Whether you are an energetic startup, an established multinational, or a passionate small business owner, your business has a brand. Word of mouth is important, and in today’s visually obsessed world of social media, your businesses visual reputation is just as important as its service reputation. Taking the time to chose the right photographer for… Continue reading What does your photographer say about your brand?
There are a whole bunch of “rules” and standards in photography. Rule of thirds, golden circles, triangles, Fibonacci ratio…. and I could go on. I always enjoy seeing different compositions in photography. I also like knowing why these started being rules and standards. One of these elements is what is called the Dutch Angle. … Continue reading Photo composition: The Dutch Angle
As much as you plan, as much as you discuss with a client, as a working professional, you always need to be able to deal with any situation. And that is sometimes easier said than done. Backstory: I was hired for a high profile food trade show to cover presentations, preparations, over 25 vendor stalls… Continue reading Food photography … on the fly | Montreal Event Photographer
“You mean you don’t use a Wacom for your editing?”. No I don’t, crazy, right? There is nothing wrong with Wacoms. I tried one for a few weeks and I could not get used to it. And I didn’t find it essential for my style of editing. Most of my Event coverage and Concerts photos are… Continue reading Tip #16: The best mouse I ever bought for photo editing in Photoshop
Having switched from a corporate job 2 years ago to being a full time photographer has been a road full of learning. I’m writing a multiple part series on tips for making the switch. The first part was about Passion. You can read that HERE 2- Learn to run a business Every 3-4 months,… Continue reading Making the switch – Tips to a career in photography | Business
Overview of camera settings used in Concert Photography
“Most people spend more time and energy going around problems than in trying to solve them.” – Henry Ford When you work in the media world, time is key. We all have a very limited time to get the images of the artists on stage (3 songs and out!), but in many instances, you… Continue reading Quick Tip #15: One of the easiest tips that sped up my Lightroom workflow | Montreal Music Photographer
The answer is pretty simple… I googled. hehe. Months ago, I kept having varied results with images I would post up on Facebook. Some would look great, others… not so much. They were fine on my computer screen and looked as I wanted them on my blog, but got all pixelated and weird looking when… Continue reading Tip #14: How I made my images look better on Facebook | Montreal Photographer
Another person to brave the public image critiques (all for the sake of seeing things differently and getting better) is Jonathan. A hobbyist photographer, he sent me 5 pretty different images. 1. Marathon de Montréal I really like the expression on the runner’s face, the timing was right on for getting that. The smile is… Continue reading From the Hip | Image critique – Jonathan
There are times when even the widest lens won’t capture a scene as you want it. So why not try a panorama? It’s easier than you think. I haven’t done a panorama in a long time. Actually, I can’t remember the last time I did. My Fuji x100s has a built in panorama feature, but… Continue reading Quick Tip #10: Capturing a scene with panoramas
Ahh… the first installement of image critiques! There is no better way to grow as a photographer than to get honest feedback on your images. As a professional, I love to see what others are doing and often learn and get inspired by them as well. So I decided to offer up some images… Continue reading From the hip | Image Critique – Judy
They say the best camera is the one you have with you. And I find this to be so very true as many times I come across a scene and all I have is my [insert random smartphone here]. I can’t let the image get away, so I take the shot and it usually ends… Continue reading Quick tip #6: Editing images on your phone
Photographers, professional and amateur alike, are always on a quest to capture the perfect image. But what makes a perfect image? Is it the sharpness of the pixels? The fact that we can print it out bigger than a poster? Or is it the story that the image tells and the feeling it invokes.
Hello. I have been invited to shoot in a photo pit for the first time at a concert. I have only photographed bands in smaller bars and the like, never in a bigger place. Do you have any tips to help me out?
Question: I’m in a photography rut. 🙁 (after I asked why) No inspiration whatsoever. None! I’ve started to hate my camera, lol. But for real. I haven’t shot anything since December 26th!!! Answer: It’s hard to just give inspiration via email… I really wish I could. But you need to find it on your own. When I… Continue reading Q&A: I need inspiration! Help!
Ok… that title is a bit misleading. Maybe it should be titled “WHAT you should shoot for free”. Figured the Why was a bit catchier 🙂 This doesn’t come from a direct question someone asked, but more from the standard emails I received inquiring about my photography services to cover their event… that has no… Continue reading Why you should shoot for free… | Montreal Event Photographer
It’s been a year… I’m still alive! A year has already gone by since I left my comfortable full time job to pursue my passion of photography. Man, time really does fly! It’s been a pretty awesome experience, and I’m signed on for another year to see where this goes, as so far, things are… Continue reading Already a year of doing this… wow.
Want to make more compelling images of your kids? Avoid the dreaded 6 foot syndrome. What is it? Google won’t help much, I just made up the term. haha What it means is that we develop a tendency to shoot standing up (hence 6 foot – and yes, I know we all aren’t 6 feet… Continue reading Quick tip #4 : Avoid the 6 foot syndrome | Montreal portrait photographer
I live in a multi ethnic city. I am perfectly bilingual (French and English) – and by perfectly bilingual I mean that I screw up and make mistakes in both languages equally. My name is typical french. I’m proud to be a french canadian. Proud to be living in my city. I have french friends… Continue reading Pourquoi pas… in french?
Let me start by stating that I’ve been a fan of Montreal’s Slaves on Dope since the mid to late 1990s. Does that make a difference in the relevance of the rest of this blog entry? Nope. Just felt like saying that. I’ve had the chance to shoot them a few times live and they… Continue reading What makes a shot.. feat. Slaves on Dope | Heavy MTL | Montreal Music Photographer
I made a quick mention of a friend of mine shooting her first wedding and sending me a quick recap of what she learned on my Facebook Photo page. In jest, I only posted up #7 (because it really is the most important haha), but figured I’d post up her other thoughts as they are… Continue reading Wedding tips from a first timer
One of the questions I get often is how I can shoot quickly and still get the shot that I want. The answer is pretty simple… I exercise my eye.
I’m not big on post processing my images. Nothing wrong with those who do, it is just not my style. And also, I have a very short attention span and often get distracted by things while working… I call it the “shiny object” syndrome. “Oh LOOK! A shiny object!” and then I run off to… Continue reading The Flip | An exercise in patience
They say you should learn something new every day. One of the best things about doing photography as my full time job is that I am constantly learning. I learn about new gear, new shooting techniques, new emotions, how to bring out the best in a client, how to make someone laugh, how to tell… Continue reading What I learned | Montreal Photographer