Tejada Small Strobe Workshop = Big Results

I keep telling my students that in addition to the Henry’s School of Imaging workshops that they should consider some advanced workshops to help them improve their images.

The David Tejada Small Strobes Big Results workshop is one I can personally highly recommend. I took it yesterday in Buffalo, NY and it was wonderful. Don’t believe me. Go to my photo site at www.peterwestphoto.ca and see for yourself. These are all photos I took myself thanks to David’s expertise and guidance. BTW if you want to register for a Tejada workshop don’t hesitate. I suspect they all sell out just like the Buffalo workshop.

So yesterday (Sunday) round 14 or 15 photographers from around the U.S. and a couple of us from Canada joined David and his partner Eric at Nickel City Studios which is home base for two really nice young wedding photographers Rich and Alyss who opened their home/studio to us. Thanks guys. You were great hosts and I neglected to thank you at the time. Here’s their Facebook page.

After a couple of hours of workshop instruction (aSpiritAwards-8nd following some great pizza) we were off to The Buffalo Central Terminal building. Opened in 1929 the building features a 17-story clock tower. The derelict art deco building has been abandoned for years but a new non-profit corporation “The Friends of the Buffalo Central Terminal” are restoring this magnificent structure.

So for the next five hours or so David walked us through a half a dozen different setups using a couple of really great models (Thanks Ann and Andrew) who couldn’t do enough to make us look like we were really great photographers.SpiritAwards-68

Now for anyone interested, this isn’t a course I’d recommend if you don’t know how your camera works. you should have a firm grasp of aperture and shutter speed controls as well as ISO and especially flash.

Here are links to David’s blog: http://www.davidtejada.blogspot.com/ 

and his web site: http://www.tejadaphoto.com/

And thanks to David. You’ve made me a much, much better photographer.

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I’m going to miss those green colours of summer

Yes it’s true. An age in photography has passed with word this week that Kodak will no longer be making Kodachrome film. Famous in the Paul Simon song of the same name, Kodachrome was the darling of the early colour photographers who relished its warm deep colours. Today with this announcement, the world is just a little less colourful. To quote Paul: “Everything looks worse in black and white.”

How Ansel Adams worked

Here’s a video from Marc Silber’s site on Ansel Adams. Adams is arguably the most famous American photographer of the American southwest. This video shows Adams actually at work in his home studio/darkroom. This is a great video: http://www.silberstudios.tv/previous-shows/ansel-adams-home/

Did you know that Adams used a microwave oven to dry some of his photos?

2009 Community Spirit Awards

The United Way of Oakville Training and Consulting Volunteers

The United Way of Oakville Training and Consulting Volunteers

Aren’t we a handsome group? The Training and Consulting volunteers of the United Way of Oakville were up for a 2009 Community Spirit Award. Held on June 17 at the fabulous Oakville Conference and Banquet Centre the awards got underway with a welcome from Mayor Rob Burton. MC for the night was the Weather Network’s Chris Mei who did a really outstanding job of keeping the event moving while taking sufficient time to honour those selected to receive this community tribute.

The UW of Oakville training and consulting volunteers lost out to the very deserving Young Achievers of Halton group who were obviously thrilled to be choosen.

The UW volunteers provide relevant, top-notch workshops to many of Oakville’s non-profit staff and volunteers. For example, later this fall I’m going to conduct a workshop on how to use social media to raise money and find new volunteers for non-profit and charitable agencies.

To see all the photos go to my SmugMug photo page at www.peterwestphoto.ca and have a look at the United Way of Oakville gallery.

3:44 of joy

I have the cure for almost whatever is ailing you today. It’s this guy who decides he wants to dance. It doesn’t matter to him if others don’t join in. It doesn’t matter that he dances alone. It only matters that he hears the beat of distant drummer and follows his heart. Turn up the volume.

Be uplifted: http://blog.chasejarvis.com/blog/2009/06/someones-got-to-be-first.html