Archive for the ‘Workshops’ Category

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

 

 

Good Intentions

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

 

I had once thought that there weren’t enough hours in a day,  that has changed, now I think that there aren’t enough days in a year. I can’t believe that it has been over a month since my last entry on the blog, where has the time gone?

In the past month I have conducted a spring workshop in Ottawa, a weekend photo workshop in Brockville, was at the ProFusion Show in Toronto giving a presentation in which I showed and discussed many of the images that I have made in recent months with my SIGMA lenses and then finally there was a model photo shoot workshop.  Apart from these workshops we have also been planning for the Las Vegas/Death Valley workshop in March 2013 and the Africa tour for September 2013. Apart from these workshops, I have also been working on images to submit to Masterfile my stock sales agent. Oh yes, I also tore down the old garden shed and built a new one.

In the upcoming month I have several photo workshops in Ottawa, including a one day shoot in the downtown area.

So that’s a quick recap of my month, how’s your summer so far???

Back From Greece

Monday, May 21st, 2012

On Friday morning we left the idyllic Greek island of  Santorini to return back home to Canada. We were in Ottawa by late Saturday afternoon and I was already looking forward to returning to Greece.

We had just finished the 2 week long  Greece Workshop with an incredible group of photographers, some of who were “old” friends and the others who are now friends.  Lots of great memories and photos! Here are few:

 

 

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 APO 70-200 F2.8 EX DG

 

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

 

 

Santorini Stairs

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

Tomorrow is our last day on the Island of Santorini and also of our Greece workshop. I had promised to post some of the photos from this trip (for those of you who couldn’t go with us this year), so here are a few teasers. It has been an incredible couple of weeks with an amazing group of photographers, hate to see it end.

 

 

 

 

 

Santorini Greece

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

Not all doors and windows in Greece are blue.

 

Here and There

Monday, April 23rd, 2012

I haven’t had much time recently to post any photos, thoughts or articles to the blog for a while. That’s not going to change very much for the next month. This week I am off to London, Ontario to give a presentation to the London Camera Club as well as a 2 day workshop and the following week I’ll be leaving for Greece for the workshop there.

I have been posting some photos on my two Facebook pages HERE and HERE. If you haven’t already, add me as a friend or “LIKE” my Fan page. If you are not on Facebook, here are a couple of the photos that I have recently posted to those pages.

Sunrise Cabo San Lucas - Mexico

 

Scotland Workshop - September 2012

 

Ottawa Spring Workshop 2012

 

Just Processed - From last year's France Workshop

 

Studio Photo Shoot Workshop