The Future of Photography II

The Future of Photography II

November, 2014, RA Photo Club 75th Anniversary Banquet. It was my honor and privilege to speak at the RA Photo Club’s 75th anniversary banquet on the subject of “The Future of Photography,” – revisiting a topic I had presented there three years earlier. My congratulations to the RA Photo Club on it’s venerable history and many impressive accomplishments of these many years. You can download the .pdf of the...
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...
Mother Teresa High’s Jesus Christ Superstar

Mother Teresa High’s Jesus Christ Superstar

There’s something about high school productions that is just FUN. The energy and enthusiasm, the clearly talented (that make you think, hey, I knew them when) and the plucky that sell their characters with aplomb, talent be damned. Few musicals are more demanding of talent and staging smarts than Jesus Christ Superstar – but Momma T’s has a history of tackling challenging musicals (past productions include Little Shop of Horrors and Rent). I took the show in twice – the Thursday opening night and the Saturday matinee. The matinee was much tighter; It was obvious the show had matured considerably in just a couple days. It’s a shame the Cappies reviewers covered opening night – the matinee was a much better show. The roles were well cast – triply important because some key parts have significant demands on vocal range. While there were moments when these talents might have done more with less, rather than trying too hard, their delivery was impressive nonetheless. Antonio Pezoules in the lead role of Jesus wisely kept the melody within his effective range by rewriting a couple of phrases, rather than straining. Kayla Bernard as Mary Magdalene nailed every phrase, every note; a superb job. Fabulous work by Andriy Cherwick and Andres Cutillas as Pilate and Herod. It was very satisfying to hear a deep, growly bass from Ryan Spero as Caiaphas and an urgent high tenor from Marco Gioriani as Judas. I was impressed by the ambitious set – which ranged from the stage down the center of the house to the back of the auditorium. The use of follow spots to...
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...