Get Creative


Shannon’s Gelato Creative

Written by our new Aussie friend Stuart Leslie Blain

I don’t know other photographers’ process for putting together a creative. new balance 577 femme Mine’s done paradoxically. Boutique Nike Paris Magasin On the one hand I get an idea; workshop it, put it through the KISS filter, then off & away. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren wit However, at unsuspecting moments of the day a creeping fear drips into my consciousness that prompts me to ask myself – Am I reinventing the wheel or am I remaking the same old crap I’ve seen before?

If the concept doesn’t match the ideal, then how do I bridge the gap? And finally, will it hold up to the scrutiny of other working professionals? This is my working science experiment as an assistant slowly transitioning to photog.

The breath of fresh air comes in the form of shooting the breeze with Colleen, Jim, and Walter at B3K Digital. Baskets Under Armour Pas Cher A genuine, unpretentious, uncompromising support system. chaussures nike air max pas cher Boutique Nike Cheap Nike Shoes UK Like a second family, but in photography. nike air max 2017 pas cher femme The likes of which this fish-out-of-water Aussie never experienced before. comprar mochilas kanken Abercrombie Pas Cher So imagine my lack of surprise that it’s the first port of call for Canadian image-creating heavyweights like Christopher Gentile (big fan, mentor) who introduced me to them.

My lens of choice was the Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro read more at 101meds.com IS USM which is just a delight and I love the precision, even in low light. Detail and focus being paramount, I went the way of macro because I wanted to capture the beauty of (Shannon’s) my Italian-Canadian wife’s amazing juicy fruit and vodka gelato’s with mouth-watering clarity. air max pas cher Specifically so I could oscillate between some quick product shots (none of which i really liked ultimately) and these “lifestyle-y” shots. Nike Air Huarache Heren Adidas ZX 750 Heren Some concept photographs to support a new business venture to eventually make these available for public consumption.

Categories are obviously practical, but beyond that I hate pigeonholing and labelling something ethereal like art because I find, like a film review, it colours your perspective. Fjällräven Kånken Sverige So I’ll refrain from labelling my shots for you the viewer/reader and allow you to just drink it on.

This was an invaluable process for me; learning to shoot a melting object in the sun, held by a melting, sweating subject. Adidas 2017 Goedkoop Always get model release forms signed – even when shooting friends (sad but true).

Run things past the folks at B3K Digital because they are über supportive and nurturing (and it’s easy to forget, and feel pretty alone in a culture that values profit, competition and self-interest and devalues creativity), but especially because you never know where your idea/concept will lead. mochilas kanken baratas Start throwing your creative seeds out there into the universe.

Hartblei – Larger Than Life

Medium Format Quality – View Camera Movement

By Cedric Swaneck – Freelance Photographer/POCP Assistant

A couple of months ago, I was at B3k Digital chatting with Colleen and local photographer Christopher Gentile about the merits of tilt/shift lenses. Right on queue Colleen presented us with the Hartblei trio of tilt/shift SuperRotator lenses. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren rood Nike Pas Cher They offer the 40mm f/4, 80mm f/2.8 and 120mm f/4 lenses. The build quality of these lenses is impressive to say the least.

Equipped with cutting edge Carl Zeiss optics, the Hartblei line of lenses offers DSLR professionals true medium format quality glass. nike goedkoop online Not only is the quality of glass incredible, but the versatility and flexibility of the SuperRotator tilt/shift design offers the photographer more creative and technical options than ever. goedkoop nike air max 2016 You have 360 degrees of rotation and independent control of the tilt and shift movements. fjallraven kanken pas cher adidas 2017 pas cher The movement of these lenses is almost like that of a view camera. The barrel build quality is amazing. air max 2017 heren All of the elements flow smoothly and lock with military precision. mochilas kanken It’s like having a high tech tank in your hands.

The 40mm f/4 lens comes equipped with a built-in tripod mount, which you will definitely need. Nike Store The Hartblei 40 is a real big boy weighing in at 1,490 grams (1.49 kg/3.28 lbs)! I would definitely recommended using the Arca Swiss P0 tripod head with this lens. Nike Air Max 2017 schoenen A great standard lens and a great workout.

The 80mm f/2.8 was the easiest of the three lenses to maneuver. Fjallraven Kanken Like the rest of the lineup, this lens was tack sharp and the image quality was excellent. goedkoop nike air max 2017 Nike Air Max 2016 Heren groen The dimensionality of these tilt shifts can really make your subject really pop while creating a silky smooth bokeh.

I would have liked some more time with the 120mm f/4 lens to play with it’s macro capabilities. Maybe even try it out with an extension tube. The sample image below was taken straight on without tilt or shift. Super sharp and fairly easy to control lens. nike air max 2016 heren Fjallraven Kanken 16L This lens is equipped with dual focus rings helping you get closer to your subject.

Sample Images

 

(Canon 5D Mk II - Hartblei 40mm f/11 2 sec. full shift and tilt)

(Canon 5D Mk II - Hartblei 80mm f/11 1/2 sec. full shift)

(Canon 5D Mk II - Hartblei 120mm f/11 1/2 sec.)

For an in-depth review and more sample images visit Lloyd Chambers’ blog.

- http://diglloyd.com/articles/Hartblei-pub/Main.html

For more info on Hartblei and technical specs visit the Hartblei website.

- http://www.hartblei.de/en/sr40if.htm

All images are copyright Cedric Swaneck.

Cedric the Photographer at Doors Open Toronto

You may have seen him in our store chatting with Jim, drinking coffee in the kitchen with Colleen, or with his laptop open and sitting with Walter. Fjallraven Kanken Sale Classic He pops in here frequently – introducing Cedric the Photographer, a freelance photographer and POCP certified assistant based in Toronto.

He began on his path into photography when he quit his job, bought a digital camera and plane ticket to Chile (when 3.3 megapixels cost $1000). kanken He started with landscape photography because, as he likes to say, “landscapes don’t talk back.” His next big step into the world photography was when he accepted a job as a portrait photographer with Heirloom Portraits. Asics Pas Cher Traveling throughout Canada’s remote northern communities taking school photos and family portraits was his day job for months on end. nike air max This interesting job also provided him with many opportunities over the years to continue with his landscape work. nike air max pas cher He has since worked in a wide range of photographic areas, with his focus on studio portraiture.

Working Together

by Colleen Smith

I sat down last night at a long table in the back of the bar at the beginning of Happy Hour and looked around at the other faces at the table. As soon as another one joined our group there were hugs and handshakes. solde adidas chaussures pas cher fjallraven kanken All 15 of us (there were, unfortunately, a few missing from the festivities) sat down, ordered drinks and food and got the night underway.

There were photographers, producers, studio managers, sales guys, rentals people, all whom I have had the pleasure, the joy of working with over the past 10+ years, and each and every one of them I consider a friend. adidas chaussures homme We get together not as frequently as we would like but when we do the night is full of laughter. nike tn 2017 femme Adidas Baratas We were by far the loudest – and quite possibly the most obnoxious – group in the place. After the initial “how’s work going?” no one talks about his or her day job. Nike Air Max 2017 Heren blauw Nike Paris This is a night to catch up with old friends and talk of things in common and reminisce. nike tn homme One shared event brought us together, but no one needed to talk about what’s going on in the industry, we all know, we’re all a part of it in one form or another.

Which brings me to the reason for writing this.

I have worked at three different companies over the last 10 or so years, all (pro) photo retail/rentals related. nike air max 2017 dames Roze Chaussures Nike 2017 I have made lasting friendships at each place of employment, people I talk to regularly.

We have all worked I suppose, at “the other guy”, some at Vistek, some at Headshots (and of course B3K Digital), and some at places that no longer exist.

This “competition” is (and I truly believe this) a falsehood, something the higher-ups have pushed and pursued believing they should be the biggest, or only player in the sandbox. Billige Nike Sko Why?

This is a relatively small industry; everyone has worked with, or for, everyone else at one time or another. Scarpe Adidas Italia Why create such a divide? I don’t understand why we can’t work with each other instead of against each other? If I can’t help a photographer with what they need why shouldn’t I pick up the phone and call a friend to see if they can help – or vise versa? Imagine this industry if we did? I’m not saying we need to forget about profit or sales or ROI. Compra Mochilas Kanken Fjallraven España Adidas Goedkoop But I am saying there is no need to be so protective or so divisive. Scarpe Nike Online Shop Outlet We all know each other here, wouldn’t it be best to just help out the guy looking for that speedring? Or the producer needing a rental quickly? Why shouldn’t I call the “competition” to find out if they have a lens in rentals and how much it rents for? If I don’t have it for a client I will do what I can to find someone who does. nike air max 2017 dames Rood Let’s just all work together to help the photographers, the producers, the studio managers, let’s get them what they need – regardless of where it comes from – so they can get their job done.

Shop Local, Support Local

Ok, what gives…

I’ve spent the past two plus decades supporting and servicing the professional photographer here in Canada. There was a time when our industry had little to no competition, but today, this is not the case. Fjallraven Kanken 16L You can purchase/rent directly off the web, have equipment/product shipped from just about anywhere in the world. Nike Nettbutikk Many of you have asked me directly… gel lyte 3 to better support the industry through a variety of ways, which we’ve endeavored to do (both currently, and in the past). Asics Gel lyte 3 Pas Cher Why then, can someone please tell me, do so many continue to support firms south of the border?

I think back to the heady days of the 80′s, jobs seemed plentiful and rates high. Goedkope Nike Air Max schoenen Today, many of us in the professional imaging industry are pressured by our clients to offer “more for less” – let alone the marketing by major manufacturers implying that “you too, can capture images like the pro”.

The fact is, this is simply not true. It never was and I would challenge anyone to prove otherwise. Fjällräven Kånken Ryggsäckar Technology is more complex, the software never ending and the knowledge base and support to maintain ones self at a pro level continues to be a challenge.

A good friend and client of mine asked me why I could not compete against American large box resellers, I told him I probably could but chose to be a few dollars higher as I felt knowledge, skill and experience came at a cost (all be it a reasonable one). nike air max 2017 goedkoop You can put a face to a name; you have a number to call should something go wrong. air max pas cher pour homme Best of all, the men and women right here genuinely care about you and your success!

In turn, he expressed a similar point of view when dealing with his client over contract rates and to his surprise the client agreed to his fee… Nike Air Max 2016 Dames wit without the ubiquitous headaches of the past few years.

This is not a bitch session (though I’m sure some will say otherwise) rather it is a wake up call. nike air max 2017 heren rood Our industry is a symbiotic one, without one another we ultimately all suffer in the long run. Please, think Canadian, support your local lab, printer, retailer, rental house…