Archive for the ‘Photoshop’ Category

NFRCC – Niagara Falls Presentation

Saturday, March 2nd, 2013

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.



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


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!


Monday, December 26th, 2011
Pascale - Studio Photo Shoot

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


It’s almost impossible now to look at most photographs and not think to yourself “Has this been Photoshopped?” or “How much has this been Photoshopped?” Which brings up my question “What would you do?”

For years I shot with slide film, it’s how I learned photography. Now, with slide film whatever you shot is what you got, you couldn’t do anything in post….there was no post! As a result of that, I guess I am more of a purist in my style of photography. I don’t want to create pictures that look fake or un-natural, even though I do use Photoshop for every image I now create.

My question to you is: Would you remove the couple of stray hairs that the light is catching in this studio shot of Pascale? Some people might even think I should try to get ride of the lens flare. What’s your thought?

Recommendations for Photoshop Books

Thursday, December 16th, 2010

The other evening at the RA Photo Club, I was asked by a couple of people if I had any recommendations for some books which I thought would be useful in learning Photoshop. So here, and in no particular order, are my top 4 suggestions which are linked to (Canada)

These 4 books are on my bookshelves (virtual bookshelves), as well as many other ebooks on photography and Photoshop.

Adobe Photoshop CS5 One-on-One

The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers

Adobe Photoshop CS5 for Photographers: A professional image editor’s guide to the creative use of Photoshop

Photoshop CS5 for Nature Photographers: A Workshop in a Book

HDR Photography – Ottawa RA Photo Club

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010
HDR Photography - Ottawa RA Photo Club

HDR Photography Presentation

Tonight I will be one of the presenters at the RA Photo Club’s panel discussion on HDR photographic techniques.

HDR Software:

OLONEO – Beta Version

Photomatix – 15% off use Promo Code: garryblack15

Nik Software – 15% off use Promo Code: GBLACK

Nik Software Specials – Only until the end of the Year!

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

I just received an email from Nik Software announcing that Viveza 2 has now been released. Pricing for Viveza 2 is $199.95 , lowered from the original cost of $249.95 and is just $99.95 for upgrades. There are specials on the Complete Collection Editions of Nik Software $170 off Nik Complete for Photoshop/LR/Aperture  (only $429.95) and  save $100 off Nik Complete for LR/Aperture (only $199.95). Use coupon code “GBLACK” to receive the discounts on the “Collections” or off any individual product from Nik Software.

 These offers end promptly at 11:59pm on 12/31/09.

 If you have any questions about the software or problems with the discounts, just send me an email.

Ottawa Photoshop Classes

Sunday, October 18th, 2009

Ottawa Photoshop Courses

Starting this fall I will be teaching several customized courses in Photoshop. These workshops will consist of either private or small group classes and will be taught at the various skill levels of Photoshop. Ottawa Photoshop Classes 

CS4 and Capture One Pro Upgrades

Tuesday, October 21st, 2008

Last week there were upgrades to two of the photo editing software programs that I use.  And I was just starting to master all of the features in the old programs, now I’ll have to go through the learning curve with the new ones.

The first program is Adobe Photoshop CS4. This is by far and away the program that I spend most of my time using.  Adobe upgrades this program around every 18 months, this is now the 11th version of it. When I started using Photoshop in 1997  it was at version 4. I’ve upgraded with every new version that came along, so I’ve spent somewhere close to $2500. in total for this program. That might seem like a lot of money for a computer program, but that’s cheap if I was to calculate the total overall hourly usage that I’ve gotten from it, not to mention the income from the images that I’ve created by using it. This version has a couple of  new updates that I find very interesting, although there are many other features as well. The Adjustment Brushes, this let you adjust exposure, brightness, contrast, clarity, saturation, sharpness and colour all in Camera Raw. Content sensitive scaling, this allows you scale an image without distorting the key image areas. Depth of field tool, lets you combine multiple shots of the same image but in varying focus depths, the software takes all of these shots  and attempts to make everything in focus.

The second program is Capture One 4 Pro, which hasn’t had a major upgrade in 4-5 years. This upgrade is really a major upgrade, and once again it has become one of the leading Raw Workflow software programs. I had been using Capture One Pro v3.7.7 for my Raw file conversions until about a year ago, when I switched to Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop CS3. With this upgrade I’ll be switching back to using Capture One for most of file processing, and will use Camera Raw in Photoshop CS4 for certain images that would benefit from using the Adjustment Brushes. A bonus that you get with Capture One Pro is that you get 2 free major upgrades from the current version that you purchase.

The other Photo Editing Programs that I use are:

  1. Photo Mechanic
  2. IView Media Pro – Microsoft Expression Media
  3. Noise Ninja
  4. PixelGenius PhotoKit Sharpener
  5. Pixel Genius PhotoKit Color 2.0
  6. Nik Color Efex Pro
  7. Photomatix Pro 3.0

A question that I am quite often asked is whether you should upgrade with the newest versions of software. Personally, I normally do, but keep in mind that this is what I do for a living also it’s a tax write off. If photography is only a hobby for you or produces a small amount of income, I might suggest that you hold off on every upgrade and get every second or third upgrade. That is unless money isn’t a determining factor for you.

Two Months Later

Monday, March 3rd, 2008

I haven’t posted anything here for the last two months. If you’re a frequent visitor to the site you may have thought, what have I been up to? I’ve been spending most of my time processing RAW images and also digital post-processing with Photoshop. I finally installed Photoshop CS3, I had been procrastinating installing it as I really didn’t want to take the time to learn how to use all of the new features. For me  it’s about creating images, not on how I did it or with which equipment and software was used.  While the equipment and software is important, lately I find that there is an infatuation with the technology of photography rather than the art of photography. Technology and art go hand in hand in creating a photograph, but face it all the technology can’t change a boring and bad photo, in the end that’s all it will be.

This winter we’ve almost broke the yearly record for the most amount of snow, so I’ve spent many hours shovelling, well actually I have a snow blower but it still takes a long time. Val has been planning our next trip, France in May and June, which will be here before I know it.

I’ve received many e-mail requests about stock photography and which agencies to submit to and where to find them.  Well, Rob Haggart the former Director of Photography for Men’s Journal and Outside magazine, has created a very interesting list of stock agencies. This is from a photo buyers point of view, so far there are 90 comments, many adding additional agencies to the list. Here’s the link