Monday, October 31, 2011

Movember Mo Down at Pure Salon


It’s Moustache Season and I’m growing a fine moustache for Movember!  I’m joining thousands of guys worldwide who are growing moustaches during November, to raise funds and awareness in the fight against prostate cancer.

Yesterday, my team, Theta Omega Mo, held its annual Mo Down at its headquarters, Pure Salon at 460 Brant St. in Burlington.  Team members got trimmed and shaved, in preparation of Movember’s kick-off tomorrow.  Some funds were raised, and thanks to Steamwhistle, some beer was enjoyed.

Naturally, I brought along my camera to record some of the fun.  I turned it over to my buddy Dan, so that he could do the honours while I was in the chair.  He is responsible for the shots of yours truly getting sheared, #5 and #6, and also for capturing a great moment in #3.

I need Mo sponsors!  To help me to reach my fundraising goal, and to support a good cause, please make a donation by visiting my Movember profile,

Funds raised will help make a tangible difference to the lives of others. Through the Movember Foundation and its men’s health partner, the Prostate Cancer Canada Network, Movember is funding world class awareness, research, education and support.

All donations are tax deductible.


Saturday, October 29, 2011

Stephen J. Thorne’s Images from PPOC CPB Workshop, October 2011

On Monday, October 24, 2011, PPOC’s Central Portrait Branch hosted a professional photography workshop led by Ottawa’s Stephen J. Thorne

Stephen shared his experiences and his photographs from the two phases of his career, first as an award winning photojournalist covering international conflict and disaster, and then more recently as an artist specializing in beauty, glamour and fashion. 

The other organizers and I had arranged several sets and models which were inspired by Stephen’s current interests.  Participants observed, as Stephen spent some time working with these sets. 

Stephen has just forwarded a few samples of the images that he created during the day, for me to share with our workshop participants.  Originally I had intended to post these to our branch’s Facebook group page, before remembering that not all of them were compliant with Facebook’s rules.  So, with Stephen’s kind permission, here they are. 

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All photographs copyright © 2011 by Stephen J. Thorne.  Used by permission.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Recent Executive Portraits





Sunday, October 16, 2011

Win the coolest COOLPIX


Regarding the workshop for pro photographers that I described here and here, if you register before midnight tonight, you qualify to be entered in a draw to win a Nikon COOLPIX AW100.  MSRP $379.  Water-proof, shock-proof, freeze proof.  GPS and electronic compass.  16MPB.  Full HD video.  Courtesy Nikon Canada. 


Saturday, October 15, 2011

Why I am Excited About PPOC CPB’s Workshop on October 24


As described in my previous post, at this workshop we will be providing several different sets and models for attendees to work with.  Themes will include fashion, glamour, pin-up, nude, and fitness.  Our speaker and instructor will be Stephen Thorne.

Now, add to that the news contained in our latest announcement, reproduced below.  Thanks to our sponsor B3K, attendees will be able to try out PhaseOne medium format digital cameras.  That’s 80 megapixels, baby!  

80 megapixels of resolution is a big deal, but an even bigger deal, in my opinion, is the increased bit depth of these cameras.  In digital imaging, bit depth is what limits dynamic range and colour range. 

Greater bit depth means wider dynamic range.  Most DSLR’s have a dynamic range of 6 f-stops.  Medium format digital backs have a dynamic range of 12 f-stops. Six more stops of dynamic range allows for much greater shadow detail.

The greater bit depth also provides tremendously greater colour reproduction capability.  DSLRs capture RAW files in 12-bit format, while medium format digital backs capture 16-bit files.  16-bit files have 65,536 colour values per RGB channel, instead of just 4096 values per colour channel for a 12-bit RAW file, or only 256 values if you’re shooting 8-bit JPEG.  Combine the colour channels, and 16-bit RGB image files can contain 281 trillion possible colours, versus 68 billion for a 12-bit RGB RAW image file, and only 16.8 million for RGB JPEG.

What does all that mean in the real world?  The point is, at this workshop, you can discover the answer for yourself.  You will have the opportunity to photograph the same model under the same lighting conditions using your DSLR and a PhaseOne medium format digital camera.  Take the image files home and compare them, study them and weigh the differences for yourself.

By the way, we will be lighting the sets using a variety of setups based on a different major pro lighting brands, so that you can experience and assess those also.

To top it all off, our sponsors have provided a treasure trove of door prizes with a total value of over $4000.

Here’s our latest promo piece with more details.  Click on the thumbnail of the announcement for a full size PDF version with active web links:


The event is open to PPOC members, non-member pro photographers, and photography students.  For more details, visit the Central Portrait Branch website.  Register here.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

“From Battles to Beauties” - PPOC Workshop on October 24

Attention local pro photographers! 

At PPOC Ontario’s Central Portrait Branch, where I am Vice Chair, we have been busy arranging our biggest event of the year.  On Monday October 24, we are excited to have Stephen Thorne as our guest speaker and workshop instructor.  Stephen will describe how he transitioned from his twenty year career as an award winning combat photojournalist, to become one of Canada’s finest glamour, fashion, beauty and fine art photographers. 

Our jaw dropping venue for the workshop will be the cavernous third floor of a 111 year old former industrial mill in Hamilton, which also happens to host my studio, at 270 Sherman.

To register for the workshop, or for more information, please visit the CPB website.  You can also find discussion about the event on the branch’s group page on Facebook.

We are creating a number of sets for the workshop, inspired by Stephen’s specialities. Themes include glamour, fashion, and fine art nude.  Stephen will work with our models on these sets to demonstrate some of his techniques. Then, workshop attendees will be given an opportunity to work with the same models and sets.

We have just announced the model line-up.  Click on the graphic to view it full size:


Notice the door prize for early bird registrations?  That is a special treat provided by Nikon Canada.  The COOLPIX AW100 has not been released to the general market yet.   Nikon is one of many great sponsors who are joining us at this event.  Altogether, they have provided more than $4000 in valuable prizes that we will be giving away (and in one case auctioning) during the day.  Watch for another announcement shortly, detailing these prizes.

Don’t forget to register this week if you want a chance at winning that awesome camera from Nikon. 

The event is open to PPOC members, and to non-members who are either pro photographers or students registered in an approved full-time post-secondary photography programme.