Sunday, October 23

So cozy right now

Remington Sherpa/Flannel Throw

I bought this for myself from Cabela’s today.  It’s so warm and cozy.  I’ll see you in spring.

Friday, October 14

An affordable guide to vlogging

My dad wrote this post a few months ago on Casey Neistat’s vlogging gear for the Don’s Photo blog.  A lot of that gear that Casey uses is really expensive and I told him that.  Today he came out with an affordable guide to vlogging which is pretty cool and is based around using the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 which is really affordable and the compact 24mm f/2.8 lens.

Canon EOS Rebel SL1 at Don's Photo

It’s a fun guide and as a Pentax user, if I want to get really faster video autofocusing, I either need to upgrade to the new Pentax K-70 (and pray for some new lenses) or buy a Canon.

Sunday, October 9

Life as an Army Photographer

From PetaPixel

Being an Army Photographer means multitasking in the most stressful and dangerous of circumstances: swapping between camera and rifle while taking fire. In this video, British Army Photographer Rupert Frere gives us a POV glimpse at what this is actually like in real life.

The helmet cam footage was captured by Frere while on patrol in Afghanistan, and originally revealed in an interview by In it, you get to see what it’s like to capture photos while under fire, alternating between DSLR and rifle, between capturing photos and laying down fire.

As difficult (and, for many of us, terrifying) as this is, Frere tells that War photography is actually his “favorite” kind of photography.

“[War photography] is easy as there is emotion and interesting things everywhere you look. All I needed to do is stay alive and take photos,” he explains. “Normally, I’m the only one taking photos with the patrol so every image is unique.”

Check out the video up top to get a glimpse into the most dangerous aspect of being an Army Photographer, and then click here to read the full interview with Frere on, or hereto visit Frere’s photography website.

Saturday, October 8

How to Convince Amazing Talent to Model for You

Some ideas from Fstoppers on how to get better talent to model for you.

Joe McNally once said: "the easiest way to take better photos is to point your camera in the direction of more interesting subjects." One of the most common challenges photographers face is finding incredible people to work with. There is a misconceived belief out in the world that convincing amazing talent to step in front of your camera is actually really terrifying and hard. Fantastic talent is always looking for the opportunity to create new images to toss onto social media, and thus is always looking for great new photographers to work with. 

Each time I get to the Q&A portion of a panel or workshop that I teach, one of the first questions is always one regarding how to find models to work with and most importantly, how to convince them to agree to work with you. For the most part, I've never struggled with this problem. The vast majority of people who I have asked to work with me have been eager to collaborate on a shoot. My strategy boils down to a few simple points which are accessible to anyone.

The tips can be found here.

Why a professional photographer sold his Nikon D5 and got a Fujifilm X-T2

The first thing was that the Nikon has horrible dynamic range.  Canon like dynamic range.

However, those little gripes began to grow into larger annoyances for me. The first gripe I had was that my bank account was completely deflated from the massive expense of the D5. The other gripe was a complete step backwards from Nikon in the dynamic range department. I had really grown accustomed to the insane shadow recovery ability from other Nikon cameras, including the Df, D750, and D810. This was like I was shooting with a Canon from recent years. Just terrible, terrible dynamic range.

The Fuji X-T2 has improved quite a it.

I have been a skeptic for a while on the Fuji autofocus capabilities, but I’m a convert. It can do everything that I need it to do, and it weighs something like 23 pounds less than the D5. Seriously, I weighed them both. Imagine how grateful my arms and shoulders have been these past few weeks! I feel lighter on my feet and I feel like I am able to truly blend in amongst the wedding guests. People don’t see me and immediately feel intimidated when I raise my camera to capture moments. Sometimes, I don’t even have to raise my camera thanks to the fantastic flip screen on the X-T2—another thing that the D5 cannot do.

And guess what. The Fuji X-T2 has amazing dynamic range and fantastic shadow recovery ability! It blows away the Nikon D5 in that department. It really isn’t even close. I can shoot the way I want and be confident that the file will hold up to my editing style. I’m no longer limited by the flexibility of a RAW file.

Tuesday, October 4

How to Use a Big-Brand Strategy as a Beginner Photographer

Some tips from IKEA catalogs

Being a photographer, I have photographs as proof that I produce quality work. So, it's about what images I take that shows others the strength in a good portrait, and hopefully makes them want to get a portrait taken by me too. The strategy is to put the opinion leaders in my group of friends, as well as people who inspire me in town on a list, get in contact with them with a phone call, email, or Facebook message, and set up dates to shoot a portrait of them. It's surely possible even if I have never met them in person. Social media plays an important role today, and most people want to present themselves professionally, and do it with depth. There's nothing better than a good portrait. This is my marketing campaign, so it's crucial to do it well.

I'm thinking of it as business cards going viral. I'm not putting watermarks on the images. The aim is to do it so well that people ask them who took the photos. This is a way to entrench your name and personal brand as photographer, especially if this opinion leader or inspiring individual mentions your name, thanking you for the portraits through their social networks.

I am fortunate to be in the fashion industry where I shoot, but I also assist and do lighting for large fashion campaigns. I get to share studios with stylists, make-up artists, and studio owners. These creative teams all promote themselves with work they produce. What will strengthen their reach is to have a great profile picture. So the stylists can style themselves for the shoot and the make-up artists can make-up themselves for the portraits.

I have shot landscapes, cityscapes, estates, and products for advertising. I've learned that the one photograph that gets the best reactions are those of a person, a character in their own right. These images also get shared most because people react mostly with images they identify with and have an emotional response to.

Portraiture doesn't need to be the photography genre you want to pursue, but it's a great way to build a personal brand and get yourself known by people. If you can take great portraits, people notice. Everyone wants to be portrayed in a certain way. Give them portraits that, when they look at them, will feel great about for having and sharing. Portraits are empowering, both for the person being photographed, and for the people seeing these photos of the person. It creates an impression of that person and can elevate them psychologically and professionally, and for this reason it's the best way to learn interaction with your model, client, or talent.  

The best bet for creating an impression in your city or town is to get out a pen and paper, write down your list, and connect with the people. Get shooting, and share these images with them in a professional way. Email at best. And once they use it in their social media, only then share it on your own feeds, and only then tag them. That way, they give you a thumbs up, meaning they like your work and they are willing to share it.


With the Toronto Blue Jays about to play a wildcard playoff game tomorrow, I thought I would share this award winning short video called The Off-Season about former Blue Jays pitcher Daniel Morris and his off-season spent in a VW van he calls Shaggy.  It’s a great short film both from a story telling and from a cinematography perspective.

Monday, September 12

Long Term Parking

A parking lot for airline employees has become a small community of people who live in motor homes and are rarely around.

Tuesday, September 6

Saskatoon from A-Z

For school I have to shoot the alphabet for my photography class.  Dad and I went out for a photowalk this morning and I took a bunch of shots of Saskatoon.  I got most of the alphabet but I decided to post them here to see what I am missing.


Audio Warehouse in Saskatoon

B: Broken Bike Lane

Broken bike lane in Saskatoon

C: City Hospital in Saskatoon

City Hospital in Saskatoon

D: Dinosaur

Dinosaur at BN Metals in Saskatoon

E: Elwood Flynn

Elwood Flynn

F: Ferris Wheel in Kinsmen Park

Ferris Wheel in Saskatoon's Kinsmen Park

G: Ghandi

Ghandi in downtown Saskatoon

H: Darren HILL

Darren Hill in Saskatoon

































Monday, September 5

My summer in review

I worked all summer long at Safeway on 33rd.  I guess this means I passed my probationary period and they intend to keep me.

  • I used the money to buy a lot of t-shirts in Banff and Moraine Lake, a new lens for my camera, a great looking Timex Expedition watch, and all of my Christmas shopping.
  • Who was done his Christmas shopping in August?  This guy.
  • We went to Banff and Yoho National Parks despite dad being really sick. 
    • Dad pulled it together and still was a lot of fun on the trip.
    • We hiked in the backcountry.
    • Oliver and I got lost in the woods.
    • Dad was almost eaten by a bear.
    • We discovered Montreal Smoked Meat Crepes.
    • I found out that Lake Louise is just minutes away from British Columbia.
  • We went to Fort Carlton and I learned a bunch of Treaty 6 history with Oliver, Mom and Dad.  I enjoyed it a lot.  Dad and I walked around outside the fort (and were eaten alive by bugs) while Mom and Oliver made bannock.  Oddly enough there were no bugs inside the fort the day we were there.
  • I wasn’t going to play football after the trainwreck of a season I had last year but I had a lot of long talks with Dad about it who reminded me that everyone gets knocked down, it’s how you get up is what is important.  So when football started a week ago, I was out there.  It felt good.