Lights… Camera… Portable action!

While it’s great to shoot in a controlled environment, we don’t always have the luxury of having our subject come to us.  In fact, most would rather we came to them.  With that in mind, I’ve put together a compact, portable studio that can easily be managed by one person, delivering studio-quality shots from virtually any space, from a living room, windowless boardroom to a basement.


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Having Fun with Photography

Sometimes, you need to just be able to have fun with whatever you do…  For me, that means being playful with my photography.

A corporate client wanted to build a little excitement in the office, and a team mascot was chosen – a gorilla.  The gorilla (in stuffed form) would serve as a trophy, of sorts, making appearances at team outings, meetings, etc.  And I was given free reign to take photos of the gorilla to launch the idea at a team townhall.

For a couple of hours, I lugged this huge stuffed gorilla around downtown Toronto, take photos of it doing typical daily things (for privacy reasons, all photos including the employees of the organization are not included).  I had a ton of fun, and got more than a few odd looks along the way 🙂

Here are just a few examples:

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Wildlife Photography II: settings

Wildlife, and particularly moving subjects, will really test the capabilities of your photographic equipment, your stalking abilities to get you closer, your skills as a photographer and your patience.

In the first part of this series, I covered some basic techniques to overcome the shake and vibration associated with a longer focal length.  Below are some basic in-camera settings and techniques, which are applicable regardless of the gear you are using.  I shoot Nikon, so nomenclature may be different between manufacturers, but the following will work for Canon, Sony, etc. and assumes you’re using a DSLR, since a point & shoot will really struggle.


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