Archive for the ‘Workshops’ Category

It’s Been Awhile

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

In fact it’s been a LONG time since I have posted anything here.  I have been extremely busy with work – photo shoots, workshops and editing/processing photos. So unfortunately I haven’t had a spare minute to post anything here. I do however do post many of my pictures on my Facebook Page and Garry Black Photography Facebook Page, please add me or “Like” my page if you haven’t already.

Here are two images from recent shoots, one in Ottawa and the other in Namibia, Africa. Somehow they seem rather similar to me.

Virginie in the grass

Virginie in the grass

 

 

Lion in the grass

Lion in the grass

 

For the Africa trip I used the new SIGMA Sport 120-300 mm F2.8 DG HSM OS lens. I used it with a Canon 7D which has a 1.6x cropped sensor, which made the lens effectively a 192-480 mm which was incredible. I had bought the 7D especially for this trip and to use with this lens. Once I have the opportunity to process some more of the images from this trip (and some time) I will post more images taken with the lens and a review of it.  But I can tell you right now – I loved using this lens!

 

Studio Photo Shoots

Friday, May 3rd, 2013

Here are some of the photos from recent Studio Lighting – Model Photo Shoot Workshops. Now that the warmer weather has finally arrived the Model Photo Shoots are moving outdoors. If you are interested in attending…..send me an email.

 

 

Canon 5D MKIII - Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX

Canon 5D MKIII – Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX

 

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Canon 5D MKIII – Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX

 

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Canon 5D MKIII – Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX

 

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Canon 5D MKIII – Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX

 

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Canon 5D MKIII – Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX

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Canon 5D MKIII – Sigma 70-200 F2.8 EX

Nova Scotia Workshop

Friday, April 12th, 2013

NOVA SCOTIA PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

 June 9 -16,  2013

There are still a couple of spaces available for the week long workshop based in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. We will be concentrating our photography on this very photogenic and appealing small town, but we will also be visiting and photographing Peggy’s Cove, Halifax and some of the small fishing villages and rocky shorelines along Nova Scotia’s Lighthouse Route.

Three Churches at Twilight,Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

Fishing Boats at Sunrise, Northwest Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

 

Ferns in Woods

 

 

NFRCC – Niagara Falls Presentation

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013
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Canon 5D MKIII – Sigma 24-70 F2.8 EX

 

Upcoming Presentation NFRCC 2013 – March 15,16 & 17

“A Fashion Shoot, from Conception to Final Image”

There are countless variables to go into the making of a great fashion image;  Concept and Theme, Location, Lighting, Model; hair, make-up, clothes and posing, Styling, Post-Processing & Retouching, Photographic Composition and Creativity.  The photographer has to create everything that ultimately appears in the picture. Basically starting with an empty studio or location – a blank canvas.

In this presentation, Garry intends to demonstrate how the use of light can create form, dimension and contrast. As with every other field of photography it’s all about the light. He will also cover model posing/composition and will offer some post-processing tips.

http://www.nfrcc.org/convention/speakers/garry-black

 

 

Ottawa 2013 Summer Workshops

Saturday, February 23rd, 2013

Canon 5D MKIII - Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX

 

I am planning to hold several workshops this summer in Ottawa, ranging from Fashion/Model photo shoots to Day-Long Photo Walks: designed to improve your creativity and your unique and personal vision.  If you would like to receive priority notification for any of these workshop please join the Ottawa Workshop Mailing List

 

Canon 5D MKIII - Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX

 

 

 

The Crispness is Amazing

Friday, February 22nd, 2013

Canon 5D MKII - Sigma APO 70-200 F2.8 EX DG

 

This is one of the images from last weekend’s Studio Portrait Photography Workshop. When I posted it on my Facebook page I assumed that all of the comments would be about the lighting, colour, composition and oh yes, probably a few about Taryn, our model for the photo shoot.

Well, it did receive all of those comments, but there were a couple of other comments that I didn’t expect. Those were about how crisp the image is. Until somebody mentions it, lens quality isn’t something that I normally think about when I am shooting, I do know that the quality of the lenses I use are excellent and that they are tack sharp.  And since I earn my income as a photographer – making and creating pictures for magazines and commercial clients, lens and image quality is something that I must and do have.

If you follow my posts you know that my favourite lens by far is the SIGMA APO 70-200 F2.8 EX DG HSM, followed closely by the SIGMA 24-70MM F2.8 IF EX DG HSM. I probably use these two lenses for over 90% of my work. The image quality of these lenses is superb! Now there are all sorts of equipment reviews and tests out there, comparing “This thing is better than that thing”…..well, I really am not a huge fan of these types of reviews. They do serve a purpose and are a good starting point in helping you decide what you should consider in purchasing, but what I think is much more useful are “Real World Tests”.  Actually using the equipment or getting that advice from someone who will give you a subjective evaluation.

Well, what I can tell you is that I have been using the 4 Sigma lenses listed below for over a year now….and that they are indispensable to my work. In some of my future posts I will give you some Real World examples showing how and when I use these lenses.

SIGMA APO 70-200MM F2.8 EX DG HSM

SIGMA 24-70MM F2.8 IF EX DG HSM

SIGMA 120-400MM F4.5-5.6 APO DG HSM

SIGMA 85MM F1.4 EX DG HSM

 

 

Masterclass Studio Lighting and Post Production Workshop

Sunday, January 27th, 2013

Canon 5D MKIII - Sigma APO 70-200 F2.8 EX DG

 

Masterclass Studio Lighting and Post Production Workshop – Due to a cancellation a space has become available

http://www.garryblack.com/studioportrait2013_2.html

 

Sunday February 3, 2013  –  10am to 4pm
Wednesday February 6, 2013  – 7pm to 10pm

2013 – A Look Forward

Saturday, January 12th, 2013

 

to blog or not to blog

 

The year is off to a fantastic and a hectic start – Busiest. Winter. Ever!  I have already had several photo shoots, prepared a new program and gave a presentation to the RA Photo Club, organized and booked 3 more Studio Portrait Lighting Workshops,  and of course spent far too many hours in front of the computer. However, one of the things that I haven’t done is post very much to this blog. So much so, that several people have written asking what happened. While I do post often, very often, on my Facebook pages – it is usually only photos.   I have always left my blog for articles, announcements, tips and techniques or reviews.  But I am curious, what would you like to see here? Photos? What other information can I share with you?  What do you want more of?  Drop me a line, either in the comments below or email.

Hope your year is starting off great!

Scotland Photos

Monday, October 8th, 2012

Here are a few of the photos that I took/created from our recent workshop in Scotland. It was a fantastic trip in every aspect, the only negative thing that happened was one of the participant’s tripod head was broken in transit in the flight from North America. She had placed her tripod in as checked luggage, it was in a padded ballistic nylon tripod bag and when it arrived in Edinburgh the head was completely smashed and bent to the point where it was unusable. How do you travel with your tripod????   The way I pack mine is, the tripod legs go in the suitcase which is checked-in luggage and the head goes in my camera bag which is my carry-on….so far I haven’t had any problems.

We had a real mixed bag of weather during our two weeks in Scotland and while we did have a sunny day here and there, probably the best description for most of the trip is “pockets of sunlight”. Which were unbelievably dramatic and created fantastic photo opportunities when they occurred. And yes, there was rain. One of the participants said that I should have called the trip “Fotos and Food of Scotland”, as everyone commented that the food on the entire tour was incredibly delicious and good. Which was to everyone’s (happy) surprise.  It was a far cry from the bland food that they had expected.

 

Canon 5D MKIII – Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX

 

Canon 5D MKIII – Sigma 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 APO

 

Canon 5D MKIII - Sigma APO 70-200 F2.8 EX DG

 

Canon 5D MKIII – Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX

 

Canon 5D MKIII – Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX

 

Canon 5D MKIII - Sigma APO 70-200 F2.8 EX DG

 

Canon 5D MKIII – Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX

 

 

Ottawa One Day Workshop

Monday, July 30th, 2012

This past Saturday we had an incredible one day workshop in downtown and Byward Market areas Ottawa. We photographed everything from architecture, street scenes, panning shots of the Governor General’s Foot Guards, Melody our wonderful model and ended the day with a twilight shoot at the Congress Centre/NAC/Rideau Canal/Parliament Buildings. Already I am looking forward to running this workshop again next summer, what a fantastic day….it was over far too fast!

Here are some quotes from a couple of the participants:

Karen – “WOW!! What a splendid way to spend a Saturday! A leisurely stroll with old and new friends revisiting photographic principles through play….my idea of a great time. And btw, this pic’s a keeper! It’s a 10 (as is Melody). Thanks again for leading a stellar workshop. It was one of the very best. Let’s do it again!”

Alice – “Thanks for a fabulous 12 hours of workshop, Garry.”

 

Canon 5D MKII – Sigma APO 70-200 F2.8 EX DG

 

Canon 5D MKII – Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX

 

Canon 5D MKII – Sigma APO 70-200 F2.8 EX DG

 

Canon 5D MKII – Sigma APO 70-200 F2.8 EX DG