Monthly Archives: February 2015

February Workshop: Shooting with a Model, with Andrew MacLeod and Roxy

workshop2workshop1The February 18 workshop night, “Shooting With A Model”, was another great success for the Photo Club.  This workshop was a follow-up to January’s “Studio Lighting” workshop .  Both workshops were facilitated by our own Andrew MacLeod but this time he shared the podium with gorgeous model, Roxy.  The workshop kicked off with a discussion of what it’s like working with a model and covered a variety of topics such as:  How does one go about engaging a model, how can you communicate your objectives to the model, what does the model expect from the photographer, and many other topics.  Both Andrew and Roxy made great contributions to the discussion and it was especially interesting to hear the model’s point of view.  After the discussion, members had an opportunity to try shooting with Roxy.

It was a very interesting evening and thanks to Roxy and Andrew for a great job.

-submitted by Ralph Fuchs


Speaker Night with Ernest DeJesus, February 11, 2015

February 11, 2015 –submitted by Charla LeBlanc
Guest speaker Ernest of Studio E works on commercial projects including fashion, portfolios, advertising and weddings. Ernest’s training covers many years, but the most significant was at Metro Continuing Education ten years ago.

After a lot of pushing and shoving in the “photo pit” at fashion week many years ago, Ernest was given the opportunity to put some structure and rules in place and now serve as Director of Media at Western Canada Fashion Week.

Besides dealing with commercial clients, he also works with many other photographers on creative projects and teaches occasional lighting workshops locally.
To learn more about Ernest’s work, visit the following webpages:
Main website:
Facebook page:
Flickr page:

Reasons Ernest has chosen to focus on fashion photography:
Elements of design
Why commercial? After trying different types of photography (landscape & macro), he discovered commercial photography. This type of photography clicked for him. Commercial includes editorial, headshots, and product, however his focus is fashion. He found that fashion really pushed his skill interested him.
Working with people: Communicating and networking with like-minded people, working with modes, actors, business owners
Flexibility in approaches: (another reason to do commercial)
Networking: Fashion community is huge and intertwined with many other communities / businesses / advertising (best bang for buck to get to know many communities). One link can help advertise to many business / new clients. This can all help build your portfolio for future work / jobs.
Income: Budgets are much larger. Clients tend to overall be more professional.
Creativity: He tries to work on personal projects when time permits. This creativity is helpful when working with clients – practicing your own lighting and techniques you develop with your own projects helps cross over when working with clients.
First five images: When you start with a project, take 5 images with different angles. These images tend to be similar to what every other photographer will take. Study these images
Throw these images out. Try out from different angles and viewpoints.
Always different: Many photographers come up with a really good format for whatever type of photography they like to shoot. To push your creativity, do not repeat. The next shoot has to be different from the last shoot. Its important to push yourself in different directions, try different techniques, keep it fresh.
Have I seen it before? Don’t shoot what someone else has shot. It’s more difficult to come up with a creative idea, but the results are worth it.
Points of view: birds eye / worms eye, keep moving around, angles high and low by laying on the ground or using a ladder
New combinations: going out into the trees / fog machine / light from behind – adds texture and interest to the photo
Fourth dimension – lighting
Ever searching – big picture. He is always scanning everything he sees as a possible location to shoot / looking for interesting things to use for props.
Alternate realities  – reflection in a restaurant window and other interesting anomolies
Innocence – Five year old principle: slow down so you can perceive the way a child views the world. Shape, colour, looking at things and finding a relationship.
Other art forms as inspiration – Patterns and colour / all art forms can inspire / dance / they all lend themselves to the creativity of other shoots / sets / etc.
Movies – Study the lighting when watching movies
Breaking rules / non-standard lighting
Evolution of ideas – Frames used as building blocks covered in fabric

Workshop with Andrew MacLeod – Jan. 21, 2015

January 21, 2015

-submitted by Charla LeBlanc

Guest speaker Andrew MacLeod, owner of Gecko Photography based out of Edmonton came to speak to the Photo club about flash photography. With him he brought model Ali Gartner to help demonstrate various techniques using flash, utilizing the smart board to instantly show us his images. Andrew set up various light sources as well he played with various settings on his camera; all of which yielded a wide array of images. Andrew encouraged members who brought their cameras to take images with the lighting setup. Andrew noted, the closer the light is to the subject, the softer the shadows will be, the further away the light is to the subject, the sharper the shadows will be.

Visit Andrew’s photography page on Facebook:

Speaker night with Chris Stambaugh: January 14, 2015

January 14, 2015  –submitted by Charla LeBlanc
Guest speaker Chris Stambaugh has been a professional photographer for his entire adult life. He graduated from NAIT photography in 1989 and opened his own business in 1990. Over the years he earned a reputation as a leader in the photographic industry and as one of Edmonton’s top photographers. Chris’ presentation this evening was on the basic rules of composition. The goal is to help our members be able to develop their critiquing skills. Every picture tells a story.

  • The proper composition of your photograph is essential in communicating to your viewer.
  • Just as there are many different ways to tell or write a story, there are also many different ways to photograph a subject.
  • There is no single correct way to compose a photograph but there are a million incorrect or ineffective ways.

The 7 Elements of Composition

  • Space (area where design takes place)
    • Looking at space is usually the first decision when taking a pictures
    • Cropping: deciding how much or how little to show
    • Vertical or portrait, horizontal or landscape, square, panoramic
    • Positioning; the decision of where to place objects within the frame is also part of the element of space
    • The Rule of Thirds; this is the best guideline to help find the best place to position objects in the composition *power position (intersection horizontal and verticals cross in rule of thirds)
      • Why does the rule of thirds work? Fibonacci Sequence
      • Leonardo of Pisa, also known as Fibonacci, published a book in 1202 called Liber Abaci
      • He detailed a recurring sequence of numbers or ratios that occurred in nature
      • The golden spiral has been used for centuries
      • Following the rule of thirds results in a strong composition
  • Line – the joining of two points in space
    • In a composition, line can guide the viewer’s eye to a point that the photographer intends.
    • Or lines can impede a comfortable journey through the image
    • A strong, well positioned line in the composition can help guide the viewer to the focal point of the image
    • In the western culture, we read from the upper left hand corner of the page to the right and tend to look photos in the same way. Chris suggests to place the main subject on the right hand side and a leading line towards that subject
    • Subconsciously horizontal lines are quiet and calm contrasts with a strong vertical line
    • Strong diagonal lines portray an energetic photograph
  • Colour
    • The psycho-physical response the wavelength
    • Colour contracts can create the illusion of depth in the photograph
    • Cool colours fade into the background, warm colours jump to the foreground; using this concept in photography you can create the illusion of depth
    • Red is the most powerful, attention seeking colour. The eye is drawn to that colour. Next colour our eye is drawn to is yellow. *it’s why McDonalds colours are red and yellow
  • Tone: relative lightness or darkness
    • Sometimes referred to as “Value”
    • Applicable especially in Black & White
    • Tone also has enormous capacity to direct the viewer eye within a composition
    • The eye is automatically drawn to the brightest area in an image or the point of greatest contrast
    • Tip: When you flip an image upside-down, you depersonalize it and are better able to see the tones of the image. This can help you determine what stands and is distraction so you can adjust the image. This edit can create a stronger image
    • Tone can be used to help guide the viewer’s eye

Space, line, colour and tone: all of these elements are used to create a strong FOCAL POINT. *most important elements

  • Shape
    • Shapes in compositions bring symbolic meanings
    • Can be grouped into masculine (squares and rectangles) or feminine (circles and ovals)
    • Applying this idea to family portraits, Chris places families in an oval seating arrangement to portray unity, family, nurturing. Ask yourself, what are you trying to portray in your image? What is the message?
  • Texture
    • Fills in empty spaces
    • An example of this would be a model in a field where the model is surrounded by the textured wheat
  • Form
    • Is the three dimensional aspects to objects within a composition
    • Highlight and contrasts can make a model appear to have a thinner or wider face

Chris’ website:

Chris also offers courses at Metro continuing education and Burwell School of photography.

Courses offered include the following:

  • creative design
  • creative design advanced
  • understanding light
  • wedding photography for beginners
  • tips and tricks
  • photographing people workshop

Points totals and website updates

A few changes to note on the website!

January Submissions Night: Broken

This month resulted in Interesting submissions, interesting comments from the audience, and a lot of broken eggs (and phones, and lightbulbs…)!  See the winning photos showcased in our Galleries tab.
1st – a tie between Al Popil and Barry Ryziuk
2nd – Doug Petry
3rd – Catherine Page

1st – Barry Ryziuk
2nd – Ted Marshall
3rd – Al Popil

1st – Al Popil
2nd – Bill Adamoski
3rd – Bill Adamoski

Next month our theme is “Partially Obscured”.