Monday, April 6, 2009

One More Digital Paint Sketch …

.. from the same portrait session as yesterday’s group.


Sunday, April 5, 2009

Digital Paintings

My session with Christine yielded some portraits which cried out to me to apply some digital paint to them.

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Thursday, April 2, 2009

More About the Workshop …

Yesterday I announced that Marie and I are offering an instructional workshop in May, where students will learn how to make good naturally lit portraits using their digital SLRs. Text is no way to sell a photography course, so today I quickly thumbed through my archives and picked out a few naturally lit portraits. The samples that you see below are either not touched up at all, or are only very lightly adjusted.*

At our workshop, in the morning we will teach you the basic camera and lighting techniques that you can use to make portraits like these. Then we get you to put what you’ve learned into use. That afternoon, with our guidance, you will begin using your DSLR together with available natural light to make some portraits. After our course, you will be capable of making better portraits of your friends and family than ever before.

There are only 10 seats available for the workshop. You can register at my web store.

*In my opinion and experience, the skill of a photographer is inversely proportional to how much touch up his or her photographs require.  That said, most digital photos do need some post work to be suitable for display.  If the camera work is done well, those adjustments can be typically be done very quickly and simply.

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Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Workshop Announcement

Getting to Know Your Digital SLR


Using it to Make Great Naturally Lit Portraits

Venue: The Travelodge Hotel Burlington on the Lake

Date: Saturday May 23, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

Objectives :

You will leave our workshop with a better understanding of how to operate your digital SLR camera (or your advanced point-and-shoot camera). We will help you to get comfortable moving away from your camera’s fully automatic mode, so that you begin taking better pictures in semi-automatic mode. You will learn how to use your camera and natural light to take good portraits. You will have the opportunity to try hands-on, using your own camera, the natural lighting portrait techniques that we will provide to you. Finally, we will show you how to use Adobe Photoshop Elements to make a good photo better, one that is ready to be made into a beautiful print for display in your home.

To ensure that all students receive personal attention, attendance at the workshop is limited to 10 people.

You Must Bring:

- Your digital camera. Preferably it is a DSLR. An advanced point-and-shoot camera, which offers aperture-priority semi-automatic mode, is also suitable. Make sure that your batteries are charged and that you have a clear memory card. In case your camera model is one that we are unfamiliar with, please bring its instruction manual for our reference; this will help us to better answer any question you have that are specific to your camera model.

You May Optionally Bring:

- You are welcome to bring the prints of 2 or 3 photos that you have taken, to discuss with the instructors. These can be ones that you are particularly proud of, or ones that suffered from problems that you would like our help in trying to solve, or ones that are good but you wish were better.

- It is not necessary, but if you would like to follow along as we demonstrate the post-production techniques, trying them out for yourself, you are welcome to bring: your laptop computer, with Adobe Photoshop Elements (either retail or trial version) already installed and working; and a card reader or USB cable, so that you can upload your photos to your laptop for processing.

We Will Provide:

- Coffee

- A light lunch

- A written summary of key course content, including step by step instructions for making a good portrait using natural light.


The cost of the workshop is $299 plus GST. Payment for the workshop is non-refundable and is due in full upon booking. Pay by PayPal at this link. To pay by credit card, contact David for the link.

The organizers reserve the right to reschedule or cancel the workshop; although changes are unlikely, none are expected after May 9. Should the workshop be cancelled, refunds in full will be offered to all registered students.

Your Instructors:

Full-time professional photographers David A. Gilmour LPPO and Marie Vanderweide LPPO are nationally accredited by the Professional Photographers of Canada. David’s PPOC accreditations are Portrait, Model Portfolio, Figure Study, and Pictorial/Scenic. Marie is accredited in Child Portrait. David was the recipient of the Professional Photographers of Ontario Portrait and Wedding Category award for 2008.


David:, 905-481-0704
Marie:, 905-320-3130


The Travelodge Hotel Burlington on the Lake
2020 Lakeshore Road
Burlington, Ontario
L7R 4G8
Tel: 905-681-0726

Printable Version:

Download this announcement in PDF format, suitable for printing, at this link.