Archive for the ‘Workshops’ Category

Death Valley – Las Vegas

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012

We have just returned back home from a trip to Las Vegas and Death Valley. The purpose of the trip was two-fold; to see Garth Brooks in Vegas and to photograph and scout out Death Valley for a possible future workshop location. Oh yes I guess there was a third reason, to escape Ottawa’s winter for a while!

I can’t believe that I had never visited Death Valley before this. Especially considering that this is the largest national park in the lower 48 states and that I have also probably been to every other area around there. Some how over the years I missed this “Photographers Paradise” of desolate, and stunningly beautiful landscapes!

Here are some of the photos that I took on our first day.

Pre-dawn at  Zabriskie Point

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

 2-stop Graduated Neutral Density Filter (soft step)

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

Artist’s Drive

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


Mesquite Sand Dunes

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

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


As a side note, this was my first trip (wheels up) with the Tamrac Evolution 8 Backpack. In our review of the bag Roxann had mentioned that the bag stands up, it doesn’t flop over. I didn’t think much of it at the time, but it did when I was standing in the middle of all of that sand in the desert and wanted to put the backpack down…it made sense!

At the end of this trip, we decided that we just had to add Death Valley to our future workshop schedule. The diversity of the scenery, as well as some of the most beautiful and unique photographic vistas imaginable are just waiting for us!



Greece Workshop – May 2012

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Athens - Mykonos - Santorini

Due to a cancellation, a place in the Greece Workshop has just become available. If you are interested please contact me by email

Studio Portrait Photography Workshop

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

This past weekend we kicked off this year’s series of photo classes and workshops with the  Basics and Beyond Workshop and also a Studio Portrait Lighting Workshop. Thanks to everyone who attended, it was a great weekend for photography!

Here are a couple of photos of Tania, who was our (incredible!) model for the Portrait Lighting Workshop. Each one of the 4 photographers in this class were able to photograph Tania using the many different lighting setups and techniques that we explored during the day. We talked about styles and techniques of lighting and of course lighting equipment and accessories.

In our discussion I mentioned that a couple of my Dynalite power packs and several of my strobes are around 25 years old. Then all of a sudden it hit me WOW – 25 years that’s a long time! Where does the time go? These flashes are still working as good today as they were the day I bought them, apart from having to replace the modeling lamps. Well, maybe I could get the bearings replaced for the fan motors.  We got talking about the reliability of studio equipment, one of the participants who owns Cactus wireless flash triggers was surprised how effectively the Pocket Wizard Plus II’s that I use are.  To quote him “My Cactus remote triggers are kind of finicky, I have to wiggle them every once a while to get them working. I noticed that these Pockets Wizards work every time”.

Now I haven’t had the Pocket Wizards for 25 years, but it’s looking promising.


Ottawa Studio Lighting Workshop

Tania - Studio Lighting Portrait Workshop


Ottawa Model Photo Shoot Workshop



Pot of Flowers

Thursday, January 19th, 2012
Santorini - Greece

Greece Photography Workshops


I’ve heard that there is a the pot of gold at the end of a rainbow. In Santorini there is a pot of flowers at the top of the stairs!



Studio Photo Shoot with Maygan

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

I spent yesterday afternoon in the studio photographing Maygan, it’s just far too cold to go outside. This coming weekend I will conducting a Studio Portrait Workshop where I will teaching many of the different lighting set ups that I use, as well as going over the equipment that I use. There are a couple of other studio workshops coming up in February and in March (date TBA).

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

Dynalite Studio series power packs with Built In Pocket Wizard™ Receiver

Pocket Wizard PlusII Transceiver – on camera

Lots of Reflectors


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


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


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


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


Do You Remember?

Monday, January 9th, 2012


Figure Skaters

6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6.0 6. 6.0


I was going through some of my old images, for a presentation and also a photo workshop that I will be conducing for the London Camera Club in late April. When I came across this image. The year was 1984, I shot this on Ektachrome 400 pushed to 1600, and back then there was no such thing as an autofocus camera. They received perfect 6.0’s – do you remember who they are??



Parliament Hill Photo Shoot

Wednesday, December 21st, 2011
Christmas Lights Photo Shoot Workshop - Ottawa

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


This past Saturday, on what had to be the coldest day/evening of the year, but also with one of the best skies (for a twilight photo shoot) was our annual “Christmas Light at Night Photo Shoot ” on Parliament Hill in Ottawa.  After the freezing shoot, we headed off to D’Arcy McGee’s where we thawed out!

Best wishes to you and your family for the Christmas season!


Gift Certificates

Saturday, December 10th, 2011

Running out of gift ideas for your photographer friends or relatives this holiday season?  A gift certificate to one of our photo workshops or classes makes a great present. And with the wide range of photography courses that are available for photographers of all skills and abilities, from absolute beginner to professional levels that are available during the year, you have a huge choice of gifts to give.  You can purchase either a Gift Certificate to cover the cost of the entire course or for any amount of your choice.

Gift Certificate

Sample - Gift Certificate


To purchase a Certificate simply contact us email or call us directly at 613-824-9295.  These certificates have no expiration date.

Winter Workshop Schedule

Monday, November 21st, 2011
Winter Workshops

Winter Workshops


The schedule for the winter workshops has now been posted. Hope you can join us! 

I have been using several Sigma lenses for just over a month now, in my next blog post I”ll give you my initial impressions of them.

Albany NY Workshop

Monday, November 7th, 2011


Empire State Plaza

State Office Buildings - Albany, New York

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

I conduct a wide variety of customized photography workshops for individuals and also private instruction for small groups. This past weekend I was in Albany NY for a small group workshop with 6 amazing photographers.

For the on-location field trip we photographed all around the Empire State Plaza, which is just an incredible area. But I have to say that “The Egg” is one of the strangest structures I have ever seen!

Please contact Garry if you are interested in any of his workshops or classes.