The Camera Loves The Theatre

The Camera Loves The Theatre

a presentation given to the RA Photo Club The Theatre serves up intense images – fabulous scenes, sets, dramatic poses, human drama and subtle expressions. Mike takes us on a journey through theatrical photography. This presentation is a mix of history, portfolio and how-to techniques. Some of the things covered in this presentation: So many reasons to shoot – How photography is used in the Theatre Visual characteristics the Theatre – A highly distinctive, influential look Theatre’s Influence on Photography – A studio is a “flash” version of the stage Live production photography – The play’s the thing Character photography – We dress up and play make believe Studio Photography – Marketing, marketing, marketing You can download a .pdf version of the presentation...
Twenty Insights on Being a Photographer

Twenty Insights on Being a Photographer

a presentation given to the RA Photo Club Everyone has a camera at the ready these days, but a camera does not a photographer make. Mike draws on four plus decades as an artist and photographer to distill twenty concise insights on photography and being a photographer. Over the years, hundreds of accumulated details and bits of information slowly form up into patterns. I tried to sweep a few things into piles and summarize it as a concise principle. A sampling of the principles introduced includes: It’s not about the Subject, it’s about the Image Don’t dilute Great with Good “Impact” is an Emotional reaction A Camera is a Musical Instrument that a Photographer Plays Don’t point a Camera, point a Workflow Crop until you Can’t You can download the .pdf of the presentation. Always great fun to be a part of things at the RA Photo Club – this evening was no exception – even if I did get an emergency tech support phone call from Ottawa Little Theatre 10 minutes before I was to start talking – but the show must go on! Lol....
The Future of Photography

The Future of Photography

a presentation given to the RA Photo Club Since the production of the photograph in 1826, photography has been evolving in response to changes in technology, society and business. It returns the favor – today a single photograph can become a symbol which shapes global events. The rate of change is increasing and the next couple of decades will reshape photography more than the previous two centuries. Everything is up for grabs: How a photo is taken, how it is processed, distributed, published and exhibited. The interaction between our world and how we view it is in for a wild ride. You can download the .pdf of the presentation. This was a fun look at the future I pulled together from a few weeks of google searching of current research combined with some imagination on how it might all fit together. The final bit draws on my experiences as a photographer in the...
Design and Composition

Design and Composition

a presentation made to the Nepean Fine Arts League This presentation was originally run as a half day workshop for artists in the summer of 2010, but was stripped down to a one hour format that dropped discussion of a lot of design elements to focus on establishing dominance and harmony and using line effectively – with the emphasis on composition techniques. The Goal of Composition and Design is to create a desired effect in the viewer Some pieces “work” better than others A piece “works” when it creates an effect and has impact, draws the viewer in. Understanding how design techniques work enables us to employ them to create an effect The goal is a desired effect, not to “follow the rules” You can download the .pdf of the presentation. There are a ton of great tutorials on design principles and composition online. Google is your...
Basic Flash Techniques

Basic Flash Techniques

a presentation given to a couple photo clubs in Ottawa Basic flash photography is existing light photography with an extra light. It’s easy to do badly, but once you know the basics of how a flash interacts with a scene and your camera, the aha moment flashes on (pardon the pun). Properties of a Light Source Reviewing Some Basics Flash Characteristics Histogram Metering Shooting Modes Shooting Scenarios Accessories You can downlaod a .pdf of the...
How to Improve Your Photography

How to Improve Your Photography

a presentation given to the RA Photo Club Actually, how to learn and improve just about anything. This presentation walks through my twelve rules of learning – it happens to discuss photography, but they can be applied to just about anything. Chart a course. Pick a specialty. Learn by doing. Learn incrementally. Learn communally. Be tenacious. Learn the rules. Experiment. Break the rules. Continually expand. Take the hard way. Aim for instinct. You can downlad a .pdf of the...