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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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The Creative Nude Workshop: April 29

March 22, 2012

The body always expresses the spirit whose envelope it is. And for him who can see, the nude offers the richest meaning. -Auguste Rodin

Learn how to light, pose and photograph the nude figure from a true master of the art. Acclaimed fashion and figure photographer Struan will share his knowledge and insights on capturing the beauty of the nude. Then you’ll be able to put these into practice for yourself in a shooting session.

Workshop Schedule: Sunday, April 29 2012
Location: My studio in Liberty Village, Toronto
Cost: $300 & HST (includes lunch) 

9:30- 12:30 The morning session will start with a discussion of the technical and esthetic issues of shooting the nude, including lighting, lens choices, posing, perspective and “seeing” the form. You’ll observe Struan as he photographs our models, and see the results live.

12:30-1:30 Lunch Break in studio.

1:30-5:30  Students photograph the models, working in small groups. A variety of backgrounds and lights will be available. Struan will assist, providing pointers and tips.  You’ll have an opportunity to shoot at least three models on a variety of sets, so you’ll emerge with a complete selection of creative nude photographs for your portfolio.

This workshop is limited to 12 students, and is very popular, so register early to ensure your spot.  A $50 deposit is required.
Contact me below to register:

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Printer Delight….. A Digital Printing Workshop

February 28, 2012

Is your printer making you crazy, frustrated, disappointed? Colours don’t match your monitor? Never sure what settings to use? Want to make prints that “sing” but you can’t seem to get there? Maybe you’re avoiding printing altogether, or you’re just contemplating purchasing a photo quality printer. Then this is definitely the workshop for you!

You’ll learn the complete printing workflow, from calibrating your monitor to achieving the perfect gallery worthy print.  Here are some of the topics we’ll cover:

  • Monitor Profiling
  • Using a color Managed workflow to save you time. money and frustration
  • Understanding color spaces
  • Using printer profiles
  • Printing from Adobe Lightroom
  • The Photoshop printing workflow
  • Paper choices
  • Optimizing your photos for printing
  • Evaluating and refining your prints

This is a one OR two-day workshop, and you can choose to attend one or both days.

On Saturday we’ll cover the technical aspects of the printing workflow and go through the various steps and choices required to get predictable results that match your monitor.  We’ll also look at preparing photos to be printed at an outside lab.

Sunday’s session will be a hands-on workshop where you’ll be working on your own images, preparing them for printing, making prints, and evaluating the results.  We’ll have a variety of papers for you to experiment with so you can see the effect paper choice makes on the final print.

This workshop will be held at 44 Wide in their state of the art digital classroom, with iMac work stations, using Adobe Lightroom, Epson and Canon printers.

Workshop Details:

Saturday Session:  March 31, 2012     10:00-4:00 (1 hour break for lunch)
Cost:  $200 & HST ($226)

Sunday Session: April 1, 2012    10:00- 4:00  (1 hour break for lunch)
Cost:  $250 & HST ($282.50) including materials

Class size is limited to 16 students.
A $50 deposit is required to hold your spot.

To register contact me here:

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Poured Resin Workshop… last chance for a while!

July 14, 2010

This very popular presentation technique transforms your images into beautiful, rich works of art ready to be proudly displayed. The thick, high gloss resin finish makes prints look like they’ve been preserved under molten glass. It’s a very popular technique in galleries and shows, so you may have seen examples of it and wondered exactly how it was done.

Here’s your chance to learn this process, and transform your own print into a beautiful work of art! You’ll see each step demonstrated by Talia Shipman, and you’ll mount and finish your own print as well. This is a technique that you can easily set up and execute at home, so you will get a complete set of instructions and materials list so you can continue to create beautiful artworks on your own.

If you’ve been wanting to learn this technique but haven’t had a chance yet, I do want to mention that Talia is moving to New York soon so this may be your last chance for a while. Also note that we’ve included a special discounted price for full time students [we understand your pain].

For complete details on the workshop see this link.

Workshop date: Sunday, August 15    Location: my studio in Liberty Village.

Workshop fee: $360 including 11 x 14 print and all materials.   [Student discounted fee: $270]

To register, contact me below:

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Poured Resin Workshop

January 20, 2010

This very exciting workshop will teach you one of the hottest looks in fine art photography right now.  It consists of a method to mount photographic prints on artist’s boards, then enclose them in a poured resin finish.  It  looks as if the prints were coated in molten glass.  It’s a great way to present and enhance your work!  And best of all, it’s a technique you can do at home with some basic materials and know-how.

Talia Shipman will once again lead this workshop.  She’s perfected this technique through years of trial and error, and you will benefit from her experience as she demonstrates the technique and guides you through creating your own finished artwork.  You’ll provide us with an image, and we’ll make an 11×14 print which you will mount and resin coat during the workshop.  You’ll love the results!

You’ll also receive a step-by-step guide with photographs and a materials list so that you can do this technique on your own at home. It’s a fun process and the results are quite stunning! If you’d like to see some samples I have them here in my studio, so give me a call or e-mail and drop by and see them.  Here’s a PDF with more information about the workshop.

Workshop Date:  Sunday, April 25      9:30 – 5:00

Location: My studio (downtown Toronto)

Workshop Fee: $360 incl. materials (& gst)

Advanced registration and $100 deposit is required, so contact me here:

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The Business of Photography Workshop

January 20, 2010

Have you ever dreamed of turning your passion for photography into a profitable business?  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 numerous photographers on their way to building successful businesses.

It’s an intensive two days where you learn all you need to set up, promote and run your photography business. We’ll cover everything from the necessary government registrations and taxes, through developing your portfolio, website and marketing materials, to dealing with clients, pricing your work and producing excellent results and profits! Here are some of the topics covered:

  • Business planning and set-up: Business Plans, Financial plans and cash flow management, start-up costs, registering for GST and RST, naming your business.
  • Estimates and Billing: Quoting jobs, fees, expenses and mark-ups, job docketing, invoicing and collections.
  • Accounting and Bookkeeping: A simplified approach to financial record keeping and cash management.
  • Marketing: Identifying potential markets, marketing plans, portfolios, developing and selling your image, reps, mailers and promotion.
  • General Business Practices: Attitude, professionalism, client management, copyright, making and surviving mistakes.
  • Digital: Impact of digital on the studio, equipment issues, billing issues, business opportunities.

Additionally, after the course each student can schedule an individual consultation with me to review their work and get information on potential markets and business opportunities.

Detailed info on the workshop is HERE, and some testimonials from past students are HERE

Dates: March 6 & 7, 2010          9:30 – 6:00 both days

Workshop Fee: $420 (incl gst)    Location: My studio in Downtown Toronto

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

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