Masterclass Studio Lighting and Post Production Workshop

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

What Does It Mean?

January 24th, 2013


As a professional photographer and one of the Sigma Pros, a lot of people write to me asking all sorts of questions about lenses and cameras and well just about everything imaginable about photography. One of the common questions is about lenses for Full Frame and Cropped Sensor cameras. A full framed lens will work on either camera while the cropped sensor lens will only work on a cropped camera.

With the Sigma lenses there are 2 different designations in the name, which specify the camera they are to be used with. DC, which is only for cropped sensor cameras, or DG which are lenses for full frame or cropped sensor cameras.

Here are two lenses, do you know which one is only for cropped sensor cameras?

Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 IF EX DG HSM

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM


So what does everything else mean?

IF stands for internal focus – the front of the lens doesn’t rotate when focusing, this is a good feature if you are using a polarizing filter. It also allows for the lens to focus faster.

EX stands for the professional top of the line lenses – optically and mechanically.

HSM stands for Hyper Sonic Motor. It is a new type of motor used for auto focus in some of Sigma’s newer lenses.

OS stands for Optical Stabilization which helps to keep the camera steady when handholding with a longer shutter speed.


Model Portfolio Photo Shoot – Katarina

January 23rd, 2013

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


Katarina wanted  some different looks for her portfolio, these are some of the images from our 2 hour photo shoot.


2013 – A Look Forward

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!

Vision and Discovery Presentation – Ottawa

January 6th, 2013
Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Peggy's Cove, Nova Scotia, Canada

Vision and Discovery – RA Photo Club Presentation
Tuesday January 8th @7:30pm – FREE!!!!

The program will show photographic and Photoshop techniques that deal with the creative process of photography. How to see your subjects with a different eye, what happens when imagination meets technique and process. The images shown will showcase my work as a travel, landscape and people photographer.

Henry’s Ottawa Exposure Show

November 16th, 2012

Canon 5D MKII - Sigma 120-400 f/4.5-5.6 DG OS @F14-1/60sec 200 ISO


This weekend Nov 16-18, I will be giving several presentations at the Henry’s Exposure Show in Ottawa at the CE Centre. The topic of my presentation is “The Secrets of Creating WOW in your Photos” Hope to see you!!!!!!

Friday 1:30 – 2:15
Saturday 12:30 – 1:15
Sunday 11:30 – 12:15

If you can’t make it to my presentation I will also be at the Sigma Booth all weekend long.

“Seeing the Picture”

November 7th, 2012
Stairs National Art Gallery of Canada

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


This coming Saturday, November 10th, I will be giving the presentation “Seeing the Picture” to the Orleans Photo Club. The presentation will cover: How to use light, tone, shapes, colour, composition and—most important—how to see your subjects with a different eye. It is aimed at developing an awareness of the elements that are required to create images that are emotional, artistically and carefully crafted. Hope to “see” you there!

Lightsphere in the Studio

November 2nd, 2012

Studio Shoot with Gary Fong Lightsphere


After my success in using the Gary Fong Lightsphere on outdoor shoots, I decided to give it a try in the studio. I was shooting with the flash off camera, holding it high above my head in my my left hand and directed towards Virginie with the white dome in place. The effect it creates is very similar to a beauty dish. I like it!!!!

Studio Photo Shoot

Model: Virginie Bouchard
MUA: Bianca Scantland
Photographer: Garry Black

Lighting – Gary Fong Lightsphere + Canon 580EX II

Canon 5D MKII – Sigma 70-200 F2.8 @ 112mm F11 ISO 100

Scotland Photos

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




October 4th, 2012

Last month, something happened to this blog site while I was away in Scotland….it totally disappeared. Thanks to everyone who got in touch with me to let me know that something was desperately wrong. There was some weird message about a missing wp-config.php file.  I honestly had no idea what happened to it or more importantly even how to fix it. I posted a call for “HELP” on my Facebook page and within hours I had several offers of help and advice on how to get everything back up and running. The good news was that it was going to be an easy fix, I just needed the database name, database username and database password all of which were back in Ottawa. So while I had intended to post some photos from the workshop in Scotland and also some from my assignment in England, it just wasn’t possible. I’ll make up for that with the next several posts!!!