Ontario Landscape Photography

Another great night at the Oakville Camera Club with over 100 people in attendance for Andrew McLachlan’s excellent slide show on shooting Ontario Landscapes.katherine-cove_3257

Andrew is a wonderful landscape photographer (That’s one of his shots on right.) who has travelled across Ontario to capture the wild beauty of this province.

And while a trip into the far north of the province is definitely an adventure, Andrew showed us there’s lots to shoot right here in our own backyard.

Andrew uses lots of filters and special effects and his images really pop.

His blog site has got lots of good information for anyone interested in shooting landscapes and he says he’s organizing some photo workshops so you might want to email him for details.

ontario-landscape-cover1Andrew was also selling an E-book “A Photographer’s Guide To The Ontario Landscape” which I bought a copy and can recommend for anyone wanting information about where and how to shoot landscapes in Ontario.

Again another great evening of photography at the Oakville Camera Club.

Soften Flash Shots

Cover your pop-up flash with a tissue for softer looking portraits.

This was one of the 101 Tips I offered at Toronto’s PodCamp 2015 in my photography workshop.PB180162

If you’re shooting with a point-and-shoot camera or most DSLRs (the big cameras) on automatic, the camera’s flash unit will popup and fire if there’s not enough light to produce a property exposed image.

The problem with this automatic pop-up flash mode is often the camera gets the exposure wrong and the pop-up flash just overexposes the photo (which is often a portrait thus washing out the face producing a pretty ugly image).

One of the easiest ways to modify your pop-up flash is to drape a layer of translucent tissue paper over the flash head. Add extra layers as necessary to reduce the amount of light hitting your subject. (BTW the photo above was taken at Jennifer Rozenbaum’s Boudoir Workshop which is returning to Toronto April 25. Check the Henry’s website for details. Highly recommended.)

If you’re in a room with a ceiling at normal high above you and if the ceiling is painted white or a light cream colour you can hold a blank piece of paper at an angle in front of the flash forcing the light to bounce up to the ceiling where it will bounce back down again gently illuminating your subject.

Experiment with modifying the light from your popup flash for much softer and lovelier images.