Posts Tagged ‘How-to’

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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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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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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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Beauty Photography Workshop

February 22, 2012

 

I’m very pleased that Nadia has decided to teach this workshop again here in the studio.  The sessions last year got very enthusiastic responses.  If you’re interested in beauty photography, fashion, portraiture or any photography of people, you won’t want to miss this. Here’s the info:

“Love of Beauty is Taste.  Creation of Beauty is Art.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

This is a full-day, intermediate level workshop where you will work with agency models and professional talents from the fields of both commercial and fashion photography.   There will be a demo during the morning and students will then be provided with an opportunity to shoot in the afternoon in small groups using different lighting setups within the studio.  The idea is to learn how to interact with a model and direct her to achieve the desired image, while exploring the effects of different lighting.

Beauty photography is an approach used in all types of commercial and fashion photography.  It’s also the style used most often for models’ portfolios.  The key is to direct the model well.  I will also be providing students with an opportunity to sit with me and discuss whatever they would like to that pertains to fashion and/or photography in general.  I very much look forward to meeting you!

When:   March 24, 2012  from 10am – 6pm
OR
April 21, 2012  from 10am – 6pm

Where:  19 Atlantic Avenue, Toronto, Ontario M6K 3E7

Fee:       $275 & HST = $310.75

To register, contact Nadia

Here are some shots from last years workshop

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Poured Resin Workshop!

April 8, 2011

Lots of you have been asking for this one, so Talia’s flying in from NY to hold a workshop on Saturday, May 7 in my studio.

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. Photos presented this way have an incredible richness and “pop” that really makes them stand out!  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.

This is always a popular workshop, and we have limited spaces, so be sure to register soon!

Workshop Details:
Saturday, May 7  10:30- 4:00
Location: My studio in Liberty Village (downtown, near King & Dufferin)

Fee: $360 including an 11×14 print and all materials
Discounted fee for full time students: $270  Click Here for a detailed flier on the workshop 

 

To reserve a spot ($50 deposit required) contact me here:

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Life’s good when you have a (hard drive) backup plan!

December 6, 2010

I recently had an interesting experience that illustrates why I’m always bugging my students to create a backup plan for their computers and their photography files, and be diligent about keeping up-to-date. I know this doesn’t sound like the most exciting subject, but believe me, without a backup plan I would have gotten rather excited.

Here’s what happened. While shooting some models for a jewelry client, with the camera tethered into Lightroom, I think I must’ve gotten a bit carried away and shot too fast for the camera’s buffer to manage. Lightroom got sort of locked up and I was facing the spinning beach ball. I tried to quit Lightroom and when that didn’t work I glibly shut down the computer altogether. That’s when things started to get worse. When I relaunched Lightroom and tried to shoot into it things locked up again and I had to crash the computer again. I tried again, and again with similar results. I did manage to get through that shoot and it seemed like things were okay. However, when I reviewed the files many of them were reported as damaged in Lightroom and they had some pretty strange looking patterns all over them. Then the whole hard drive started to behave strangely. When I restarted the computer, the hard drive wouldn’t mount anymore. I tried disk repair (a Mac utility for repairing hard drives) but no luck. The drive directory had a fatal error, probably due to my having crashed the computer a couple of times.

Of course this is the drive that contains all my photographs both personal and client work, so I was more than a little disturbed. After trying a few more repair tricks to no avail I decided to simply turn to my back up system. I completely reformatted the faulty drive (that was a scary moment), then I used my recently updated backup drive to restore all my photos and files! SilveKeeper made it very easy to do, I just had to plug in my backup drive, launch SilverKeeper and click restore. It took a couple of hours to copy over all the data but when it was done by drive was totally back in order with all my photos intact and recognized by Lightroom. Big sigh of relief!

Fortunately, all the shots from the days shoot were safely intact on the camera cards so all I had to do was import them into Lightroom and everything was good. Now that I’ve told you my little horror story, I thought I’d share my actual backup system so you can easily see how it works and how you can implement it for yourself (Here’s a PDF you can download):

The key to this system is having Off Line backups of your drives, that are not plugged in when you’re working.  That way, if something gets corrupted, as happened to me, your Off Line backup gallops in to the rescue!

Okay, so I know this is a bit mundane as a subject, but it just saved me from a whole world of pain and anxiety! And now I hope it will save you from the same.

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My Hard Drive is Full!…. What Now?

September 2, 2010

I just had an interesting experience dealing with one of the inevitable hassles of digital storage. My external hard drive (750gig) which holds all my photography was filling up! So off I went to a local computer store (Canada Computers on College Street) and bought a big spacious 2 TB drive (For a mere $109). I bought just the bare drive, as I was planning on putting it in the enclosure which houses my current drive.

So now my question was how to get all the photos and some various other stuff I stored on the drive onto my new drive. No big deal, except that I didn’t want to break all my connections in Lightroom and have to go through the process of getting Lightroom to find all my photos again. Since I have a few different catalogs (mostly for teaching purposes) on this one drive it would be a pain to have to reconnect all the Lightroom catalogs.

I thought about migrating all the photographs through the Lightroom interface, but this would involve doing each catalog separately and then copying over the remaining bits and pieces of data that I have on the drive. I didn’t like that idea!

So I decided to try a different approach. I placed the new drive in an enclosure that I happened to have lying around (this is where one of those drive docks would come in handy!). When I mounted and formatted the new drive I was careful to name it exactly the same name as my existing photo drive. To my surprise, both drives showed up on my desktop even though they both have the same name!

I then used a really handy little free program from Lacie (SilverKeeper) to create an exact copy of my very full hard drive on the new drive. The advantage of using a program like SilverKeeper to do this exercise is that it makes an exact copy of your drive, including any invisible files and directory information. The copying process took a while, so I ran it over night while I was sleeping.

In the morning I came down and unplugged both drives. Then I switched the new drive into the old enclosure. (This isn’t really totally necessary step, as I could have left it in the enclosure it was in. However I wanted to use the FireWire 800 enclosure that I had been using, since it provides faster read times than USB) after the switch I plugged in the new drive and launched Lightroom, with my fingers crossed. To my delight, Lightroom found its catalog and all the photos, no problem!

I was very pleased to save myself the hassle of having to relocate all those photos in all my different catalogs. I guess the secret to the trick is to have the new drive named exactly the same name as the old drive so that Lightroom gets tricked into believing that the location hasn’t really changed.

By the way, the ultimate solution to this issue is to purchase a Drobo. These are multi-bay hard drive enclosures that hold four, five, or eight drives. The cool thing about the Drobo is that it combines all the drives into one volume, and it does it in a way that you can actually switch out smaller drives for larger ones without losing any data. It also protects you in case of one drive failing. For those of you who shoot large quantities of photos and or video, the Drobo is a really good idea!

I just thought I’d share this solution with you, since it’s inevitable that one day you’re going to fill up your drive and have to migrate your data, and this method works well with Lightroom.

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