
Workshop Fees:  $250. for either Part 1 or 2
$450 for both (prices include HST)

Advance registration and a $50 deposit are required.  To register contact me here:

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Makeup for Photographers

May 23, 2012

The Photographer’s Guide to Makeup:

A workshop presented by Kelly Armstrong

Quite simply, good make-up can make or break any shot involving people, from a basic headshot to an elaborate fashion spread.  In this workshop you’ll learn how to work with a makeup artist to get the best results (and save yourself time retouching!).

Kelly Armstrong, a great freelance makeup artist, will join me to present this informative workshop.

We’ll cover how to select and work with a make-up artist, and what you need to know to get the best results from the partnership.  You’ll have a chance to observe how make-up is applied for photography, and see before and after photos to show the results.

As well, we’ll give you a variety of tips and techniques that you can use when there is no make-up artist for the shoot.  Simple things that you can do at the shoot to save yourself hours of retouching later.

Here are some specific topics we’ll cover:

  • Understanding how make-up works in a photo to enhance to look of your subject
  • Basics of how make-up is applied and why
  • Choosing and working with a make-up artist
  • How to communicate with your Make-up artist about the style and look you’re going for
  • Specific issues to look for and address through make-up
  • Demonstration, including before & after photos, of different styles of makeup
  • How to match the make-up to the lighting style and look of your photographs
  • Differences between “fashion/beauty” make-up and make-up for “real” people
  • What to do when there is no make-up artist
  • Where to send your clients to get make-up done for a portrait
  • Simple make-up techniques that you can apply yourself
  • Items to include in your own “emergency” make-up kit
  • Simple tips for taming hair
  • How to quickly improve hands and legs
  • Of course, since this is a workshop, you’ll have lots of opportunity to ask questions.

You’ll also receive a complete makeup handbook with photos of the various elements and styles of makeup.  You can use this a reference point when dealing with makeup artists, so you can be sure that your communicating clearly.

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

Date: Monday, June 18   6:00- 9:30pm
Location: Davidson Studio, Liberty Village, Toronto
Workshop Fee: $100. & HST
Contact me below to register:

 

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