I am pleased to announce that I will be presenting at 'The Business of Fine Art Photography Symposium' in Calgary, Alberta this coming September 24-27, 2018. Over the course of the two-day symposium, I will be speaking about The Business of Publishing Books and Calendars, Stock Photography and What Makes A Successful Image. Three other excellent Master Photographers will join me to share their passion and love of photography, including Kristian Bogner (Canmore, AB), Chris Collacott (Vancouver, BC and Tula Edmunds (Calgary, AB). An optional hands-on workshop will take place in the Canadian Rockies (the exact location to be determined). Visit the website to read more about the details and schedule of this exciting 'Landscape, Nature and Travel Symposium' sponsored by MPI (Master Photographers International). Autumn is a wonderful time to visit one of Canada's most beautiful places. Learn all about photography from four experienced and award-winning Canadian photographers. Hope to see you there!
The first Riding Mountain Photographic Workshop was held last weekend from June 20 to 22. Ken Frazer and I offered a variety of opportunities to our participants that ranged from field outings, demonstrations, in-class lectures, critiques and interesting conversation. We had a wonderful group of participants that worked extremely well together and who shared eagerly amongst each other throughout the weekend. From a selection of images created by each participant, Ken wielded his magic to print each participant a beautiful 16x20" fine art print. In a future posting, I will post these beautiful prints.
The weather was active but we managed to keep dry during all of our field excursions. Of course, inclement weather often offers great photographic opportunities and this proved to be the case again during this workshop. I stayed an extra day after the workshop to photograph, as did most of the participants.
We would like to sincerely thank our sponsors, Roy Ramsay of Outdoor Photography Canada magazine, and Phil Nielson of Amplis Photos. Your support was much appreciated.
All the workshop participants and I would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to Ken for being part of the workshop as much as he could be. Ken's wife, Eileen, fell seriously ill a few days before the workshop and Ken went back and forth from Riding Mountain to Brandon a number of times to be at Eileen's side. Our thoughts are with you and your family and we look forward to seeing you again in the not too distant future.
Click on the image to view a gallery of images from the first Riding Mountain Workshop.
I will be one of 15 speakers presenting at this year's 'Frame By Frame Photo Forum' in Regina from April 13 to 15. The Keynote speaker will be Freeman Paterson, arguably Canada's finest photographic artist. I have been fortunate to take in more than a half dozen of his presentations over the years and I always look forward to attending the next one.
October 2, 2011
I recently came upon a well written and well thought out article by Djanka Gajdel, a Photographic Representative as well as an Art and Commerce Consultant, about the essential differences between professional and amateur photographers. I have always loved the definition of an 'amateur' given to us by Ernst Haas, often considered the 'father of color photography', during a photo workshop as meaning "a lover or devotee of an art or science". A number of professional photographers (myself included) enjoyed the status of amateur photographer before leaping into the world of the professional. The problem arises however when the amateur enters the world of the professional without the proper training or business knowledge.
November 22, 2010
"VisionMongers - Making A Life And Living In Photography"
by David duChemin
If you have any intention of pursuing a career in photography, this book by Canadian photographer David duChemin is a must "read"! Even if you don't, you should read it. This is by far the finest resource about the business of photography that I have ever come across.