Mike started teaching photography classes over 20 years ago! Mike was the first photographer in southern Alberta to offer courses at his studio in Lethbridge as well as at locations throughout the province and country. Many have tried to copy his lighthearted fun teaching style but they have not succeeded! Today Mike can be found teaching classes, leading photo safaris and expeditions, teaching photo editing and printing, computer use and much more.
Whenever I am teaching I always ask students to bring me their bad images. If I am critiquing work to help improve someones photography I ask to see the unedited images. WHY? Because anyone can luck out and get a great image, or spend enough time in Photoshop to fix an image. But seeing the bad or unedited images will show what a person does most of the time. This is true in other areas as well. I don’t care what you are like when everything is going perfect, but what are you like when things are going bad? You may be a great wedding photographer when the temperature is 20C and there is no wind or bugs, but what are you like in -10C and a 100k wind, or with a bride that is in a miserable mood?
I get many clients that come in asking about prints from slides and negatives. Many have heard that it is impossible to get quality prints without spending a fortune and are just checking before they toss their old slides and negatives. Then I show them some of the slides and negatives that I have scanned and printed and they are shocked.
If you thought owning a business was a lot of work you should try having to maintain your own web site and blog. You leave it for a week or two and when you come back there us so much work to do to keep it up.
A windy day is perfect for doing the behind the scenes things like this!
SOMEDAY I will get into a system to keeping my blog up-to-date!
I have been wanting to do this exposure chart for a long time and with it being a snow day it was a good day to work on it. It is not designed to be a 100% complete with data or is it to explain everything but it is a good cheat sheet to help when shooting.
You can print a copy of it for PERSONAL use only as long as you do not remove or alter any information.
Click on the link below to download a larger version.
Staying home can be a good thing some days. March 4, 2018 saw me needing to get out and take some pictures and after a huge dump of snow the river bottom seemed like a good place that was close enough to home to get to.
Writing on Stone can be a hot and dry place in the summer but winter is usually cold and dry, not this winter. With all the crazy snow that we have gotten it looks more like a part of Alaska than southern Alberta.
Was heading down to camp for a couple days but the campground is not accessible as there is so much snow so just spend part of a day there.