Canon Flash Notes

The Canon flash system has some interesting quirks (or features) that may trip those coming from other systems, especially Nikon. The biggest confusion is how the camera P and Av modes handle the flash exposure differently and this is the primary intention of this post. Flash in Program Mode The P (Program) mode flash behaviour… Continue reading Canon Flash Notes

London Drugs Print Quality – Wet versus Dry Technology

Backgrounder I recently had a chance to compare some prints made on the new “dry printing” technology from the photo labs at London Drugs.  I had a print previously done by them on the traditional photographic chemical “wet” process (often referred as silver halide technology) and was able to informally compare with a new print… Continue reading London Drugs Print Quality – Wet versus Dry Technology

Jay Maisel’s Workshop

Friday night, New York City.  The body is aching, the stomach is still full, the brain is shot.  Welcome to the final day of the 5-day workshop by Jay Maisel.  I have mixed feelings:  I'm tired, mentally overloaded, and homesick, yet feeling sad that this all-too-brief little world of 8 people is coming to a close.  We've… Continue reading Jay Maisel’s Workshop

A year with the D3

A year has passed since I rushed out of work to pick up my Nikon D3 at Lens and Shutter and arrived 10 minutes before closing time.  I had previously filled out the application form (aka Customer Worthiness form) that Nikon Canada was requiring all prospective purchasers to fill out and send in.  At the… Continue reading A year with the D3

Joe McNally’s lighting workshop

I attended a 5-day lighting workshop in Vancouver (organized through Vancouver Photo Workshops) with Joe McNally a couple of weeks ago.  Joe's a great, down-to-earth, self-effacing guy, pretty much as he comes across in his blog, and he worked us and himself hard.  Beyond his huge volume of published work with National Geographic and Life magazines,… Continue reading Joe McNally’s lighting workshop

Shannon on location

I spent the good part of the day photographing Shannon Ostrom, budding model and actress who’s already been an extra on some local productions like Smallville. She has such a charming, youthful look to her, always smiling — it took until the end of the shoot before she managed to get a little attitude in… Continue reading Shannon on location