Archive for the ‘Workshops’ Category

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!

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

Exactly How I Had Pictured It!

Monday, March 19th, 2012
Fishing Boats

Grand Manan Island, New Brunswick, Canada


The London Camera Club is pleased to have Garry present his seminar “Exactly How I Had Pictured It!” on Saturday April 28th. As a bonus event Garry will lead a casual “Photo Walk”  in the London area on the afternoon of Friday April 27th.

Garry Black is one of Canada’s top selling stock photographers and is widely published. Noted as one of CAPA’s distinguished professionals, this Ottawa photographer leads workshops to destinations around the world as well as in Impressionistic, Landscape, Travel and Fashion Model Shoots.

“Just before you release the shutter what do you see through the viewfinder on your camera (or the LCD screen)?  Are you capturing the feeling, mood, interaction, experience that has occurred between yourself and the subject/scene? Creative photography is about using your vision, the elements of visual design and all of the photographic tools at your disposal to create the image that you see in your mind.

Everyone’s vision is different but there many techniques and visual principals that are common in creating images that help you capture “Exactly How I Had Pictured It!”  In this workshop we will cover the essentials that will help you to create the image that you see. We will discuss composition, visual design, light, angle, lens, perspective and subject matter. As well as Photoshop techniques that will help to make your photograph!”


Limited number of Tickets now available:

Friday afternoon April 27th  “Photo Walk with Garry Black” and  Saturday April 28th Seminar 9:00a to 4:00p $75.00 – Saturday Seminar only $65.00


Friday location – TBA

Venue Saturday:

Free Methodist Church

402 Commissioners Road West

London On


For ticket purchases and payment options please email with subject “tickets” to email: