Preparing for your photo shoot

So you're going to have your photo taken. How do you prepare?

Pick a location

All of our shoots are on location. It might be at a public park, or a conservation area, or your office, your house, a friend's house.... it's a long list of possibilities.

If you don't already have a location in mind, I can probably suggest a few suitable choices based on what themes and feelings you want the photos to convey.

Choose clothing carefully

The fashions you choose should reflect your own personal style. A portrait is about you, and how you want to be seen.


Sun, clouds and math

I still can't quite shake the feeling that digital shooting lacks something compared to good old-fashioned film. It's the highlights, I think; film tapers off (but never quite saturates) in bright spots where CCD and CMOS chips just clip at white. The film 'just works' in a way that requires careful tweaking to duplicate in digital.

On the flip side, all this computing power has given us new artistic techniques that were so tedious as to be nearly inconceivable in the old days. High dynamic range (HDR) processing is a great example. Ten years ago, I wouldn't have even thought of trying to squeeze an 18-stop (factor of 260,000) range from shadow to highlight into a single image. Now that it's possible, it looks really cool:


(This section of the site is still under construction; we're adding to it as time permits. Check back soon for more!)

Our artistic division offers professional photography services in Kingston, Ontario and neighbouring cities.

What we can do for you

If you need an artist's eye for a special or unusual project, I might have what you're looking for.

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Correcting autofocus errors with AF fine-tune

Autofocus systems, as good as they are these days, aren't perfect. A modern camera's AF is a complex opto-electro-mechanical system, and while they are manufactured to incredible tolerances, there is usually some final calibration that must be done by the photographer to account for the quirks of his particular equipment. Here's how to do that calibration.


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