Twelve Influential Photographers

Twelve Influential Photographers

a presentation given to the RA Photo Club As Sir Issac Newton once said – “If I have seen further it is by standing on the shoulders of giants.” This presentation gives your vision a boost by pointing you at shoulders to stand on. I’ll avoid the debate of which photographers are the “greatest” and merely claim that these twelve are truly great. Richard Avedon Steve McCurry Gordon Parks George Hurrell Helmut Newton Lee Friedlander Yousuf Karsh Imogen Cunningham James Nachtwey Ansel Adams Freeman Patterson Annie Leibovitz You can downlad a .pdf of the...
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...
Dealing with Noise and Sharpness

Dealing with Noise and Sharpness

a presentation given to the RA Photo Club On digital cameras, increasing the ISO values is effectively the same as turning up the volume on an amplifier. At a certain point, distortion appears, which manifests itself as noise on the photo. Reducing noise often negatively impacts sharpness. What is to be done? How a Digital Sensor Works What is Noise? Various Kinds of Noise Tools Techniques Trade-offs Adding Noise for Effect You can downlad a .pdf of the...
Working with Light

Working with Light

a presentation given to the RA Photo Club Reflected light is what a photographer captures. Knowing how light behaves and how to work with it is an essential skill. This presentation offers a quick introduction to some fundamentals. Properties of Light How to handle various situations Lighting the face Multiple flash & studio You can downlad a .pdf of the...